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Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the body.

See Also:
Tai Chi, Yoga

An Overview of Pilates

Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer, the Cadillac and Wunda Chair. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs.

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.

Find Pilates Activities Near You

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Harrogate Racquets Club

Harrogate Racquets Club a 3 sport club Tennis, Badminton & Table Tennis, played at all levels/abilities. Offering premium facilities - 4 tennis courts (floodlit/astra), 3 badminton courts (sprung floor) 5 table tennis tables (match play), coaching at all

York RI Queen Street

York RI is a large sports organisation based on Queen Street adjacent to York Station



Modern Pilates focuses on core strength. It works the muscles which sit closest to the bones and joints of the body, known as the stabilising muscles. It realigns muscular and skeletal imbalance, which can create problems in the shoulders, hips, knees, and spine. Controlled exercise aims to shorten, lengthened and weak muscles, and lengthen tight and overworked muscles.



Pilates is a frequently recommended form of exercise, by physiotherapists, doctors and consultants. Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise which can be taught to any age, and level of fitness, including existing problematic conditions in the body.

" In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see he difference, in 30 you'll have a complete new body" - Joseph Pilates.