History of Pilates
The spring-based apparatus became the first “machine” Pilates developed. This system, combined with
Flattens, tones and strengthen the abdominal area
Develops longer & leaner muscles
Corrects postural problems
Creates freedom of movement
Enhances balance, strength, and flexibility
The Pilates technique was developed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast
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
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.