New to pilates?
Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder, Joseph Pilates, who dedicated his lifetime to improving physical and mental health.
Pilates focuses on building your body's core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.
By core strength, we mean your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.
Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles, however, to provide a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn't even know you had!) and help develop an awareness of how your body works. more
Ten reasons why you should try pilates today
Joseph Pilates, founder of the pilates method of exercise, said: "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Getting the most out of life should be reason enough to try pilates, but just in case you need a little more gentle persuading, here's ten more good reasons why you should try pilates today. more
Real men don't eat quiche, but they do enjoy pilates!
If you think pilates is just for women, don't tell Super Middleweight world boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist, Andre Ward! Or tennis player, Andy Murray! Or the New Zealand All Blacks, or cricketer, Freddie Flintoff, or indeed the thousands of men worldwide who use pilates to improve their fitness and well-being!
Read more about the benefits of Pilates For Men.
Why you are never too old for pilates
As our bodies age we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we
do, the harder it is to start again.
But the older we get, the more
important exercise becomes to our wellbeing.
Problems associated with poor posture,
being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on
effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation,
insomnia, and lack of energy, can add to health and mobility woes.
The good news is that pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people
over 50 years of age and who haven't exercised in a while. more
Pilates and the perfect pregnancy
Many women first attend pilates classes during pregnancy or while in post natal recovery.
Pilates is the ideal form of exercise during and after pregnancy because it is a gentle low impact form of exercise.
And because pilates helps maintain and improve the condition of both your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, it is not only a safe form of exercise while pregnant, it can be hugely beneficial too. more
You will absolutely love your first visit
At first sight, a pilates studio might seem an intimidating place to visit. The equipment will be unfamiliar and you may think that you lack the skills to use it without feeling awkward or looking foolish.
to a pilates studio!
Nothing could be further from reality. Those machines that look like they belong in torture chambers? You will count the days to your next session such are the benefits they will bring to your posture, core strength and well-being. more
Find a qualified pilates instructor near you
The Pilates.co.uk directory includes only Pilates studios, teachers
and instructors who meet or surpass the UK standard for Pilates so you know you are in safe hands.
Find your nearest studio or instructor
Pippa Middleton's "rear of the year" almost stole the show at the Royal Wedding - thanks to pilates! And now Pippa's pilates instructor, Margot Campbell, lets you in on the secret to achieving the perfect pilates bum! more
The Gold's Gym sticky mat is perfect for pilates mat classes. Its generous length of 172cm (67") enables full body extensions and its sticky surface ensures a better grip and balance. more
The Pilates Bible - the most comprehensive guide to mat work pilates ever!
Drawing on the latest medical research and fully illustrated, it allows you to progress safely at your own pace through Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.
There are also special sections on pilates for new mothers and people suffering from osteoarthritis, back pain and knee injuries.
New Amersham pilates studio welcomes new mums and mums to be! more
The Alexander Technique and Pilates more
Classical musicians turn to pilates to help prevent injuries. more
Professional footballers do Pilates!
And so should you! more
Lincoln County Hospital To Continue Free Pilates Classes For Breast Cancer Sufferers Thanks To £3,640 Donation more
Pilates Directory changes make it even easier to find a pilates class near you more
Pilates For Over 50s
Available now on DVD
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Teaching positions and job opportunities for qualified pilates instructors more
Would you like to train to become a qualified pilates teacher or instructor, or improve on your current qualifications? more