Quotes by Joseph Pilates

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Wikipedia Summary for Joseph Pilates

Joseph Hubertus Pilates (9 December 1883 – 9 October 1967) was a German physical trainer, credited with inventing and promoting the Pilates method of physical fitness.

Quote: Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.


Quote: The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body.


Quote: A man is as old as his spine is flexible. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

A man is as old as his spine is flexible.


Quote: By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.


Quote: A man is as old as his spine is flexible! by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

A man is as old as his spine is flexible!


Quote: Above all, learn to breathe correctly. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Above all, learn to breathe correctly.


Quote: Civilization impairs physical fitness. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Civilization impairs physical fitness.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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.




Quote: Normal muscles should function naturally in much the same manner as do the muscles of animals. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Normal muscles should function naturally in much the same manner as do the muscles of animals.


Quote: Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily ad-nausem. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily ad-nausem.


Quote: The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.


Quote: Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing.


Quote: You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum.


Quote: If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.


Quote: Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates   the spirit. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates   the spirit.


Quote: The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: Above all, learn how to breathe correctly. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.


Quote: The lungs cannot be completely deflated at first without considerable effort. With perseverance, however, the desired results can be accomplished and with increasing power, gradually and progressively develop the lungs to their maximum capacity. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The lungs cannot be completely deflated at first without considerable effort. With perseverance, however, the desired results can be accomplished and with increasing power, gradually and progressively develop the lungs to their maximum capacity.


Quote: With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person? by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?


Quote: Pilates is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Pilates is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body.


Quote: A man is as young as his spinal column. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

A man is as young as his spinal column.


Quote: Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits. Correctly executed and mastered to the point of subconscious reaction, these exercises will reflect grace and balance in your routine activities. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits. Correctly executed and mastered to the point of subconscious reaction, these exercises will reflect grace and balance in your routine activities.


Quote: Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.


Quote: Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.


Quote: The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body.


Quote: You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.


Quote: Daily, from sunrise to sunset, the radio, newspapers and magazines broadcast to the world how to maintain health, how to regain health... the conflicting information, expressive of the different opinions of these various health authorities, has proved to be nothing less than confusion. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote: Daily, from sunrise to sunset, the radio, newspapers and magazines broadcast to the world how to maintain health, how to regain health... the conflicting information, expressive of the different opinions of these various health authorities, has proved to be nothing less than confusion.- black text on quotes background

Daily, from sunrise to sunset, the radio, newspapers and magazines broadcast to the world how to maintain health, how to regain health... the conflicting information, expressive of the different opinions of these various health authorities, has proved to be nothing less than confusion.




Quote: Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.


Quote: It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the 'poisons' generated by nervousness while lying awake. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the 'poisons' generated by nervousness while lying awake.


Quote: Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition -- Not Too Much, Not Too Little. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition -- Not Too Much, Not Too Little.


Quote: A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.


Quote: Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living.


Quote: Because of poor posture, practically 95% of our population suffers from varying degrees of spinal curvature, not to mention more serious ailments. Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Because of poor posture, practically 95% of our population suffers from varying degrees of spinal curvature, not to mention more serious ailments. Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control.


Quote: Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control.


Quote: 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. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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.




Quote: I learned...every part of the body; I would move each part as I memorized it. As a child, I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move, how the mother taught the young. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

I learned...every part of the body; I would move each part as I memorized it. As a child, I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move, how the mother taught the young.


Quote: Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.


Quote: The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventive medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventive medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature.


Quote: We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70's and old age should not come until we are almost 100. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70's and old age should not come until we are almost 100.




Quote: Were man to devote as much time and energy to himself as he has devoted to that which man has produced, what astounding and unbelievable progress would be made; a progress eclipsing all he has so far successfully accomplished. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Were man to devote as much time and energy to himself as he has devoted to that which man has produced, what astounding and unbelievable progress would be made; a progress eclipsing all he has so far successfully accomplished.


Quote: The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.


Quote: 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 limits of our ability. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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 limits of our ability.


Quote: You are only as young as your spine is flexible. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

You are only as young as your spine is flexible.


Quote: Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs.


Quote: Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.


Quote: Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.




Quote: As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream.


Quote: Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: Never slouch as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Never slouch as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance.


Quote: Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.


Quote: Change happens through movement and movement heals. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

Change happens through movement and movement heals.


Quote: By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don't catch colds, you don't get cancer, you don't get hernias. Do animals get hernias? Do animals go on diets? by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote; white text on black background

By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don't catch colds, you don't get cancer, you don't get hernias. Do animals get hernias? Do animals go on diets?


Quote: Americans! They want to go 600 miles an hour, and they don't know how to walk! Look at them in the street. Bent over. Coughing! Young men with gray faces! Why can't they look at the animals? Look at a cat. Look at any animal. The only animal that doesn't hold its stomach in is the pig. by author Joseph Pilates overlaid on photo of Joseph Pilates quote: Americans! They want to go 600 miles an hour, and they don't know how to walk! Look at them in the street. Bent over. Coughing! Young men with gray faces! Why can't they look at the animals? Look at a cat. Look at any animal. The only animal that doesn't hold its stomach in is the pig.- black text on quotes background

Americans! They want to go 600 miles an hour, and they don't know how to walk! Look at them in the street. Bent over. Coughing! Young men with gray faces! Why can't they look at the animals? Look at a cat. Look at any animal. The only animal that doesn't hold its stomach in is the pig.


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