Pilates is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core: the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, seat, and so on. For this reason, Pilates develops much of what exercisers need, strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture, with a much lower chance of injury than with other forms of exercise. The discipline emphasizes correct form instead of high repetitions. There are many exercise variations and progressions, which keeps Pilates fresh.
Pilates moves require you to engage virtually your whole body. At times, you may try to strengthen one muscle while stretching another. The moves take lots of concentration; you can not simply go through the motions like you can on gym equipment. And then, for every move you think you have mastered, Pilates has another version that is a little different and a little harder.
Pilates teaches you to think about how you use your muscles during your workout so you use them better in daily life. For instance, because much of the focus is on good posture and body mechanics, you stand and sit taller and walk more gracefully. Over time you’ll notice more freedom to move through your daily activities.