Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A system of exercises that promote the strengthening of the body, often using specialized equipment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates

Etymologies

After Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), German-born American physical fitness instructor who developed the system.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • If Pilates is more your speed, then you'll probably like this workout.

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  • They jealously guard the name Pilates and are allied with Sean Gallagher, director of the Pilates Studio, a training center on Broadway between 73rd and 74th streets.

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  • Mr. Gallagher bought the rights to the name Pilates for $18,000 in 1992, and he has threatened to sue just about anyone else who uses the Pilates moniker.

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  • a most welcome invite for Thanksgiving progress in Pilates class progress in Hatha II, too more inspiration and aspiration still more new friends on Ravelry

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  • By the time I was done with cardio I felt okay about only doing forty minutes because I’d run for over an hour that morning and moved to the mats on the floor to begin the glorified sit-ups they call Pilates, I noticed my brother still standing in the corner.

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  • The body conditioning class was different -- it was based on something called Pilates, and I could see it would help me understand my own body and deal with my physical weaknesses and injuries.

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  • It's called Pilates [Puh-LAH-tees], and it's the perfect exercise for women of our time: It has spiritual overtones, it makes you drop a clothing size, it promises a better orgasm, and men will never really get it.

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  • The club offers classes in aerobics, yoga and over 40 different workout courses, including Pilates, which is currently a hit in Hollywood.

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  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, which is the best option for someone that's young but out of shape? en Español

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  • Instead, he took to what's called a Pilates reformer - a machine of springs and sliding platforms that looks like a medieval torture device.

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