History of Pilates
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Moenchengladback, Germany on December 8, 1880. He suffered from a range of debilitating conditions throughout his childhood including rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever. Determined to overcome his poor physical health, he devoted himself to the task of becoming as fit and strong as was humanly possible.
In 1912 Joseph moved to England. To earn money he was a boxer, circus performer, and self-defense trainer. During World War I he was interned with other German citizens in a camp near Lancaster, where he trained other inmates in fitness and exercise. This was the beginning of development for the Pilates method we now know today.