Pilates Today

In its contemporary form, traditional Classical Pilates adheres as closely to Joseph’s original teachings as possible while integrating modern improvements in biomechanical knowledge. From the time of Joseph’s original students (Elders) to the ongoing lineage of Classical Pilates instructors, each have brought innovations and advancements to the Pilates work. Unfortunately, however, people are often lead to watered down hybrids of the method, or to instructors with only weekend workshop experience, and they are unable to decipher if there is Pilates in their Pilates. But it’s the principles by which Classical Pilates adheres to which separate it from the pack. And for those who practice the authentic method, they DO notice the difference. They experience the depth of its impact, the genius of its method and the lifelong results from doing so.

Quotes by Joseph Pilates

Pilates apparatus allow for more than 500 exercises including this duet performing Tower on the Total Workout System.

Duet performing ‘Tower’.


  • Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.

  • To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life, we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.

  • The mind, when housed within a healthy body, possesses a glorious sense of power.

  • Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.

  • Pilates is the complete coordination of mind, body and spirit.

  • Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.

  • When all your muscles are properly developed you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.

  • When all your muscles are properly developed you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure