|Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He was a frail child with an inspiring interest in body- building. This interest continued into his teen years, and in 1912, he decided to travel to England to train for boxing. While he was residing in England, World War II started, and he was interned for a year as an enemy alien. During his incarceration he taught his fellow inmates wrestling, self-defense, and body- building. Later, he was transferred to The Isle of Man for the duration of the war. He began working with patients disabled from the war. Here, he developed the resistence tools with springs and devised the early machines to strengthen the patients.