About Pilates

The Pilates Method dates to World War I, when performer and boxer Joseph Pilates began teaching his original system of floor exercises, which we now know as “mat work”. During the war Pilates was a nurse, and in that capacity he began to develop additional exercises that are now done on equipment called the Cadillac and the Reformer. He developed these unique technologies by using springs from hospital beds to create resistance training for immobilized patients. Incorporated into all the exercises he devised were principles he developed through years of studying yoga, Zen, and ancient physical culture. As a result, his method incorporates the mind/body connection.

For many years this method was known primarily to dancers, who responded to the method’s emphasis on control, form, and precision, as well as breath, concentration, centering, and flow. The techniques taught in Pilates are now embraced not just by dancers, but by athletes and those seeking a lifelong system of exercise that is therapeutic, challenging, and progressive.


Whether you’re an elite athlete or a pure beginner, you can benefit. The secret is non-impact resistance, which eliminates stress on your joints, making Pilates safe, versatile, and effective for all ages and fitness levels. Pilates is the perfect compliment to any aerobic routine.

Simultaneously strengthened and lengthened, your muscles become longer and leaner, acquiring optimal strength and flexibility. The result is a body that is upright, balanced, and agile, free of old tensions and ready to take on new endeavors. Clients range from post-rehab to pregnant to post-partum to professional athletes to everyone in-between. The ability to work to the best of your ability is what Pilates offers you.


  • Firms and tightens deep muscles of the abdomen (the Core) and spine.
  • Strengthens and tightens the abdominal muscles while protecting your lower back.
  • Lengthens muscles as they are strengthened, resulting in long, lean STRONG but FLEXIBLE muscles without the bulk.
  • Improves alignment, balance and posture.
  • Reduce stress and tension, leaving you refreshed and energized.

Celebrities and Pilates

Who in Hollywood doesn’t do Pilates these days? It seems you can’t flip through a magazine or turn on the TV without hearing someone crediting Pilates exercise for his/her sleek physique.

For what it’s worth, here are a few celebrities and sports icons devoted to Pilates exercise.

  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Kim Catrall
  • Kim Coles
  • Joan Collins
  • Courtney Cox
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Michael Crawford
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Jason Kidd
  • Minnie Driver
  • Daisy Fuentes
  • Danny Glover
  • Hugh Grant
  • Tiger Woods
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Jessica Lange
  • Anika Sorenstam
  • Madonna
  • Martina Navratalova
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Stefanie Powers
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Martha Stewart
  • Rod Stewart
  • Sharon Stone
  • Dwayne Wade
  • Uma Therman
  • Charlize Theron
  • Tina Turner
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Kristi Yamaguchi