What is Pilates?

Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967)

Creator of Contrologoly. Known as the Pilates Method, the series of more than 500 exercises was designed by the once sickly boy to strengthen and elongate muscles without adding bulk. In the 1920s, Pilates worked to rehabilitate bed riden patients by removing bedsprings from the bed and attaching them to the walls. Using straps on their arms or legs, patients could lie in bed and push or pull springs, exercising against the coils’ resistance. Pilates’ series of exercises focus on very precise movements in combination with proper control and form rather than high repetitions, resulting in a balanced muscular-skeletal system with strong, flexible muscles and improved posture.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates helps balance your body, building strength where you are weak, flexibility where you are tight,a more evenly developed physique and stability in your core muscles.
Key benefits include:

  • Improved balance, coordination & circulation
  • Longer, leaner muscles with less bulk, more freedom of movement & greater flexibility
  • Improved posture & heightened body awareness
  • Greater core abdominal & back strength
  • Firm flat abs & lean defined legs
  • Less pain & tension

Classes

Reformer All-Levels

This class is geared to everybody! Our goal in this class is to get our clients to locate and develop their “core”. We ask that they perform all the Pilates movement patterns with the core muscles engaged without compensation or abnormal torque. We will challenge your core musculature and explore simple movement coordination. Coordination will encompass upper and lower extremity movement patterns in intuitive and sometimes counter intuitive configurations that will train and strengthen your core.

Reformer Mix & Tower Mix

Our “Mix” classes are an upbeat, yet challenging 55-minute mixed equipment Pilates class. Instructors will utilize a fun combination of any and all of the pilates equipment to give clients an effective total body workout. This class is also great for beginners because it allows you to familiarize with a variety of equipment with just one class!

Reformer Bootcamp

This class is designed to target your core, butt, abs and thighs! Reformer Bootcamp combines calorie burning cardio intervals using the jump-board on the reformer. Athletic toning exercises and all your “favorite” reformer exercises that pinpoint your butt, thighs and abdominal muscles are meshed between the jumping! The accelerated pace of the class is meant to get your heart pumping and your body sculpted. Beware, this is not your classical reformer class & the music might be amped up more than normal 🙂

Reformer + Chair Level ll/lll

This is a fast paced intermediate-advanced Reformer and Chair class. It is advised that you have a knowledge of the Reformer & Chair repertoire and are able to successfully perform a roll-up prior to joining. Please contact the studio to sign up.

Reformer Jumpboard Express

A cardio-based Pilates Reformer class that gives you a great alternative to your regular cardiovascular workout– Jumpboarding is a low-impact workout that alternated jumping segment with your traditional reformer exercises. This is another class you will want to bring in your towel!!

Pilates Circuit

Your instructor will take you through a variety of timed stations on the Pilates reformer, cadillac, spine corrector, ladder barrel and chair to give you a truly unique workout every visit. This is an excellent way to “sample” the different tools our studio has to offer while challenging your endurance with repetitive weighted movements. We also love how the small group size allows for lots of “hands on” cuing from your instructor to perfect your Pilates form! Don’t love a certain piece of equipment? Don’t let that scare you! Just like all of our group classes, modifications can be made for all fitness levels.
**3-5 equipment classes are recommended prior**

Chair Express

Awe the Pilates Chair…love it? challenged by it? Come and experience a class dedicated solely to it!

Tower

The ULTIMATE class. If you are looking for a challenge, here it is! Using the Wall Unit & springs to create resistance, students will elongate their muscles, increase flexibility and gain a new respect for Mat work.

Pilates Mat Class

This class only uses a Mat and Joseph Pilates’ classical repertoire. We teach clients how to identify their core and stabilize it while going through a series of exercise. Modifications and progression are given for your needs.