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Classical Pilates

What is Classical Pilates?

Classical Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago.

What makes Classical Pilates different from Contemporary Methods?

Currently there are various interpretations of Joseph Pilates’ work and some contemporary formats of the method lose sight of the original format and technique.  Joseph and his wife Clara originally taught his program informally to his “apprentices” that involved years of observing and practicing what Joe did.   As Pilates as an exercise method increases in popularity, some training programs deviate from the original method and can be considered  “Pilates based exercise”.  Staying true to the original principles created by Joe, is referred to as teaching Classical or Pure Pilates.  This is what Trisha teaches at Pilates Lifestyle.

Defining Characteristics of Classical Pilates

  • Teaches Pilates in its original form, with minor changes that reflect the advancement of scientific understanding of the human body. Systematic, sequential order of exercises that focus on flow, which develops endurance and stamina.
  • Exercise are taught with a unique and dynamic rhythm and progression occurs as mastery of the exercises can be done with control and precision.
  • Pilates is ideally taught in private lessons, or in classes with very small groups. The instructors teach by verbal cues and instruction only, never by doing the class with the students.
  • Teachers must complete a rigorous training program consisting of at least 600 hours of class work, observation and personal practice to become Comprehensively Certified. Continuing education is required to maintain certification.