The Pilates fever is easy to catch once you've had a taste. Here are a dozen or so reasons why
people all over the world have fallen for this unique exercise regimen for nearly a century.

• Longer leaner muscles that create a svelte look

• Illusion of looking taller due to significant postural changes

• Back pain reduction from stronger core

• Increased flexibility, range of motion

• Defined shoulders, slimmer waistline, thinner thighs

• Sharpened mental focus

• Improved blood circulation

• Renewed confidence in appearance

• Better coordination and balance

• Effective rehabilitation for injuries

• Alignment correction allows muscles and joints to function more efficiently

• Artistic, mindful approach to fitness
and wellness

•Whole body integrated exercises creating a more powerful workout

Joseph Pilates was a cigar smoking gymnast, diver, skier, bodybuilder and boxer who created this now famous system of exercise while working as a physical trainer for the British military. Born in Germany in 1880, Pilates was a sickly child suffering from Rheumatic Fever, asthma and rickets and was inspired to create a regimen to strengthen his body and improve his health. In 1914 he moved to England. World War I broke out and as an alien resident he was forced to intern at the Isle of Man. It was here he became a physical instructor, training bedridden veterans by attaching springs to their hospital beds in order to rehabilitate their weakened muscles. This idea later influenced in the design of the Cadillac apparatus. In 1925, Joseph Pilates came to America as a trainer of German boxing champion Max Schmeling. On the voyage to America, he met his future wife Clara. Pilates landed in New York City and opened the first studio on Eighth Avenue. He called his work Contrology, based on the notion that the mind controls the body. Pilates' early clients consisted of boxers, wrestlers, & Wall Street brokers. His unique fitness ideology took hold when famous choreographers George Balanchine & Martha Graham discovered his work and introduced him to the dance world. The New York City Ballet sent dancers to Joseph for both rehabilitation and body conditioning. Since then scores of athletes, performers and health enthusiasts practice Pilates in pursuit of health and well being. Joseph Pilates firmly believed that you're only as old as your spine – therefore the secret to youth is a supple, flexible spine supported by a strong core. Principals of Pilates include: centering, alignment, coordination, flow of movement, control, flexibility and precision.