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Invented after World War I by German nurse Joseph H. Pilates, this mind-body workout
focuses on your core muscles - your back and your abdomen. It lengthens and strengthens your muscles,
whether you choose to practice on machines like the Cadillac or the Reformer, or perform the mat
routines (no equipment needed). Celebrities have embraced Pilates for a reason - it's an effective,
no-impact workout. Follow the links below to find out more.
||The Method® Pilates|
The Method, from the Physical Mind Institute®, is one of the largest Pilates organizations. Their
official site can help you find a nearby Pilates teacher in the United States, and offers certifications.
Moira Stott's version of Pilates is very popular too, and her site also offers videos, equipment and
information about becoming certified. Read our reviews of her Essential Matwork
and Intermediate Matwork.
||Pilates Bodywork International|
This site has just about everything you might want to know about Pilates - dig in!
||History of Pilates|
This page, from Balanced Body Pilates, gives a brief history of Pilates, including some rare photographs of Joseph Pilates.
||Pilates, a Modern Yoga|
This article explains some of the differences - and similarities between Pilates and Yoga.
||Yoga Vs. Pilates: Which Is Best for You?|
This ivillage article from Kathy Smith explains that the difference between Pilates and Yoga is
basically the difference between West and East. The choice to practice Yoga or Pilates, by the way,
doesn't need to be an either/or proposition - depending on your schedule, of course!
||An Interview With Pilates Expert Jennifer Kries|
Jennifer Kries is one of the premier Pilates instructors. She has a collection of videos on the market.