PILATES
A FITNESS REVOLUTON THAT STARTED 70 YEARS AGO!

"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."

             - Joseph Hubertus Pilates

In 1923, German-born Joseph H. Pilates brought his unique method of physical and metal conditioning to the United States. Pilates has been asthmatic as a child, motivating him to improve his strength and physique. His study of yoga and martial arts, and this work with physicians and his wife

Clara (a nurse), led to the development of his conditioning system. More then 70 years later, his techniques became the cornerstone of the Pilates method.

In the 1960's, Pilates' students began to open their own conditioning studios. This first generation of instructors combined Pilates' principles with their own interpretations and knowledge gained from others. In 1967 the movement took on an explosive leap forward when Ron Fletcher moved to Los Angeles. Fletcher, a dancer, possessed deep knowledge of the method and added many of his own important contributions.



Fletcher's presence and influence produced a steady stream of instructors who carried the principles throughout California, Texas, Colorado, and ultimately, the world. Today, the vast majority of instructors can trace their origins to Fletcher's Los Angeles studio.

In New York City, and in many international communities, growth of the method can be traced to Carrolla Trier, Kathy Stanford-Grant, Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowska and other original students of Joseph Pilates.

Pilates is a method of exercise in physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body . With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.

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With the Pilates method no muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly conditioned, helping you meet lifestyle goals and play sports more efficiently with less chance of injury.