Reform Your Form

I’m lying on a sliding plank, my legs are lost somewhere above my head and my feet are hooked into pulleyed straps. This is no naughty game; this is Pilates on the reformer.

During World War One, a German man named Joseph Pilates, interned as an “enemy alien” in England, was rigging hospital beds with springs in the name of fitness.

Pilates, founder of the exercise system of the same name, was creating a means for bedridden patients to participate in his fitness regime. By attaching springs to the beds, Pilates gave these patients the ability to work against […]