Joseph Pilates Biography
(Physical Trainer and Inventor of the 'Pilates' Method of Physical Fitness)
Birthday: December 9, 1883 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Mönchengladbach, Germany
Joseph Pilates was a German-American fitness expert who achieved iconic status as the inventor of the ‘Pilates’. It is a holistic training method that focuses on breathing, mind, and muscle control. He was inspired by the Greek image of an ideal man. This led to him developing a lifelong passion for physical fitness and mental health. He was also motivated to develop resistance training devices from everyday objects while interned during ‘World War I’. Many of these machines were the forerunners of modern equipment like the ‘Universal Reformer’, the ‘Magic Circle’, and the ‘Cadillac’, etc. Joseph Pilates can be truly defined as one of the first fitness icons who achieved celebrity status. His methods of ‘Contrology’ have inspired generations to understand the importance of the balance between mind and body. His legacy is untouchable and has been immortalized by the ‘Pilates Elders’. They have in turn inspired new ‘Pilates’ teachers who combine modern techniques with classical ones.