About Pilates

Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago.

A brief history of Joe

Joseph Pilates on reformer in Star
Joseph Pilates on reformer in “Star”

From Germany, Joe grew up as a sickly child, but through hard work and determination, he became skilled in boxing, diving, skiing and gymnastics. In 1912, he moved to England to pursue a career in boxing and found employment there as a circus performer. By 1914 he had become a performer as a Roman Gladiator and went on tour with his brother, Frederick Pilates.

In 1914, after WWI broke out, he was interned along with other German nationals in a “camp” for enemy aliens in Lancaster. There he taught wrestling and self-defense, boasting that his students would emerge stronger than they were before the war. It was here that he began refining and teaching his series of mat exercises that he later called “Contrology.”

He was subsequently transferred to another camp on The Isle of Man where his interests in health led him to help out in the sick bay. Acting as a nursing aid he worked with many people suffering from illness and incarceration and began to help them in the infirmary with exercise. As most patients were confined to bed rest, Joe devised a system by rigging bed springs to the bed posts and the prototype for “Trap Table”, later known as “The Cadillac”, was born.

When the 1918 flu epidemic swept the world and killed millions, Joe was boastful that none of his patients succumbed. Following the war, Joseph moved to New York City where he and his wife Clara opened up a studio. They began by training men only, but soon were persuaded to also work with women, specifically members of the New York City Ballet. Over the decades, until his death in 1967, his method survived and it has improved over time, but still maintains the original ideals and principals created by Joseph.

Present time
Recently, there has been an increase in the popularity of Pilates due to media exposure from celebrities, performers, and professional athletes. The term “Pilates” has spread to the mainstream as it is proven to reshape and tone the body without causing stress and imbalance. The movement is rhythmic, fluid and focused to build greater strength, flexibility and endurance

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph Pilates


What should I wear?
Wear comfortable workout clothes that you feel ok sweating in. You’ll be laying down some of the time with your hands or legs in the air so make sure your clothes move with you. You don’t have to wear shoes or socks – though you can wear Pilates sticky socks which will give you better grip for some of the exercises. You can purchase socks in our fitness Boutique. Bring a water bottle – or we have water for you.

Will I lose weight?
You will be building and toning your muscles and that muscle will continue to burn calories, even after you have left class. Many of our classes inject some cardio into them to help get your heart rate up and whittle away pounds. With proper diet and a good mix of classes, you can definitely lose weight.

Is Pilates for guys?
Absolutely! It was started by a fitness buff, Joseph Pilates, and it remains a great workout for men. Our classes don’t have complex choreography or dance moves – we keep it sporty and you’ll break a sweat.

What type of training do your instructors have?
Unlike some Pilates studios, all of our instructors are trained and certified by Internationally recognized organizations. They each come with their own styles and we love the variety.

What if I am new?
If you are brand new to using Pilates machines, we recommend that you take a Private session before jumping in to other classes. This helps you get a hang of our style and familiarize yourself with our equipment. We think a few Private sessions is ideal and your practice will benefit in the long run. If you have taken Pilates Mat classes or feel you have good body awareness you should be good taking a beginner level class.

What if I need to cancel a class?
Our cancellation policy is 12 hours for Barre classes, 24 hours in advance for Reformer classes, and Privates. If you don’t show up or cancel with adequate notice, you will be billed for the class. We know schedules can get crazy – try to remember to cancel the day ahead so you aren’t billed.

What if classes are full?
Definitely hop on the wait list for a class – we’ll notify you if a space opens up and you can decide then if you want to join us. If the wait list is full and you really want in the class, stop by and we’ll put you in if there is a last-minute no show. We do allow clients who are signed up to join 10 minutes late so you may be “bumped” if the signed-up client shows up (don’t worry you won’t pay for the few minutes you got to work out).

Do I have to get on my computer to sign up?
Check out the Mindbody Express mobile app you can download through the iTunes or Android store OR you can just call the studio. We are here to make it easy for you.

What if I haven’t worked out in a long time?
We offer modifications to many exercises and encourage you to move at your own pace. If you need to take a little break during class, you will feel comfortable doing it.

Can I sign up for class if I have never done Pilates?
We ask you to take Re:Boot Re: Align class or have 1-on-1 training on equipment before signing up for any of the classes. If you have done Pilates mat classes before, then you are one step ahead, but you still need to gain experience using the equipment. We want our classes to be challenging for all levels, so we ask that people know the basics before jumping into classes.