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Pilates

[pi-lah-teez]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. 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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Origin of Pilates

named after Joseph Pilates (1883–1967), German fitness instructor
Also called Pilates method.
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Pilates

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

C20: named after Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), its German inventor
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Word Origin and History for pilates

Pilates

c.1980, physical fitness regimen developed c.1920 by German-born physical fitness teacher Joseph Pilates (1883-1967).

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