Pilates

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noun Pi·la·tes \pə-ˈlä-tēz\

Definition of Pilates

  1. :  an exercise regimen that is typically performed on a floor mat or with the use of specialized apparatus and aims to improve flexibility and stability by strengthening the muscles and especially the torso-stabilizing muscles of the abdomen and lower back Long popular with dancers, Pilates recently has attracted a huge surge of athletes, models, actors and other body-conscious folks. — Patricia Hagen She does intensive Pilates, deep-muscle floor exercises and stretches. — Cosmopolitan

Origin and Etymology of pilates

Joseph H. Pilates †1967 U.S. (German-born) fitness instructor


PILATES Defined for English Language Learners

Pilates

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Definition of Pilates for English Language Learners

  • : a system of exercises that are often done with special equipment


Medical Dictionary

Pilates

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noun Pi·la·tes \pə-ˈlä-tēz\

Medical Definition of Pilates

  1. :  an exercise regimen typically performed with the use of specialized apparatus and designed to improve the overall condition of the body


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