Source: University of California, Berkeley
This movement-based exercise technique was originally developed for dancers about a century ago by Joseph Pilates, a German boxer and gymnast. But just about anyone can benefit from it—especially for core training. Incorporating aspects of martial arts, yoga, dance, and gymnastics, it consists of about 500 precise, controlled movements that you can do on mats or specially designed devices, or with weight bars, exercise balls, flexible rings, or other equipment. The exercises not only increase core strength and stability but also range of motion, flexibility, and muscle balance.