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About Joseph Pilates


The Pilates Method was developed by the late Joseph Pilates. Born in Germany in 1880 his childhood was plagued by ill health and as a consequence he became obsessed with physical fitness to improve his body image. He was a keen sportsman and incorporated many elements into his fitness programme which was initially devised for his fellow internees when he was interned in England during the First World War.

He returned to Germany after the war and moved in 1926 to the USA with his wife, Clara. They set up a fitness studio in New York at an address he shared with the New York City ballet. His first clients were boxers but he was soon working with ballet dancers, actors and athletes.

A somewhat unorthdox figure – a cigar smoking exercise instructor teaching in swimming trunks – he was renowned as a hard task master, correcting his clients in a forceful manner. However, his ideas and approach have inspired the huge industry that is Pilates today, with the Pilates Method being practised by many top athletes and performers as well as being supported by medical specialists.
Joseph Pilates died in 1967

Pilates is a safe and effective exercise program,suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Strengthening and toning all your muscles, Pilates focuses on deep core muscles to enable you to move safely from a strong centre. The quality of the movement is emphasised rather than mindless repetition. Pilates also improves flexibility, posture, balance, co-ordination and body awareness

Pilates can be adapted to suit the specific needs of:

  • Athletes wanting a challenging programme
  • The elderly wanting to improve mobility, balance and strength
  • People recovering from injury
  • Pregnant women
  • People wanting a lifestyle change to stay fit and healthy