That’s what I recently read on someones shirt. The person was standing next to me at a coffee shop, ordering a Vanilla latte with caramel sauce on top. I have no idea, whether this person had ever done Pilates or not.

This situation got me thinking – should this bother me, or amuse me? After all, Pilates is a method that was developed since the early 1900’s and Joseph Pilates worked on his method even during he was imprisoned in a camp in England during WWI. I get it, it’s supposed to be a joke. But is it really appropriate to make fun of a method that had it’s beginnings under the difficult circumstances of the early 20th century? Created by a man who devoted his entire life to perfecting his method? Doesn’t it deserve a high amount of credit instead? Let’s face it: After more than 100 years, the method of Contrology (how Joseph Pilates called it) is unlike many other fitness trends still alive!

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Stretching out those stiff joints on the Ladder Barrel? Sweet!

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Elongating the spine to take all that tension out of it? Sweet!

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Managing to touch the mat with your feet during your High Bridge for the first time? Sweet!

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Getting that excited “That’s it!!!” from your teacher after nailing an exercise that you have been working on for so long? Sweet!

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Getting that internal shower going after a long, stressful day at work? – Sweet!

Of course, the sweetness of Pilates doesn’t come as easy as ordering a Pie and Latte. You have to work for it – and sweat for it. But other than having that Pie where the sweetness is gone with the last piece, the Pilates sweetness stays!

A Pilates workout gives you all those good feelings of happiness – it leaves you energized and satisfied. And the best part: No guilt feeling – unlike that Pie and Latte… Pilates makes you simply feel good about yourself.

And it doesn’t take long- in the same 25 minutes it takes to have a Pie and Latte at the coffee shop, I am done with my full Mat workout.

And the best part: After your workout, there is nothing wrong about having that Pie and Latte, but do you even want it now?