Interview with Joseph Pilates Barber Tony Carlino - Pilatesology

Interview with Joseph Pilates Barber Tony Carlino

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In this exclusive interview, you'll meet 92-years-young Tony Carlino, who was Joseph Pilates' barber and friend beginning in 1947. Watch and you'll get a wonderful peek back in time to Tony's memories of Joe from the very moment they met in Lee, Massachusetts where Joe spent his summers and weekends in the Berkshire Mountains. Tony's vivid stories of Joe's white mane of hair, corncob pipe and mahogany tan will bring him alive and you'll hear how Tony's workouts with Joe were instrumental in restoring his mental health after WWII. There's before and after photos of Tony, taken by Joe to prove how his method changed Tony's body and stories of the weekly workout group that Joe offered to the local community. We then took Tony to visit Joe's former studio and property, owned by Sean Gallagher near Jacob's Pillow. Don't miss his stories of cold showers and hour long workouts with springs attached to the sides of Joe's house (click here to see more of Joe's property and here for Joe's history at Jacob's Pillow). Our gratitude goes to our interviewer for this video, Cathy Strack, who found Tony while researching her biography on Romana Kryzanowska. Please visit Cathy at: for info on pre-ordering her book. You can also watch a preview of her book that we filmed: Love All Around: The Romana Kryzanowska Biography.

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  1. tracy 1 year ago

    yea Tony!

  2. Tracy Sue Du Plessis 2 years ago

    What an enlightening interview. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us. Very Grateful!!!!

  3. Sheckie71 2 years ago

    So insightful. Thank you so much for this incredible interview. ????????????????

  4. Reb 2 years ago

    So wonderful to hear the stories that Tony tells. Thanks for sharing this, Cathy!

  5. McLachlan 2 years ago

    Thank You Anthony for so many wonderful stories and how Joseph Pilates and the method touched your life.

  6. Christina Maria Gadar

    Tony’s kind heart really shines through in this interview. It was wonderful to hear his stories and see my home state of Massachusetts!


    What a wonderful video. Thank you so much for doing this. I love to hear these stories!

  8. Kerry 2 years ago

    Got it to work! What a great interview!! What an awesome man Tony is too. How wonderful for him to be able to share this. Loved it, thank you so much.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks for trying again Kerry! If you have trouble again, try clicking the gear icon on the bottom right of your video player and make the video quality lower. That usually does the trick for me–it’s almost always my wifi that’s making it stop :/

  9. Kerry 2 years ago

    It was great until it stopped half way thru 🙁

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