Pilates, created by Joseph Pilates, is a full-body workout designed to improve core strength, flexibility, alignment and stability. The method is a series of controlled movements fueled by breath and performed on a spring-resistant apparatus or on the floor. Resistance is used to build strength without adding bulk, streamlining target muscle groups.

Pilates is an excellent way to prevent and address a wide variety of issues, including knee injuries, back pain and osteoporosis. The movements can facilitate injury recovery and boost performance in other physical activities by improving body awareness, posture and gait.