Pilates was created by German-born fitness enthusiast, Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s. Pilates developed a device and a series of exercises during World War I to help bedridden patients maintain body strength. These exercises are what we know today as Pilates mat and apparatus exercises. Pilates developed a following among dancers for his ability to rehabilitate them from injury and create long, lean bodies without added bulk.
The exercises in mat Pilates focus on strengthening the muscles of the hips, back, abdominals, and glutes. The exercises require stabilization of the torso and focused effort to keep the abdominals contracted and working throughout the exercises. A variety of mat Pilates classes are offered on our schedule mornings, evenings and weekends.