Understanding the Pilates Method

Joseph Pilates, a German athlete, developed a revolutionary form of exercise in the late 1920’s known today as “Pilates”. The Pilates method comprises more than 500 exercises, performed as mat-based or using special resistance equipment developed by Joseph Pilates and emphasizing spring resistance. Pilates emphasizes flowing movements requiring the use of the “Powerhouse” or the core of the body – the deep abdominal muscles, buttock muscles and muscles around the spine.

One of the most important aspects of Pilates is that it starts with the fundamentals of posture and breathing. The exercises progress into a series of more than 500 movements that:

  • increase abdominal strength
  • improve flexibility and postural alignment
  • enhance breathing capacity and energy
  • improve coordination and balance
  • improve the range of motion in your joints
  • assist in the recovery from injuries
  • create the ability to move with more grace
  • increase circulation
  • increase body awareness

Rather than isolating large individualized muscles or muscle groups with different weight machines, Pilates works the entire limb or most of the body while getting at the core stability muscles. The Pilates system uses specialized spring resistant equipment or for the mat workout, no equipment at all. This creates longer, leaner and more limber muscles.

Pilates at Body Dynamic

Slider-Body_Dynamics_Resized_12Is customized to meet your individual needs.  Whether you are recovering from an injury or surgery, looking for something to challenge your existing fitness routine or just need some guidance getting into shape, we have something for everyone.  We offer private (one on one), and semi-private (2-3 students per instructor) Pilates sessions, utilizing the finest Pilates equipment on the market.  We also offer classes for Pilates mat work as well as for general strengthening, conditioning and toning.