Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) – Innovator, Inventor
Joesph Pilates’ vision and understanding of the body has inspired millions of people around the world to practice the series of exercises that bear his name. He lived his life dedicated to improving his health and the health of others, starting in Germany before transporting his knowledge to England and New York City. Ahead of his time, he began developing his mat routine in the early 1900s. He developed it further while incarcerated in a hospital in England during World War I. Attaching the springs from hospital beds to bedposts, he created rehabilitative exercises, which he developed further into the Pilates equipment and exercises we know today, most notably the Reformer.
Along with Ida Rolf, Mosche Feldenkrais, F.M.Alexander, Joesph Pilates’ concepts of the body and conditioning has helped millions of people improve their posture, strength, and physical performance.