Joseph Pilates developed a unique fitness system combining aspects of martial arts, gymnastics, yoga and ancient Greek training techniques, focusing on the coordination of the body, mind and spirit. Joseph Pilates, practiced what he called "The Art of Contrology until his death in 1968, at the age of 88. He left his studio and his legacy as a trainer, teacher and innovator to his student and colleague Romana Kryzanowska. Today, the conditioning system bears his name, is one of the most popular and fastest growing fitness methods in the world. Known simply as PILATES, its leading teacher and practitioner is also recognized by only one name, ROMANA. For nearly half a century Romana has traveled around the world, teaching this Authentic Pilates method that she learned directly from "Uncle Joe". Her clients include athletes, dancers and celebrities. Even the most successful Pilates teachers and other fitness experts regularly come to Romana for advanced instruction and certification in the Pilates method. Now, for the first time, Romana has created a video series for home use. In Pilates the 4-inch band incorporating the hips, abdomen and lower back is known as the "Powerhouse". A strong Powerhouse is the key to fitness and the core of all Pilates movement. Every other muscle group works from the Powerhouse. Romana?s Powerhouse Mat Workout will teach you to use your powerhouse to control your body with a minimum of motion and maximum effect. Your abs will become tighter. Your buttocks will get firmer. You?ll stand straighter, feel stronger and move more easily and energetically.