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About Joseph Pilates

Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. Former acrobat, boxer and World War I POW, he developed into what can only be described as a fitness visionary. After decades of research, he brought to New York City in 1926 a method of body conditioning the likes of which health and exercise enthusiasts had never seen. Rather than focusing on sets of repetitive weight-bearing movements, Pilates developed a series of specialized exercises to build strength, control and flexibility. Many of the exercises could be performed on nothing more than a floor mat, although many others were developed using a series of specialized machines, including the Reformer.

Joseph Pilates taught his method of "Contrology" until 1967, when he died at the age of 87. Now, more than seventy years after its introduction, the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning has become one of the most popular forms of fitness training available. Originally embraced only by professional dancers, athletes and celebrities, this method of exercise is now being taught in studios and fitness clubs around the world to everyone from preteens to octogenarians as the premier method of core-strength and total body training. Pilates is not only a form of specialized training and physical rehabilitation, but a deeply effective method of achieving health and well-being.

Simply put, Pilates feels good. As Joseph Pilates himself said, "You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions."