American Experience

Mr. Pilates

Clip: Season 29 Episode 8 | 2m 38s

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. Living in England at the outbreak of WWI, Pilates was interned as an “enemy alien.” During his time in the internment camp, he developed a fitness regime for himself and his fellow prisoners. At the end of the war he returned to Germany, where his fitness method, which he called “Contrology,” became popular in the dance community.

Aired: 04/18/17

Rating: NR

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