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[pi-lah-teez] /pɪˈlɑ tiz/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a system of physical conditioning involving low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen muscles of the torso and often performed with specialized equipment.
Also called Pilates method.
Origin of Pilates
named after Joseph Pilates (1883-1967), German fitness instructor Unabridged
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a system of gentle exercise performed lying down that stretches and lengthens the muscles, designed to improve posture, flexibility, etc
Word Origin
C20: named after Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), its German inventor
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Contemporary definitions for Pilates

a method of physical and mental exercise involving stretches and breathing that focus on strengthening the abdominal core

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Joseph Pilates, designer of the system's 21st Century Lexicon
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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).

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