Isle of Man honours the inventor of Pilates

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on September 19, 2016

Over 1,000 people recently took part in a mass Pilates class in honour of the toning exercise’s German inventor, Joseph Pilates, who was interned on the Isle of Man during WWI.

During his time on the island, Joseph Pilates taught impromptu Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes to a number of other men who were interred on the island’s Knockaloe site, which is close to the town of Peel.

Joseph devoted his life to perfecting the art of his Pilates system, which he devised whilst he was detained at the Knockaloe camp during the war.

Organisers of the mass Pilates class event said that Joseph’s methodology had ‘benefited millions worldwide’ which is why they gathered to honour the now world-famous German, who was once a resident of the Isle of Man.

In total, Pilates spent around three and a half years at the Knockaloe camp, which was built to hold roughly 23,000 men. The camp consisted of 23 separate compounds, each of which was created to hold 1,020 internees – the organisers of the event used this figure as the basis for the number of people who were invited to take part in the unique 45-minute Pilates class.

A spokesperson told the BBC that inspiration for the mass Pilates class came from a postcard showing internees at Knockaloe participating in a Pilates display a mere 15 days after Joseph Pilates was interned there.

Pilates is, to this day, an extremely popular form of exercise, with Pilates classes in Pilates classes in Clitheroe pilates classes Pilates classes in Clitheroe, Cannes and California, proving extremely popular.

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