Pilates is a progressive exercise method that strengthens while lengthening muscles. The beginner and intermediate work are gentle yet extremely effective. The advanced work is challenging and requires a great degree of shoulder and core strength, balance, flexibility, and experience. Pilates is a great complement to your already existing fitness routine or it can BE your fitness routine. Just remember, as with any fitness regimen, fitness and progression come with practice and consistency. You should be training your body at least 3-4 times a week with a combination of resistance and cardio work.