Definition of Pilates in English:

Pilates

noun

  • 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’
    as modifier ‘the Pilates method’
    • ‘In Pilates, we say to think of the breath coming from the expansion of the sides and the back of the ribs.’
    • ‘To complement your regular gym workout, try yoga or Pilates to improve your flexibility and endurance.’
    • ‘Light weights, resistance bands and mat Pilates have helped design her tight body.’
    • ‘Nutrition and Pilates programme for mums and mums to be Pilates is the ultimate form of exercise and relaxation for women.’
    • ‘She also says that she finds that Pilates irons out her dancers' physical problems.’
    • ‘Yoga and Pilates beginners could be risking their health by attending classes led by untrained instructors, a report warns today.’
    • ‘I happen to be a big believer that all athletes should to yoga, Pilates, or something similar.’
    • ‘Given the fact that Pilates focuses on exercising the pelvic floor to build up strength in the tummy and back, it could be a useful tool for pregnant women.’
    • ‘Balance those killer workouts with something a bit milder like Pilates or yoga.’
    • ‘It's not the time to up the ante to add more yoga and Pilates, but you need strength and core work to see you through.’
    • ‘A form of gentle, almost meditative exercise such as Pilates may seem far removed from the macho world of football.’
    • ‘The routine is based on walking and Pilates and is designed for busy women, especially mums.’
    • ‘Look at what you need to add to your exercise regime - Pilates, cardio or strength training?’
    • ‘He used Pilates to control his stomach muscles and adrenalin to ride the wave.’
    • ‘The Pilates system develops strength, flexibility, co-ordination and relaxation.’
    • ‘Since Pilates, I haven't wanted to indulge in any meaningless road rage.’
    • ‘Sharing Contrology with others, Pilates soon gained recognition as a very successful trainer.’
    • ‘The Nob Hill Spa Wellness Center offers massage as well as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes.’
    • ‘His exercises draw from yoga and Pilates as well as contemporary fitness strategies.’

Origin

1960s: named after the German physical fitness specialist Joseph Pilates (1880–1967), who devised the system.

Pronunciation

Pilates

/pɪˈlɑːtiːz/