A guide to Pi­lates

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PI­LATES ex­er­cises are usu­ally done in a spe­cific or­der, one right af­ter an­other . The move­ments have names, like “The 100,” Criss­Cross,” the “Ele­phant,” and the “Swan.” The moves may look sim­ple, but they tak e a lot of pre­ci­sion and con­trol. It’s not like do­ing a bunch of crunches; there’s a strong em­pha­sis on tech­nique. You can do Pi­lates on an ex­er­cise mat, ei­ther in a class or you can go to a gym or stu­dio that has spe­cial equip­ment, in a class or with a trainer su­per­vis­ing you. Pi­lates classes typ­i­cally take 45 min­utes to an hour, but you can do fewer moves in less time. You’ll ge t stronger, more sculpted mus­cles and gain flex­i­bil­ity.

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