Pilates is an exercise system that works the entire body with different sequences of machines and exercises. It works the whole body, both right and left in accordance, focusing primarily on the core. The system is named after the creator himself, Joseph Pilates, a German physical trainer who developed floor exercises that evolved into what we now know as Pilates mat work.
Today’s Pilates’ regime still includes mat exercises, but it has expanded to include the Ballet Barre and Reformers – a machine developed specifically for Pilates routines. Pilates work focuses on the body’s “powerhouse” – the gathering of muscles that start two inches beneath the navel, continues two inches above the navel and wraps entirely around the front and back side of the body’s natural foundation (the core), AND the gluteus maximus, aka “booty.”