Pilates : Physical Fitness Developed

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Pilates is physical fitness developed in the early 20th century, which the intended to strengthen the human mind and body. The founder of the Pilates method is Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 in Germany, and he was very sick when he was a young boy. He suffered from rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever (Isacowitz, 2006). With the intent to improve his heath, he studied and practiced Eastern and Western forms of exercise and he had worked so hard to improve his body, thus he had become body model for anatomy charts at age 14 (pilates.com). He also began to develop his own exercise system and called Contology. Like many Germans, he interned in Britain during World War II, and he taught self-defense, then he was transferred to a camp where he worked as a nurse. While he works there, he rugged springs to hospital beds, helping bedridden patients to exercise against resistance; this was lead to his later equipment design. His method was showed successful when the influenza swept over the country, none of his patients died (pilates.com). He returned to Germany after the war ended, began to train the Hamburg Military Police and taking on personal clients. Then, he came to the US and opened his first Pilates studio in New York City. At that time, he met his wife, Clara and cured her arthritis. In New York, Clara and he became famous for their work with famous dancers. He counted many socialites as well as plumbers and doctors as his clients. He died in

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