Developed from the rehabilitative techniques of Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967), Pilates is an exercise system that is performed on a mat or on apparatus unique to the method. It develops core strength, flexibility, agility, and economy of motion while providing a stress-reducing and rejuvenating mind-body workout. Pilates workouts are extremely versatile and can be tailored to the novice exerciser, the elite athlete, and anyone in between.