[ 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.

Origin of Pilates

named after Joseph Pilates (1883–1967), German fitness instructor
Also called Pilates method.
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British Dictionary definitions for pilates

/ (pɪˈlɑːtiːz) /


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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