Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880, a weak, sickly child. As a young man, he became obsessed with overcoming his physical frailty and chronic illness.
With determination to achieve his goal, he systematically analyzed the late 19th century and early 20th century ideas of fitness. The method he developed based on the body of knowledge he acquired stressed balance; strength; muscle tone; excellent posture; flexibility; and deep, oxygen-rich breathing
Pilates' work was discovered early on by those traditionally known to be intensely committed to a superior regimen of fitness, namely athletes and dancers. Outside this elite domain of physical gods and goddesses however, it was little known.
In recent years, as more and more people in the "real world" have given priority to better health, fitness and longevity, Joseph Pilates' method has begun to generate a much broader awareness and appeal.
And when you speak to many of the individuals who have made a commitment to the method for even a brief period of time, they will often tell you that the improvement in their lives and appearance has been nothing short of astonishing.