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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Pilates

Workouts to Try, Benefits to Gain


Curious about Pilates--what it is, whether it's right for you, or how to get started? Here's a collection of resources and workouts to get you started on the right foot with this mind-body fitness practice.

9 Myths & Misconceptions about Pilates

Is Pilates just for women? Is it the same as yoga? Is it really that expensive? Master Pilates trainer Kathy Corey dispels the most common Pilates lore in this informative article.

A Skeptic's Guide to Pilates
SparkPeople's Pilates expert, Nicole Nichols, details the research-proven benefits of Pilates and discusses how it fits within a fitness program: Is it cardio, strength training or something else?

An Introduction to Pilates Principles
In this video, Coach Nicole explains some simple ways to improve your form and get the most out of every Pilates exercise.

Another Reason to Try Pilates: Sculpted Arms!
When you think of Pilates, you probably think of core and abs exercises. But this study showed that even a person's arms get stronger and fitter as a result of a regular practice. Get the details!

The Single Best Workout You Can Do for Your Core
Is Pilates the best abs workout you can do? This fitness expert says yes!

What's the Difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Renowned mind-body fitness expert Jennifer Kries explains the similarities and differences between these two exercise methods.

Does Pilates Count as Strength Training
Pilates works many areas of the body including the muscles in your core, but is it really a substitute for traditional strength training?

Why Men Should Do Pilates
Pilates isn't just for the ladies. Here, three very fit men share why they do Pilates—and how it helps them.

10-Minute Pilates Hips & Thighs Workout
Follow Coach Nicole for this introductory mat Pilates workout that focuses on the lower body.

12-Minute Pilates Core Workout
This short video targets your abs, obliques and lower back using classical Pilates exercises.

6 Good Reasons to Try Pilates
Still on the fence? Here's the short and sweet version of how Pilates can benefit you.

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Member Comments

  • Have to try this
    m is an excellent resource with hundreds of online classes from well-qualified teachers.
  • anything helps :)
    If we're completely correct, pronouncing his name the German way, it's nowhere near puh-lah-teez, but pi (as in picture) - lah - tes (as in test).
  • Pilates has given me much more core strength than I thought possible, because I have always had a week core in the past.
    The title confused me. I thought we should pass on taking pilates. The article was pro pilates but I thought the title was going to be anti pilates.
  • I love Pilates; I had read part of an autobiography about Joseph Pilates. He was a prisoner of war being held by the Germans and used his own body and equipment made from the bed/furniture he had access to (the basis of the reformer).

    He refused to help Hitler when asked to train the Germans.

  • Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise. I teach all forms of fitness and Pilates is by far the favorite among my exercise classes.

    We relax, stretch and strengthen to soft classical music and candles instead of bright lights. It is such a great way to have the mind-body experience while working on fitness.

  • If you love pilates like I do, check out out my blogs -- pilates has changed my life!

  • Je t'adore Piilates!!
    I love Pilates! I started doing a Pilates program about 3 years ago when my asthma got worse. Now I do Pilates with an addition with walking. I feel more coordinated and have better posture.
  • I love Pilates!!
  • I love pilates!!! If you do it 3 times a week for 2 weeks you can see a huge difference!
  • Although I can see the benefits of either yoga or pilates (I use both in small amounts in my program), there is one line in this article that caught my eye.

    "The overall goal of Pilates is to make a toned body without adding bulk, while lengthening the muscles."
    You can make them stronger, you can even make them bigger if you try hard enough (And with women, we have to try -very- hard to add bulk). But the last time I checked, muscles went from point A to point B. You cannot make them -longer-.

About The Author

Nicole Nichols Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.

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