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2nd October 2018

The Origin of Pilates

As a part of our ‘Origin’ series we will discuss how some of the most popular exercise types came to into the mainstream. Today we talk about Pilates and its foundations in  20th century Germany Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. As a child he suffered from asthma and various other ailments. Joseph used exercise and athletics to battle these problems and was constantly studying exercise regimens to expand his knowledge. While learning about exercise he became interested in the classical Greek ideas of a man balanced in body, mind and spirit and began developing his own exercise system based on this concept. At the age of 29 he went to England to train detectives in Scotland Yard in self-defence. At the outbreak of WW1 he was interned as an ‘enemy alien’ along with other German nationals. During this time he refined his ideas and trained other internees […]