Ever Wonder What the Original Looked Like?

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Bruce Thomson Created A Wonderful Review of Pilates’ Original Exercises

Here we have nice simple line drawing of Joseph Pilates’ original 34 mat exercises. This was the start nearly 100 years ago of what is now a worldwide exercise phenomenon and the most popular workout in the world.

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What’s so striking is how simple the exercises really are compared to how Pilates has evolved into a complex method packed with so much physiology, kinesiology, alignment, breathing techniques – it’s a wonder it remains so popular since we as teachers have all but buried this amazing method in wordiness!

As you can see I’m on a mission to simplify! And it’s a small complaint in the larger scheme of things – Pilates is still a wonderful addition to anyone’s life even if learning it is harder than it has to be!

Have a refreshing look at the original Pilates.

Pilates pictured in poses! The 34 classic ‘contrology’ matwork exercises A directory of Pilates doing Pilates poses. – These 34 exercise sets, originally described and published in 1954, are thoughtfully presented and reviewed. I feel humble and inspired when I realize that Joe was 59 going on 60 when he demonstrated the poses in the 34 mat exercises!

 

Thanks again to Bruce Thomson and for his excellent drawings! Visit his site for more rich content about Pilates by clicking here.

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