Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1863 and was the founder of the Pilates Method of Exercise. 

On his way to developing this method he studied anatomy and developed himself as a body builder, wrestler, gymnast, boxer, skier and diver.

Pilates began as a rehabilitation programme for wounded troops during the First World War.

After WW1, he returned to Germany where he worked for the Military Police in self-defence and physical training.

He moved to New York in 1925 where he went on to establish his studio, his wife Clara worked with him.

Here he evolved the Pilates method and invented Pilates exercise equipment as well as training students.

Pilates complements other sports such as running, golf, gymnastics and cycling.

Josep Pilates aged 57