History of Pilates

The spring-based apparatus became the first “machine” Pilates developed. This system, combined with Muscle Activation Technique at work, formed the foundation of his method. The first official Pilates studio was set up in New York City in 1926. At first practiced mainly by dancers and elite athletes, it has been enthusiastically adopted by the sports and fitness world as well.

Aesthetic

Flattens, tones and strengthen the abdominal area

Develops longer & leaner muscles

Corrects postural problems

Movement 

Creates freedom of movement

Enhances balance, strength, and flexibility

Joseph Pilates

The Pilates technique was developed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast and boxer, who was born in Germany in 1880. He was living in England at the outbreak of War War I and his German citizenship led to his imprisonment in a British internment camp along with other German nationals as enemy aliens. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, this was a fundamental time in the development of his method.

At the British internment camp, Joseph taught his exercises to fellow compatriots and developed the first concepts for his innovative machines by disassembling the camp bunk beds and using the springs as a form of resistance to rehabilitate the injured and bed-ridden.

Beyond a Workout

Increases core strength/stability

Prevents injuries

Complements

Complements other methods of exercises/sports performance

Improves coordination and circulation

The doctors noticed that patients who practiced Pilates improved faster than those who did not. The 1918 influenza pandemic hit and decimated populations all over the world, however, it is told that the inmates that followed Joseph’s routine survived due to their good health.

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