Joseph H. Pilates: The Legendary Trainer
A Brief History of Classical Pilates Instruction
As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates method purify the bloodstream. - Joseph Pilates
Nearly a century ago, German born Joseph Hubertus Pilates developed a revolutionary method of body conditioning called Contrology. Growing up in Monchengladbach, near Dusseldorf, young Joe studied body building and gymnastics to strengthen his frail constitution. By the age of fourteen, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. This early foray into fitness laid the foundation for the authentic Pilates system of physical conditioning.
In 1912, Joe emigrated to England, working as a boxer and a circus performer. During World War I, he was interned in an enemy alien camp on the Isle of Mann, where he introduced his fitness regime to other prisoners. While many internees succumbed to depression, malnutrition, and suicide, Joseph Pilates created a method of movement using the mind to control the muscles.
The Pilates method of body conditioning reawakens and stimulates brain cells, stimulating further the functioning of the mind. - Joseph Pilates
The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is practiced by people all over the world who are at every level of fitness. Pilates Classes and Instruction are becoming more popular than ever before, as The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is used by professional athletes, actors, sports teams, dancers, performing arts school students, and members of health clubs and gyms.