What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. You can experience Pilates through mat work or on various pieces of Pilates equipment, including the reformer, Cadillac, wunda chair, ladder barrel, and spine corrector.

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Description of Classes:
Mat Class:
This class takes place in a group exercise setting. The instructor leads the class through a repertoire of Pilates mat exercises with both demonstration and individual guidance.

Reformer Class:
This class includes up to five people who have reserved a space on the Pilates reformer. The instructor teaches participants how to execute Pilates exercises on the reformer safely and effectively. There must be a minimum of three people per class.

Semi-private Session:
Semi-private sessions include two people. Depending on the clients’ goals with their Pilates sessions, a variety of Pilates equipment can be used, including the reformer, Cadillac, wunda chair and spine corrector.

Private Session:
A one-on-one session that is tailored to the individual client’s fitness goals. All Pilates apparatus may be used.

Class Rates:


Mat Class:
This class is included in your membership and the day and time of the class is found on the Group Exercise Schedule.

Intro Reformer Private Session:
This class is $15 and four introductory private sessions are required before entering any reformer class. Session is 30 minutes long.

Reformer Class:
This class is $25 per person with a minimum of three and maximum of five people per class. Class is 55 minutes long.

Semi-private Session:
This session is $35 per person for up to two people. Session is 55 minutes long.

Private Session:
This session is $60 for a 55 minute workout tailored specifically for you.

Scheduling a Session:
For more information or to schedule an equipment Pilates class, please contact Kimberly Trana directly by
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“Physical fitness is the first
requisite of happiness.”
- Joseph Pilates
About Pilates:
Pilates was created by Joseph H. Pilates who was born in Germany in 1883. He was originally a gymnast, diver, and bodybuilder, but when he moved to England in 1912, he earned a living as a professional boxer, circus-performer, and self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. At the outbreak of World War I, Joe was interned as an “enemy alien” with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise. He rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance, an innovation that led to his later equipment designs. An influenza epidemic struck England in 1918, killing thousands of people, but not a single one of Joe’s trainees died. This, he claimed, testified to the effectiveness of his system.

After WWI, he returned to Germany and collaborated with important experts in dance and physical exercise such as Rudolf Laban. In Hamburg, he also trained police officers. When he was pressured to train members of the German army, he left his native country, disappointed with its political and social conditions, and immigrated to New York.

1926 is the approximate time when Pilates migrated to the United States. On the ship to America, he met his future wife Clara. The couple founded a studio in New York City and directly taught and supervised their students well into the 1960s. His method, which he and Clara originally called “Contrology,” related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles. It focuses attention on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
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