Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body
conditions. Pilates is still 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 to benefit the individual unique physical condition. Many clients are middle-aged or elderly. More than a few start doing Pilates specifically because they have reached ‘a certain age’, realized that they no longer do any exercise and suddenly thought, " I have to start to do something, or else I’ll fall apart."
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 program is one of the best-known ways to ward off the disadvantages of aging. Your true age, in the end, of course, is as much a function of how feel 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.’