Definition of Pilates in English:



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


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