Pilates has become increasingly popular and is now practiced by many members of the community for general fitness. Athletes of all levels of many sports have turned to Pilates for injury prevention, recovery and trying to improve performance. It has also proved very popular with celebrities.
Pilates has also been used to help people suffering with general back pain and posture problems. Pilates has been used to improve balance, co-ordination, core strength, flexibility and muscle strengthening. Though research on Pilates itself is sparse, research on similar exercise techniques does support the principles of the Pilates method and new research is emerging all the time to support its claims.