Pilates defines 7 of the 10 Top Fitness Trends for 2013

(by Marsha Dorman)

Perhaps you’ve heard of Pilates or seen Pilates machines on TV, but what is Pilates, really…?

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The Pilates Method is a system of exercises developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who brought the method from Germany to New York City in 1926.  Performed on a mat, small equipment, and spring-based apparatus the Pilates method was called  “contrology” by its founder and meant “discipline: control of the body, mind, breath and spirit.”  Designed as “corrective exercise” Joseph Pilates also used the term “uniform development” to describe its potential benefits.

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