The History of Pilates

A few years ago the new craze of fitness was ‘Pilates’. At first no one knew what Pilates really was, where it came from and how it became so popular, seemingly instantaneously. Pilates sounded more like a subdivision of pirate activities rather than the be all and end all of core strength, pelvic stability and alignment. In order to properly understand the Pilates method it’s important to have a perspective of both the man Joseph Pilates and his times. Joseph Pilates was born of Greek parentage in 1880 near Dusseldorf in Germany. Growing up he was frail, suffering from rickets and rheumatic fever at a time when Europe was becoming interested in physical exercise and the popularization of t

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