Developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. The basic concept of Pilates conditioning is to increase awareness of the body as a single integrated unit, to improve alignment and breathing, and to increase efficiency of movement. The exercises are based on the principle that by developing a strong and flexible torso with a stabilized core (abdominal, back and pelvic muscles), the whole body can be balanced, aligned and conditioned for optimal performance.
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