At Flow Pilates Centre, Gina Santangelo and her staff have three roomfuls of Stott Pilates equipment at their disposal, including reformers, stability chairs, and vertical frames. It's this ample space and massive equipment arsenal that allow them to offer up to five equipment-based Pilates classes per day, where small groups of eight students focus on strengthening their cores and building lean muscle on the fitness contraptions. For those new to Pilates, mat classes instill the technique's core principles without a reformer's resistance or a pulley's physics equations. But the studio's offerings extend far beyond Pilates, with classes ranging from yoga and Zumba to Xtend Barre and TRX suspension training. Santangelo, who is also a certified health and wellness coach, can also help students replenish and detoxify with her anti-inflammatory nutrition program.
Pilates helped Regina Poblete not only get in shape after having a child, but also fight off postpartum depression by establishing a healthful physical routine. She wanted to share the exercise with others, so she sought certification ins Stott Pilates, a modernly modified form of the turn-of-the-century exercise. Having completed the intense requirements, she began teaching for Rx Pilates.
Regina teaches both classic mat and reformer classes. On the mat, she observes the central principles of the Stott method, keeping the rib cage, pelvis, scapula, and cervical spine in alignment while letting the breath flow. In class, she guides students in the use of some exercise-enhancing props, such as resistance bands and objects that can be reimagined as funny hats. The Stott reformer also boasts modifications that enhance the exercise form’s five alignment principles while students sit, kneel, and lay on its mobile platform.
There's no secret to Bronxville Training by Design's personalized approach to fitness. The company's trainers simply find exercises proven to tone and shape the body, and then apply these exercises to individual workout plans. It may not sound all that groundbreaking, but these trainers have drawn on their collective experience to create workouts that are as interesting as they are intense. In personal-training or small-group sessions, they may start out with kettlebell lifts that strengthen the core and build endurance. These lifts often serve as a prelude to heart-pumping kickboxing workouts and TRX suspension training that uses body weight as resistance. Clients can also supplement their strength training through yoga classes, designed to better mind-body connections and increase flexibility.
The Yoga Room is all about inclusivity. The studio hosts classes for beginners, intermediates, experts, and even expectant mothers. This fits nicely into the studio?s stated philosophy that "yoga is a personal practice, not a competitive or comparative one." Although they may not discriminate, the highly trained teachers sometimes show tough love as they push muscles to channel their inner origami. Aside from the full schedule of yoga, fitness, and dance classes, special events such as an Ayurveda workshop encourage students to stretch their minds as well as their bodies.
The staff at I Train With Juan follows the You Can and Will Be Fit method, which outlines the most important elements of starting an exercise regimen—and sticking to it. Inside the facility, this method manifests in the form of one-on-one training sessions and group classes, including Zumba, boxing, and Muscle Hustle, a class that focuses especially on weight training. Conveniently, I Train with Juan makes it easy to sign up for and learn more about its classes through a phone app available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Equipment: Stotts Pilates equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking