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About Pilates

Mind-body*. Core Strength. Core Stability.

You’ve heard those terms before but what are they? Well, they are much more than the latest fitness buzzwords – they are keys to a healthier lifestyle through mindful movement and Pilates.

Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise using a floor mat or a variety of equipment. It evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. (Yeah, we know – who doesn’t want that?)

It is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel your very best. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you, but don’t just take our word for it. According to the SGMA, in the U.S. alone nearly nine million people participated in Pilates in 2009 – a staggering 456% increase from 2000.

Try it!

New to Pilates and wondering how to get started? Visit our Personal Pilates pages to learn more about the benefits of Pilates using mats or equipment, at a studio or at home. Plus great Pilates products we recommend to get you started. To find a studio, club, rehab facility or wellness center near you that offers Pilates, visit our Pilates Studio Finder.

What is mind-body exercise?

Mind-body exercise like Pilates is activity that keys on the mental focus of the physical movements being performed. With this type of exercise quality of movement is stressed over quantity of movement. You’ll often see instructors using a lot of verbal “cues” and coaching on things like the quality of breathing, rhythmic inhalation and exhalation during the exercise, and proper body alignment.

Simply put mind-body exercise contributes to overall fitness and assists with engagement of the mind.

To learn more about Pilates check out these pages:
Benefits of Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. Benefits of Pilates »


In “Origins”, read more about the early history of Joseph Pilates, and how dramatic events in his life led to the exercise system named after him.

Pilates Lifestyles

For so many of us, Pilates is much more than an exercise method - it is a way of life. Having a Balanced Body »


Our “Library” provides you with a comprehensive listing of articles, books and other publications on Pilates. Some are available as downloadable PDFs.

Getting Started

Once you decide to try Pilates, the next question is where. What appeals to you will depend on how you like to work out, your schedule and how much you want to spend.

Your Sport & Pilates

Developing an athlete’s core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine – makes athletes more agile, helps prevent injury and increases sports performance. From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that Pilates helps you.

Pilates Professionals

With 40 years of experience working closely with Pilates studios, health and fitness clubs, and wellness and rehabilitation centers, Balanced Body® has become a valuable resource for any Pilates professional. From marketing tips to floor space management and budgeting, we have the tools and know-how to help you create a successful Pilates program.

Pilates and Scoliosis

Scoliosis (a sideways curve of the spine) affects an estimated 6 - 9 million people in the United States. Many practitioners and patients are incorporating Pilates into their Scoliosis treatment regimen. Learn more »

Other Mindful Movement Practices

We believe that movement – particularly mindful movement – can change the way we live