Pilates was developed by a man called Joseph Pilates. Joseph was a sickly child, he had ailments such asthma, rickets, rheumatic fever to name just a few!
Joseph was determined to improve his physical health so went on a quest of self-discovery. He emerged himself in several exercise disciplines such as Boxing, Body building and Gymnastics. He became very fit and strong and posed for anatomical charts. Joseph developed his own system of exercises which relied on control, breath, and core strength.
On a journey to America in 1926, the 45-year-old Joseph met his wife to be, Clara and together they established a studio in New York, in the same building as many dance studios. The proximity to the dance world, was pivotal in how the Pilates exercises came to be closely associated with the conditioning, rehabilitation from injury and training of many dancers.