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The Elders to Pilates Exercise

The Elders to Pilates ExerciseThere are still individuals practicing the Pilates exercises today that actually trained directly with Joseph H. Pilates himself. We most often hear about the following five as the Pilates Elders: Romana’s Kryzanowska, Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher’s Beverly Hills Studio, Kathy Grant and Lolita San Miguel.

Romana trained with both Joseph and his wife, and committed to them to continue their teachings. She and her daughter still train the classical method today.

Mary Bowen started training with Joseph in 1959 because of her bad back. After improving in two sessions, Mary hasn’t stopped yet. She still trains and holds workshops through her studios in Connecticut and New England.

Ron Fletcher was drawn to Joseph because of a bad knee from dancing. He continued training with Clara after Joseph’s death. He opened his studio in Beverly Hills in 1971, and continues training Pilates instructors today.

Kathy Grant also trained under Joseph and now works full time in the Department of Dance at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She and Lolita San Miguel are the two people that were actually given a degree in Pilates by Joseph himself. Lolita San Miguel now trains Pilates instructors through her studio Pilates Y Mas Inc.

The elders were drawn to Joseph because of their own personal story, but still today, 50 years later, they still practice the Pilates exercises and teach them to the world. More information on Pilates elders can be found at

By · Posted on February 15, 2008 · Topic Health

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2 Responses to “The Elders to Pilates Exercise”

  1. C.J. Meffie on February 19th, 2009 8:05 am

    Jay Grimes studied with Joseph Pilates and should be considered an “elder.” Jay is still going strong…traveling and teaching. In fact, he’s teaching another workshop in Seattle on March 9th, 2009.

    I’ve taken sessions with him, and like his style. He pushes the “exercise” aspect more aggressively than the “therapeutic.” The workout is faster and demanding than the wounded ballerina routine that is commonly forced on burly guys like me.

  2. Why Pilates? « mypilatesjourney on June 18th, 2011 3:36 pm

    […] still around who actually learned from the man himself, Joseph Pilates. I love that there are Pilates elders. I love that there is such a huge, committed community to learn from. And I love that Pilates is […]

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