What is Pilates?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Pilates reformer Pilates with a Physiotherapist


See also: Aero Pilates machine PIIT 28 (Pilates Intense Interval Training) Weights, Pilates

The Pilates Method is a physical fitness system that focuses on the core postural muscles to help keep the body balanced and to provide support for the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 34 12
Improve flexibility/strength 32 15
Improve mobility 20 15
Parkinson's disease 6 2
Stiffness 5 2

Show all 38 reasons taken

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pilates

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 1
Flushing 1
Muscle aches 1
Pain 1
Pain in lower back 1
Soreness 1


Based on patients currently doing Pilates

Dosage Patients
1 hr weekly 3
2 hr weekly 2
60 min weekly 2
45minutes as needed 2
1 other weekly 1
1 hr m,w,f 1
3 hr weekly 1
50 min weekly 1
20 min daily 1
30 min daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Pilates

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Expense 5
Side effects too severe 5
Did not seem to work 4
I didn't have enough time 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped doing Pilates


Currently doing Pilates

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 5

Stopped doing Pilates

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 8
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 5
$50-99 5
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 14
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4 patient evaluations for Pilates

Nov 19, 2012 (Started Nov 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve flexibility/strength)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Due to a great deal of illness EG: chest infections and also due to results of examinations done recently my Pilates have had to be put on hold until today now they are starting again but only gently at first taking into count the factors that I have COPD (accent on breathing with exercises here) and that my aneurysm is now growing again (not to put too much strain on the abdomen now). I can and have started my Pilates from today on a once daily basis sat in a comfortable position.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 8, 2012 (Started Nov 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve flexibility/strength)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle aches)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: If you have mental health problems as I do very often with sleeping problems doing a daily exercise scheedule that has been worked out by a physiotherapist who is conversant with not only your present needs but one who also has the foresight to see when and where other problems might occur. For example I have to use crutches on a daily basis this so my PT said might and could effect the muscle groups in my upper arms and shoulders so she gave me extra excercises to strengthen these muscle groups. The side effects I got from this type of treatment are expected and as I continually do them the aches and pains will wear off.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 20, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve flexibility/strength)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for weight gain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stress)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 14, 2009 (Started Jun 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (soreness, fatigue, pain)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I want to become a Healthy Person in a Healthy,non medicated way. I'm trying to do this exercise daily, some days I just can't.
Side effects: soreness, pain, fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks
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