34 of the best Pilates quotes to inspire your practice

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Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise you can do. It’s low impact, it’s amazing for your posture, it will make you strong on the inside and out.

Joseph Pilates was the creator of Pilates so most of the Pilates quotes are of course by him. He seemed pretty hardcore, we don’t agree with all of his words (haha) but some are great! 

All we know is that we LOVE Pilates. This practice has absolutely changed our lives, changed our postures. made us stronger, fitter and most importantly it’s changed how we think about our bodies.

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34 of the best Pilates quotes to inspire your practice

“Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.” — Joseph Pilates

“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” — Joseph Pilates

“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” — Joseph Pilates

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” — Joseph Pilates

“When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.” — Joseph Pilates

“Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.” — Joseph Pilates

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“Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living.” — Joseph Pilates

“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.” — Joseph Pilates

“The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.” — Joseph Pilates

“If it’s easy, it’s probably not Pilates.” — Unknown

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” — Joseph Pilates

“The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventive medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature.” — Joseph Pilates

“We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” — Joseph Pilates

“Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.” — Joseph Pilates

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“Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.” — Joseph Pilates

“You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum.” — Joseph Pilates

“Pilates is definitely my favourite workout because it’s hard but at the same time relaxing.” — Devon Windsor

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“Pilates has been the perfect solution to maintaining strength and vitality in my life.” — Trudie Styler

“Pilates is an awesome cross-training exercise for any sport because it focuses on functional movement.” — Natalie Coughlin

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.” — Anonymous

“Pilates: because smaller muscles need love, too.” — Anonymouse

“It is the mind itself which builds the body.” — Joseph Pilates

“Pilates will always be good. It’s never going out of style.” — Eve Gentry

“Every day is a good day to do Pilates.”

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” — Joseph Pilates

“Pilates has your back.” — Anonymous

“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.” — Joseph Pilates

“Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly. Our very life depends on it.” — Joseph Pilates

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavour.” — Joseph Pilates

“Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology [Pilates]. ” — Joseph Pilates

“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy callisthenics or forced contortion. ” — Joseph Pilates

“Never slouch as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance.” — Joseph Pilates

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