Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born 1883 in Mönchengladbach, near Düsseldorf. As a child he was sick and weak but found a way to improve his health and to strengthen his body. He tried out many different types of sport like boxing, gymnastics, skiing, swimming, self defence and body building. He was also interested in yoga and tai-chi. Eventually his body was so athletic, that he stood as model for anatomical drawings.
1912 he moved to England. In 1914 during the 1st World War he was interned in a camp and he trained the other prisoners. That’s where he started building on his apparatus made of hospital beds. He also developed a rehabilitation program for the disabled from the war.
After the war he went back to Germany to train the police in Hamburg. When they offered him to train the military, as a devoted pacifist, he emigrated to New York. There he opened his first studio with his future wife Clara in the same building as the New York City Ballet. His method, that he called Contrology, became an insider tip for many dancers and performing artists. He taught until his death in 1967.
In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body. (Joseph Hubertus Pilates 1941)