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Pilates Fitness Ball

Fitness balls are big balls, 55cm - 75cm, that are used in all kinds of fitness scenarios from physical therapy to yoga, Pilates, and general exercise. Also known as exercise balls, balance balls, stability balls.

Adductor Muscles

A definition of the term adductor muscles.

Abductor Muscles

A definition of the term abductor muscles.


A definition of embodied along with synonyms and examples of use

Core Strength

Core strength is a foundation of Pilates Exercise. To develop core strength we learn to use the abdominal and back muscles in a balanced way.

What Does Pilates Mean?

Pilates is both a term for a system exercise and the name of a the person who founded the Pilates method of exercise, Joseph Pilates.

What is Winsor Pilates?

Winsor Pilates is a Pilates brand name, founded by Mari Winsor, sometimes misspelled as Windsor Pilates. Find out more.

Definition of Flexibility

Get the definition of flexibility as it relates to stretching and exercise.

What Does Extension Mean?

To extend is to take things further apart. Anatomically we say that we are using our muscles as extensors when we use them to decrease the angel between parts.

The Powerhouse

The center of your body, the area between your bottom ribs and the top of your pubic bone, is your powerhouse. It includes the abdominals and the lower back.

Eccentric Contraction

An eccentric contraction of three kinds of muscle contractions. Get eccentric contraction defined.

Pilates Stance

Pilates stance refers to a slightly turned out position of the legs. The legs are rotated outward at the hip, leaving the heels together and the toes apart. This leg position is used in many Pilates exercises.

Pilates Reformer

The Pilates reformer is an original and important piece of Pilates equipment.

Pilates Machine

What is a Pilates machine? Get Pilates machine defined as well as other Pilates equipment terms.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

When you take a deep breath in to your belly, it's your diaphragm muscle that lets you do it. Learn about diaphragmatic deep breathing.

Contemporary Pilates

What is contemporary Pilates training? Contemporary Pilates defined.

Classical Pilates

Classical Pilates defined. What does classical Pilates mean?

Pilates Method Alliance

The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is a nonprofit organization that supports professionalism in Pilates.

Scapula - Pilates Definitions

Some people call the scapula the wing bones because of their position on the back and their flat, triangular, wing-like shape.

Lateral Breathing

Lateral breathing, a Pilates breathing technique allows you to take a deep breath while keeping the abdominals contracted.

The Abdominals

A definition of the term, abdominals, as used in pilates exercises.


Midline definition: an anatomical term describing an invisible line down the middle of the body.

Functional Fitness

Fitness training that is designed, through exercise, to mimic and improve the kinds of movement activities that people perform in everyday life.

Tabletop Legs

The legs are in tabletop position when the knees are bent so that the thighs are perpendicular to the floor and the shins are parallel to the floor.

Pilates Terms - Modify

Modification changes an exercise but keeps its original intent.

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