The Pilates Method
Originally developed in the 1920s by the German pioneer, Joseph H. Pilates, the practice of Pilates combines mind and body in a unique fitness program that is low impact and perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The movements of Pilates are both controlled and flowing. They synergize focused movement with regulated breathing to strengthen the body’s core and promote overall health, strength, and flexibility. Pilates provides the tools to transform your body whether you are looking to change your physique, or get healthy and strong following an injury.
Pilates strives for balance through the study and practice of movement, the purpose of which is to strengthen our core – the abdominal and back muscles that are responsible for supporting the rest of the body. The philosophy behind core strengthening is that a healthy core creates a strong foundation for system function by striking a delicate balance for optimum health.
Since its inception, Pilates has propagated a variety of designer programs. “Classical” Pilates refers only to the original method created by its namesake. As an important note to our clients from Brentwood to West Los Angeles: Pilates instructors at Uprise are all certified to teach Classical Pilates after having completed extensive training in the method.
Our programs follow the guiding principles of Pilates practice to achieve balance through focused moment and controlled breathing. For our clients in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood, Pilates has shown them a physical – as well as inner – strength they may not have known existed, and the power to naturally sculpt their body into its strongest, most vibrant form.
At Uprise we teach the authentic, classical method of Pilates that embodies the original philosophies of Joseph Pilates in the pursuit of health for mind and body.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."
- Joseph H. Pilates
Who was Joseph Pilates and what is the exercise method that bears his name?
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. Former acrobat, pugilist and World War I POW, he developed into what can only be described as a fitness visionary. After decades of research, he brought Pilates to New York City in 1926. It was a method of body conditioning the likes of which health and exercise enthusiasts had never seen. Rather than focusing on sets of repetitive weight-bearing movements, Pilates developed a series of specialized exercises to build strength, control and flexibility. Many of the exercises could be performed on nothing more than a floor mat, although hundreds were developed using a series of specialized machines. Joseph Pilates taught his method of “Contrology” until 1967, when he died at the age of 87.
Now, more than seventy years after its introduction, the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning has become one of the most popular forms of fitness training available. Not only has the professional dance community embraced it as the premier method of core-strength training, but athletes and celebrities have used it over the decades to develop the svelte, powerful bodies that their professions demand.
Despite this somewhat glamorous background, Pilates training continues to be one of the fastest growing exercise methods for all walks of life. From pre-teens to octogenarians, Pilates is embraced not only as a form of specialized training and physical rehabilitation, but as a deeply effective method of achieving health and well-being.
Simply put, Pilates feels good. As Joseph Pilates himself said “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.”