Joseph H. Pilates

A pioneer of its time
Inventor: Joseph H. Pilates

Pilates has a positive effect on our health. “Contrology” is what the native German from Mönchengladbach called his extremely successful method of full-body training. Joseph Pilates created special Pilates equipment with spring resistance and tensile force such as the Pilates Reformer, the Cadillac or the trapeze especially for this purpose.

Every Pilates exercise performed is based on six basic principles: centering, breathing, control, concentration, precision and flow of movement. Many people underestimate the effect of Pilates. In addition to physical change, Pilates also strengthens our will and body awareness, as well as concentration and self-esteem.

Jospeh Pilates with his client during the Pilates reformer training in his studio, in the left picture she rolls up with her entire body in the foot straps, into the short spine massage. In the right picture, she is stretching her leg powerfully, Joseph is standing next to her and correcting her movement.

In 1926 he and his wife Clara Pilates founded the first “Pilates Studio” at 939 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, New York.

At that time the Pilates method was mainly developed for men, because as a gymnast, fencer, professional boxer, circus artist, sports teacher and fan of Far Eastern sports, Joseph Pilates was an absolute pioneer in the field of humanities and physical sciences and was always ahead of his time.

In 1926 he and his wife Clara Pilates founded the first “Pilates Studio” in Manhattan, New York. With his work he got the reputation in the dance scene. Many celebrities like Martha Graham and George Balanchine visited his studio at 939 Eighth Avenue.

He was affectionately called Uncle Joe. He helped many to regain healthy and strong bodies. Until his death, he had firmly believed that Contrology was a safe training module for improving health and increasing happiness. But it took another 40 years for the Pilates method to really gain recognition.






“Most people train mechanically, without mental concentration, a complete waste of time and effort!”
Joseph H. Pilates

Today Pilates has found a place and an esteemed reputation all over the world. Times are changing, the method is gaining more momentum and popularity in physiotherapy, as is the rethinking in sports medicine and science.

Today we don’t want to miss the Pilates method anymore and even see that more men have discovered Pilates equipment training for themselves. In the US and Canada alone, 25% – 50% men train Pilates regularly once or twice a week in Pilates Reformer and Tower Unit classes. If that is not a sign of his words and deeds at the time.

The method has become a lifestyle, what is healthy and addictive must be spread, thanks J.H. Pilates.

Pilates exercise, Jospeh Pilates training with a man Pilates. He lies on a bed and holds the Tower Barre firmly under spring tension, his upper body is slightly rolled up, his legs are 45 degrees long, his entire body is centered, Jospeh stands next to him and guides him.
Jospeh Pilates with his client during training, he stands next to her and guides her, the client hangs with her body on the Pilates Cadillac, both arms grip the bar above, her feet are in the ankle strap, her entire body is powerful and centered.


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Posture and breathing

With mindfulness to a conscious body posture and breathing techniques. A healthy attitude towards life.

Joseph H. Pilates

A pioneer of its time to this day. Pilates has had a positiv effect on our health.

Strengthen the body

Not only that, Pilates gives you back your upright gait with elegance and precision.

My first Pilates class for beginner

Pilates for beginners: My experience at the REALZ Pilates studio in Berlin. A new customer report from Laura Kleber.

Posture and breathing

With mindfulness to a conscious body posture and breathing techniques. A healthy attitude towards life.

Joseph H. Pilates

A pioneer of its time to this day. Pilates has had a positiv effect on our health.

Strengthen the body

Not only that, Pilates gives you back your upright gait with elegance and precision.

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