Joseph Hubertus Pilates is born in Monchengladbach, Germany.
Joe moves to England, where he works as a self-defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. At the outbreak of World War I, Joe is then interned as an “enemy alien” with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refines his ideas and trains other internees in his system of exercise. He rigs springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance.
In an influenza epidemic that struck England in 1918, thousands of people die, but not a single one of them are Joe’s trainees.
Joe emigrates to the United States and opens up a studio in New York with Clara, a woman he meets on his trip to the United States and later marries.
Joe continues to train clients at his studio until his death in 1967, at the age of 87.
Brent Anderson opens Anderson Physical Therapy in Sacramento, CA.
Anderson Physical Therapy beings providing therapy and services for the Sacramento Ballet.
Polestar Education is formed.
The first Polestar Education course is taught in Sacramento, CA.
Polestar Germany is established.
Brent and his family move to Miami, FL, where he pursues his PhD.
Polestar Brazil is established.
Polestar Italy is established.
Brent Anderson and Shelly Power open the first Polestar Pilates Center, Balanced Body Miami, in Coconut Grove, FL.
Balanced Body Miami is relocated to Coral Gables, FL to a larger location. The studio name changes to Polestar Physical Therapy & Pilates Center.
Polestar UK is established.
Polestar Pilates is taught at the University of Miami. Polestar still offers courses at UM today.
Polestar Australia is established.
The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers, is founded.
Polestar attends the first PMA conference in Miami Beach, FL.
Polestar Asia is established.
Polestar New Zealand is established.
Polestar has its very first conference in Miami Beach, FL.
The PMA® Pilates Certification Exam launches. Brent Anderson is part of the item writing committee.
Polestar Pilates Center expands its location to double its size.
Polestar's first international conference is in Joe's home country- Germany!
Polestar Spain is established.
Polestar goes to Brazil for its next international conference.
Polestar reaches 5,000 graduates worldwide.
Polestar Russia is established.
Polestar Portugal is established.
The first Polestar Comprehensive Pilates series is taught at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. This is the first evidence-based comprehensive Pilates teacher training program taught at the university level.
Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center provides dance medicine services to the Miami City Ballet.
Polestar opens another studio in Miami, FL - Polestar Dadeland. It is located at 7300 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 105, Miami, FL 33156.
Polestar Physical Therapy and Pilates Center moves to its current location at 7171 SW 62nd Ave., 3rd Floor, Miami, FL 33143.