One of the most popular kinds of fitness today is pilates of course. This is a system of physical exercises aimed to strengthen the back muscles, improving the body posture and developing the harmony between self-image and body. Pilates received its name from the second name of Joseph Pilates. He used to be a weak and fragile child who suffered from many illnesses.
Since turning 10 years old the young Joseph repeated the set of the physical exercises developed by himself regularly. That helped him to get rid of the most part of his diseases. During the First World War Joseph Pilates was taken captive but he didn’t even think of giving up his physical training. During his being fallen prisoner Pilates developed and improved his system. The most part of the modern exercises were designed by Pilates during that difficult time. That’s why normally Pilates exercises require minimum equipment or the easiest one one could imagine: a stretching band, a small heavy ball, a stick or a football. Joseph Pilates was released from the imprisonment having managed not only to retain his health but also having developed his own unique system of physical training and body strengthening.
Some years later Pilates opened his training center which soon became popular with dancers and movie stars. However after his death the center was closed and the exercise system was forgotten. One of his students opened the fitness center where she was ran a pilates class.
The secret of pilates popularity is the fact that it doesn’t require any physical lead-up. The people who have never done any sorts may do the pilates exercises without taking any risks to damage their health. The pregnant woman and young children are also allowed to attend the pilates classes. Moreover it helps to balance your emotions and thought as the pilates system implies some special breathing techniques.