Which brings me to my final point: The Pilates method is for every body and it is not about just a bunch of exercises. It is a mind-body exercise technique that calms the mind and reduces stress; it develops strength, flexibility and control; and it's accessible to just about everyone. To get the most out of the Pilates, don't give up after one try. Find the approach that works for you and follow Mr. Pilates' words from his book, Return to Life through Contrology: "Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”
I'll see you on the mat!
Return to Life through Contrology by Joseph Pilates, 1945.
This article has been reviewed and approved by SparkPeople fitness expert Nicole Nichols, certified personal trainer and certified Pilates instructor.