From trying every type of exercise to finding Pilates: Marlene’s Club Pilates Story

I tried everything in the world. There is a nice gym in my apartment complex, I would try to workout out around 3 days a week there but never would work out as hard as I could because it’s hard to have motivation in a regular gym when there are no guided workouts. You have […]

Benefits of the Bosu Ball

At Club Pilates we take pride in using multiple pieces of apparatus to continuously challenge our clients in their Pilates practice – the Bosu is one of them.  It can make the most introductory exercises more intense while providing a balance challenge to the deeper muscles and joints, and it can also help support and […]

Instructor Spotlight – Marlena Griffin

Hi, and hello!  My name is Marlena Griffin.  I am one of your Club Pilates Master Trainers, and I am the General Manager of Club Pilates Liberty Station and Club Pilates La Jolla.  I started my career with this company back in 2013 and have watched this brand evolve into a form of fitness as […]

An Athletes Guide to Pilates

  Recently, Pilates has gained popularity in the modern athletic world. Many of the movements actively stretch the body while slowly firing up a group of muscle fibers that contribute to physical endurance & stamina. Along with this deep level of activation, the moves also teach the body to be stable from every angle. This […]

5 Pilates Full Body Summer Moves

Summer is coming, and it’s the best season to feel strong!  Vacations, graduations, and holidays keep our schedules filled.  Here are 5 full body Pilates exercises you can easily bring as a carry on to any summer event! Bridging is done lying down on a mat.  Place your arms by your side with your knees […]

5 Postpartum Pilates Exercises At Home

Try These 5 Moves to start your Postpartum Pilates Program at Home!   Single Leg Pick Up:   Focus: Joint Stability and Balance Set Up: Stand next to a counter or high table for balance assistance and place a tall water bottle 2 feet in front of you on the floor. Action: Stand on one […]

Working Out with Friends – Helpful or Hurtful?

  Working out with a friend may be your secret to success to achieve your fitness goals! Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay motivated, or even hold yourself more accountable, having a friend along for the ride can help. Friendly Competition to Reach your Goals Research suggests that working out with a friend […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Pilates

Who is Pilates good for? Everybody Needs Pilates! Club Pilates members range from teens to seniors. With nine signature class types and four different class levels, Club Pilates has a workout that will work for you. If you have very specific goals or workout requirements due to injury, you can start with private training sessions […]

Benefits of Pilates Postpartum

Many women know to use precaution and modifications when exercising throughout their pregnancy, but those modifications shouldn’t stop once the baby is born!  Many injuries can and do occur in the months following the child’s birth if women push their still adapting bodies too strenuously. Most doctors suggest recovery times between 6-8 weeks to most […]

What to Expect in a CP Restore Class

Although all Club Pilates classes aim to restore energy and strength, our CP Restore class specifically targets the areas of the body that needs more blood flow and oxygen.  Instilling this class format into your weekly routine even once a week rejuvenates your body in ways nothing else can. First, let’s explain fascia.  What is […]

Using Pilates To Rehabilitate Her Lower Back Injury: Titia’s Club Pilates Story

Prior to Pilates, I’ve always been pretty active. I participated in basketball, Zumba, dance, and I love bicycle riding, but a lot of the time, injuries come with these sports. I ended up with a lower back injury due to Zumba. I was doing physical therapy for my back when my PT told me that […]

10 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Mood

Sometimes you can’t help feeling overwhelmed or down in the dumps. Let’s face it – life can get pretty crazy! Not everyone has time to go for a full meditation retreat, so here are a few simple things you can choose from to boost your mood today!           1. Get some […]

Top Pilates Myths – True or False?

What actually is Pilates?! There is an insurmountable level of benefits, yet these common pilates myths are what tends to sway people from crossing the threshold into the Pilates world. What does Pilates even mean? It’s Joseph Pilates’ last name. He is the creator of the apparatus, exercises, and most importantly the principles that have […]

3 Effective Head-to-Toe Health Strategies for Seniors

When trying to live a healthier life, it is easy to get confused by the avalanche of information available out there, especially as you grow older. How do you know which areas to focus on, or which habits are the most beneficial? An easy solution is to look for holistic solutions that make you healthier […]

Using Pilates to Battle My Arthritis

I had severe arthritis in my right hand and arm before joining Club Pilates. I had a trainer for 4-1/2 years (twice a week) to focus on rehabilitating my arthritis. I had tried yoga and Soul Cycle in the past but it all made my arthritis worse. There was too much pressure on my hands. […]

Practice Better Posture and Reduce Neck Pain

Many of us may not have the best posture that supports our neck properly. Unfortunately, neck pain is common in the adult population. We constantly look down at our phones, hold stress on elevated shoulders, or carry items or shoulder bags improperly. These examples can be linked to or cause cervical dysfunction, muscle and tendon […]

Sales Rep to Pilates Instructor: Finding the Perfect Career

I always had a love for numerous subjects, and it was difficult deciding on a major. During college, while working part time at the front desk for Club Pilates, I discovered a love for the Pilates method. The exercise felt good on my body and the benefits and changes I saw in the clients were […]

From Yoga Practice to Pilates Queen: Rosa’s Club Pilates Story

I was on a quest to find an exercise program located near my work in lower Manhattan. I was doing hot yoga for years, it was great for internal health, but I wasn’t seeing results on the outside. I wanted to stay in the realm of yoga. I didn’t know the difference between yoga and […]

What to Expect in a CP Suspend TRX Class

At Club Pilates, your studio experience is a one stop shop.  Instead of having to go to multiple gyms to get a well-rounded workout, implementing a diverse array of class formats ensures constant challenge and optimal results.  A CP Suspend class with TRX is the perfect element to add if you’re looking to diversify your […]

Overcoming Injury and Falling in Love with Group Fitness: Lynn’s Pilates Story

I used to travel a lot for work and one day while running down the street trying to catch a train, I fell and hit the side my knee that caused a hairline fracture. During the wintertime my knee locks up, causing a lot of pain – this was very hard to tolerate. After my […]

Why is Rotation Important to Spinal Health?

“If your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young” – Joseph Pilates. Moving the body in various directions is essential to spinal health.  Daily demands force us into certain common positions, but reminding the body to move in multiple ways keeps the back strong and […]

6 Principles of Pilates

Anyone who practices Pilates knows that it’s a continuous stage of growth.  Once one exercise is executed efficiently, another layer of that same exercise can be improved.  Joseph Pilates’ principles are always new each time you do them! TRY A FREE INTRO PILATES CLASS CENTERING Pilates focuses on strengthening the “powerhouse”, or core.  Physically centering […]

3 Moves to Prep for the Pilates Teaser

The Teaser is a Pilates exercise that requires full body strength, flexibility, and balance.  In order to properly execute the motion with precision and efficiency, the body needs to be prepped accordingly. TRY A FREE PILATES CLASS Bridging is a fundamental Pilates exercise that can be done in various ways.  It begins on your back […]

Member Success Story: Amy-Catherine

CURIOUS? CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CLASS! “I had a Sleeve Gastrectomy on September 1, 2017. I have battled my weight all my life, and finally decided that I needed a tool to help me achieve lasting results as I stared 60 in the face. I have always been active, and had been doing yoga […]

Mat vs Reformer Pilates – What’s the Difference?

There are numerous benefits to both Mat and Reformer Pilates.  There are countless similarities between the two, especially when practicing the principles of the work, but there are also some major differences.  MAT PILATES The motions done on the mat are classical Joseph Pilates exercises that involve control, balance, strength, and focus.  Concentrating on how […]

Pilates Inspo From Your Favorite Celebs!

Have you ever wondered how celebrities achieve and maintain toned, sculpted bodies? Here’s their little secret . . . PILATES! They practice several times a week to maintain their defined structure. A few celebrities like Kate Hudson even have Pilates equipment in their home! Here are their routines and what they have to say about Pilates […]

A Guide to Staying Active After 60

The senior years shouldn’t be sedentary! Older adults who spend five or more hours a day sitting and don’t get enough exercise are three times more likely to lose the ability to walk than seniors who live an active lifestyle, according to Reuters. Not only that, but inactive seniors have an increased risk of developing […]

Every Busy Mom Needs Pilates

TRY A FREE INTRO PILATES CLASS Many times, being a parent means sacrificing yourself both emotionally and physically. Imagine, in spite of combing through a mile-long to-do list, you end the day feeling refreshed and energized. What!? Not possible. Except…it is. Although you may feel like there is absolutely zero time in your schedule, you […]

Wedding Workout: This Dedicated Pilates Couple Worked Out the Day Before Their Wedding!

Constance is a founding member who joined Club Pilates prior to opening. She brought her “beloved” boyfriend (as she calls him) shortly after to sign-up for an unlimited membership. As avid members in the studio, Constance and Tim work out almost every weekday morning at 7am together. She also participates in private training sessions. They […]

Member Success Story: Marche’ Yarborough

From basketball to boxing to managing a radiology office, Marche’ has found new physical and mental strength from coming to Club Pilates. Not to mention, a new career goal! “I was driving my kids to school one day and saw Club Pilates grand opening sign. I had taken Pilates Reformer before, so I just knew […]

Workout Motivation: Learn to LOVE Fitness

Workout motivation. Everybody talks about it. We can all agree that we should all be getting more exercise in during the week, every week. But how do we motivate ourselves to actually do so? Here’s how: ATTITUDE You need to start with how you personally view fitness. There can always be something that triggers motivation, […]

Instructor of the Year – Taylor Bennett

Congratulations to Taylor Bennett – Club Pilates Instructor of the Year! Fitness has been my passion and I have worked in the health and fitness industry about 20 years now. I have dabbled in various fitness related jobs. I am certified as a Group Fitness Instructor where I taught step, cycle, yoga, and kickboxing! I […]

Why is Back Extension Important?

FIND YOUR NEAREST STUDIO “Bending over backwards” is a common phrase that is used when someone is putting in an exaggerated amount of effort for something.  What if it didn’t have to mean that?  This directly relates to the difficulty of having our own bodies lean back. Unfortunately, lacking this range of motion has also […]

Every Expecting Mother Needs Pilates

Written by Shepherd Duncan, Certified Pilates Instructor and Expecting Mother! Congratulations on your new journey on becoming a mother! What an amazing journey it will be, full of love and support from all angles. One of the best ways you can support your mind and body through the changes is a Pilates practice! Here are […]

Everybody Who Wants to Get Stronger Needs Pilates

Written by Tiffany Van, owner of ‘Fitness Boutique by Tiffany’, personal trainer and weight loss specialist, certified Pilates instructor, Yoga instructor, IFBB Bikini Pro and former professional dancer. Whew! I’m often asked what is Pilates? What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga? Can I use it for strength training? Who is Pilates good for?  […]

10 Reasons Why EveryBODY Needs Pilates

Never tried Pilates? Try Club Pilates for FREE! BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS “In my 20 plus years as a strength coach, I am always looking to build a foundation where my clients are strong, mobile, and well-conditioned! Pilates provides an ideal approach to build such a foundation through the use of such equipment as the […]

Fighting Chronic Pancreatitis: Schyler’s Pilates Story

“I live with chronic pancreatitis and was diagnosed in September 2011. The condition became extremely debilitating physically, mentally, and emotionally. As it continued, I wasted away most of my muscle mass as I used to workout 6-7 days a week with running and kickboxing and struggled very seriously with malnutrition. Each year I have needed […]

Everybody Looking for a Confidence Boost Needs Pilates

A little confidence in your body can go a looong way! Not only will you feel it, you will see it too! Joseph Pilates said that it is the mind itself which builds the body. You must begin with the mindset – set the intention – it is possible! Maybe losing a few pounds isn’t […]

Everybody Stuck in Traffic Needs Pilates

Never tried Pilates? Try Club Pilates for FREE! BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS Sitting in a car for minutes to hours at a time may have a larger impact on your body and your health than you think. Driving to and from work negatively effects the body by causing your posture to be compromised, your neck […]

Instructor Spotlight: From Desk Job to Pilates Powerhouse

Never tried Pilates? Try Club Pilates for FREE! BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS “To be blunt, I was looking for a way to make money that didn’t require sitting and slouching all day. I missed my days in the dance studio and was frustrated with all of the office jobs I’d tried (I hopped around a […]

Mind-Body Connection: The Power of Conscious Movement

First off, what is mind-body connection? It can be as simple as a conscious decision to pick something up or take a step. Pilates takes this one step further and trains the body to move correctly, safely and functionally. Creating awareness on how to move takes practice and concentration. Life demands so much from your […]

The Strength to Travel Further – Suzie’s Pilates Story

Suzanna has been a member with Club Pilates Matthews since 2017. One whole year… Wow! Suzanna always wanted to take an adult ballet class but could never seem to fit it in her busy work travel schedule. She tried Barre classes, but noticed it didn’t offer the diversity of programs that Club Pilates has. Suzanna […]

Pilates Moves Explained: Why is Bridging Important?

Bridging is a major staple in any Pilates workout. This exercise improves the overall function throughout the body allowing clients to move easier and with less pain during their every day lives. Creating balance and realigning the body is the foundation of any bridge series. Stretch out those hip flexors! One of the major benefits […]

Overcoming Adversity – Suzanne’s Pilates Story

“I had been overweight almost all of my life and being an asthmatic, typical workout classes weren’t always an option for me. At the time I started, I had just lost 50 pounds and I still had about 50 more pounds to lose. I started with Club Pilates about 4 years ago after a friend […]

Unexpected Community and Sports Gains – Tom’s Pilates Story

“When I was a kid I was very passionate about sports, especially baseball and basketball. Throughout the years I was fortunate enough to continue to play basketball competitively on the varsity team all four years in college. Being an athlete at that time made it very easy to stay in great shape and maintain a […]

From Running Injury to Pilates Instructor – Julie’s Pilates Story

I have always been a runner. I’ve been running since I was 14 years old. I have completed 5 marathons, including Chicago, Boston and NYC. Running, and working out in general, got me through my late husband’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and helped me cope with his death in 2011. However, all of that running ultimately […]

Balancing Career, Family & Health – Kendy’s Pilates Story

  “I can’t tell you how much Pilates has impacted my overall wellness. I started my Pilates journey when Club Pilates opened their Ashburn location. In fact, I became a founding member before the studio opened almost 3 years ago.  I had zero experience in Pilates and only one yoga class under my belt.  I […]

5 Pilates Moves for Full Body Toning!

Beat these winter blues and spring forward into a healthier, happier you! Try these Pilates mat movements at home, and then conquer the Reformer versions in class! Start with 5-10 reps of each, and then slowly increase. Make sure to listen to your body and don’t do anything that hurts. (Being sore and being in […]

Member Success Story: Missy’s Battle with Breast Cancer

Recovering from the first of six surgeries, after being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, Missy found healing in Club Pilates. It was the focus on breath, paired with the low impact of the craft, that allowed her to move and strengthen her body. In 2013, her love of Pilates and passion to teach led […]

3 Simple Moves to Improve Digestion

Thanksgiving means a lot of different things to different people.  Some people think family.  Perhaps others think football. One thing is for certain: Everyone thinks about food and lots of it!  Here are three simple moves to help with digestion before even thinking about that extra serving of mash potatoes or stuffing. The Rollover is […]

Living with Type 1 Diabetes: Pilates Success Story

  Lauren Logan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 27 years of age- a life changing diagnosis. Her entire world, from a health perspective, turned on its head. Managing your glucose as an active athletic individual can be more than challenging. “To me, wellness means mental and physical well-being. I have Type 1 Diabetes which is an exhausting […]

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 […]

Everybody who Plays Golf Needs Pilates

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 […]

Everybody Looking to Improve Their Sport Needs Pilates

Athletes, Students, and any of you who love to play ball after work with friends: you may be looking to become more proficient at your favorite sport, so you start practicing harder and longer. As the adage goes, practice makes perfect. However, stepping outside of your sports training may be even more beneficial; we’re talking […]

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 […]

Men Over 50 need Pilates

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 […]

All Dancers Need Pilates

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 the 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 […]

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, and […]

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

TRY A FREE CLUB PILATES CLASS 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.  […]

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 assess 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. The Goal 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 [...]

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 2019!

If you're looking to add more activity and mobility 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!) BOOK YOUR FREE CLASS 1. STRENGTHEN YOUR "POWERHOUSE" Pilates trains your core (or, in Pilates speak, your [...]

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, [...]