The history of Pilates begins with the birth Joseph H. Pilates in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880. He was the creator of Pilates exercise. His father was a prize winning gymnast and his mother was a neuropath.
He studied both the Eastern and Western forms of exercise including yoga. As he grew, he came to love exercise more and more. In his adolescent years, he often modeled for fitness charts, showing the degree to which his training encompassed.
Pilates seems to have burst onto the fitness scene out of nowhere, but the reality is that this popular body conditioning practice has been around for decades. The story behind Pilates is fascinating and learning more about the origin of this exercise can help you grasp the fundamental philosophy of this mind-body practice.