Why Endurance Pilates is different from every other exercise regimen you have ever done!!
When I started teaching Pilates 20 years ago, I initially considered it just another fitness regimen to add to my repertoire of teaching tools. I had no idea that this form of exercise would actually change my life, movement and entire physique, as well as allow me to assist countless others to do the same. Today, I have a client list that includes professional athletes at the top of their game, elite professional dancers in the upper echelon of their companies and supermodels that are recognized world wide. Folks that completely rely on their bodies to earn a living. And, they choose Endurance Pilates as their go-to regimen. As do thousands of other students with less public profiles! In fact, we do our most important work on a completely volunteer basis with folks that have differing abilities- amputees, spinal cord injuries, MS, ALS, cancer patients and countless other situations that contribute to approximately 25% of our overall business. Let’s take a peek at what makes Endurance Pilates and the Endurance method of teaching exercise different from any other sort of exercise you will ever do in your life!
Pilates is much more than just the choreography you may have tried at the gym or the reformer studio. Joseph Pilates called his regimen Contrology and he sought to teach his students how to master the control of the muscles via the mind! Admittedly, this spoke right to my Type A self when I was in my 20s! Plus, Madonna did it and I had suffered from back pain my entire teenage life! I was convinced at 17 years old that I could never have children because I had such intense back pain from any sort of movement. From the moment I started Pilates, I have learned how to move and haven’t had back pain since my first class! Our goal at Endurance is to educate our students as to the best, most efficient, calorie and fat burning manners of moving their bodies all of the time. The work we do in the studio sculpts better physiques and builds our student’s bodies into phenomenal machines!
We do so by:
1- Focusing on form
2- Correcting improper movement patterning
3- Ensuring that all movement is done with control and intention from the moment a student enters the studio
4- Helpful hands on and proper tactile advisement for the most informed teaching for all of our students
At Endurance, we have developed a system of teaching folks how to move well. Our specialty training is extremely beneficial for all bodies- from professional athletes to folks recovering from severe and life-changing injuries. We have a student who is a second year resident at MGH that we have worked with over the past few years. She is living with Ehlers Danlos- a syndrome that causes hyper mobility in the joints. We have worked diligently to teach her body to support itself with all of her stability muscles to the point where her body has become unconsciously competent at providing a suit of armor from within via her own muscles. This has been very helpful to her as she puts in long hours in an environment where she needs to be 100% on the whole time- her patients lives depend upon her ease of movement and stability. She has progressed from barely being able to tie her shoes to taking cycling classes most days of the week without fear of injury.
We also have the pleasure of working with several professional athletes. During their off seasons, we do some major core work as each athlete recovers from the rigors of his professional career. We seek to train the entire body in a perfect movement pattern so that he is able to resume the rigors of the his profession in the best possible condition.
Models LOVE working out with Pilates. We work on posture and condition muscles to allow our models to be confident and strong. With their already long and lean bodies, we work on putting just the right amount of muscle in all the right places- upper back, abs and glutes in particular. We seek to lengthen the entire body and to ensure that every model is confident in her posture and her body, Models depend on their bodies for a living and we make sure to account for this when putting their workouts together.