Pilates may have risen to mainstream prominence during the 1990s and early 2000s, but it has actually been a go-to method for improving posture and strength since founder Joseph Pilates first envisioned the “mind-body-spirit connection” for the original techniques he developed over 100 years ago.
Today, Pilates' impressive and inspiring legacy continues at Rhinebeck Pilates—winner in the Pilates Studio category of the 2022 Chronogrammies Readers Choice Awards—where students receive individualized attention and access to a history that runs all the way back to Pilates himself.
Since 2003, Rhinebeck Pilates founder and Pilates Guild® certified teacher Elaine Ewing has been guiding students and future Pilates teachers alike in Joseph Pilates’ original techniques using authentic equipment—many of which are original to Pilates’ 8th Avenue Studio in Manhattan. “People come from around the world to work on his equipment here,” Ewing says. “It’s very rare.”
At the studio, which is open seven days a week, students focus on developing their “powerhouse” muscles that control and support their center of gravity (or core). During the 50-minute sessions, students learn floor exercises known as “mat work” alongside a range of classic Pilates machines such as the “Reformer” and “Cadillac,” which are designed to tone almost every muscle group in the body, and Pilates barrels to promote back flexibility.
In addition to in-person group sessions, the studio also offers private individual, duet, or trio classes, and virtual classes and class recordings that offer students the ability to work out at home using the equipment they have on-hand or a rental from the studio.
While you might think that Pilates is only for hard-core workout enthusiasts, Ewing is quick to set the record straight on that. “Everybody has unique reasons for wanting to start Pilates,” she says. “Some of my students come in with a back issue, an overuse issue, or they’ve finished physical therapy and now their doctor wants them to work on balancing their body.”
Personalized attention is what truly sets Rhinebeck Pilates apart from an everyday workout class. “If you have an issue with your body, a lot of times it becomes habitual,” Ewing says. “And if no one’s standing by you, coaching you and directing you into the right positions, those issues are rarely resolved.”
Rhinebeck Pilates also hosts The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Training & Bridge Program, which is the first comprehensive teacher training program in the world, as developed by Sean P. Gallagher PT and Romana Kyrzanowska. The next teacher training starts in November, and takes about a year to complete from start to finish.
6400 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck