Pilates, pronounced /pɪˈlɑ:ti:z, is a form of physical fitness that was developed in the early 21st century by Joseph Pilates. It has a strong concentration on the core and takes several lessons to learn the proper form. It is known to relieve back ache, increase muscle tone and strength, and improve one's balance. There are over 141,000 trained Pilates teachers in the U.S. thus is quite accessible in most cities.
- Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century teaching awareness of breath and alignment of the spine to apply to exercises that strengthen the core to prevent and alleviate back pain.