Pilates

Girls doing pilates

Pilates uses slow, precise movements requiring control and alignment to strengthen and lengthen muscles. The focus is on your core. Some classes use machines to add support or resistance.

Tip

Listening to music can help but choose something that isn’t too loud or quick. A big part of Pilates is listening to your breathing rate so you learn your own rhythm.

Benefits

  • Improve flexibility and posture
  • Strengthen and tone your muscles
  • Increased energy

What you need

Comfortable clothes that allow you to stretch and move. Most classes are done barefoot. Take a water bottle, yoga mat and towel.

Pilates organisations

Pilates Alliance Australasia

Similar options

Yoga, group fitness classes and dance.