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Living History

A dynamic take on the history and evolution of Pilates.

Our Living History page gives you a unique perspective on the roots of Pilates and mindful movement. See and hear those who have helped get us to where we are today. We hope you enjoy it and make sure to check back as there’s more to come!

Read how Pilates got started on our Origins of Pilates page.

A conversation with Alan Herdman, Julian Littleford, & Troy McCarty

View this very special conversation with Alan Herdman, Julian Littleford and Troy McCarty, recorded at Pilates on Tour Chicago in October, 2012. Moderated by Marcia Polas.

Alan Herdman, Julian Littleford, Troy McCarty
Alan Herdman, Julian Littleford, and Troy McCarty at Pilates on Tour Chicago

Conversations with John Steel

John Steel is an attorney who took lessons from Joe Pilates and later became the business manager for Joe and Clara in the 1960s. Listen as he recounts meeting Joe and Clara for the first time, what taking a lesson from Joe was like, and much more. Fascinating stuff for any Pilates history buff.

My first class with Joe
My first class with Joe
Joe and Clara
Joe and Clara
Inspiration for a book
Inspiration for a book