FAQ About Pilates: What Is Pilates?


Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core and improving flexibility. The Pilates method was created by Joseph Pilates, who developed it in order to improve his own physical condition after being injured during World War I. Since then, it’s become popular among people all over the world as a way to gain more control over their bodies and increase mobility. Every client that Pilates Northern Beaches handles receives an individually tailored exercise program for their respective injuries.

Pilates is a method of exercise.

Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on core strength. It is a holistic approach to physical fitness that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. This form of exercise is based on the principles associated with the work he created and named after himself, which later became known as Pilates.

Pilates classes often use equipment such as resistance bands, foam rollers and balls. They also include floor exercises such as crunches, squats and planks (a plank is an exercise where you hold your body in a straight position while keeping your core active). The focus in these classes is usually on breathing deeply while performing each movement so that you can maintain good form while also engaging your muscles effectively during each exercise session (and possibly even go beyond what you thought were possible).

The man behind Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He immigrated to the United States in 1912 and became a gymnast, boxer and circus performer. He suffered an injury which led him to create his own exercise program which he called “Contrology” or “Training That Gives Control To The Individual.” His first students were dancers who worked on Broadway and they used his exercises as warm-ups before performing shows.

In 1926, Pilates opened his first studio in New York City where he taught clients like Gloria Vanderbilt, Greta Garbo and Babe Ruth among others until his death in 1967.

How to get started

If you’re interested in trying Pilates, it’s important to find a certified instructor. From there, work with your instructor to develop a program that fits your needs and goals.

Get started by taking a series of sessions with an experienced Pilates instructor to learn the basics. Following their guidance will help ensure that you are practicing safely and effectively. Be sure to ask questions as needed so that you understand everything from your posture to how much control or resistance should be used during exercises.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates can help you:

  • Improve strength and flexibility in your body. Pilates works to increase the range of motion in your joints and improve the alignment of your muscles. You’ll also gain core strength and better posture as a result.
  • Maintain or recover from an injury—Pilates is often recommended by physical therapists because it’s gentle on the joints, especially if you’re recovering from an injury or surgery. It strengthens muscles without putting any additional pressure on a joint that might be damaged already, but it still gives significant benefits for recovery by strengthening other nearby muscles that may have been weakened due to being out of alignment after an injury or illness.

What are the basics I need to know about Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on the core, or center of your body. It can be used as an alternative to other forms of exercise, or it can be integrated into practice with others. Pilates uses many different tools to strengthen muscles and improve posture, flexibility and balance.

The basics you need to know about Pilates are:

  • The exercises are done on equipment such as mats or benches.
  • There are hundreds of different moves you can do using this equipment.

Learning some Pilates terminology can help you understand this popular fitness system.

To get started with Pilates, you’ll need a few items.

  • A mat to place on your floor or mat to lay over your reformer.
  • A sturdy chair that is comfortable for you to sit in. Like all Pilates equipment, the chair should be able to support the weight of your body and allow for full range of motion in both legs and arms.
  • A Pilates ball or large exercise ball (often referred to as a “Swiss Ball”). If you have access to one already at home or work that’s great! Otherwise if your budget doesn’t permit buying one then check out garage sales, thrift stores and online classifieds for used balls at reasonable prices (they are usually under $20). Be sure not load too much weight onto it though since this can cause instability which can result in injury if there isn’t enough room between the ball itself and whatever surface it sits on top of—such as another person’s foot!


Pilates is a great way to get started with exercise, and it has lots of benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about this method of exercise, we recommend starting by looking at some Pilates classes in your area.