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Aug, 12

The Power of Pilates

LIZ BRODY | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

This workout emphasizes strength through grace and flexibility. Oh, by the way, it’s pronounced puh-LAH-teez

Two hundred and twenty pounds, 74 inches and 42 years of poor posture are rigged up with chains and springs, semi-suspended on a contraption that looks like it belongs in a medieval torture chamber.

It’s actually Martin Sherman doing an exercise on the “Cadillac” at a Pilates studio in Venice. The 42-year-old framing-business owner started Pilates training when other treatments for his chronic lower back pain failed, and in his view, it’s thanks to this workout that he is now a picture of health.

Read more: http://articles.latimes.com/1998/nov/16/health/he-43276