Stott Pilates is a contemporary take on the original Pilates method. It incorporates modern innovations in exercise, with extra attention paid to spine and joint health. For example, students may perform particular moves with a curved back in order to restore the spine's natural shape and keep muscles balanced. Despite these differences, Stott Pilates boasts many of the same benefits as its predecessor: leaner muscles, improved strength and flexibility, and a stronger core. At Om Sweet Om Pilates Center, practitioners learn this method in mat classes, private lessons, and equipment classes, which incorporate accoutrements designed to intensify the effects of Pilates.
WundaBar Pilates relies on the intelligently designed WundaFormer, a Swiss army apparatus that combines a reformer, Wunda chair, jump board, and ballet bar into one sinew-sculpting machine. Armed with the knowledge gleaned from a complimentary Intro to WundaBar session, students delve into a host of 40-minute classes that engage muscles with simple routines emphasizing proper form in the face of fast-paced progression. Strength & Length sessions forge slender muscles and a cast-iron core while minimizing the joint stress that can accompany other workout regimens. Heart rates similarly pulse during Cardio Blast classes as students orchestrate a kinesthetic symphony of unfurling limbs and blushing arteries, shedding unwanted calories while toning the 12 muscles typically used to accuse a neighbor of stealing your TV remote.
Founded by instructor and former street performer Maria Bernhard, Pilates Studio M hones torsos and limbs with Pilates mat and circus-inspired aerial silk classes. Open to all ages, Pilates ($70 for five classes) helps students focus and breeds full-body discipline, as the deft articulation of extremities makes doing the robot more attainable. The core-focused one-hour sessions have been helpful in treating everyone from scoliosis patients to those in post-surgery rehab. Although long practiced by certain worms, humans only recently caught on to the health benefits of dangling from silk. Two-hour aerial classes ($40 each), taught by professional suspenders, let participants increase muscle tone and flexibility while bearing their own weight as they hang from silk bands.
After struggling with yo-yoing weight and self-image issues, Nancy Schopp reached a point when she became, as she puts it, "sick and tired of being sick and tired." So she got moving, reaching her own fitness goals and then helping others do the same.
Today, she stays busy leading up to a dozen classes every week. Her fellow instructors enthusiastically share the high-energy class load, teaching the newest blends of cardio and strength-training in X-Ripped and Zumba Xtreme NRG sessions. Experienced yogi Anne Gonzalez makes Vinyasa yoga's flow of poses accessible to yoga devotees, newcomers, and those just now discovering that their arms bend more than one way. In addition to group classes, the instructors also lead personal-training sessions and small-group training, supplementing cardio and resistance workouts with dietary guidance.
At The Body Center, a staff of physical therapists works with Pilates instructors to mend injured bodies while strengthening clients’ defenses against future discomfort. Individualized treatment plans help clients overcome the effects of auto accidents or sporting mishaps, such as trying to swim laps in an ice rink. The fleet of Stott-certified Pilates instructors take participants to the next fitness level by guiding them through a series of intricate moves on specialized equipment. Before stopping by for an appointment, consider loading the car with any unwanted backpacks, clothing, or baby supplies, as The Body Center serves as a collection site for local charities.
Fitness and nutrition guru Stacy "Sportygirl" Ziegler puts a spin on traditional Pilates at her studio, SportyFit Pilates. During her 50-minute workouts, she guides exercisers through circuit-training sequences incorporating Pilates reformer equipment that helps improve strength and cardio. Each workout uses Pilates' principles of core engagement—a focus on breathing, postural alignment, and controlled movements. Small group sessions are limited to 10 students, and each participant uses their own machine, which includes a reformer, wunda chair, and jumpboard.