Who was Joseph H. Pilates?

     Joseph H. Pilates was born near Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880. He was frail as a child and dedicated his life to developing his own body and improving his health with various activities such as gymnastics, skiing, boxing and diving. Not only did he study Western methods of exercise, but also studied Eastern methods of training such as Yoga and Zen meditation. Disenchanted with all of these regimens he developed his own workout system and equipment that combined Eastern and Western philosophies.

Joseph Pilates

     During his internment in England during WWI he attached springs to hospital beds for non-ambulatory patients so that they could perform exercises in bed. This work created the foundation of his system while helping patients maintain their strength and general health. The origins of the Reformer, with its spring resistance and sliding carriage, are found in the equipment developed during this period and form the basis of his apparatus work. He then brought his method to New York City in 1926. Soon thereafter, The Pilates StudioTM became popular among dancers and celebrities. Joseph Pilates lived a long life and died in 1967 at the age of 87. Today, more than seventy years after the development of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates' exercises have become one of the most popular systems of core-strength training worldwide.

A Wunda Chair
upper back exercise

Who can use Pilates?

     Pilates is suitable for all body types and fitness levels from the highest performing athlete to individuals with a variety of health problems. Our clients are women, men and children over the age of fourteen and consist of professional moms, athletes, artists, business professionals, and those over 60 years young. Since exercises are low-impact, they are perfect for individuals recovering from an injury. As with any exercise regimen, doctor's approval is suggested for participation in any of our classes.

What makes Pilates so unique?

     Unlike other body conditioning programs, the focus of the Pilates Method is precision, concentration and flow of movement. This makes Pilates truly a workout for the mind and the body. Quality is emphasized over quantity. Fewer repetitions are demanded and true concentration is required. Symmetry, control, and flexibility are stressed. The mind is fully engaged while performing each movement, allowing one to have greater muscle control and coordination.

Deborah teaching The Long Stretch on The Reformer

How can I be sure that my instructor is teaching
pure Pilates?

     Potential Pilates students need to thoroughly research their instructors' certification. Some certification programs require little training whereas other programs are quite rigorous. Authentic PilatesTM refers to the body-conditioning program taught by the Pilates StudioTM in New York City. Instructors can also be certified by Romana's Pilates. Ms. Kryzawinska and her daughter, Sari Pace-Santo, run this training program and have taught the Pilates Method in its purest state for more than three decades.

     Instructors certified by The Pilates StudioTM teach Authentic PilatesTM and must complete a rigorous training program and apprenticeship. This program includes 75 pre-requisite sessions with a certified instructor, attendance at a series of training workshops, and an apprenticeship of no less than 600 hours. During these hours the apprentice observes certified instructors and is guided by a "Teacher of Teachers¨. A series of three practical exams and three written exams must be passed prior to solo teaching. Likewise, any instructor certified by the Pilates GuildTM is teaching Authentic PilatesTM.

What should I wear?

     All clients are required to wear socks on their feet. Otherwise, we suggest workout clothing you feel comfortable moving freely in. If you choose to wear shorts please wear long ones.

Is Pilates a complete workout? Do I need to supplement my Pilates training?

     Pilates is a complete mental and physical workout, but as a beginner we suggest adding a cardiovascular component to your exercise regimen. As your get more familiar with the technique the speed of the class increases adding a substantial cardiovascular workload.


Mat-work focusing on
the inner thigh & gluteals

A "Shoulder Pressdown"
on The Cadillac

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

     Pilates changes the body by not only increasing the overall strength of the body, but by toning the body without creating bulk! It is not a weight loss program. Clients do however alter the look of their bodies by slimming and firming muscles. You will look better and feel wonderful!

What condition do I need to be in before starting my Pilates training?

     Pilates is suitable for all fitness levels and body types. However, as with any new exercise routine we recommend you get cleared by your doctor first.

How many hours a week do I need to do Pilates?

     Two or three private and/or mat classes per week are sufficient though many clients take classes more often. Keep in mind, though, that even one class a week is better than none.

Should I begin with mat classes or private sessions?

     Ideally, private sessions are recommended so that an instructor can develop a workout tailored to your needs and give you truly individual attention. Mat classes are also a wonderful introduction to the system because they cost less but still strengthen the core muscles needed for apparatus work. We recommend a combination of both. Please note that group mat classes are not suggested for individuals with serious injuries or limitations. Such individuals should inquire about private instruction.

Deborah teaching
The Pull Strap I on
The Long Box
on The Reformer

Mat-work with
a Magic Circle

What is the difference between mat classes and private sessions?

     Both mat classes and private sessions will strengthen the powerhouse and build the strength needed for apparatus work. Mat classes consist of exercises performed on a mat with some movements performed with magic circles. 

     Private classes consist of movements performed on special equipment, or apparatus, originally designed by Joseph Pilates. These include the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Small Barrel, and Large Barrel, as well as many other pieces of equipment unique to Pilates. A typical private class consists of reformer and mat with work on the other apparatus done at the end of each session according to the needs of the body.

How do I make an appointment for a private session?

     All private sessions require appointments. Please call
(908) 754-5901, or contact us on-line. We will work to accommodate your schedule.

How do I register for mat classes?

     Mat classes are group classes limited to 15 students per class and registration is required. You may call (908) 754-5901 or contact us on-line to be added to our mailing list and to register for upcoming classes.

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