Pilates(pronounced puh-LAH-teez): a physical fitness system practiced by millions of people, intended to strengthen the human mind and body. almost sounds like a foreign word, or perhaps a bit intimidating. To put it simply, pilates translates into one of the most efficient ways to strengthen, build, and firm the body."I enjoy Pilates at Iron Butterfly because my work-outs are tailored just for me, my body, my abilities and my limitations. "
- Len Efird
Joseph Pilates, a legendary trainer, developed the technique in the 1920’s. His methodology, later coined “Pilates,” is a unique training program based on the principle that both body and mind must work in unison to achieve optimum fitness.
Its fundamental purpose is to strengthen the “powerhouse” – the area between the sternum and hips. Comprised of abdominal and back muscles, the powerhouse is essential to balance, movement, and posture.
Pilates involves a series of precise exercises performed in a specific order and designed to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and balance. Each movement is in harmony with a breathing pattern, effectively uniting body and mind.