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What is Pilates

The discipline was created by German-born Joseph H. Pilates a century ago.  A sickly child plagued with asthma and rickets, he grew up obsessed about the perfect body.  He sought a discipline to combine the physique of the ancient Greeks with the meditative strength of the East.
 
The result was a system of exercises he called “contrology,” requiring intense concentration and   centered on a strong abdomen, deep stretching and     focused breathing.  It worked for him.  Joseph H.  Pilates was an i ncredible physical testament to his method.
 
“I must be right. Never an aspirin.  Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” –Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
 
Performance is often separated by the smallest degree of measure, whether that thousandth of a second for the runner, or that improved strength and flexibility for the gymnast.  Pilates offers that bridge.
 
D iscover why everyone from dancers, to professional athletes, to A-list celebrities love the Pilates method.