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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Pilates

Workouts to Try, Benefits to Gain
  -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Pilates Instructor

Curious about Pilates--what it is, whether it's right for you, or how to get started? Here's a collection of resources and workouts to get you started on the right foot with this mind-body fitness practice.


9 Myths & Misconceptions about Pilates

Is Pilates just for women? Is it the same as yoga? Is it really that expensive? Master Pilates trainer Kathy Corey dispels the most common Pilates lore in this informative article.
 

A Skeptic's Guide to Pilates
SparkPeople's Pilates expert, Nicole Nichols, details the research-proven benefits of Pilates and discusses how it fits within a fitness program: Is it cardio, strength training or something else?
 

An Introduction to Pilates Principles
In this video, Coach Nicole explains some simple ways to improve your form and get the most out of every Pilates exercise.
 

Another Reason to Try Pilates: Sculpted Arms!
When you think of Pilates, you probably think of core and abs exercises. But this study showed that even a person's arms get stronger and fitter as a result of a regular practice. Get the details!
 

The Single Best Workout You Can Do for Your Core
Is Pilates the best abs workout you can do? This fitness expert says yes!
 

What's the Difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Renowned mind-body fitness expert Jennifer Kries explains the similarities and differences between these two exercise methods.


Does Pilates Count as Strength Training
Pilates works many areas of the body including the muscles in your core, but is it really a substitute for traditional strength training?


Why Men Should Do Pilates
Pilates isn't just for the ladies. Here, three very fit men share why they do Pilates—and how it helps them.


10-Minute Pilates Hips & Thighs Workout
Follow Coach Nicole for this introductory mat Pilates workout that focuses on the lower body.
 

12-Minute Pilates Core Workout
This short video targets your abs, obliques and lower back using classical Pilates exercises.
 

6 Good Reasons to Try Pilates
Still on the fence? Here's the short and sweet version of how Pilates can benefit you.