Today we celebrate the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates birthday so we thought we would share with you a brief history, some top tips and the perfect Pilates clothing…
A Brief History of Pilates
Born on the 9th December 1883 in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Joepeh Piates dedicated his life to life to improving his physical strength and we are so glad he did as he came up with the now popular Pilates method.
Originally a gymnast, diver and bodybuilder, he also earned a living as a professional boxer, circus-performer and self-defence trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard when he moved to England in 1912. The British authorities interned him during World War I along with other German citizens and it was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became “Contrology”.
In about 1925, Pilates migrated to the United States. On the ship to America, he met his future wife Clara and the couple founded thier studio in New York City to teach and supervise their students well into the 1960s. ”
Joseph and Clara Pilates soon established a devoted following in the local dance community of New York. After it became known that ballerinas were attending the Pilates gym on 8th Avenue, actors, athletes and society women became devoted clients.
Sadly at the time of his death in 1967 Contrology was still relatively unknown outside of New York. How proud he would have been to know his teaching has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon, with an estimated 25 million people practicing!
What you need to know:
– Pilates is a great all round workout that perfectly compliments other forms of exercise. Pilates focuses on building strength, flexibility and a strong core.
– There are two types of Pilates practice…
Mat: Mat based Pilates focuses on your core strength as you use your body weight as a resistance.
Reformer: Reformer Pilates uses a machine for added resistance and to challenge your workout. It also adds a lot of fun as it often feels like you are floating/flying in the air.
– When you’re at a Pilates class, it’s best to wear fitted clothes that allow your teacher to see your body and check your posture and positioning. Our Bend It Tee and Live Fast Pants make the perfect Pilates clothing.