Pilates was named after its founder, Joseph H. Pilates, who in the 1920s created this unique exercise system. Pilates is designed to rehabilitate, energize, and re-structure overworked, or underdeveloped, muscle groups. Because the exercises require concentration, they also increase kinesthetic awareness and mental focus. The goal is to realize each person's maximum physical capabilities. For over 75 years, the Pilates Method has served those who want to move with greater ease, flexibility and strength.