Mat Pilates classes strengthen the core (abdominal) muscles while also promoting flexibility and balance. This full-body workout helps tone the body and improve posture, incorporating some Yoga poses. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, this tried-and-true exercise method develops muscle control and strength.
Practicing Pilates strengthens the back as well as the stomach muscles, focusing on areas of the body that often need work. Exercise equipment and props employed in Pilates include large and small balls for balance and coordination, resistance bands and rings for flexibility, and weights for strength. A lively class atmosphere makes this hour-long class fly by.