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Our guest today, John Howard Steel, practiced law for sixty years and Pilates for nearly as long.
As one of the few people still alive who studied with and knew Joseph Pilates both in and out of his studio, Steel is in a unique position to tell this story.
He served as Pilates’ lawyer and confidant for many years.
Steel has been interviewed in numerous publications and regularly lectures to teachers and studio owners on the history of Pilates.
He loves living his life, with his wife Bunny in Santa Barbara, CA. This is his first book.
BOOK: Caged Lion: Joseph Pilates and His Legacy Published May 20, 2020
The surprising story of Pilates—the man and the method. Part biography, part history, and part memoir, Caged Lion untangles for the first time Joseph Pilates’s opaque life story and the perilous journey of his exercise program known the world over as Pilates.
“John Steel’s vivid firsthand account of his unlikely friendship—and his life-changing workout routines—with the legendary Joseph Pilates reads like a ballet fairy tale. But it’s all true."
—Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution