Pilates is a refreshing mind-body workout where the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. You will build strength without "bulking up" - gaining long, lean muscles, flexibility and a deepened understanding of movement. Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Develop a strong core - flat abdominals and a strong back.