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Joseph Hubertus Pilates (pronounced Puh-Lah-Tees) was born in Germany in 1880. A sickly child, he suffered from asthma, rheumatic fever, and rickets. However, having a father who was a gymnast, and a mother who was a naturopath, ill health wasn’t his destiny. He began studying anatomy in textbooks—and in life—hiding in the woods for hours to watch the movements of the animals. He also studied yoga, Zen meditation and Greek and Roman exercise regimens.

Fascinated by muscle function and its connection to well being, Pilates began developing a method of movement incorporating the entire body in a series of exercises based on promoting flexibility and strength. The combination of strength and flexibility was to become the basis of his method which he later named “Contrology,” and defined as, “complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” By the age of 14, he had developed his physique to the point that he was modeling for anatomy charts. He went on to become an accomplished gymnast and boxer and proficient in body building, diving, skiing and wrestling.

I learned every page, every part of the body; I would move each part as I memorized it. As a child, I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move, how the mother taught the young..
During World War I, he was placed under compulsory internment along with other German natives in Lancaster, England. He taught the other interns is his camp his method and swore that they were the only ones to survive the influenza epidemic of 1918. A few years later, while working in a camp hospital as an orderly, he devised a number of exercises for the non-ambulatory patients that made use of the bedsprings for resistance. He noticed that they recovered more quickly if they were given exercises to do. This is the foundation of one of his more famous pieces of equipment, the Cadillac. Ultimately, he developed six main apparatus and a series of approximately 500 exercises. The exercises focused on developing the core muscles of the abdomen, or “powerhouse,” which frees the rest of the body for greater mobility and flexibility—ensuring everything is, ultimately, working at its best.
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A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.
- Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Pilates is the name of the technique’s founder, Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Born in Germany in 1880 Joseph Pilates was a frail child riddled with sickness. Gaining mastery of his body was the way Pilates took back his power to control his own well-being and ultimately expected every human to exercise that same power. There have been nine decades following the technique’s inception that serve to prove Pilates right!

Pilates is a system of exercise based on the six reigning principles of: Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow of Movement, Precision, and Breath. Through a system of carefully mapped-out exercise movements one begins along the path to self-sufficiency.
Based originally on the m at work, or exercises performed on the floor with no accoutrements, Pilates then went on to develop apparatus utilizing springs for added support and resistance. Among the many extraordinary benefits of Authentic Pilates are: muscular balance, coordination, correct posture, strengthening of the lungs, suppleness, increased circulation, injury prevention and rehabilitation, restoration of vitality, and elevation of spirit.

In November of 2000 the name ‘Pilates’ was deemed a generic term by the courts. What this means is that anyone can call what they teach ‘Pilates’ whether or not they uphold the standards of authentic Pilates and its principles.

From the mid 1920s into the late 60s Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara taught their method to many people of diverse athletic backgrounds and abilities. These people were taught Pilates for their own bodies and not necessarily to teach others. Many of these people went on to open their own studios and taught their clients exactly what they had been taught even though it was in regards to their own bodies and not necessarily right for everyone.

For years these teachers and their students taught Pilates and created lucrative businesses that they now wish to protect. The battle to trademark the name Pilates was initiated to protect the integrity of this unique method. Joseph Pilates’ original protégée Romana Kryzanowska, now in her 80s and still going strong, was left in charge of Joe and Clara’s original Pilates Studio because of her devotion and dedication to Joseph, Clara and this method. She was trained to teach under Joseph and Clara for over 30 years. She swore to ‘Joe’ that she would carry on his method just as he had taught her to teach it, She has been doing so ever since.

There is now very little regulation over what some may consider “authentic” Pilates. Health clubs and studios are popping up everywhere claiming to teach and certify teachers in the Pilates method. Due to this unfortunate turn of events, it is increasingly difficult to experience the true benefits of an authentic Pilates session.

Brooke Siler began her authentic Pilates career in 1994 under the tutelage of Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowska. She continued to study and teach for thousands of hours alongside Romana at Drago’s Gym until 1996 when she accepted her official certification. Brooke continued to train with Romana until 2004 and promised to uphold the teachings of Romana at her own studio re:AB.

All re:AB instructors to date have received a minimum of 600 hours of training under Romana Kryzanowska. With Romana’s semi- retirement in 2005, Brooke began the re:AB Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification Program in which she is working to create top Pilates professionals who will carry the authentic Pilates program forward to subsequent generations.

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