Finding a nearby Pilates class is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
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If you are interested in joining the more than 9 million Americans already taking Pilates classes, there's good news -- the availability of Pilates mind and body fitness classes is greater today than ever before. As interest in the decades-old core-strengthening workout continues to increase, more and more gyms are offering different types of Pilates sessions.
Open Your Browser
Ever since Joseph Pilates of Germany first introduced his mind and body fitness system more than 70 years ago, fitness professionals have been modifying and expanding his basic "core" exercises that work the abdominal and back muscles. Today, Pilates classes are available in various forms and formats almost everywhere. Just open your computer browser and enter "Pilates" with your hometown into your search engine and several website links should appear. The gyms, studios and recreational centers offering Pilates classes in your neighborhood should be listed.
Try a Pilates Class Locator
If your search does not bring up links to gyms offering Pilates classes near you, you can get some assistance from one of the websites that offers Pilates locator services. These sites will attempt to locate a studio within a 50-mile radius of your location. These website locators can also be helpful in finding a Pilates class when you are traveling out of town.
Take Your Pick
When you do find gyms or studios nearby, you may notice that different variations of Pilates are offered. Some gyms will mention their "Reformer" equipment; these are sophisticated contraptions with pulleys, weights and a sliding platform used to assist in the stretching and lengthening exercises. Others may offer Pilates "mat" classes. Here, exercises are performed on the floor or on a mat, using an assortment of accessories like rings, elastic bands, and balls.
Do It Yourself
If you are unable to find a gym that offers Pilates classes near you, or you would prefer to exercise in private, you can find dozens of Pilates exercise programs in DVD format online. To get the most of your at-home workouts, it's a good idea to take a class or two from a certified instructor to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly.