Recently I have started pilates classes after my mom told me for so many years it was awesome and I never paid attention to her. Well, she was right, I’m totally crazy about it now! It not only helps my backpains but I’m getting so strong and in shape. As the journalist I am, I can’t help but investigate everything I get interested in, so here is a short post on History Facts on PILATES. And yes people this is MARYLIN MONROE doing her Pilates work out in my picture.
<Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Monchengladbach Germany in 1883. As a child, Joe had asthma and other ailments. He turned to exercise and athletics to battle these ailments and was always studying various exercise regimens to expand his knowledge base. He became interested in the classical Greek ideal of a man balanced in body, mind, and spirit, and he began to develop his own exercise system based on this concept.
>Joe was no longer the sickly child he became an avid skier, diver, gymnast, and boxer.
*In 1912 Joe went to England, where he worked as a self-defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. At the outbreak of World War I, Joe was interned as an “enemy alien” with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise.
<An influenza epidemic struck England in 1918, killing thousands of people, but not a single one of Joe’s trainees died. This, he claimed, testified to the effectiveness of his system.
>Joe returned to Germany, his exercise was popular in the dance community. Hanya Holm adopted many of Joe’s exercises for her modern dance curriculum, and they are still part of the “Holm Technique.”
*In 1926, Joe emigrated to the United States with his partner Clara Zeuner. They opened a fitness studio in New York, sharing an address with the New York City Ballet.
<Pilates was NOT created for dancers, Joe often disliked teaching dancers because they tend to distort his method by over-stretching their joints. Dancers flocked to his studio anyway when they discovered how effective it is at creating the balanced, powerful and lean physique that they need.*
>Joe taught his method very specifically according to the client and would change the way an exercise was taught depending on what that body needed.
*Mat-work is the purest form of Pilates since Joe created it long before he began designing his apparatus