The growing popularity of pilates as a workout is due to a number of benefits that the participant receives from this type of training.
Pilates is a form of exercise that is designed to develop strength primarily in your core and then use that strength to also strengthen the outer parts of your body. One of the reasons why so many people are taking up pilates is because of how greatly it helps to reduce the risk of back pain.
If you have a strong core your chances of developing back pain are greatly reduced as you will not only maintain better posture in everyday life but your muscles will also be strong enough to handle any awkward positions that you may get into.
This type of workout also greatly focuses on breathing techniques, as does yoga, however it goes less into deep breathing and rather concentrates on inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
You will also see an increase in flexibility upon performing these workouts as one of the core components is lengthening the body and achieving a greater range of motion. You will also experience an increase in blood circulation along with an enhanced sense of balance.
The one thing that you will not see from this form of exercise however is a significant degree of weight loss. Granted, if you are on a sensible diet while performing it you will likely lose weight, but in terms of just exercise, cardio training or heavy weight training would be more suitable to this goal.
If you are looking for a new workout to try though and are getting bored with your current strength training routine, this may be the perfect option for you. It offers variation, a change in focus, stress reduction along with all the benefits that have already been mentioned. You do not need to perform it every day to see results either. A few sessions a week will give you considerable changes in your fitness level.