Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 --- 9:56 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is now offering a certificate in Pilates.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports the program is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation in which a four-year university offers its own credit classes in Pilates leading to a certificate.
Pilates is a body-conditioning discipline developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.
Collette Stewart is an associate lecturer of dance at UW-Madison who helped start the certificate program. She says a few other universities have partnered with outside Pilates schools to offer a similar certificate program.
The program is 20 credits and is meant to prepare students for the Pilates Method Alliance Board certification exam.
The school launched the program this fall.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press