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Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967)


Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He grew up very ill, being underweight, asthmatic, and with rheumatic fever.

Feeling a sense of inadequacy after being bullied in school, he taught himself anatomy, and developed a series of exercises to strengthen himself and called it “Contrology”.

He moved to England in his 30’s and became a nurse and physical therapist. He taught his exercise philosophy to his patients and created machines to assist them in their fitness regimes.

In his 40’s he moved to New York City, where he opened his first studio with his wife Clara. He began teaching many dancers who had heard of his fitness theories and became sought after as an instructor, as he was able to rehabilitate them from injury.

Word spread quickly and “Contrology” became popular with the social elite in New York at the time.

Joe, as many called him, died at age 87 from advanced emphysema from years of cigar smoking.

His wife continued teaching at the studio until she died in 1977.

Joseph Pilates was many years ahead of his time. Pictures of him throughout his life show a man who appears 20 years more youthful than his chronological age.

Since his death “Contrology” has been renamed Pilates after the man himself. Once thought to be a form of fitness for only the elite, the rich and famous and the movie stars, Pilates is now taught to millions around the world from all walks of life. Joseph Pilates was truly a unique and innovative man who has inspired me to pass along his fitness philosophy to my clients, and modify movement for EVERY body.


Lori Weisbrod
Arthro-Pilates™ Founder



Disclaimer: Lori Weisbrod is a Certified Mat Pilates instructor. She is not a doctor or physiotherapist and is not liable
for any medical concerns that may arise when participating in any fitness program.

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