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.
Private Sessions are recommended for beginners or students looking to grow in their practice. It is also effective prior to group training or when dealing with specific concerns. By appointment with any instructor.
We offer Duets and Semi-Private sessions customized to your group between 2 to 4 people. These sessions offer the full Pilates system and are booked in advance coordinating with your group and instructor. We also offer many themed Mat and Apparatus group classes open to drop-in or pre-book throughout the week. Visit the schedule for more details and to book your spot.
We have a unique partnership in collaboration with Vitality Physical Therapy which offers myofascial release and soft tissue work on site for clients/ patients. Learn more and book an appointment with Vitality Physical Therapy here.
“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 we will teach you a basic system of exercises. Our senior level trainers will take note of any alignment issues, areas of injury or concerns. You will fill out a health history and medical information form. The trainer will decide where to begin your program based on this information.
After this first session the trainer will discuss a plan for you based on your needs. We will build strength and stability in your body and keep track of your progress and individual needs from session to session.
You will need to dress comfortably, turn your cell phone off, and clear your mind.
After your workout,drink water and enjoy!
Pilates is a whole body workout. You may experience some 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 classes have limited space. We make schedule adjustments based on attendance. We need to know in advance that you would like to attend.
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 style of Pilates meshes with what you may have learned. If you would like to go into mat classes or semi-privates and have prior experience,let us know so that we can suggest the right class.
What is the difference between classes and sessions?
Tower classes use matwork and the tower apparatus and are limited to 6 people. Mat classes are matwork only and are limited to 10 people. Sessions are private or up to 4 people and use a combination of matwork, reformer, tower, chair and other appartus.
What if I can't make my scheduled session?
Please contact the studio and reschedule. Late cancels are sessions canceled under 24 hours for extreme reasons.Out of respect for all involved we must charge for these sessions. An early cancel is outside of the 24 hours and can be rescheduled.
Do I need to have partners to take semi-private?
No. When you are ready to join a semiprivate we can place you in a time that is open.
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 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