Joseph Hubertus Pilates
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at the end of the birth certificate-->(December 9, 1883 – October 9, 1967) invented and promoted the Pilates
method of physical fitness.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883<!--stop people from vandalising the birth date and from removing the reliable sources--> in Mönchengladbach
, Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast
ancestry, and his mother worked as a naturopath
. His father's family originally spelled its surname in the Greek manner as "Pilatu" but changed to "Pilates" upon immigration to Germany. The new spelling caused Joseph Pilates much grief as a child because older boys taunted him calling him "Pontius Pilate
, killer of Christ
" (despite Pilate's attempts to speak in Jesus' defense as recounted in, e.g.
, the Synoptic GospelsHarris, Stephen L.
, Understanding the Bible
, Palo Alto (Cal.): Mayfield, 1985.).
Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma
, and... Read More