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What is PILATES?

Pilates is a fabulously safe and effective exercise system which works the deepest muscles of the body’s core, creating a body that is strong from the inside out. Pilates also prevents and rehabilitates injuries, and eliminates excess tension and strain on the joints. Workouts are performed on specialized, spring-resistance equipment and/or a mat. Sessions focus on movement quality, not quantity, and train not only the body, but the mind.

Most notably, Pilates:

  • Targets core muscles, flattening the abs and stabilizing the back
  • Builds strength and sculpts a long, lean physique
  • Increases range of motion and stability to make other activities easier and safer
  • Integrates the mind and body
  • Improves flexibility and agility
  • Prevents and rehabilitates injuries
  • It is safe for pregnant and postpartum women


In 1923, Joseph Pilates brought “Contrology,” as he called his unique method of exercise, to New York. He revolutionized how athletes, dancers (including Blanchine’s and Graham’s), and the general public trained their bodies. Today, many dancers and athletes are joined by actors, models, and the public, in their pursuit of stronger, longer and leaner “Pilates bodies.”

According to Joe Pilates, physical fitness is “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind, fully capable of naturally performing our many daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” This spirited sentiment continues to inspire Back to Total Health’s Pilates Trainer, Ilana Krechmer every day.

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Maya Charles