Joseph Pilates invented Pilates as a form of exercise to rehabilitate injured soldiers and boxers. When he was alive, he called his method Contrology for the great amount of control that each exercise takes to complete. He created all the Pilates apparatus: the reformer, tower, Wunda chair, barrel and Cadillac. The machines, (the reformer being the most popular) use resistant cords or springs to change the way you use your muscles during your workout, or to make an exercise more or less challenging for your body.

       Mat Pilates takes some of these exercises onto the mat, but also has many series of it's own, equally effective. While Pilates always has a focus on the core, which includes abs, upper legs and gluts, each Pilates class will have you engaging every muscle and using parts of your body you never even knew existed. A regular Pilates practice will change your body and make you strong from the inside out. As an athlete, Pilates will give you flexibility, deep muscle strength and coordination to improve in your sport. As an avid yoga practitioner, incorporating Pilates into your routine will deepen your yoga practice and reach goals that you may not reach with yoga alone. Pilates is a total body workout in itself, but will compliment any other physical fitness activity as well.