Pilates NJ offers superb training in the Pilates
technique out of Warren Township in Central NJ. Premier Pilates & Yoga NJ
offers access to a fully equipped Pilates studio with Pilates instruction by
Deborah Harris, a certified Pilates instructor formerly of Pennsylvania Ballet.
Which Studio is Right for Me? - Ten Questions to Ask
With a burgeoning demand in Pilates instruction, a number of sites around the
country began their own Pilates Certification Programs. The quality of these
programs varies greatly, from online certification courses simply requiring a
certification fee to the original Authentic PilatesTM Certification
Program in New York City. An influx of inadequately trained instructors, who are
not familiar with the nuances and modifications of the Pilates technique (such
as those for people with back pain), has resulted in some members of the public
even getting injured.
We recognize that the making the appropriate
choice for your Pilates Instruction is key to your success with Pilates. The
following are some general guidelines, questions, and information you can use to
help you find a properly trained and qualified Pilates teacher:
|1. Are the instructors trained through a
comprehensive, nationally recognized training program?
Deborah Harris received her
training in Authentic
PilatesTM at the
The Pilates StudioTM
Certification Program based in New York City. There she was trained and
certified by Romana Kryzawinska, an internationally acknowledged Grand Dame of
Pilates, who started as Joseph Pilates protégé and star pupil in the 1940s.
|2. Did that training program require a
written and practical test, lecture, observation, practice and apprentice hours?
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¨. Deborah successfully passed a series of
three practical exams and three written exams which had to be passed prior to
|3. How many total hours were spent in the
(The Pilates Method is a knowledge-based method of exercise and training. Time
spent in certification training produces qualified teachers.)
Deborah completed over 600 hours of
practical instruction in her certification program and had to demonstrate an
excellence in working on all different Pilates equipment, as well as an ability
to work safely and effectively with women and men at all levels of fitness and
ability, including those with musculoskeletal injuries.
|4. Does the instructor have any other
movement related teaching experience?
Deborah has a strong background in Dance. She completed her BFA in Dance at
Temple University and has taught numerous dance classes since. In addition,
Deborah, continues becoming familiar with Yoga to further integrate mind-body
techniques into her teaching style.
|5. How long have the instructors been
During the past four years Deborah
has been teaching Pilates in numerous studios across the Northeast, from
Lancaster, PA to New York City. Prior to starting her own studio in Warren, NJ,
she taught at the Pilates Studio at the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. She
has also taught extensively at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and
has taught numerous Master Classes, including one recently at Franklin & Marshall College .
|6. What is the instructor's/studio's
philosophy? Are they able to handle special needs, injuries and rehabilitation?
Premier Pilates & Yoga is
dedicated to improving it's clients' level of fitness and their sense of
well-being. Deborah believes that Pilates should be challenging but fun and
spiritually invigorating. She is committed to her clients and works hard to
accommodate their busy lives. At the same time she expects dedication from her
students and a commitment to self-improvement.
While at the Pennsylvania Ballet studio, Deborah worked very
closely with a physical therapist. She had a chance to apply her training and
perfect her approach to clients with such varying conditions as scoliosis,
multiple sclerosis, hip surgery rehabilitation, chronic pain syndromes,
fibromyalgia, and low back pain. She has worked with Prima Ballerinas,
principles from Cirque Du Soleil, members of Broadway shows "Fosse" and
"Contact." She was even an integral part of a recovery team for Phillip
Dulebohn, an Olympic Ice Skater. Deborah enjoys the challenge of the
rehabilitation work and is constantly amazed by the quality of
improvement her clients experience with Pilates.
|7. Do the instructors continue with their
In order to stay current with the
Pilates Method, Deborah has taken continuing education courses every year since
becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor. She believes that pursuit of excellence
is a lifelong journey and one's learning should not simply end with
|8. Does the instructor or studio teach the
full repertoire of Pilates on all pieces of apparatus?
Not only does Premier Pilates &
Yoga have a Wunda Chair, a Reformer, a Cadillac, a Small Barrel, and a Large
Barrel, but all the machines are of the highest quality, and are crafted by
Gratz Industries, a company that used to manufacture equipment for Joseph Plates
himself. In addition, Deborah is trained and experienced in teaching Pilates at
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels on these apparatuses.
|9. Do the instructors belong to a national
professional organization committed to preserving the quality of Pilates
Deborah Harris is a proud member of
The Pilates Guild
and Pilates Method Alliance.
Since 1990 The Pilates Guild™ has been an international organization dedicated
to the preservation of Authentic Pilates™.
The Pilates Method
(PMA™) is the international, not–for–profit, professional association dedicated
to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates.
Both are non-profit organizations
a mission is to protect the public by establishing certification and continuing
education standards for Pilates professionals.
|10. What is the studio's level of commitment
to the community at large?
Pilates & Yoga is firmly
dedicated to being a contributing member of the community. As such, we routinely
contribute to local charities, like the Somerset Medical Center Foundation and
the Long Hill Township Library Fund. In addition, Deborah is a frequent speaker
in the community on such health topics as "Getting Back into Shape after
Childbirth" and "How to Stay Fit After Retirement."