Joeseph Pilates at age 54
Joseph H. Pilates, pictured here at age 54, called the form of exercise “Contrology.” Pilates is an exercise program that keeps you always wanting more, always looking forward to the next workout. The Pilates Method leaves you refreshed and alert with a sense of accomplishment, and a feeling of physical and mental well being. The Authentic Pilates Method of body conditioning does all this… and more. This Mind-Body method of exercise builds strong abdominals, improves posture and coordination, and builds long lean muscles.
Joseph H. Pilates, developed the Pilates Method in the 1920′s as an exercise system that creates flexibility and strength for the entire body. He believed that physical and mental health went hand in hand to form the mind and the body.
Exercises are performed on a mat and on specially designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every kind of activity. Created in the early part of the 20th century, Pilates was so far ahead of it’s time that it did not begin to achieve popular recognition until the first few years of the 21st century. Over 10 million people are now practicing Pilates in the United States and the numbers are growing every year.
The consistent practice of Pilates yields numerous benefits. Just as in Yoga, Pilates puts emphasis first on breathing. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination — both muscular and mental, are key components of fitness in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity can spill over into other areas of one’s life.

About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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