noun: Pilates

a system of exercises using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.
“this quest for better training has led many dancers to Pilates”


1960s: named after German physical fitness specialist Joseph Pilates (1883 - 1967), who devised the system.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a powerful, dynamic method of movement and exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's. Originally called "Contrology", the method utilizes the mind's connection to the body in order to achieve overall strength and flexibility while creating a sense of physiological balance.

Invigorate your mind-body connection

Pilates doesn't involve mediation but it does involve concentrating on proper breathing, spinal and pelvic alignment and flowing movement. The objective is to move your body correctly through a wider series of exercises but with lower repetitions than a traditional workout. This flowing movement combined with correct breathing is known to reduce stress and leave you feeling revitalized.

Strong woman on a Peak Pilates MVe Chair

Strengthen your core front and back

Pilates focuses on the entire core building the abdominal muscles alongside the muscles closest to the spine. If you're new to Pilates, you'll learn about the shoulder and pelvic girdle and how to integrate both with your abdominal muscles to achieve a true Powerhouse.

Balance strength with flexibility and retrain your body to move more efficiently

Conventional workouts are more apt to focus on the primary muscles often neglecting deeper muscles. As the superficial muscles gain strength the intrinsic muscles tend to become weaker in comparison. This can lead to muscular imbalances and possibly cause injury or chronic back pain. Pilates aims to achieve 'uniform development' throughout the entire body by equally training all the muscles (including those in the feet) and incorporating flowing movement to improve joint mobility. The end result is a better balance of strength and flexibility allowing you to perform your daily activities and athletic endeavors with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury.

Dial it up, down or maintain

Whether you're an elite athlete or recovering from injury you can benefit from Pilates. Since the method is practiced across a wide range of equipment and there are over 600 exercises an Instructor can adapt a personal training session to your specific needs. If you are looking to maintain or get back into shape the classes are thoughtfully designed at different levels so you can progress at a pace that's right for you.

Benefits of cardio and training with free weights

Depending on how you train cardio equipment can increase your cardiovascular endurance when high in intensity and/or you can use interval training techniques to help lose weight. Free weights are available to help reduce bone density loss which becomes important as the body ages. Pilates practioners on Peak Pilates Spine Correctors

Benefits of Pilates Inspired Group Classes

By applying the Pilates Principles of proper breathing, precision, flowing movement, centering, concentration and control you will be able to get more out of the latest fitness trends. Another reason we offer all these classes is so you can change it up and remain as motivated as the first day you came in. Remember we want you to take your fitness goal and turn into a life long passion.