Better life with perfect body
Enjoy feeling good in your body again. We’ll help you move safely while increasing strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance, and body awareness. We offer Pilates Apparatus classes and personalized instruction by certified Pilates teachers. We offer private, semi-private, and small group apparatus classes (maximum 4).** Our studio utilizes the Reformer, Stability Chair, Tower, Mat, and Cadillac.
Our certified Pilates instructors are trained to work with many different types of injuries, ailments, and health issues. We often work directly with Physical Therapists to help strengthen and return clients to their active lifestyles. We also have instructors who are trained in prenatal and postnatal Pilates, and we love to help athletes cross train to improve their sports performance.
**All Group Pilates Apparatus classes require a group prep package. A group prep package is three private sessions with a certified Pilates instructor. During these sessions we will get your health history and tailor your fitness to your exact needs. This package is $150 (three private sessions are usually $195).
One on One Pilates
You will work under the close supervision of a trainer to learn how to manage and care for your body in ways that are supportive through life. Your first private session will include a consultation with your trainer to design a program that meets your individual fitness goals. Sessions involve a series of exercises performed on specialized Pilates Apparatus and on mats to enhance the movements in a variety of positions. You will be given stretches and exercises as homework to further your progress, giving you the tools to bring Pilates into your daily life and ultimately empowering you toward your true wellbeing.
Private One-on-One Pilates Sessions
Our private Pilates sessions incorporate the full range of Pilates studio apparatus and are designed to meet your specific goals. With private sessions you are able to work with an individual Pilates teacher in order to continuously progress forward.
Semi-Private Pilates Sessions (Price is per person)
Our Semi-Private Pilates sessions incorporate the full range of Pilates studio apparatus and are designed to meet your specific goals while working with a partner. With Semi-Private sessions you are able to work with an individual Pilates teacher in order to continuously progress forward.
“All purchases are non-refundable & By Appointment Only”
Each class will work to balance all muscle groups’ strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement. Pilates is a challenging yet safe method to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility in your every day movements.
In our signature Group sessions experience the personal attention of a semi-private Pilates session with the energy of a small group class. Each Group session is limited to a maximum of 4 participants to maintain the ideal learning environment. Join an existing Group or gather your ideal Group.
(Required for new clients before joining group Pilates apparatus sessions only)
This introductory series of 3 customized sessions is the ideal preparation to initiate your Group pass. Each Group Prep begins with a postural & movement assessment, followed by an introduction to all Pilates apparatus. This is the prerequisite to all Group sessions & passes.
Pricing subject to change
The Pilates Rehabilitation Reformer Plus is almost two feet off the floor and wider than the average reformer to provide easier access for mobility challenged clients. It is equipped with high-precision springs providing a full range of resistance easily adjusted to meet our client needs.
It transforms to a virtual Pilates Cadillac with the addition of a vertical frame tower that facilitates limitless exercise possibilities. The design of the travelling pulleys offers variable angles of resistance, providing an increased range of motion, making it the premier tool for sport specific, rehab and cross-training movement. For example, the golf swing can be simulated to strengthen the precise swing movement with resistance.
The Stability Chair was inspired by the “Wunder Chair” invented by Joseph Pilates. This is a multi-functional Pilates machine that helps achieve upper and lower body strength and conditioning with adjustable high-precision springs.
The Ladder Barrel challenges core stability and strength for every Pilates enthusiast. It is designed for core strength conditioning and to increase flexibility and mobility.
A great full-body workout can be achieved on any of the Pilates apparatus. Your instructor customizes each Pilates lesson combining different features of each Pilates machine.
We also use the Pedi-O-Pull for postural assessment as well as other work. Small props such as the Magic Circle, Arc, Long and Short Box, pole, rotational disks, stability balls, balls and bands are incorporated into our Pilates workouts.
One of our favorite pieces of apparatus ideal for stretching for Vail residents is the “Egg”. The Egg was introduced to us by Mary Bowen, a First Generation Pilates Teacher, in a recent conference Connie Plummer attended. The “Egg” is an egg shaped stability ball our clients use to stretch the lumbar region of the back in a very gentle manner. Many of our clients in our Vail Pilates classes are very enthused about this piece of apparatus.
Finally try our new cardio trampoline platform which is attached to the Pilates reformer. Work on your cardio vascular endurance or weight loss with Pilates by “jumping up and down” in a safe and controlled manner.
The name Pilates actually belongs to the man behind the Pilates Method of exercise. Of Greek heritage he was born Joseph Hubertus Pilates on December 9th, 1883 near Dusseldorf Germany in a small town named Mönchengladbach.
He was sick as a child and suffered from asthma, rheumatic fever, and rickets. This must have been the driving force for Pilates to develop his method of exercise he called “Contrology”. He integrated disciplines of yoga, martial arts, bodybuilding, gymnastics, and recreational sports. He was influenced by Buddhism and the Greek philosophy of developing body, mind and spirit. During his journey, he studied anatomy and practiced body building, boxing, diving, skiing, wrestling and was a circus performer and self-defense instructor. He studied the movement of animals and play of children. Many of his exercises are named after animals.
As a young man he moved to England, and during World War I was interned as a German “enemy alien”. While incarcerated he encouraged other detainees to practice his fitness program. He began working with those that were injured or suffering from disease. This is where he invented some of the apparatus we know today as the reformer and magic circle. He used bed springs and rings from beer kegs to create resistance and plumbing pipes to create apparatus like the Cadillac. His talent and ability to rehabilitate patients was recognized and he was sent to the Isle of Man to work with the war wounded as a nurse orderly. He used his apparatus to assist in strengthening their muscles.
After the war, he returned to Germany working as a physical trainer and healer. He taught physical training and self-defense for the Hamburg Military Police, but left in 1925 when asked to teach in the German Army. On the ship to America in met his future wife, Clara. She was a nurse and they soon learned they shared a common goal to help people return to and maintain good health.
Upon arriving in New York City they established their studio. The Pilates era of 1926-1967 included refinement and further development of Pilates apparatus, training of students who became teachers of his method and working with clients primarily from the dance and theatre community. Prizefighters, actors, actresses, and traveling circus performers also embraced his method both for the total body conditioning needed for the rigors of their work and also for rehabilitating the injuries that often plagued their profession.
Joseph Pilates passed away in 1967 after succumbing to smoke inhalation during a fire, in the restaurant below his 8th Avenue studio in New York City. He maintained a fit physique throughout his life, even though he smoked cigars, and enjoyed a drink. This white-maned lion of a man wore his exercise briefs even walking on the streets of New York. It is said that he was an intimidating, though deeply committed, instructor. He may not have known your name, but he knew your body. Clara Pilates continued to teach and run the studio for another 10 years after Joseph Pilates death.
In the 1980’s some Hollywood celebrities became acquainted with the Pilates Method, and Pilates exploded into the mainstream in the 1990’s. Athletes from many sports: golf, football, basketball and tennis practice Pilates regularly. Pilates has now become a household word. Many of the Pilates Principles are incorporated in what is known as core exercise in many styles of fitness. Pilates has become the core of exercise for the marathon of life. Anyone, any age or any condition can practice Pilates.
“People won’t understand the brilliance of my work for 50 years.” This is what Joseph Pilates said over 50 years ago. He was a man ahead of his time and his work today continues classically as well as enhanced with contemporary apparatus design and exercise science. Joseph Pilates would be very proud.