Getting Men on Mats

Updated: Jul 9, 2018

When you see a Pilates class advertised, I would suggest that it's mostly Ladies that sign up for the class. The inventor of the Pilates method though, was   “Joseph Pilates” who, born in Germany 1883, was sickly as a child so began to self teach himself exercise, gymnastics, bodybuilding, boxing and martial arts to improve his health which he would then dedicate to long life study. In 1912, Joseph Pilates toured England,  working as a circus performer, self defence instructor and professional boxer. At the start of world war 1 he was interned as an enemy along with other German nationals, this is where he started teaching exercise and to develop his Pilates method He also served some of this time as an Orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he would help patients that were too weak to walk. It was also here that he started to use the springs and boards off the beds for exercise equipment. He returned to Germany after the war where after some time of getting known for his exercise method  was invited to work with the German secret police.

At this point in time he decided to emigrate to the USA, on the boat trip over he met his future  wife Clara. They opened the first Body contrology studio in New York which was in the same building as a number of dance studios. Originally his method was named “Contrology”. His  method of conditioning soon became known in the Dance community, It is estimated that over 12.000,000 people now exercise in Pilates classes around the world.