The first time you take any new studio fitness class it can be a little intimidating. But for some reason, Pilates classes seem to often be avoided if you don’t know what you’re doing. It might be the reformer – with its straps, springs and different adjustments. Or maybe you might not know anything about the exercise & that decreases the likelihood of you giving it a try. Whatever the case may be, there’s a lot to learn & a lot to benefit from Pilates.

Here’s what to know before getting started…

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates moves tend to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of your body as well. You can do Pilates with or without equipment, but no matter what, expect the moves to involve slow, precise movements and breath control. The focus is more on the quality of every single movement, verse the quantity.

According to from Women’s Health Magazine, “‘You should feel good after Pilates – it’s definitely NOT a “no pain no gain” kind of class.”

What’s the History?

Pilates is a system of movement and exercise that was developed in the 1920s. Originated by Joseph Pilates, the goal of the system is to strengthen and stretch the muscles while integrating the mind and body. For years, the method has been used by professional dancers, professional athletes and we have made it available for our members.

Who is Pilates Good For?

Pilates is good for everyone. Whether you’re new to exercise, training for a triathlon, overcoming an injury, or simply want to enhance your posture… pilates is for you, too!

The powerful benefits for everyone – The Pilates exercise technique is a complete fitness method and when performed regularly, positively changes both men’s and women’s bodies. It combines awareness of the spine, proper breathing and strength and flexibility training. What also makes the Pilates exercise technique unique among similar forms of exercise is that it slims the muscles, making them more compact by developing slenderness rather than bulk. The outcome is a balanced body which is strong and supple, balanced legs and a strong back. Its effects are more than just physical: you will feel revitalized, relaxed, confident and invigorated.

What Should I Wear to Pilates?

At your next Pilates class or private training- wear comfortable clothes that are form fitting, but not restrictive. You don’t want your workout pants falling down your legs when they’re in the air or your shirt to slip over your head in inverted poses during class. Avoid clothes with zippers, snaps, and pockets; many moves are done lying on your back or your stomach, so anything that sticks out from your clothing is likely to rub you the wrong way.

Also, you may find it helpful to bring socks with you that have a grip on the bottom for that extra grip support on the reformer.

Can I Do Pilates at Home?

Yes, but with Pilates for beginners, it’s best to attend a class or 1:1 private training first to nail down the basics. Skip that, and you’ll be missing out on a whole lot of benefits.

So much of Pilates is about what’s going on, on the inside – a teacher will be able to guide you to engage the correct muscles and get the most from your Pilates workout.

Pilates Small Group & Private Training

Are you looking for Pilates classes specially tailored to your body and goals? Do you have an injury that you would like modifications for before you enter group classes?

We offer small group training for 4-6 people and private training if you are looking for specialized programming on the Cadillac and Reformer. Please contact Erin Lotta at for more information.

Pilates & Barre classes are included in your NAC membership.

*Reformer Pilates classes are limited to 12 participants. In order to attend a Pilates class, you must ‘book’ your spot either on the NAC App or at the front desk, where you’ll receive a stamp.

Our new Pilates Studio, Reform Pilates will be opening in the summer of 2019. Our bright, airy, windowed filled studio will feature brand new Allegro 2 reformers. The Allegro 2 Reformer is all about creating the best Pilates experience. Smooth transitions and seamless flow. Easy adjustments and maximized comfort. This modernized reformer will transform your body from the inside out.

Fill out the form below to do a private pilates training before our new studio opens: