What is pilates?


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Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method "Contrology". It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.

Pilates developed in the aftermath of the late 19th century physical culture of exercising in order to alleviate ill health. There is however only limited evidence to support the use of Pilates to alleviate things like lower back pain. Evidence from studies show that while Pilates improves balance, it has not been shown to be an effective treatment for any medical condition other than evidence that regular Pilates sessions can help muscle conditioning in healthy adults, when compared to doing no exercise.
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  1. True or False: Pilates is a mental form of exercise.

  2. True or False: Pilates has been medically proven to help back pain.

  3. True or False: Pilates was developed in the early 1900's.

  4. True or False: Practitioners of pilates condition their muscles more than people who don't exercise.

  5. True or False: Doctors may recommend Pilates to improve balance in their patients.


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  1. Have you ever practiced Pilates? If not, would you?

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