?I?m fifty years ahead of my time? Joseph Pilates quotes. Boy, was he right. Joseph Pilates might be astounded to see what his method of exercise has developed into. But he might also be thrilled and surprised to see how well Pilates has been international accepted.
Joe Pilates was not only an educator; he was an entrepreneur, a businessman, a self-taught fitness guru and an author. His books ?Your Life? written in 1934 and ?Return to Life Through Contrology? written in 1945 are chock full of Pilates-isms and give you a tremendous peek into the mind of this confident and seemingly tireless man. Here are a few of my favorite Joseph Pilates quotes:
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
Amen to that. Aren?t we all happier when we get regular exercise?
Physical fitness is: "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure?
In other words, Pilates is the original functional exercise program.
"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion."
Less is more, baby.
"Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor."
This is true for many things.
"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."
Joe said this one year before he died at the age of 87.
"Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. "
There is the Pilates triad: body, mind, spirit.
"Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily "ad-nauseam." Neither does it demand you joining a gymnasium nor the purchasing of expensive apparatus. You may derive all the benefits of Contrology in your own home."
Ain?t it the truth! Pilates done well is never boring and ultimately portable!
As you can see, Joseph Pilates was an interesting character full of thoughts and ideas that he utilized not only for his own physical creation, but for ours as well.
Though he is no longer around to bring his thoughts and ideas to life, Joseph Pilates quotes and method of training will endure. Joseph Pilates quotes have stood the test of time and are a relevant and poignant today as they were when he first spoke them
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