Club Pilates is an independently-owned franchise with approximately 700 locations nationwide and continually growing, with many of them popping up all over Florida. Despite its massively shared name and concept, when you walk into their studio, you don’t feel that “chain” vibe. Club Pilates offers a small, sophisticated, intimate studio setting that makes you feel comfortable and connected with your group class.
There are currently 24 locations spanning all the way from Jupiter to Miami which proves that Pilates has become increasingly popular over the years and those who attend regularly are quite devoted, much like those who dedicate their practice to yoga. Club Pilates offers its members a holistic approach to this every-popular fitness culture.
In the past, I have only taken classes that involved mat Pilates with no equipment so I was quite eager to try out Club Pilates’ intro class. One of their newest locations in Parkland opened in December 2019, conveniently near me. Upon arriving, I was immediately greeted by the studio’s owner, Iannetta who, along with her husband, opened their first Club Pilates two and a half years ago in Coral Springs.
I wasn’t sure what to expect other than utilizing a machine that looked both fun and also a bit intimidating at the same time. For those who have never taken a Pilates class, it is highly recommended that you take their 30-minute intro class where the trainer assists you in becoming familiar with the reformer and introduces you to additional equipment often incorporated into the workouts such as a springboard, Bosu ball, and more.
This class is truly beneficial in learning how to use the reformer correctly and effectively and I have to say as someone who works out 5-6 days a week, I immediately felt muscles working that I never felt before. The controlled movements are effective in targeting different areas of the body to gain a stronger core, better balance, and improved coordination, breathing, and flexibility. Once you get the hang of it, you just want to keep doing more.
Aside from the devoted practitioners, many who attend Pilates classes are those who suffer from sports-related injuries, medical conditions, and other physical ailments since many of the movements are geared towards building strength, improving posture, and realigning the body.
Club Pilates is a membership-fee based studio that offers seven types of classes, all 50 minutes long, and taught at three different levels from Beginner to Advanced. The membership comes with many perks such as attending classes at most Club Pilates studios nationwide except in certain cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago which requires participation in their Destination Membership Program.
All instructors are certified after completing a 500-hour teacher training course and scholarships are available for those who have practiced Pilates for at least two to three months and are interested in becoming instructors themselves.
Because this fitness practice is a way of life for many, Club Pilates also hosts monthly, 50-90 minute workshops run by master trainers. In these workshops, participants will become educated on the four core principles of Pilates B.E.A.M. which stands for Breath, Energize, Align, and Move, learn about one’s imbalances, and discover how they can regain their strength, achieve better posture, and improve their overall body and mind.
Whether you’re looking to change up your fitness routine or commit to transforming your overall fitness lifestyle and becoming a part of an ever-growing family of Pilates practitioners, Club Pilates is there to guide you every step of the way.
If you’re in the Miami area, there are three studios located in Brickell, Coral Gables, and South Miami. Broward and Palm Beach County residents can find locations in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Plantation, Coral Springs, Parkland, and Boca Raton. Get ready to BEAM!