Who was 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.
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
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
What makes Pilates so unique?
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
How can I be sure that my instructor
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
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.
The Pull Strap I on
The Long Box
on The Reformer
a Magic Circle
What is the difference between mat
classes and private sessions?
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.
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?
private sessions require appointments. Please call
(908) 754-5901, or contact us on-line. We will work to accommodate your
How do I register for
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
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