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Pilates

[ pi-lah-teez ]
/ pɪˈlɑ tiz /
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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.
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Also called Pilates method .

Origin of Pilates

Named after Joseph Pilates (1883–1967), German fitness instructor
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British Dictionary definitions for Pilates

Pilates
/ (pɪˈlɑːtiːz) /

noun
a system of gentle exercise performed lying down that stretches and lengthens the muscles, designed to improve posture, flexibility, etc

Word Origin for Pilates

C20: named after Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), its German inventor
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