Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates and became very popular in the USA. You can find many DVD’s, books or studios devoted to these very effective physical exercises.
Pilates helps improve flexibility muscles, strength in the core (abdominal and back) muscles, increased joints range of motion, it trains the body as whole system. Attention to core support and full-body fitness -- including the breath and the mind -- provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advancing level.
Joe Pilates originally developed his method as floor mat exercises. I recommend this type simple and very effective floor mat exercise. Pilates exercises on a floor mat are popular for two big reasons: They’re inexpensive, effective and Space require little space.
You’ll find lots of DVDs, books and videos to choose from. If somebody wants do advance training they could use Pilates machine.