Pilates is similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core — the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt, and so on. For this reason, Pilates develops much of what exercisers need — strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture — with a much lower chance of injury than with other forms of exercise. The discipline emphasizes correct form instead of going for the burn. With so many exercise variations and progressions, you may have a hard time getting bored with Pilates.
Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates system for wounded fellow prisoners while he was imprisoned in a camp during the First World War . He emigrated to America after the war, where he opened the first pilates studio, which became popular with dancers because they give a lot of attention to developing strength and flexibility.