Pilates is a method of exercise developed by the legendary trainer, Joseph H. Pilates (1880 – 1967) at the turn of the century. He brought his unique method of conditioning to the United States in 1923. He studied Eastern and Western disciplines, creating a fusion of the best qualities of both. Pilates exercises require fewer repetitions but concentrate on very precise movements with proper control and form.
Best known for its deep abdominal and back (core) work, Pilates is a complete total-body-conditioning workout emphasizing the natural curves of the spine. Pilates increases lean muscle tissue and bone density, but it does more than conventional weightlifting. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the whole body is trained with every exercise, integrating the upper and lower extremities with the trunk, precisely aligning your muscle tone with the natural curves of the spine so that your everyday movements support a healthy back. Pilates exercises increase the range of motion of the joints which in turn give you a more flexible body.
“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. To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability. This very rapidly progressing world with its ever-increasing faster tempo of living, demands that we be physically fit and alert in order that we may succeed in the unceasing race with keen competition and which rewards the “go-getter” but bypasses the “no-getter”. Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase. However, it can be gained through performing the daily exercises conceived for this purpose by the founder of Contrology whose unique methods accomplish the desirable result by successfully counteracting the harmful inherent conditions associated with modern civilization.”
Joseph Pilates, 1945