I knew there was another reason why I loved pilates so much! Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883–1967) was a Sagittarian! So Happy Birthday, my fellow Sag. Today, December 9th, would be his 130th birthday. Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, his method which was originally called Contrology, has helped so many dancers (including myself!) and individuals worldwide. Even though there are many variations of his workout (barre3, Yogalates) his mat pilates version is still my go-to workout.
Why? You may have heard of the "powerhouse" or the core. When you strengthen the inner core, all the way down to the tranverse abdominals, you also strengthen the lower back. I personally have L4, L5 herniated discs, in addition to some serious SI joint pain all the way through the hip. I do his exercises often to release and rehab through his genius movements. I also love the use of the pilates circle to build strength in the arms, thighs, and more.
This must be why fitness experts and practitioners alike are still integrating and incorporating his postures in their classes. If you're interested in learning more, I highly recommend his books including Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health
I also can't write a pilates post without mention of Mari Winsor. I think I own every single DVD she has put out! She truly introduced me to the method, even though I've never even met her (maybe one day.) In addition, If you're up for taking an awesomely (is that a word?) challenging class or would like to get certified in NYC, take a class from my own teacher, Linda Farrell of LindaFit pilates. You won't be disappointed!
Stay tuned for more posts on pilates. Where do you take pilates? How has pilates influenced you and your workout?
I'd love to hear....
Happy Birthday, Mr. Pilates! Thank you for sharing your genius with us.
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