- a system of physical conditioning involving low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen muscles of the torso and often performed with specialized equipment.
Origin of Pilates
named after Joseph Pilates (1883–1967), German fitness instructor
Also called Pilates method.
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Examples from the Web for pilates
For a while yoga and pilates classes were sought out at luxury gyms like Equinox.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The new fitness tracker aims to recognize any workout movement from pull-ups to Pilates, but it still needs a bit of work.Amiigo Tracker Pairs Data With Deadlifts
August 4, 2014
First, Herz argues, our ability to weigh risk is out of whack, because CrossFit is more like a sport than a Pilates class.Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
This class uses a MegaFormer, easiest to describe as a Pilates reformer on steroids.
Tone is their MegaFormer-based class, drawing from Pilates with a strength and cardio twist.
Now a soldier of Pilates loved Christ but dared not show it.
That the chief priests have failed as utterly as the Pilates.Discipline
Having been a knight of Pilates for seven years, he craves a boon of him, which is Christs body.
If thou let this man go thou art not Csars friend, it was to the fear of Tiberius in Pilates heart that they appealed.Under Csars' Shadow
Henry Francis Colby
To allow such a society to gain influence in his province would be a gross oversight on Pilates part.
- a system of gentle exercise performed lying down that stretches and lengthens the muscles, designed to improve posture, flexibility, etc
C20: named after Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), its German inventor
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Word Origin and History for pilates
c.1980, physical fitness regimen developed c.1920 by German-born physical fitness teacher Joseph Pilates (1883-1967).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper