Pilates is a challenging form of exercise focused on holding poses and using small, controlled movements to target muscles. Pilates often focuses on strengthening the core muscles and can include the use of various props or pieces of equipment. Pilates was created by its namesake, Joseph Pilates, in the early 1900’s.
Pilates is low impact, but that doesn’t mean that it’s high intensity. You can wear something that makes you comfortable and is easy to move in, such as a workout shirt with yoga pants or shorts. Many Pilates classes do not allow shoes, so you may need to invest in some special sticky Pilates socks.
There are many different styles of pilates classes and the workouts can focus on different muscles depending on the class. Pilates often includes full body routines that work all of your muscles, but there is a large emphasis on the core muscles.
While yoga and Pilates both are full body workouts and often include moves focused on strengthening core muscles, they are very different styles of exercise. Both yoga and Pilates increase flexibility, focus on improving posture and increase strength. But the biggest difference between yoga and pilates is the spiritual aspect of yoga. Yoga originates from an ancient Veda text that led to the creation of Hinduism and is the spiritual practice of many. While yoga can be a great workout, it has deep spiritual roots.
A single pilates class will cost between $10 and $30. The price will fluctuate depending on your location and if you are buying a class pack or a single class.