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History of Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born near sseldorf, Germany in 1880. His father was a prize-winning gymnast and his mother was a naturopath. As a child, Joseph suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. Because of this, he was determined to dedicate his life to becoming physically stronger. He would spend hours studying anatomy books, learning every page, every part of the body; “I would move each part as I memorized it. As a child I would lie in the woods for hours, hiding and watching the animals move.”  By the age of fourteen, he was so successful in his goal that he was asked to model for a series of anatomical charts. He also became a self-taught athlete who excelled at skiing, diving, gymnastics, and boxing.

In 1912 Pilates traveled to England where he made a living as a boxer and self-defense trainer of detectives at Scotland Yard. When World War I broke out two years later, he was considered an enemy alien,  and was interned with other Germans at a camp in Lancaster and later on the Isle of Man.

At the camps he trained his fellow internees in the physical fitness exercises he had developed and began assisting the camp’s hospital in helping the bedridden patients regain strength and muscle control.

To assist these patients in their exercises Joseph adapted hospital beds with pulleys, straps, and bed springs, thus creating what may have been the first exercises utilizing variable resistance a unique concept at least 50 years ahead of its time. These adapted beds were the forerunners of the Pilates equipment we use today. He was widely credited when none of the internees succumbed to an influenza pandemic that swept the world in 1918. Tens of millions of healthy people died from this virulent strain of flu, particularly the incarcerated populations.

After the war he returned to Hamburg, Germany where he continued to develop his fitness theories and exercises while training the Hamburg Military Police. During this period several important movement innovators, such as Rudolf Von Laban and Mary Wigman, had the good fortune to work with Pilates. By 1925 he had achieved a certain fame in his native Germany, and when the government asked him to train the new German army he decided to immigrate to America where he could pursue his own path with his work.

On the ship to America Pilates met his future wife Clara, a nurse. Upon arrival, the couple founded a studio in New York City which is in operation to this day.

Joseph Pilates practiced what he preached, a method he called Contrology, and lived a long, healthy life Upon his death in 1967 at the age of 87, Clara continued to teach the Pilates method at the studio until her retirement in 1971 when she left the studio in the able hands of Joseph’s protege Romana Kryzanowska.

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  • Great place 10/10 recommended. The studio is beautiful and the instructors are professional and experienced. I have never attended a pilates lesson in my life and always thought that it was just glorified yoga. However, after attending my first lesson here I can definitively say that I have found a new way to train my body. Will definitely be coming back here for more!💪🏼

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    The instructors spent hundreds of hours in training and are certified in all aspects of Pilates equipment usage (Reformer, Ladder barrel, Cadillac etc) and mat exercise routines. They are passionate in teaching the Classical Pilates method and are competent in translating their knowledge to their clients’ needs in adjusting the exercises accordingly.

    These are great for individual sessions. The instructors will guide you in the exercises to improve your core strength, flexibility and stamina. I was taught the names of the different Pilates exercises and the equipment setup as well which was extremely helpful. I highly recommend Pilates Flow @ 2nd! You will leave the studio feeling accomplished having completed a splendid workout. 😊

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    I have practiced Pilates for five years until I found Pilates Flow @ 2nd. Here the teachers teach Romana’s classical Pilates. I finally understood and believe that practicing Pilates can change my body. Build body strength and flexibility as well as maintain a lean and long body. Here is a small cozy and well equipped studio with passionate instructors!

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    Been learning here for 2 years under an easy going instructor who always encourages me to push harder. In the beginning I was inflexible and skinny-fat but now I can see improvements and tightening throughout my body especially around my abs, back and arms. It’s a calm and positive environment where I feel accepted compared to other studios I’ve tried which is why I think it’s the best pilates studio in Singapore.

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    Great classes. The studio is clean and comfortable, and all the Instructors are very skilled and knowledgeable. The one on one classes are personalised to really address your specific health and fitness needs and goals.

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  • Well equipped, Clean and peaceful studio with Attentive , knowledgeable and professional instructors.

    I have been with Pilates Flow for 3 years, attended both 1-1 and mat classes, instructors were not only encouraging and patient, they are all amazingly attentive to the details, both by making sure that I am working out the right core muscle in the right way and giving us specific instruction on how to achieve results of each exercise. Since I have started my lessons I no longer have backaches and feel great. ?⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    The studio offers a clean and cozy environment. It stays true to classical Pilates ( i.e. the original teachings of Joseph Pilates) It also keeps the Pilates Mat classes small with a maximum of six students to ensure personalised feedback and focus. I enjoyed the Pilates Mat class as it helps to ease the stiffness of my shoulders and lower back after a long day at work, as well as strengthening and toning my body.

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  • New way of doing Pilates for me. Love it! Great workout, conditioning, and re-learn about my body!

    Thank you.

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    This studio offers the highest level of Pilates training. The teachers are wonderful and very skilled.

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    Excellent teachers that go hand in hand with postural strengthening, health and wellness. Will always refer clients to them for advanced core strengthening. Thumbs up!

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  • I'm a classical pilates instructor myself and I find that the Instructors here stay true to Joseph pilates work. Great work outs and intuitive teaching! You won't find better Instructors anywhere in town! These guys are all trained intensively in NYC!

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    I've always done Pilates on mat but now I love the workout routines on the Reformer even more. At Pilates Flow, each workout will leave me refreshed and toned. The instructors are very well trained as well as very experience and very passionate about the art of Pilates workout.

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    Ask for Song. He's LEGIT.

    Clarence Chiew Avatar Clarence Chiew

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    what an amazing experience at this studio!!! Cozy, Clean and Attentive Instructors too!!!!

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    Top notch instructors - very knowledgeable, attentive and approachable. If you are looking for an exceptional Pilates experience, I would highly recommend Flow.

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    I've been to scores of Pilates studios around the world and Flow easily measures up in my Top 5. While small, it's cozy environment and focus on classical Pilates (staying true to Joseph Pilates methods as closely as possible) earns my recommendation multiple times over.

    Jonathan Chew Avatar Jonathan Chew
  • Caryn Cheah Hsiao Fen Avatar

    The best Pilates in town for sure!

    Caryn Cheah Hsiao Fen
  • Angie Zoë Zhang Avatar

    The studio offers a clean and cozy environment. It stays true to classical Pilates ( i.e. the original teachings of Joseph Pilates) It also keeps the Pilates Mat classes small with a maximum of six students to ensure personalised feedback and focus. I enjoyed the Pilates Mat class as it helps to ease the stiffness of my shoulders and lower back after a long day at work, as well as strengthening and toning my body.

    Angie Zoë Zhang
  • Lira Agustina Lira Avatar

    Aku ska pilatessss

    Sangat mnyehatkan

    Lira Agustina Lira
  • Serene Chan Avatar

    Well equipped, Clean and peaceful studio with Attentive , knowledgeable and professional instructors.

    I have been with Pilates Flow for 3 years, attended both 1-1 and mat classes, instructors were not only encouraging and patient, they are all amazingly attentive to the details, both by making sure that I am working out the right core muscle in the right way and giving us specific instruction on how to achieve results of each exercise. Since I have started my lessons I no longer have backaches and feel great. ?⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Serene Chan
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    Great place. Awesome workout. Song knows his stuff!

    Casey Lai
  • Norman Hartono Avatar

    Great attention to detail and feels like a "custom tailored" experience that constantly challenges you.

    Norman Hartono
  • Mark Wu Avatar

    Greeted by the very friendly owner Song Young who was very patient and helpful. Instructors have been top notched and classes have been great!

    Mark Wu
  • Shahirah Robinson Avatar

    Great Pilates place!!

    Shahirah Robinson
  • Carinne Ho Avatar

    The instructors spent hundreds of hours in training and are certified in all aspects of Pilates equipment usage (Reformer, Ladder barrel, Cadillac etc) and mat exercise routines. They are passionate in teaching the Classical Pilates method and are competent in translating their knowledge to their clients’ needs in adjusting the exercises accordingly.

    These are great for individual sessions. The instructors will guide you in the exercises to improve your core strength, flexibility and stamina. I was taught the names of the different Pilates exercises and the equipment setup as well which was extremely helpful. I highly recommend Pilates Flow @ 2nd! You will leave the studio feeling accomplished having completed a splendid workout. 😊

    Carinne Ho
  • Yankwee Teng Avatar

    I have practiced Pilates for five years until I found Pilates Flow @ 2nd. Here the teachers teach Romana’s classical Pilates. I finally understood and believe that practicing Pilates can change my body. Build body strength and flexibility as well as maintain a lean and long body. Here is a small cozy and well equipped studio with passionate instructors!

    Yankwee Teng
  • Nicholas Louis Avatar

    Top notch instructors - very knowledgeable, attentive and approachable. If you are looking for an exceptional Pilates experience, I would highly recommend Flow.

    Nicholas Louis
  • Yohan John Kim Avatar

    One of the best workouts!!

    Yohan John Kim
  • Jonathan Chew Avatar

    I've been to scores of Pilates studios around the world and Flow easily measures up in my Top 5. While small, it's cozy environment and focus on classical Pilates (staying true to Joseph Pilates methods as closely as possible) earns my recommendation multiple times over.

    Jonathan Chew
  • Shane Yu Avatar

    Great place 10/10 recommended. The studio is beautiful and the instructors are professional and experienced. I have never attended a pilates lesson in my life and always thought that it was just glorified yoga. However, after attending my first lesson here I can definitively say that I have found a new way to train my body. Will definitely be coming back here for more!💪🏼

    Shane Yu
  • Audree Koh Avatar

    Very Patient Instructors and certainly worth your time there!

    Audree Koh
  • Lincoln Lim Avatar

    Excellent equipment & professional trainers to guide u for a good workout.

    Lincoln Lim
  • Clara Barbero Avatar

    Been learning here for 2 years under an easy going instructor who always encourages me to push harder. In the beginning I was inflexible and skinny-fat but now I can see improvements and tightening throughout my body especially around my abs, back and arms. It’s a calm and positive environment where I feel accepted compared to other studios I’ve tried which is why I think it’s the best pilates studio in Singapore.

    Clara Barbero
  • Hunter Kian Siang Yap Avatar

    state of art equipments and very professional trainers .

    Hunter Kian Siang Yap
  • Heather Huang Avatar

    excellent for one-on-one classes... great environment .. not rushed nor noisy..

    Heather Huang
  • Tim Oh Avatar

    Good equipment, Great environment, Better Experience

    Tim Oh
  • Belinda Ting Avatar

    I'm a classical pilates instructor myself and I find that the Instructors here stay true to Joseph pilates work. Great work outs and intuitive teaching! You won't find better Instructors anywhere in town! These guys are all trained intensively in NYC!

    Belinda Ting
  • Sean Tan Juncong Avatar

    Best place for Pilates!

    Sean Tan Juncong
  • Vincent Chan Avatar

    Best in Town ...

    Vincent Chan
  • Mark Enriquez Avatar

    Excellent teachers that go hand in hand with postural strengthening, health and wellness. Will always refer clients to them for advanced core strengthening. Thumbs up!

    Mark Enriquez
  • Judd Sanchez Avatar

    If you're looking for Pilates training, look no further! Best Pilates studio by far.

    Judd Sanchez
  • Stefan Suarez Avatar

    song lives and breathes pilates

    Stefan Suarez
  • Hong Chin Avatar

    5 stars. This is the 1st pilates studio that I feel that I am working my body.

    Hong Chin
  • Shannen Tan Avatar

    Pure passionate dedication with an intention of wellness and fitness!

    Shannen Tan
  • Melanie Ong Avatar

    Best place for pilates

    Melanie Ong
  • Tina Tong Avatar

    Best pilates studio in Singapore!

    Tina Tong
  • Maersk Sin Wee Avatar

    what an amazing experience at this studio!!! Cozy, Clean and Attentive Instructors too!!!!

    Maersk Sin Wee
  • Clarence Chiew Avatar

    Ask for Song. He's LEGIT.

    Clarence Chiew
  • Zara Johari Avatar

    I've always done Pilates on mat but now I love the workout routines on the Reformer even more. At Pilates Flow, each workout will leave me refreshed and toned. The instructors are very well trained as well as very experience and very passionate about the art of Pilates workout.

    Zara Johari
  • Amanda Westphal Owens Avatar

    This studio offers the highest level of Pilates training. The teachers are wonderful and very skilled.

    Amanda Westphal Owens
  • Michelle Chong Avatar

    Great classes. The studio is clean and comfortable, and all the Instructors are very skilled and knowledgeable. The one on one classes are personalised to really address your specific health and fitness needs and goals.

    Michelle Chong
  • Karyn Lee Avatar

    Great instructors and equipment for Pilates!

    Karyn Lee
  • Tomoki Echigo Avatar

    Best in the business!

    Tomoki Echigo
  • Chinami Stern Avatar

    New way of doing Pilates for me. Love it! Great workout, conditioning, and re-learn about my body!

    Thank you.

    Chinami Stern
  • Bryan Lian Avatar

    awesome reviews, awesome place !

    Bryan Lian