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Pilates is a mind-body exercise based on three guiding principles: whole body health, whole body commitment, and breath. Using a mat or specialized apparatus, Pilates practitioners improve flexibility and posture while building core strength and toning their entire body. Pilates helps develop long, lean, strong and flexible muscles and smooth, movable joints. Lift Pilates clients report that they move better, feel better, stand taller and feel more comfortable in their bodies. We incorporate modern exercise principles and apply proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement into our sessions. We offer a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph H. Pilates.
Your instructor will work with you to figure out what you want from Pilates and clarify your goals. You will learn essential information about how your body moves. Most of all, you will find yourself having fun moving your body!
You must have a private session before joining our Pilates reformer classes. Because our classes are ongoing, new class members need to be able to assimilate into the group. We have found that it takes between three and ten private sessions to prepare clients for group reformer classes. If you’re coming from another studio, we still require that you attend at least one private session.
We recommend coming in two to three times per week to see results. Some of our clients come in weekly to supplement other athletic training and movement exercises, such as free weights, running, walking, soccer, yoga, dance, skiing, biking, swimming, etc. Pilates can benefit anyone and makes all the other things you do easier.
Our clients range from 15 to 85 years old and come from all walks of life and all fitness levels. We train injured athletes, people recovering from surgery and those suffering from illness and chronic pain, as well as those who recognize the importance of continuing exercise as they get older, to keep themselves feeling good both physically and mentally. Everybody and every body type are welcome at Lift Pilates.
Many of our clients come to us with injuries, either chronic, post rehab, or post surgery, after being released from their physical therapist. They may be self, PT, physician, or chiropractor- referred. Examples of pathologies we see are herniated discs, scoliosis, chronic lower back pain, rotator cuff injuries, hip and knee injuries, just to name a few.
Yes. You can start Pilates when pregnant, even if you’ve never done Pilates before. We are pre and post natal Pilates experts!
We have an INTRO OFFER: $199 for 3 private Pilates sessions.
If a class is full, you will be “waitlisted.” You will get an email confirmation ONLY if you clear the waitlist.
Please log in to your account to cancel your appointment or class at least 24 hours in advance. If you cancel after that time or do not show up, we will charge you for the class or appointment. Because we are a small business, it is difficult for us to make exceptions. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
The studio has restrooms, but no showers.
Two-hour street parking is available all around the studio, and also in the ACE parking lot beside our building. You will find ninety minute parking along the railroad tracks on H Street.
There are bike racks in front of the studio.
Wear comfortable clothes. They may be somewhat loose-fitting, but not baggy. Many women choose an athletic top and leggings. We recommend men wear “sliders,” which are compression shorts worn under athletic shorts.