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

Examples of Pilates in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drake combines a mix of classical and contemporary Pilates in her classes and combines it with strength training for optimal results. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 11 July 2024 The next installment of Sweat With SELF’s new Pilates series focuses on posture—specifically, strengthening and stretching key areas in your back, shoulders, and core. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 10 July 2024 The cuffs are also best suited for low-impact activities like walking, yoga, and Pilates. Amber Sayer, Health, 8 July 2024 McCain is also a certified Pilates instructor, per her Instagram page. Marina Watts, Peoplemag, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for Pilates 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pilates was in 1934

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“Pilates.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pilates. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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