Founded in 2006, the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh located in Mt. Lebanon or the South Hills area of the city, offers a combination of Pilates and bodywork modalities. We partner with myofascial release therapists and put an emphasis on Women’s health offering prenatal and postnatal Pilates.
We offer a classical Pilates program that is rooted in the traditional work of Joseph H. Pilates and embraces the ingenuity of contemporary thinking. We have developed unique courses in the areas of women’s health, prenatal Pilates and orthopedic health and offer clients an unparalleled experience. Visit the session types & pricing page to learn more about class types and packages. Our classic Pilates style within the studio is systematic, integrative, friendly and creative.
We offer bodywork sessions in various modalities. Our talented bodywork team brings over 30 years of experience in their field to our studio community. Please read our team bios to learn more about focuses of study and areas of expertise. Bodywork sessions are ideal for clients with an acute injury to assist soft tissues in healing and creating stability across the structures of the body. Bodywork sessions can be extremely effective in assisting clients post surgery, aiding the body in re-establishing healthy movement patterns; or for clients getting to the root of a nagging physical complaint or issue.
“I was new to Pilates when I timidly started with a mat class at the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh more out of curiosity to discover what Pilates was about. That was about 4 years ago and I have not missed a week since I began training with Lesley. Since I was an avid bicyclist, walker, yogi, and part time weight lifter, it took me quite some time to figure Pilates out. Lesley understood it would take some time for me to catch on and become a fan. Her patience and support made it possible. I appreciate all of the teachers at the studio. I am no longer in constant pain from my lower back, I hold myself different, and I am stronger and more flexible. Thank you Pilates Center of Pittsburgh.”
– BJ Hirschfield Louik | Testimonial
WHAT TO EXPECT?
At your first session you will experience a traditional Pilates system of exercises. Our teachers will ask if you have any areas of injury or concern. You will fill out a mandatory health history and medical information form and after a brief discussion, we will recommend where to begin your program.
Ready to speak to a teacher to discuss your session type? Email us and we will get back to you immediately!
You will need to dress in work out clothing, leaving your shoes at the door. Feel free to wear socks if that makes you more comfortable.
After your workout, drink plenty water, ask questions and keep track of how you feel.
Pilates is a whole body workout. You may experience some mild soreness or tenderness in unused muscle groups. If you have concerns, please share them with your trainer.
Do I need to make an appointment for classes?
Yes, all of our group classes fill up fast. We also make schedule adjustments based on attendance. We need to know in advance that you would like to attend and also if you have to cancel, please view our cancelation policies.
I have injuries, can I still do this?
If your injury is recent we may require a doctor’s clearance to begin Pilates. If your injury is pre-existing, Pilates may be the thing you need. A refreshed strong connection to your body’s core works wonders in many ways. We will honor the injuries you have while challenging you appropriately.
I have done Pilates before, do I still need to do the Intro sessions?
We do suggest doing the introductory sessions for us to get familiar with you and your needs. We want to make sure that our classical style of Pilates meshes with what you may have learned. If you would like to go into small group mat classes or semi-privates let us know so that we can help you schedule your first sessions with the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh.
What is the difference between classes and sessions?
Tower classes start with mat work and build up to using the Tower apparatus. They are limited to 6 people. Mat classes are mat work only and are limited to 10 people.
Sessions are Privates or Semi-Privates, up to 4 people. Depending on your level and the level of the group, they may use a combination of mat, reformer, tower, chair and other apparatus.
What if I can't make my scheduled session?
Please contact the studio asap to let us know and reschedule. Late cancellations for any type of class, Private, SemiPrivate are when cancelled under 24 hours notice. Out of respect for the teachers and other students, you will be charged the full rate for a late cancellation (under 24 hours notice). An early cancel is outside of the 24 hours and can be rescheduled at no cost to you.
Do I need to have a partner to book a semi-private?
No. When you are ready to join a semi-private we can help build this for you, with times that work best for you and other clients at similar levels.
What is the difference between Pilates and yoga?
Pilates and yoga have similar goals but approach training from different perspectives. Pilates creates stability and strength first before challenging range of motion in the body. Pilates begins lying down on the mat and finishes standing. Pilates restores the natural curvature and strength of the spine. The pace of Pilates is typically different than yoga.
“No man-No machine can correct or create vitality, power or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.”
– JOSEPH PILATES