The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
Suzanne Smith incorporates a background in neuromuscular massage therapy into her Pilates curriculum to help participants increase flexibility and free themselves from joint aches and body pains. Using an array of specialized body-limbering equipment, such as the Reformer and Cadillac, Suzanne brings stiff and stubborn sinews under her gentle yet firm tutelage, teaching them to open up to a fuller range of motion while letting go of tightly clasped tension and faded photographs of old flames. Classes meet six days each week and are capped at five students, creating space for intensive personal instruction and individual muscle whispering.
Pilates Plus Colorado's classes transform muscles into taut dermal landscapes beneath broad windows looking out on the craggy heights of Pikes Peak. In mat-work sessions, experienced instructors work to lengthen students' postures and forge lean musculature through a regimen of smooth, controlled motions aided by small props. Alternatively, clients can opt to loosen ligaments aboard Pilates reformers, whose tightly wound springs counteract meticulously performed exercises with gentle resistance and lessons in how to read a slinky's body language. The studio’s schedule includes early-morning and evening sessions to help accommodate busy clients and overworked cobblers during marathon season.
Named the Best Pilates Studio by CityVoters in 2009, Pila Vires wins over clients by offering expertly individualized attention in a fun group setting. The studio's friendly instructors are highly trained and certified, ensuring that every student under their guidance learns and performs each movement properly without spraining a muscle or offending a double-jointed wombat. With today's Groupon in tow, you get to attend five floor classes of your choice, which include Pilates mat, which welcomes students of all skill levels to stretch and sweat through 60 minutes of challenging poses and prop-wielding; Gyrokinesis, which serves up a fluid blend of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and tai-chi techniques to promote deep relaxation and alleviate chronic pain (please bring a large bath towel or blanket); yoga gentle flow, which is as gentle and flowing as a feather adrift on an early-autumn sneeze; and yoga power Vinyasa, which is geared toward students seeking a high-energy core-strengthening workout.
For Dawn King, fitness instruction started as a hobby to supplement college athletics, and as a way to keep her off-season body in shape. But after graduating, the extracurricular activity took center stage, but it wasn’t until she became the head fitness instructor at a club in Key Largo that she tried Pilates. Not only did it ease an old sports injury, but it also increased her everyday energy levels.
Today, Dawn heads a team of instructors at Sun Pilates. They lead a succinct yet diverse selection of classes that includes Vinyasa yoga, body barre, and mat Pilates. Their proprietary Hike-ilates classes integrate Pilates techniques with an outdoor hike, during which practitioners help students correct gait and balance, unlearning habits formed from years of competitive hopscotch. An additional lineup of kids’ classes introduces tykes to cardio, martial arts, and even Spanish in a movement class that incorporates language lessons.
The knowledgeable instructors at Studio J Pilates help newcomers formulate a fitness plan in an initial assessment, then introduce them to the fundamentals of mat or equipment Pilates in group or small-group sessions. With an emphasis on basic alignment, foundation, and specific muscle actions, students focus on the form of their body's core, arms, seat, and thighs while performing small isometric movements. In addition to the studio's Pilates and yoga offerings, Barre classes help lengthen and tone bodies using ballet workout techniques that don't require dance experience to perform. Also offered are fat-burning workouts that integrate ballet barre, light weights, and various props.