Pilates

noun
Pi·​la·​tes | \ pə-ˈlä-tēz How to pronounce Pilates (audio) \

Definition of Pilates

: 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

First Known Use of Pilates

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pilates

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

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“Pilates.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pilates. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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Pilates

noun
Pi·​la·​tes | \ pə-ˈlä-tēz How to pronounce Pilates (audio) \

Medical Definition of Pilates

: 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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