What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an large emphasis on core strength. By doing this it helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being.  Pilates concentrates on posture, flexibility and balance. It's gentle approach and controlled movements means that the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.

Pilates focuses on the mind-body connection  with each exercise performed being aware of breathing and how the body moves.

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany where he was a carpenter and gymnast. He invented an exercise program for injured dancers and soldiers while living in the UK. He believed that physical and mental health were closely connected. In the 1920's opened a Pilates studio in New York. 

“It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores

physical vitality, invigorates the mind, elevates the spirit, makes

you feel good, and gives you all confidence”  Joseph Pilates 1926

Pilates is built around eight key princilples: Concentration; Stamina; Flowing Movements; Relaxation; Centering; Co-Ordination; Alignment and Breathing

Can Anyone Do Pilates?

Pilates is great conditioning for those who like to play sport and exercise at all levels as well as for those who lead a less sedentary life style. It is for everyone.  Pilates can be modified to suit different levels where it can be a more challenging or gentle workout within the same class.  

As beginner basic exercises are provided at first moving onto more advanced when ready.  Weymouth Pilates offer a range of options for those just starting out and for those who prefer 1:1 tuition.

If you are unsure if Pilates will help you you can ring for advice or consult your GP first.


What Health Benefits Can Be Obtained from Pilates?

  • Good Posture - Pilates will not only teach you to improve your posture but if practiced it will help you maintain it too. This is especially importatnt if you sit at a desk all day or if you have an injury such as back or neck 
  • Flexibility - Pilates, done regularly, will restore your flexibility for all of your body.  This is especially important with aging or with any injury
  • Muscle Tone - The many different  exercises used in Pilates will mean that a whole range of muscles will be used during the practice.  This will mean that you will have a greater range of movement and that your muscles will be much more toned. For those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle this can greatly help reduce injury and stiffness.  
  • Rebalances the body - mind-body connection enables you to become more aware of how your body moves and performs helping to restore your mind-body balance
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Prevents injury
  • Stronger, healthier body - Pilates helps with flexibility, coordination, movement and stamina which helps with having a strong and healthy body and helps prevent injury either when at work, at home or doing exercise and sport