The potpourri of Pilates in New York City

treeDo you remember your favorite teacher from high school? If you’re like most people, your favorite teacher significantly influenced your interest in the subject she taught. Well, it’s no surprise that your first Pilates teacher will most likely shape your preferences for one type of Pilates over another — for better or worse!

As for the two of us, we don’t have “Pilates bodies” — and some Pilates teachers we’ve had through the years made us abundantly aware of that fact! I wanted to feel GOOD leaving a session, but instead felt like Quasimodo and wished I’d had a potato sack to hide my deformed, twisted, imperfect body. Of course we both ended up embracing the type of Pilates that was taught to us by a teacher who was open, fun, inspiring, life-affirming, attentive to imbalances but full of compassion and had us feeling really GREAT about our bodies and our potential after the lesson.

If you have tried Pilates and hated it, then by all means, give it another try. Maybe you and the teacher just didn’t “click.” To make this easier for you, we have included some links to some great Pilates studios in the city, all of which teach slightly different styles of Pilates. Of course we’d love to see you at our studio, Pilates on Fifth, but we also know that location and style can be everything, and there are many great Pilates studios here in NYC! Here’s the list….and we know all of these owners and can state confidently that they are exceptionally qualified AND kind individuals who are dedicated to their craft.

LindaFit by Linda Farrell: www.lindafit.com. Linda is a beautiful lady both inside and out and teaches fabulous body-sculpting mat classes throughout the city (just check out her legs if you don’t believe us!) She teaches at Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Equinox among other locations.

Rolates, run by Roberta Kirschenbaum: www.rolates.com. Roberta is kind and wise — a perfect combination for a great Pilates instructor and studio owner. Rolates often conducts innovative, educational workshops and has the added bonus of inhabiting Joseph Pilates’ original studio space!

Pilates Reforming New York, run by husband and wife team Ann Toran and Errol Toran: www.pilatesreformingny.com. Ann delivers challenging core-strengthening, elongating workouts conveniently scheduled throughout the day. Pilates Reforming New York specializes in energizing group reformer classes.

Power Pilates, presided over by Dr. Howard Sichel: www.powerpilates.com. Dr. Sichel and Power Pilates has an amazing team of leaders in the Pilates industry providing high quality instruction at 6 locations throughout New York City and more throughout the country.

So remember….if you tried Pilates once and didn’t like it, please give it another chance! Maybe it isn’t for you, but if you’re reading this, then you’re interested enough to give it another try!

March 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pilates on Fifth Postings, Pilates Posts, The Pilates Center of New York Postings. Leave a comment.

Let us EnLIGHTen you!

scaleIn addition to its personal fitness services, Pilates on Fifth fosters a variety of health and wellness programs. One of the most popular and effective of these programs includes our EnLIGHTen Series. The EnLIGHTen Series provides a private session entailing a comprehensive analysis of metabolic rate and body composition tests. It’s fast, easy and confidential! The EnLIGHTen Series sheds light on understanding each individual’s metabolism and body composition as a means of effectively pursuing fitness and wellness goals. Analyzing your results and charting your progress allows for healthful self-improvement!

Body composition is a better health measure than weight alone. So Become EnLIGHTened and find out your percentage of body fat and lean mass. A valid, reliable method of measuring body composition with accuracy comparable to the gold standard of underwater weighing has arrived! Bod-E-Comm is a completely safe and non-invasive method of body fat testing which requires no disrobing or discomfort of any kind! U.S. Government research located a single point on the human body – the biceps of the dominant arm – that has a direct correlation with the body’s overall fat level. A safe beam of near infrared light is sent into the bicep at specific wavelengths that fat cells will absorb and lean mass cells will reflect. After just a few seconds, only YOU see the results AND the computer software gives you a printout with diet and exercise recommendations. Results can be stored so you can track your progress.

Eliminate the guesswork with metabolic testing! With all the diets on the market today and the conflicting advice presented by the media, how are you deciding what’s right for your body? Truth is, every BODY is different and you need personalized data to make the proper choice for your body. Become EnLIGHTened and learn about your body’s needs. Now, Pilates on Fifth has REEVUETM, an FDA approved indirect calorimeter: a machine that calculates the amount of oxygen you consume to determine how many calories you burn a day just staying alive. Based on the results, the machine can determine your resting metabolic rate, which will tell you how many calories you would naturally burn if you just sat all day long. Then, the sophisticated, intelligent software provides you with a detailed printout of not only your resting metabolic rate, but also your caloric maintenance zone, weight gain zone and weight loss zone. Plan your eating and exercise more efficiently! What used to be available only in hospitals is now available here and we encourage you to EnLIGHTen yourself with this knowledge.

Visit www.pilatesonfifth.com to check out our additional Pro-Health Pilates programs! Or, call 212-687-8885 to contact our friendly Front Desk Staff about scheduling your EnLIGHTen appointment today!

For access to Pro-Health Pilates workouts visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com! Ultimate Pilates Workouts offers free and unlimited access to Pro-Health Pilates workouts, including Pilates for lower back pain, Pink Ribbon Pilates and more!

March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pilates on Fifth Postings, Pilates Posts, The Pilates Center of New York Postings, UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com Postings. Leave a comment.

The perks of working out at Pilates on Fifth

All of us at Pilates on Fifth value the time and efforts of each of our fabulous clients. It’s wonderful to work with individual clients on their individual needs and focus in on their specific fitness goals. Our clients give us so much of their time and energies, and we wanted to give back! As a token of our sincere appreciation for our devoted clientele, we established an exciting new program at the turn of the new year. Each morning a new and different client is pulled from our database as a recipient of a free of charge Pilates on Fifth service! Free privates, free class, free downloads! Our rotating give-away calendar offers an exciting pro-Pilates perk each and every day of the month! And, who doesn’t like free stuff?!

FREE Pilates Private Session!
One-on-one Pilates equipment sessions. Our certified instructors will customize a workout to meet your fitness goals and unique needs. Voted best personal trainers in New York City!

FREE Pilates Plus Mat Class!
All the traditional and essential Pilates mat exercises plus stretch bands, stability balls, Pilates rings, BOSUs and other tools to help you tone your muscles, strengthen your core and feel great!

FREE Pilates Reformer and Chair Class!
The Reformer and Chair are excellent tools to challenge strength and flexibility all at the same time! Each piece of equipment guides its users to fire specific, subtle muscles and therefore, add further muscle tone and improved alignment to your Pilates body.

FREE Pilates on the Go! DVD!
Pilates on the Go! is a dynamic full body Pilates workout which you’ll never get bored doing! Conceived with today’s busy lifestyle in mind, you can select workouts as short as 7 minutes or as long as 110 minutes and can tailor your workouts to meet your individual needs. You can work on abs and arms one day, legs, butt and core the next – or do it all for a great full body workout. With all the options this DVD provides, Pilates on the Go! is a great workout choice for frequent travelers, busy moms or anyone who needs to squeeze workouts in when they can!

FREE Ultimate Pilates Workouts Premier Membership!
Enjoy free and unlimited access to an ever-growing Workout Library designed by Katherine and Kimberly Corp! Your Premier Membership will include:

•    Anytime Access to all Mat, Small Equipment, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel and Specialty Workouts!
•    Create your own workout features!
•    Download any workouts at a fraction of the cost of a DVD!
•    5 free downloads per month
•    20% off purchase of training videos (download or DVD)
(www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com)

FREE Ultimate Pilates Workouts Download!
Ultimate Pilates Workouts offers full-length Pilates workouts from the convenience of your computer! Enjoy free and unlimited access to a well-balanced, strengthening and lengthening workout of your choice! Choose between Pilates Mat, Small Equipment, Large Equipment or Specialty Workouts! Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com today!

FREE EnLIGHTen Private Session!
Body Composition Testing! Chart Your Progress! Fast! Easy! Confidential!
Body composition is a better health measure than weight alone. So Become EnLIGHTened and find out your percentage of body fat and lean mass. A valid, reliable method of measuring body composition with accuracy comparable to the gold standard of underwater weighing has arrived! Bod-E-Comm is a completely safe and non-invasive method of body fat testing which requires no disrobing or discomfort of any kind! After just a few seconds, only YOU see the results AND the computer software gives you a printout with diet and exercise recommendations. We will store your results and then track your progress three months later.

Visit www.PilatesonFifth.com to learn more about our studio and the various pro-Pilates services that it offers! Or, call 212-687-8885 to contact our friendly Front Desk Staff. They can help you with your questions and direct you to the program that best suits your individual needs. A calendar is posted at the Front Desk of the studio with its designated winners and their corresponding prizes. Be sure to check on your way out!

To enjoy the perks of Pilates on Fifth outside of the city, visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com. Ultimate Pilates Workouts is the first website of its kind, making full-length Pilates workouts available for free! Customize your own Pilates workout from the convenience of your own home, with the articulate instruction of Manhattan’s top Pilates certifying instructors, Katherine and Kimberly Corp! Ultimate Pilates Workouts offers free Pilates workouts tailored to pregnant clients, seniors, athletes, dancers, injury rehabilitation, breast cancer survivors, and Pilates professionals alike. Log onto Ultimate Pilates Workouts to enjoy free Pilates online today! Find the workout that works with your potential and meets your fitness goals!


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NYC Pilates Instructor Certification

Are you looking for a change? Teaching Pilates professionally may be just the change you’re looking for. The Pilates Academy International, headquartered at Pilates on Fifth, attracts an eclectic group of certification students. The women and men who enroll for our NYC Pilates instructor certification come from a variety of backgrounds.

 Many of our certification students are professional dancers, either current or former. Dance is a highly competitive field; only the lucky few are able to earn a full-time living as professional dancers. When their Broadway shows close sooner than expected, or they grow weary of life on the road doing national tours, teaching Pilates is a wonderful “second career” to fall back on.

Pilates instruction is also a great career for people who discover that they’re allergic to office culture. Working a nine to five office job is not for everyone. Many of our certification students are folks who tried to make a go of office work, but discovered that it was not for them.  And what’s great about being certified through the Pilates Academy International is that you are supported by a website with hundreds of Pilates training DVD’s and over fifty full length Pilates workouts online…. the ultimate resource for a Pilates professional!! 

 At http://www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/, you’ll find both instruction and inspiration as you embark on your Pilates career.  All the videos are taught by Kimberly and Katherine Corp, the founders of Pilates Academy International and owners of Pilates on Fifth in New York City.  Their style reflects the style of their Pilates certification program as well, aiming to create knowledgeable and compassionate Pilates instructors.  For a small fee (less than $0.72 per day!) you can have access to free downloads of Pilates workouts and free downloads of Pilates training videos.  Or, you can sign up for the basic membership and view all the free online Pilates mat workouts.  It’s like having a free membership to a Pilates studio!

 Teaching Pilates is a fabulous career for people who love people, who love movement, and who love teaching. If you truly love all three, you’ll discover that teaching Pilates really feeds you. You won’t “run out” of things to teach. Rather, you’ll discover that your love for Pilates and your interest in your clients’ improvement inspires you to greater and greater heights. We find Pilates instruction to be both deeply satisfying and personally rewarding. Through your instruction, you can help alleviate people’s pain, raise their spirits, and even lengthen their lives. It’s important work that requires vast knowledge, precise skill, and boundless enthusiasm.

February 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pilates on Fifth Postings, The Pilates Center of New York Postings, UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com Postings. Leave a comment.

Pilates in Seattle: Ultimate Pilates Workouts Member Profile II

We received this email just the other day from our wonderful cousin, Liz, who does Pilates in Seattle.

“Dear K & K,

I just wanted to let the two of you know you indirectly inspired me to practice Pilates, which I’ve been doing now since October ’05. I do a routine that I put together combining exercises from the Windsor Pilates DVDs, as well as some I found on your website. I mix them up so I am not doing the same routine for every workout.

Just recently I purchased one of those big balls and added that to my Pilates workout, now doing as much of my core work on the ball as possible, and it is great. I’ve also been riding a stationary bike on my off days, which is really the only time I see any TV since I don’t own one.

What I really want to say is, thank you.”

Not only did this testimonial make us smile, but it made us happy to see that Liz is using ultimatepilatesworkouts.com so creatively!! She’s doing everythig right, ans as you can read, it’s a low cost workout regime! Mixing up your Pilates routine will keep the workouts fresh and keep you from hitting a plateau. Also, Liz’s Pilates workout regime is the perfect recipe: “Pilates plus cardio.”

What would your perfect workout be? For many of our clients, and with our cousin Liz, the answer is “Pilates plus cardio.” Our clients love what Pilates does for their bodies –like muscle strengthening, improved posture and alignment, and physical toning– but they miss the fun of a good cardio workout. Balancing Pilates with cardio is the perfect blend to create a long, strong, lean body!!

February 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . 1. Leave a comment.

Recession Proof your Pilates workouts

dsc005203In an effort to create affordable Pilates for those who love Pilates but have found that the economy has them choosing necessities over Pilates lessons, we’ve come up with two options:  one for at home Pilates workouts, and one for Pilates mat classes and Pilates reformer classes at the studio.  There is no need to forego your favorite Pilates workouts either at home or at your Pilates studio.

We’ll start with the most economical way for doing at home Pilates workouts:  www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com.  The basic membership is absolutely free, and you can enjoy free mat workouts directly from your computer.  It’s like having a free Pilates studio membership or an unlimited supply of free Pilates videos and Pilates DVD’s.  Don’t see a Pilates workout you like?  Don’t be shy!  Email us at feedback@ultimatepilatesworkouts.com with suggestions!

dsc00483At our Manhattan Pilates studio, we’ve created The Streamline Series:  Group mat Pilates classes and group reformer classes at EXTREMELY affordable rates.  With over 15 classes a week in the streamline series, we’re certain that you will find a class that suits your busy schedule without breaking your bank account.

dsc00479We think our New York Pilates mat classes and reformer classes are the best in New York City. They make a fantastic supplement to your private sessions. Mat Pilates Plus classes are affordable and fun. Like Pilates privates, they target the “powerhouse” muscles of the lower back, abs, and buttocks. Because our Pilates instructors are the most qualified in the business, you can be assured of a safe, effective, and challenging workout.

Our instructors all have a great depth and breadth of knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. They know more than just a series of Pilates mat exercises and Pilates reformer exercises; they know how each of these exercises affects specific parts of your anatomy. As Pilates becomes more and more popular, Pilates studios and Pilates programs are popping up all over the place. Since no regulation board exists to monitor Pilates certifications, almost anyone can become a “professional” instructor. We dislike this “anything goes” climate, which is why we’re so picky about hiring only the most experienced, educated Pilates instructors, all of whom have been fully certified by Pilates Academy International or by STOTT PILATES®.

dsc00502Pilates on Fifth is located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in a wonderful landmark building. Our sun-filled studios are located in the penthouse, 22 stories above the busy streets below. Because of our convenient location, we attract clients from a number of different areas. Some of our clients commute to our studio from their homes in Connecticut or New Jersey, while others swing by Pilates on Fifth before or after work.

February 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pilates on Fifth Postings, Pilates Posts, The Pilates Center of New York Postings, UltimatePilatesWorkouts.com Postings. 1 comment.

Pilates Reformer Classes In New York City

dsc00409We think Pilates on Fifth is the perfect setting for Pilates Reformer classes in New York City. Pilates on Fifth is located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, 22 stories above the ground in a sun-filled, spacious penthouse. Our location is convenient to Manhattanites and commuters alike. Whether you are coming to us from Connecticut or New Jersey, Chelsea or the Upper East Side, our convenient location will make us easy to reach.

Pilates on Fifth’s new Streamline Series offers group Pilates mat classes, group equipment classes and Solo Workout services at a 25% discount! This new series fuses Manhattan’s top Pilates studio and its uncompared services with affordable rates for its valued clients. The Streamline Series includes a broad range of classes and visit types available to all levels -beginner and advanced Pilates practicioners alike! Visit www.pilatesonfifth.com today for more information on the Streamline Series best for you! Also be sure to check out our Class Schedule available online!

Pilates on Fifth is an oasis for so many of our clients. This is the place where you can come to do something good for you. One of the terrific things about Pilates is that it actually feels good while you’re doing it. Yes, its long-term effects will dramatically improve your physical and even your emotional health. But its short-term effects are pretty terrific, too.

dsc00448During your Pilates, GYROTONIC®, or CARDIOLATES® class, you’ll be asked to focus completely on the task at hand. Whatever occupies your thoughts all day will be put aside for the moment. When you’re here with us, we ask you not to think about your work day, your kids, or any of the myriad errands or responsibilities you have to tend to. We ask you to concentrate entirely on yourself, your body, and your workout.

The deep breathing, stretching, and strengthening associated with Pilates will help you release tension. During your workout, you’ll feel better and more alive. When your workout is done, you’ll feel energized and refreshed. This isn’t the kind of workout that leaves you limp. Instead, you should feel renewed after your class or private, ready to tackle the rest of your day.

January 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Pilates on Fifth Postings, Pilates Posts, The Pilates Center of New York Postings. Leave a comment.