Joseph Pilates is the founder of the Pilates method. Pilates is a method of physical fitness that focus on the core of the body. Joseph Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany and died in New York, USA. His parents name were Heinrich and Helena Pilates. Together with Joesph’s wife Clara they started to teach Pilates in 1926 at a gym in New York. It became popular among dancers as a practice in order to prevent injuries but also in order to improve techniques. Joseph also used the Pilates method during the Second World War when he worked at Isle Of Man where he served at the hospital working with people unable to walk. Today Pilates has evolved and continue to grow, as a form of workout integrating modern anatomical and bio-mechanical thinking.