Pilates is one of the hottest fitness trends in the world. Many people use it as their main from of exercise, and many people take advantage of the core strength, flexibility and stability that Pilates exercise develops and use it as a foundation to cross train for improved sports performance. I firmly believe that Pilates makes everything better. Whether your goal is to improve your golf swing or rock climb in better style the benefits of Pilates functional strength and flexibility will help. Pilates is great for endurance athletes, such as runners, swimmers and cyclists, because it works the core muscle groups that make you more efficient and less prone to overuse injuries. Core strength supports the body, promoting healthy posture and freeing the joints to allow natural flexibility of the limbs. This kind of strength and flexibility training translates well into all kinds of cross-training activities.