Pilates is popular with dancers, gymnasts, athletes and others in their physical prime but it is equally suitable for almost any age.
Indeed, one of the beauties of Pilates is that it can be tailored it to suit each person, whatever their age or physical condition. This is something that I do throughout my teaching.
Many of my clients are middle-aged or elderly. Indeed, more than a few start doing Pilates specifically because they have reached ‘a certain age’.
Older clients still might have to ask medical advice before taking up Pilates and to start more slowly. Many people, however, do Pilates into their eighties and nineties. A properly tailored Pilates programme is one of the best-known ways to ward off the infirmities of old age.
Your true age, in the end, of course, is as much a function of how one feels as of the date on your birth certificate. As Joseph Pilates himself put it: ‘If, at the age of 30, you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If, at 60, you are supple and strong, then you are young.’