About Joseph Pilates

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Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier — Joseph Pilates

Revolutionary approach

Joseph Pilates grew up near Dusseldorf in the 1880’s. A frail and sickly child he suffered with asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. This left him with poor bone structure and twisted limbs. He developed an interest in physical fitness to improve his body image and correct his disabilities. He drew his ideas from a variety of disciplines including boxing, gymnastics, body building and diving. He formulated a system that worked for his own body and created his renowned matwork exercises which he called “The Art of Contrology.”

Joseph set up his fitness studio in New York in the 1920’s. It attracted the elite of New York with leading ballet dancers and screen legends such as Gregory Peck and Katherine Hepburn attending.

Joseph Pilates wrote several books on fitness but never set up an official training programme. The result was that his disciples went on to teach their own individual versions of his method, many of which are still evidenced today.

Pilates technique in the 21st Century is still firmly rooted in Joseph Pilates’ original teachings. But the advances of exercise science have enabled teachers to adapt the technique into a safe effective form of exercise, that can be practiced by almost everyone.

It is this revolutionary approach to exercise that allows anyone to achieve the very best body they can. No matter what your starting point, Pilates puts the power to create improvements in your own hands.

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