WHAT IS PILATES?
(pi-lah ' -tees)
Developed in the 1920s by legendary
physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, Pilates is an exercise system
that focuses on improving both flexibility and strength of the body
without building bulk. With the current focus on core stability in
fitness, Joseph Pilates could easily be considered the first to develop
a system based on this concept. Not surprisingly, some of the first
people to use the Pilates exercise technique were dancers such as Martha
Graham and George Balanchine. Today, professional athletes, actors and
actresses, and ordinary people all over the world have access to Pilates
training and are able to create for themselves a sleeker, leaner look
and improve their overall health and body awareness. An individual
program is developed for each client based on a posture assessment,
fitness goals, and rehabilitative needs.
Pilates is not just exercise but
a series of controlled movements devised to engage the body and
the mind. Pilates-based training can
be performed on mats, in group classes, and in studio sessions. Studio
sessions integrate specifically designed exercise apparatuses and
are supervised by intensively trained instructors.
Pilates training is:
- A conditioning program for the entire body.
- Efficient exercise based on control of the
body and on correct breathing.
- Focused on the abdomen, lower back, and
buttocks (the core or power
center) with the goal of promoting strength, muscular harmony
- A system in which all muscles are evenly developed and the overuse
of specific muscle groups is avoided.
- A system that increases flexibility, builds
strength, and tones muscles without adding bulk.
- Challenging and fun!
Bryan J. Peters & Associates,
Inc. has operated
as Houston's premier Pilates studio for more than fifteen years. Specialized
programs range from remedial and rehabilitative exercise to elite
athletic enhancement. World class athletes such as company members
of Houston Ballet have augmented their training
with custom programs developed by our highly trained and certified
can be made by calling 713-621-2360, extension