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Joseph Pilates Quote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.

— Joseph Pilates



Joseph Pilates Quote: “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”

Change happens through movement and movement heals.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body.”

In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”

You are only as young as your spine is flexible.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.”

Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.”

Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Above all, learn to breathe correctly.”

Above all, learn to breathe correctly.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.”

It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.”

Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Never slouch as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Civilization impairs physical fitness.”

Civilization impairs physical fitness.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”

Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Pilates is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “A man is as young as his spinal column.”

A man is as young as his spinal column.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.”

Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.”

When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.

— Joseph Pilates


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

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors...”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the ‘poisons’ generated by nervousness while lying awake.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Contrology is not a fatiguing system of dull, boring, abhorred exercises repeated daily “ad-nausem”.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Man should develop his physical condition simultaneously with that of his mind.”

Man should develop his physical condition simultaneously with that of his mind.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Time and progress are synonymous terms – nothing can stop either. Truth will prevail and that is why I know that my teachings will reach the masses and finally be adopted as universal.”

Time and progress are synonymous terms – nothing can stop either. Truth will prevail and that is why I know that my teachings will reach the masses and finally be adopted as universal.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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 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?

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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?”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition – Not Too Much, Not Too Little.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates Quote: “Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.”

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

— Joseph Pilates


Joseph Pilates 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.”

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.

— Joseph Pilates

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