Most popular workout programs focus on toning and strengthening muscle groups for aesthetic reasons. This often leads to imbalance in the body because strain is put on a select few muscle groups while other groups are neglected entirely.
That’s where pilates comes in. Pilates is a system of exercises that focuses on strengthening the entire body to alleviate strain and weakness while promoting harmonious cooperation between muscle groups. The exercises emphasize proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement. Here’s how Pilates began: