Can Pilates be used to treat a head injury or stroke?

Written by Kit Matthews, PMA®-CPT, Master Trainer for Club Pilates, Owner of KitPilates LLC I recently learned a friend had suffered a TBI, a Traumatic Brain Injury. The repercussions from my friend’s TBI are similar to the after effects of a stroke. I wondered how I could help, and it dawned on me that Pilates […]

How Many Pilates Classes Should You Take?

How often should you take a Pilates class in order to feel the benefits? Maybe you’ve tried Pilates, you’re totally in love, and now you’re wanting to sign up for three classes a day every single day. Or maybe you’re brand new to the workout, and you’re wondering how many classes it will take to […]

Maintaining your Center of Gravity for a Better Golf Game

The driving range is a great place to practice your swing but is limited in what it can do to prepare you for an actual game. If you think about it, the driving range sets you up in a controlled environment but golf courses add character and chaos.  This is what makes golf so painfully […]

Pilates makes you taller!

When you commit to a fitness regimen and stay consistent, your results become more noticeable – including higher energy levels, better fitting clothes, and even workouts getting easier! Others will start to take notice, as well. “You look great!” “Have you been working out?” are common compliments that you might receive from friends during this […]

Member Success Story: Terri Krause

Written by Terri Krause, member at Club Pilates Frisco:   Over 15 years ago, I began taking Pilates in California with instructors who became master Balanced Body instructors. The duet lessons gave me a great foundation and love for the movements. I moved to Texas in 2003 and attempted to find the right studio for […]

Instructor Spotlight: Rhys Loggins

Joseph Pilates took inspiration from ballet dancers in New York when first creating his series of exercises. It’s no surprise then, that for many dancers, Pilates offers a method to educate themselves on their bodies and to perfect their movement and fitness goals. Furthermore, these trained athletes and teachers are naturals when it comes to […]

Making the Most of Your Warm-Ups with Self-Myofascial Release

You may have heard the common recommendation to warm-up before you work out, or to stretch and prepare your muscles for the efforts ahead. But what does this really mean? Recently, experts have been sharing the benefits of massaging (or rolling out) your muscles before starting a workout and how it can be even more beneficial than […]

Instructor Spotlight: Natasha Johnson

Coming from a degree in Communications, a NASM certification, working with Nascar and owning her own non-profit, Natasha Johnson is now a fan favorite Club Pilates Instructor who’s loving her work every day. Natasha started her Club Pilates journey as a member in North Carolina. After attending a Teacher Training Open House, she fell in love […]

7 Key Differences Between Yoga and Pilates

These basic differences between these two popular toning exercises can help you decide which is best for you. Curiosity is probably one of the best qualities that an avid exerciser can possess. It keeps you intrigued and excited to try new and different types of exercises and classes. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to determine which […]

Flexibility for golf.  Who knew?

Unfortunately you can’t just purchase flexibility at a pro shop or golf store, but it can be developed!  Flexibility is crazy important for golfers. If you are a golfer who suffers from back, wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, or neck issues you might relate. During a golf swing you work in three different planes of motion:  […]

9 Health Benefits of Pilates

1)  Improved Posture Pilates promotes proper skeletal alignment, which means that with every class you take, you are strengthening the muscles that are responsible for good posture. Not only will you be sitting up straighter, but good posture allows you to move more freely, breathe more easily, and of course, it can relieve back pain. […]

Set Goals to End the Year Feeling Stronger

With summer coming to a close, the holiday season can get hectic for many people.  Balancing family events, traveling, and organizing special occasions can hinder the self-care you deserve and actually need to survive the rest of the year.  These simple goals can help you obtain a healthy self while balancing a busy schedule. Rest […]

What to Expect in a Pilates Reformer Flow 1

Trying Pilates for the first time?  Be ready for an experience foreign to any other.  You will leave feeling rejuvenated and more energized in a way that you never have before.  Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind during your first couple of sessions in a Reformer Flow 1 at Club Pilates. It’s […]

School is in Session: How to Kill that First Semester Stress

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start that transition back to the grind.  For many people that means going back to school and battling first semester stress.  The stores are stocked with aisles full of school supplies and all the tools to prep students for their upcoming semester.  Self-care and health are […]

Teacher Training Spotlight: Lenise

  “Teacher training at Club Pilates has been very rewarding and educational. Pilates is a great way to assist your body with maintaining while doing your regular exercise regimen. As a personal trainer, I enjoy doing bootcamps, interval training, and intense cardio. Although these activities are great for keeping me active, they can also place wear and […]

Love Your Body: Little by Little, A Little Becomes A Lot

I think most everyone can agree that it can be really tough to find a balance between loving your body yet wanting to improve and challenge it at the same time! Even though I’ve spent over 6 years as a fitness competitor, following really strict training and nutrition plans, and 4 years before that as […]

Back to School Sports Training | Become an MVP

It’s almost time to go back to school, which means for both high school and college students, it can mean back to sports. Students, you may be looking to become more proficient at your event, so you start practicing harder and longer. As the adage goes, practice makes perfect. However, stepping outside of your sports […]

Golf is not an Athletic Sport | Pilates for Golf

Part 1 of 5 I often hear golf described as a non-athletic sport. To put things into perspective, consider that the head of a golf club can travel upwards of 100 miles per hour. That takes a lot of power! Amateur golfers achieve approximately 90% of their peak muscle activity when driving a golf ball. […]

Club Pilates On Demand

Have you heard the news? Club Pilates is now On Demand! It’s perfect for those of you with a busy schedule or for you those of you who need more than one Pilates class a day! Let’s talk about all that this amazing new program includes. Club Pilates On Demand already has over 100 videos […]

Becoming a Franchise Partner: Dan and Jannis Danzig

“It may sound simple, but it added a whole world of options back to my workout routine. A few months after that, I noticed that I was sleeping better and waking up without back pain for the first time in decades…” We love member successes, but the Club Pilates stories do not stop there. The journey […]

Apparatus Focus: The Cadillac

No, we’re not talking about the car. We’re talking about a piece of Pilates equipment that has earned its name because it has so many bells and whistles. The Cadillac is an original piece of Pilates equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. Although the Cadillac may look daunting, you can do many of the exercises you […]

5 Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

It’s inevitable that with any form of exercise, there is bound to be muscle soreness. Here are a few ways to soothe those sore muscles so you can keep moving towards your goals! 1. Hydrate As the adage goes, “Hydration is key.” Start by hydrating before your workout, especially if you know you’re going to […]

How To: Put Yourself in a Pilates State of Mind Before Class

If you didn’t already know, Pilates is not only a physical workout, it’s a mental workout as well. Imagine you’re lying down on the reformer with your feet in the long straps, legs together overhead towards the ceiling, with feet flexed back. Now the instructor tells you to lower your legs towards the foot bar […]

A Girl Who Hates Cardio Takes the Cardio Sculpt Class

If you’re anything like me, trying to squeeze any cardio into your workout routine is a chore. Seriously, I would rather wash a sink full of my roommate’s dirty dishes than do any cardio at all. Nevertheless, I’ve tried to find my “thing”. I’ve tried running. I was looking for a “runner’s high” and all […]

Fitness for Men Over 50

Fitness for men is different than it is for women. Although there are common goals such as feeling good and looking good, a man also has different body composition and motivation for working out.  As a man nears his 50’s, staying healthy and fit becomes more of a necessity than simply a desire, and Pilates […]

Member Success Story: Dance

About three months ago, I pressed reset on my Pilates journey. Now, as cheesy as the word “journey” may sound (like for real, am I on “The Bachelor?”) it’s best way to describe it. In reflecting back, I’ve realized that I embarked on this journey around the age of three when I was enrolled in […]

What is Club Pilates?

BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS At Club Pilates we offer Reformer-based Pilates classes, using a modern approach to classical methods, at a price that makes membership attainable. Thousands of people are transforming their bodies and lives right now through energizing, fun, low-impact Pilates. Whether you’re young or old, no matter if you’re mostly sedentary or a […]

5 Reasons Why: Club Pilates is Great for Men

Pilates for Men? We’re sharing all the reasons why Club Pilates is the best workout to kickstart your health goals or add to your existing routine. 1-It’s a full body workout. As a full body workout, Pilates doesn’t let you ignore “leg day”. Pilates develops neglected muscle groups. Some of your muscles, like those that […]

Pilates for Dance

Most elite dancers typically train and rehearse for up to eight hours a day. Although it may seem counter-intuitive that they should push the body any further, many elite dancers do Pilates regularly. They are already in peak physical condition from their training, so how does Pilates benefit them? When Pilates gained popularity within the […]

Pilates Principle: Pelvic Stability

During your Pilates practice, there are specific concepts to continuously concentrate on in order to maintain proper form. Today, we’re talking pelvic stability. Actively practicing this during your workout prevents pain and injury. Like most Pilates principles, it also counter acts imbalances that usually damage your body throughout your daily life. Everyone’s body is built a […]

Pilates Warmup: Footwork

Footwork is a common exercise known to any Pilates practitioner. It was created by Joseph Pilates as the proper way to warm up at the beginning of each and every session on a Reformer. The benefits of starting with footwork helps set standards for the rest of the workout and improves overall full body health. […]

Pilates for Teens

Alright, how many times have you heard “Good habits start young”? As much of a cliché as it is, it’s totally true. Good habits such as eating right, grooming, and presenting yourself well are instilled in most of us from a young age. However, there is one habit that tends to slip through the cracks: […]

Member Success Story: Tamara Stocks

From high school injury, to WNBA professional to Club Pilates employee, this success story is unlike any other:   “I actually stumbled into Pilates in high school, when I had 3 degenerated discs in my lower back due to my participation in basketball (the amount of contact, tumbles and falls I had really took a […]

What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by a German man named Joseph Pilates. As a child, he was chronically ill, but he was determined to make himself healthy and strong. This set him on the path to becoming a body builder.  He also studied anatomy and sampled as many types of exercises as he could and recorded the […]

Foam Roller and Tennis Ball Moves | Step-by-Step Guide

Everyone desires a happy and healthy body.  To obtain this, we need to strengthen and stretch to bring our bodies back to symmetry.  Foam rolling rejuvenates the fascia, or tissue, that runs through the entire body.  Resupplying oxygen and blood flow, this allows for a hydrated body with improved mobility.  The following moves encourage fascia […]

Companies Win with Healthy Employees

Health and wellness incentives in the workplace can positively impact the company bottom line.  An alert, healthy employee is more productive, has fewer absences due to illness and is less likely to be prone to workplace injuries.  Incentivizing employees to be healthy is an overlooked but direct path to increasing profit margins and marginalizing loss.  […]

Equipment Focus: TRX

The TRX is a tool used in the fitness industry that has become a mainstay of the best gyms and an indispensable tool for trainers.   Its popularity is based upon the successful results attained through multiple applications.  There are benefits to using the TRX that allow individuals of all different body types to enhance […]

Pilates on Vacation

One of the most challenging times to maintain a good fitness regime is during vacation season.  With all of the hustle and bustle of planning, organizing, visiting with friends and family, or simply needing to decompress, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.  Here are some simple tips to staying healthy and […]

Erik Delarosa: The Cross-Training Benefits of Pilates

Seasoned athlete, educated fitness professional and cover model Erik Delarosa finds so many benefits at Club Pilates. We’re constantly talking about #PilatesforEverybody and we really do mean it! For Men’s Health Month, we wanted to highlight our male members and spread the word about why everybody loves Pilates. Not only is Erik interested in training, […]

Everyday Tips for Better Posture!

Maintaining good posture requires constant self-awareness.  Just like in your Pilates practice, keeping the spine mobile and decompressed are pivotal goals in executing good alignment.  Practicing these simple tips can promote better body distribution and a happier posture. BREATHE DEEPLY Utilizing your breath is a quick and easy way to improve your posture throughout the […]

Pilates and Running

Runners are a funny breed of people. Most runners rationally know that in order to be the best runner they can be — the fastest, the strongest, the most efficient, the most injury-proof — it doesn’t actually behoove them to run, exclusively, to gain fitness. Rationally, they know that they should also spend deliberate amounts […]

Pilates and Surfing

As a Pilates Instructor/Trainer, I am often asked, “What can Pilates do for me? ” The simple answer is, Pilates is a movement and exercise regimen to help balance out your bodies specific imbalances, help you move better and move pain free every day. That being said, with a consistent Pilates practice combining strength, flexibility […]

Pilates for a Healthier You!

Taking time for yourself can seem impossible and commonly not thought of as a priority.  Life gets hectic and overwhelming, but one of the most important things in life is your personal health.  When you get sick it can feel impossible to function.  Everyday tasks are harder to accomplish.  Pilates is the perfect way to […]

Pilates Principle: Neck Stability

During your Pilates practice, and during your everyday life, good posture is a constant necessity…and challenge for most of us.  Proper alignment keeps us out of pain’s range, reduces stress, and helps us stay younger, longer. Joseph Pilates emphasized our need for neck strength, flexibility and mobility through many of his exercises.  While executing each […]

Member Success Story: Nanette Hartung

How do I love Pilates? Let me count the ways. I love that my daughter and my best friend do Pilates with me. I love that every class is different. The movements are repeated enough that I feel successful in doing them, but the routine varies enough that it’s never boring. I love that each […]

Member Success Story: Jennifer Rottner

CLAIM YOUR FREE CLASS “I won a two-week free Club Pilates membership at an event I attended in November, 2016. When I signed up for my first class in February 2017, I was both excited and a little apprehensive. I had read about reformer classes and had always wanted to try one, but I was […]

Apparatus Focus: The EXO Chair

The EXO chair is a piece of Pilates equipment that challenges strength and control.  It may also be used for rehabilitation and is a great space saver.  The original chair was actually designed to fit in compact New York apartments by doubling as a piece of furniture. From then to now, the apparatus continues to […]

Member Success Story: Mary Clark

“I joined Club Pilates three years ago in search of a workout that would be friendlier to my aging joints, but challenging enough to support my active lifestyle. After three dedicated years of practice, I feel as if I have a whole new body! I am stronger and much more aware of my body as […]

Pilates Principle: The Core

What is the Core? One of the most talked about fitness goals is having a strong core, but what exactly does that mean?  More importantly, how do you obtain it?  Many commercials would depict glistening, rock hard abs as the core, but there’s much more to it than that.  The abdominals actually consist of four […]

Pilates Principle: Breath

One of the most vital elements to life is breath.  We know that we need to do it, but do we know how to properly do it within our Pilates practice? There are countless benefits to the breath, and that's why it is a core Pilates principle. If we are living, we are breathing.  It [...]

Joseph Pilates Quotes

 “Pilates is the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit” Joseph Pilates’ attitude towards whole-body health is apparent in the movements he taught to his clients. Coordinating between breath and spine stabilization, while simultaneously moving arms and legs, connects the brain to a physical full-body workout. You will find an unlimited source of benefits in [...]

30 Reasons to Love Pilates

Experience a full-body workout coordinating mind, body and spirit. Pilates focuses on working all muscles evenly, while encouraging positivity. Increase core-strength. The core, or the “powerhouse,” is the source of better stability and proper alignment. Create long, lean muscles. Pilates targets the smaller, under-used muscles in the body. Decrease stress. Pilates targets the mind. Proper [...]

Apparatus Focus: Pilates Ball

As Pilates practitioners, we’re always looking for props to aid us in further challenging our bodies, as well as ways to provide modifications for injuries and special populations. When we need physical support, we turn to the bottomless tool box of Pilates to find with variations for everyBODY. Though simple, the Pilates Ball is one of […]

Member Success Story: Katie’s Pregnancy

How does a solid Pilates practice help with pregnancy? Read on for one member's story. "I continued Pilates throughout my pregnancy and found it to be a saving grace. On days where I felt sick, coming to a class had me leaving feeling better both mentally and physically than when I came in. I also [...]

Member Success Story: Johanna

"Like many women, I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I hovered around a size 16, dipped down to a 12 maybe twice since 1988, and topped out at a size 20, XXL, in 2014. Right around my 40th birthday, my husband and I took a fantasy Christmas vacation to Hawaii. We saved [...]

Pregnancy and Pilates

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fourth, each one is a completely different experience. It can be an exciting, scary, and vulnerable time for any expecting mother. Keeping physically active is a vital key to good health during this stage of life. Pilates supplies soon-to-be mothers with countless benefits to support such an important [...]

How to Do the Pilates Teaser

One of the most renowned and dynamic Pilates exercises is the Teaser. It demonstrates strength, flexibility, control, and balance. All of these are successfully executed with precision, control, and mind-body connection throughout the entirety of this exercise. The full Teaser exercise starts with laying supine (on your back), with arms extended overhead and legs fully extended [...]

Apparatus Focus: What is the Pilates Reformer?

The Reformer is one of the original Pilates apparatus created by Joseph Pilates himself. It was created to help people improve their strength, flexibility, stability, and mind-body connection. Let’s take a look at what makes up this lean, mean Pilates machine! THE CARRIAGE This bed-like platform glides along the frame of the machine. The carriage [...]

Superwoman: Patty Ketchmark

So many amazing women and men walk through the front door of a Club Pilates each and every day. Among these avid Pilates lovers is this incredible superwoman: Patty Ketchmark. She’s a beast when it comes to adventuring, exercising and loving life. So much so, that a major accident and amputation couldn’t slow her down, [...]

Can You Benefit From a Pilates Private Training Session?

Sometimes it is advisable to begin your Pilates journey with a Private Training Session. A Private session alleviates anxieties and helps the trainer ascertain your skill and ability level. It is also sometimes advisable to remain on a Private session level if you have ongoing physical challenges that benefit from the undivided attention afforded by […]

Let Pilates Help You Beat the Winter Blues

Winter has its own beauty, but for some, the long, dark winter season can be a detriment to mood and well-being, causing depression in a large portion of the population. Pilates is an amazing way to keep your spirit high, your energy levels kicking, and your mind at peace. When practicing Pilates, concentration is required. […]

Pilates Principle: Ribcage Stability

During Pilates practice, proper form is a topic of hot discussion.  What does “proper form” really mean, though?  There are core Pilates principles that enforce keeping the spine in alignment. One important principle that affects form is ribcage stability. The ribcage is named for its function – a cage that helps surround and protect what’s inside […]

Rock the Runway With Pilates

It’s the season for Spring Fashion Week at cities around the globe! As we peruse the looks on the spring runways in Paris and New York, we may be so carried away with the beautiful designs that we underestimate the effort required to walk the runway. Professional models aren’t just lean and fit.  They approach [...]

Taking Pilates to the Big Game

Being part of the National Football League places untold demands on the mind and body. Focus, endurance, and stamina are paramount throughout the entirety of the season. An athlete’s goal is to execute motions, exercises, or even big plays during the game with as little to no effort as possible even when the pressure is [...]

How Pilates Can Benefit Herniated or Bulging Discs

Being part of a society that works in front of computers, watches television screens, and has cell phones attached to us every second of our day contributes to conditions such as bulging or herniated discs.  In order to prevent inevitable pain and imbalances from these everyday practices, Pilates principles supply the tools we need to [...]

Pilates for Recovery

Figuring out a feasible game plan to help kick start a healthy workout will help create the results that’ll carry you into the rest of the year.  A fundamental concept to keep in mind is allowing the body to recover.  Pilates is the perfect way to do so. When starting out each Pilates practice, movement [...]

Pilates and Stress Reduction

We live in a society of pushing ourselves to the limits.  Having a lot on your plate has become normal.  Life keeps demanding people to the point where time is limited and stress is inevitable.  The key to handling this lifestyle is stress management.  Pilates can help deplete stress and provide a happy place to [...]

4 Pilates Moves for Tight, Toned Abs

Everyone wants the secret to perfect abdominal muscles.  Many try to accomplish this by pumping out tons of variations of crunches only to feel discouraged by unsuccessful results.  Here are some amazing Pilates exercises that will leave your midsection stronger, tighter, and more toned. The Pilates Roll Up is one of Joseph Pilates’s fundamental mat [...]

Preparing for Pilates

When preparing for your Pilates session, there are some details to keep in mind before and after your workout. The most important step, of course, is showing up! These next helpful tips will enable you to gain even more benefits from your workout. Step One: Nutrition. The energy you’ll be relying on throughout your day […]

New Year, New Workout!

With the New Year upon us, getting back into fitness and recovering from the holidays is on everyone’s mind.  Pilates is the perfect way to jumpstart into a new body and a new mindset!  Joseph Pilates created a full-body stream of exercises to challenge and improve posture, mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance – all in [...]

7 Reasons to Start Pilates in 2018!

If you're looking to add more activity to your days, here are 7 reasons you should consider starting Pilates. (And no, getting abs like Kate Hudson is not one of the reasons. Though... it could be!) 1. STRENGTHEN YOUR "POWERHOUSE" Pilates trains your core (or, in Pilates speak, your "powerhouse") unlike any other workout. In [...]

A Guide to Self-Love in 2018

Instead of starting the new year with an unrealistic resolution tied to an unrealistic goal, perhaps 2018 should be the year you make a resolution to yourself. One that you can pursue today and benefit from immediately: carving out some time to recharge and focus on yourself. Family drama, work stress, spouse conflicts, looming deadlines, [...]