Why Is Pilates So Amazing: Part 1

pilates method pilates principles Nov 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered on a Sunday morning drinking your coffee what exactly is Pilates and why is it so amazing?

Think of Pilates as functional fitness training. Pilates unique method re-trains the functioning of the entire body as exercises are designed to work multiple muscles at once - like real life.

The Pilates Method brings a new level of strength that begins on the inside and works from the core out to the periphery. It's a proven system to change the way your body moves and functions, helping every aspect of your life.

Pilates was developed by a man named Joseph Pilates (1883 - 1967). He spent his life studying the body's healthy movement patterns, first in Germany and later in New York, USA, developing a system called Contrology. His method became popular in the 1920s in New York and many clients came to him to help heal their imbalances and injuries.

He designed all the pieces of equipment we use today. The equipment is so amazing as it allows for individualized workouts for you and your abilities:

  • Reformer
  • Stability Chair
  • Vertical Tower
  • Arc Barrel
  • Pilates handheld tools: Pilates ring, weighted bar, light toning balls

Contrology is the term that Joseph Pilates called his method. After his death the term “Pilates” was used over the name Contrology.

His Contrology method had a philosophy that he believed would bring whole body health, which gave context to the exercises he designed. Joseph intended his method to be a mental and physical discipline, a work ethic, and an attitude toward one’s self that would eventually become a habit and a lifestyle.

I named my studio Pilates Life because adopting the method can be so much more than just performing the exercises several times a week. Joseph Pilates, wanted his clients to embrace an all-encompassing health regime focusing on:

  • correct breathing for more energy,
  • moving the body with control,
  • concentration,
  • precision,
  • maintaining a healthy weight,
  • nutritious eating in proper portions

Joseph wrote in his book Return to Life Through Contrology: "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure."

Cool, eh? Love that summary!

Now today the Pilates Method is practiced all over the world. Because of this different styles of the Pilates method have formed, two of the most important being Classical and Contemporary.

If you've been in my classes you know I often inform clients when we are about to work through a classical Pilates exercise. In short, “Classical Pilates” adheres to the repertoire as Joseph Pilates originally designed it: only the exercises he developed (without any modification) and in exactly the same order every time. “Contemporary Pilates” incorporates modern knowledge of the body, principles of well-researched exercise science, and current understanding of our bodies' biomechanics into the Pilates repertoire.

I have trainings in both Classical and Contemporary methods, which is why at Pilates Life Studio you are often presented a melding of both amazing methods. As a whole I follow the Balanced Body approach that combines the traditional repertoire with contemporary exercises. This inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation makes it one of the safest and effective methods available.

All schools of Pilates teach a set of principles that we can apply to our Pilates practice, but also to our daily life. Some schools omit or add certain principles depending on their focus, but this is the set I like best:
  • Awareness (proprioception)
  • Balanced Muscle Development
  • Breath
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centring
  • Flowing Motion
  • Precision
Over the next few weekls in this weekly newsletter, let’s have some fun exploring each principle! And let’s see how we can refine each principle while we are doing our Pilates exercises.
Here at Pilates Life Studio I truly care about each and everyone of my clients, and I am dedicated in helping you reach your health and fitness goals. You can reach out anytime with questions on the Pilates method and how it can help you.  


The new 1000 sq ft studio will be conveniently located within the Willoughby Town Centre at 208 St and 80 Av.

For our Equipment classes the studio will have a total of four full equipment work stations containing reformer, tower, chair, arc barrel, and BOSU.

Membership will be capped, so you will always have your reserved day/times, never needing to fight to grab for your fave class times.

We will also have a decided private session room with ALL the Pilates equipment: reformer, tower, chair, arc barrel, BOSU PLUS ladder barrel and cadillac.

Pilates Life Studio will be operating as per usual (home studio, zoom class, and renting the church spaces) until the opening of the new studio in May 2022.


Ready for change? Head to the Pilates Life Services and Pricing page to learn more how the Pilates method can help you reach your health and wellness goals.

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