Joseph Pilates invented his signature exercises to help wounded soldiers recover from trauma sustained in battle. The form also proved adept in handling many of the stresses and injuries faced in modern American life. The instructors at Pilates of Weston take Mr. Pilates’s classical approach to fitness, making the entire body healthier by strengthening the core first. They use reformer machines––a name coined by Joseph Pilates––to provide extra resistance during the exercises, thus training the body more quickly. They use a suite of 500 different exercises to help their students flatten and tone midsections, improve posture, and prevent future injury.
ACSM-certified health fitness specialist Gladimir “Glad” Simeon believes exercisers need three specific things to stay in shape: support, guidance, and action. At Glad Health & Fitness, he leads a team that fulfills each of those necessities through weight-loss support groups, wellness workshops, and group fitness classes.
The studio enables visitors to earn a good sweat in a variety of ways, including high-energy Zumba, cardio kick-boxing, or yoga and mats pilates sessions. Glad's lectures and workouts are open to individuals of all fitness levels ranging from beginners to competitive athletes and kept small to offer personal attention. Sixty minute classes are designed to constantly challenge members towards fat-burning results, as an effort to help people reach their fitness goals.
Yoga may be a highly individualized practice, but personal growth requires a collaborative community spirit. Harmony House Yoga strives to create this spirit by creating a welcoming environment for students of all skill levels and yogic interests and by hosting classes that draw inspiration from a range of eclectic styles. Regardless of whether students are attending a dynamic Vinyasa session or a meditative yin class, they receive personalized guidance and feedback from the instructors. By creating a strong community environment, the studio emphasizes yoga's ability to build emotional and spiritual connections between practitioners and their surroundings.
BrickFit Fitness and Wellness is a boutique gym with reformer-based Pilates classes, ballet barre workouts, and spinning sessions. But it also doubles as a wellness center, where two doctors—Dr. Joseph Horgan and Dr. Susan Manella—supervise customized weight-loss regimens. The two facilities reinforce each other, for example a weight-loss program could incorporate fitness classes, or a massage at the wellness center could prime muscles for a Pilates class.
• For $39, you get a five-class studio package including spin classes, ultimate classes, yoga-stretch classes, and the ultimate ballet-barre workout class (an $80 value). • For $49, you get a five-class Pilates-FIT package (a $105 value).