On the surface it may look like yoga, but Pilates is actually a unique type of physical
exercise that aims to strengthen the body, with a particular emphasis on the core
(which is another way of saying body's torso area). This is achieved through a series
of low-impact, low-repetition movements on either equipment or a mat. The focus is on
breathing, control and correct form rather than intense movements that can burn out
The health benefits of Pilates are plentiful. Aside from strengthening the muscles,
there are improvements to the body's posture, flexibility and coordination.
Pilates helps prevent injuries, for example when playing sports, and aids the recovery
when injuries do occur. Overall body stamina increases as well as a relaxation of the
mind and reduction of stress all taught through specific breathing techniques.
A typical Bing Pilates session usually lasts for one hour and includes numerous exercises
and stretches that can be catered for different levels of experience and needs, from the
absolute beginner to the very advanced.
For anyone interested in a quick history of Pilates, it was invented in the early part of last
century by a German called Joseph Pilates. He moved to England in 1912 and during WWI
was interred in a special camp by the British authorities as an 'enemy alien'. It was in here that
he began to devise his exercises, initially to help injured and diseased soldiers recover their strength, that eventually developed into the Pilates we know today.
Male or female, young or old, Bing Pilates is for everyone.