Developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a method of exercise designed to tone and lengthen muscles and improve balance, flexibility, and posture while focusing on developing a strong core, otherwise known as your “Powerhouse.“ Many of the first students of Joseph Pilates were dancers who went on to teach Pilates classes in their own Pilates studio. Whereas Pilates workouts used to only be taught in a dedicated studio, it’s now on the class menus of many community centers, gyms, and spas around the world. Since its inception, Pilates exercises have grown to become one of the most popular forms of fitness around the globe, and for good reason. Pilates, which incorporates 500 unique movements, is a great fit for anyone looking to work out because it can be easily modified to meet any fitness level and can be increased in difficulty over time. Plus, the benefits of Pilates are innumerable. With Pilates, you are improving your overall balance and strengthening your core muscle group which helps alleviate back pain over time, all while making bathing suit season that much more bearable. While Pilates will help strengthen your core, its core is strengthened by its six principles. They include Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. By integrating these six principles into your Pilates workout, you will find you receive the maximum benefits of this method of fitness.