History of Joseph Hubertus Pilates

Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880 - 1967) was born in Moenchengladbach, near Duesseldorf, Germany, in 1880. He was a sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever and spent a lifetime to be physically stronger. When I was young, he studied and excelled in sports such as culture, diving, skiing and gymnastics, and was fourteen years in such a way that was a model of anatomical plates.

He moved to England in 1912, where he worked, initially as a boxer, circus artist and professor of defense staff of the British police. Two years later, with the outbreak of World War I was declared 'enemy alien' and shut him up with other Germans in a field of Lancaster, and later moved to the Isle of Man Pilates became a nurse in the camp and trained to with other inmates who had created gymnastics exercises, starting to have a great reputation when none of his companions suffered the flu in England that killed thousands in 1918.

Pilates continued with its program of physical training in Hamburg (Germany) when the war ended, where he perfected his method with the local police. In 1926, disenchanted with the work they did with the German army, immigrated to the United States. He met his future wife, Clara, on the boat that leads to America, where, upon arrival, he founded a studio in New York that still continues to function. Both Joe and his wife were personally supervising their clients until the mid-sixties.

Pilates and his method, which he called 'contrología', entered the world of dance in a short time. Famous dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine were his followers and sent their students to the coaches. Later, other athletes and performing artists also began to study his method.

Pilates practiced what he preached and had a long and healthy life. He died in 1967 when he was 87 years. Today the dance companies, theater groups, school students and university drama and dance, professional sports teams, gyms and clients of fitness enthusiasts from around the world still use his methods and exercises, which are each increasingly known to the general public.

The perfect balance between body and mind is the quality not only makes the civilized man is more than a wild animal kingdom, it also provides all the necessary mental and physical forces to achieve the goal of humanity: the Health and Happiness. Joseph H. Pilates