Joseph Pilates Quotes Top 10

Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in so many ways. During his life, he was renowned for summing up what we all need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Here are just ten of his most famous quotes.

On Breathing

‘Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.’

Health is a Duty

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

Fitness is Connected to Emotion

‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.’

Physical Fitness is Earned

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

Look After What You Have

‘A man is as young as his spinal column.’

Pilates is…

‘Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.’

Practice Outside

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

Pilates is for Life

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

Pilates Heals

‘Change happens through movement and movement heals.’

Your Spine

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.’


About The Picture
The picture used in this post was taken by I.C. Rapoport. You can see some of the original photographs in the studio.

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