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Origins | Benefits


Mr.Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He was a very sick, frail child with asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. He was however extremely determined to become strong and started to study anatomy books. By the age of 13 he had regained so much strengh, that built himself so strong he himself was modeling for anatomy books.

He named his self-strengthening method, "The Art of Contrology".

In 1912 Joe went to England, where he worked as a self-defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. During the outbreak of World War I, Joe was interned as an "enemy alien" with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise. He attached springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance, an innovation that led to a spring-based exercise system, later designed to be used in conjunction with the mat work.

After his release, Joe returned to Germany. When German officials asked Joe to teach his fitness system to the army, he decided to leave Germany for good. In 1926, Joe emigrated to the United States. During the voyage he met Clara, whom he later married. Joe and Clara opened a fitness studio in New York, sharing an address with the New York City Ballet. He focused his attention on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine.

Joseph and Clara Pilates soon established a devout following in the local dance and the performing-arts community of New York. Joe continued to train clients at his studio until his death in 1967, at the age of 87


Strong core - flat abdominals and a strong back: Pilates exercises develop a strong "core," or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.

Evenly conditioned body: Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

With conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance - a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.

Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. The method can benefit anyone, from the super-fit athlete to the pregnant woman, and everyone in between; even those with injuries or chronic conditions. Modifications to the exercises allow for different levels of difficulty ranging from beginners to advanced.

Get the workout that suits you best now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves. Try it!

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