I just got a program from Romana Kryzanowska, the lady who Joseph Pilates left in charge of his system. She's 80 years old. She teaches Original Pilates which is very different from what you see now.
It contained a few original clips of Joseph Pilates teaching and exercising.
What struck me was how athletic the original Pilates was or is.
I've often been a little hard on Pilates for it's lack of 3-D movement, but originally it wasn't the case.
The apparatus like the Cadillac was really just a big sohisticated "monkey bar".
The Reformer has many dynamic movements.
The mat work contained gymnastic type movemnts, standing not just on the mat.
I cringed at some of the coaching methods. It reminded me more of Army PT than anything else. She is like a drill Sergeant.
PT and Chiroprators would die if they saw some of her coaching techniques.
Yet, it's very interesting.
Often I remind people about the bogus claims of Pilates, "long lean muscles", for Joseph himself was built more like me. He was thick and wasn't long and lean, nor is Romana.
The program will help sharpen my Pilates skills, but it was more interesting than anything else.