Pilates - A Brief History

The Pilates form of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in 1883. He was a sickly child, reported to have asthma and rickets, however these ailments were probably his inspiration to strengthen himself. In 1912, he moved to England. Joseph was a keen athelete, working as a professional boxer and training self-defence to police authorities, including Scotland Yard. With the outbreak of the First World War, he and other German Citizens were interned in a camp of the Isle of Man. It is here that he developed his unique form of exercise.

Pilates Exercise


Pilates originally called his exercise regime, Contrology, as it was principally built upon the idea of total muscle control, of all muscles. Modern day instructors refer to the Core muscle group, Pilates used the term "Powerhouse". It is said that all Pilates exercises start from the Powerhouse (abdomen, lower back, hips and buttock muscles) and then flow to the rest of the body. It is therefore clearly important to develop and start with a good Powerhouse.

Maintain Your Breathing

Pilates stated that it was equally important to have a good breathing techinique. During exercise, the heart works harder to supply blood around the body, carrying oxygen to fuel muscles. It is therefore important to maintain and control your breathing during a workout as breathing in will supply fresh oxygen to the muscles and breathing out will expel the waste gasses associated with muscle fatigue.

Our Classes

Fun, friendly and effective. Unlike some bigger studios, Robbie, our qualified Pilates Instructor will not only give you expert tution, ensure that you're relaxed and enjoying the class, but he will also want to get to know you. So just above the music, you'll hear Robbie chating away, probably giving someone the value of his opinion, but it's all light-hearted and makes for a fun atmosphere.

It always helps with planning, if we know how many people are turning up for a class, so booking in advance would be very much appreciated and recommended to avoid disappointment of the class being full, however we can normally accommodate one or two extra (subject of course to Health and Safety permitted numbers). See our timetable of classes by clicking here.

All classes are £6.00 and no membership is necessary (although it does attract significant discounts and benefits). Please note that whilst no membership is required, if you are new to The Pilates Studio, we will ask you to complete a short medical questionnaire. This allows us to monitor your progress, as well as making sure you don't over do it. You can download a copy of the questionnaire by clicking here.

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