History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He was a frail child who grew to be a talented athlete competing as a skier,diver,gymnast and boxer.While interned in England during World War I for his German citizenship, Joseph became a nurse. He created exercise equipment for immobilized patients and wounded soldiers by attaching springs to hospital beds. This system became the foundation for his method of body conditioning and exercise apparatus which he brought with him to New York city in 1926.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” - Joseph Pilates