• CLASSES
  • MVe® Reformer
  • MVe® Tower
  • MVe® Chair
  • MVe® Jump Board
  • Mat Work
  • Fitness Trampoline
  • Pilates Arc®

Classical Pilates

Experience the Method as it was intended. In small groups of no more than six participants you will experience a new way of movement that is precise, controlled and flowing. Classical Pilates is all about the uniform development of your body from head to toe. Strengthening while increasing flexibility it has stood the test of time and continues to grow in popularity as more people try it, love it and then stay for its wide ranging benefits.

At JOE & CLARA we are dedicated to giving our Members an authentic Classical Pilates experience - precise instruction following the traditional exercises - without the requirement of private instruction. Don't get us wrong, we believe that a steady mix of private and group classes are the ideal way to approach your Pilates regimen; however, we understand that the economic and time commitment can be overwhelming. That is why we spent over a year pouring over the exercises in order to create a program that gradually builds functional skills that are not only useful in daily life, but also for the rigors of a progressive exercise routine. We also carefully selected the MVe® Reformer because of its ease of use and highly customizable settings. We believe that the combination of thoughtful class design in conjunction with a user friendly machine takes the intimidation and mystery out of Pilates and helps us continue Joseph Pilates' goal of communicating his Method to the masses.

Class Categories

Here you will master

FUNdamentals

Recommended for newcomers.

Instruction is provided at a pace and level of detail that will assist you in working with the equipment to build your comfort level and ease you into various Pilates exercises and principles such as adapting to Pilates breathing, working in neutral spine and developing pelvic stability. You will begin toning your lower body and building lower abdominal strength. Take as many FUNdamentals as you need.
Core

Recommended once you're comfortable with the equipment

Once you're comfortable with the equipment you will no doubt want to sink your teeth into the Core repertoire because each class in this category consists of several different routines. You will delve into more exercises and tap further into your powerhouse to enhance spinal articulation and shoulder girdle stability. Both of which will help you tone and build your upper body strength.
Cardio

Recommended once you know the exercises by name and experience.

When you feel comfortable with the exercises it's time to flow at a higher intensity with the Cardio series. The pace is now set by the instructor to move you through the exercises including the transitions swiftly without pause. Your heart rate will increase while your focus will be to build stamina and endurance. This is why knowing the exercises by name and experience is invaluable to flow safely with control and precision. GOLD MEMBERS ONLY.
Beyond Cardio

When you are ready to snatch the pebble.

Absolute control over every movement. MEMBERS ONLY.

 

 

 

MVe® Reformer

Probably the most recognizable of all the Pilates apparatus, the Reformer was originally constructed out of a hospital bed. Yes, a hospital bed. Today it is comprised of a wooden or metal frame housing a "carriage" or moveable platform that is secured by springs and pulleys. This unique construction allows you to move with varying degrees of both support and resistance while reinforcing proper alignment.

Peak MVe Reformer

At JOE & CLARA we are dedicated to giving our Members an authentic Classical Pilates experience - precise instruction following the traditional exercises - without the requirement of private instruction. Don't get us wrong, we believe that a steady mix of private and group classes are the ideal way to approach your Pilates regimen; however, we understand that the economic and time commitment can be overwhelming. That is why we spent over a year pouring over the exercises in order to create a program that gradually builds functional skills that are not only useful in daily life, but also for the rigors of a progressive exercise routine. We also carefully selected the MVe® Reformer because of its ease of use and highly customizable settings. We believe that the combination of thoughtful class design in conjunction with a user friendly machine takes the intimidation and mystery out of Pilates and helps us continue Joseph Pilates' goal of communicating his Method to the masses.

Photography courtesy of Peak Pilates®.

MVe® Tower

The Tower is derived from the Trapeze Table or what is often referred to as the Cadillac. The Tower system at JOE & CLARA is a convertible system that transforms from a Reformer to Tower and vice versa. The variety of springs, wooden bars and nylon straps provide excellent exterior support thereby enabling you to find your inner strength and core.


Peak MVe Tower

While historically the Tower was named in reference to the dreaded guillotine tower, we consider this apparatus the most supportive and gentle. That's why we often suggest to newcomers to start here. The Tower requires no orientation because the spring set up is part of the movement. If you are looking for a way to ease into exercising with Pilates equipment, look no further than the Tower.

Photography courtesy of Peak Pilates®.

MVe® Chair

Joseph Pilates created the Wunda Chair as a compact alternative to his full sized equipment. This versatile apparatus was originally comprised of a wooden box like structure with a hinged pedal attached by springs. The springs could be removed, the pedal lowered and the box inverted to create a functional seat which was considered ideal for home use. The MVe® chairs at JOE & CLARA are an updated version of this classic apparatus. Key features are lighter weight material, larger proportions, easier to adjust springs and cushioned surfaces.

MVe Pilates Chair

At JOE & CLARA Pilates Inspired Health Club we have a room dedicated solely to this amazing piece of equipment, so it should be no surprise that we have the most extensive chair program in the area. Six chairs no waiting. While there is no need for an equipment orientation, be forewarned that the chair is the most challenging of all the classical apparatus. With that said, just as we recommend that newcomers start on the Tower, we recommend a few classes on all the other apparatus before starting your journey on the chair.

Photography courtesy of Peak Pilates®.

MVe® Jump Board

The Jump Board is an enhancement to the Reformer and was originally used as a therapeutic device to rehabilitate dancers. Today, the jump board has become popular across the fitness industry as a challenging workout tool. It can elevate the heart rate and provide much needed controlled joint impact.


Peak Jumpboard

The Jump Board classes help bring out the playfulness in the repertoire and return you to your youth when jumping and skipping (with control) were taken for granted. It is also the ideal tool to help bring about an awareness to your feet – those tired puppies that you stand on all day - because of its unique surface that balances just the right amount of give and support.

Photography courtesy of Peak Pilates®.

Mat Work

The Mat body of work is responsible for bringing the Method to the mainstream. While it is possible to perform authentic Pilates exercises on the mat, the overall Method was designed to start with the equipment first to reinforce the skills required for a successful mat workout. It is our intention here at JOE & CLARA to honor this progression. Therefore, we start with "Spring Assisted Mat" (SAM) in order to properly prepare you to fully embrace the power of the Mat Work as Joseph Pilates intended. All Mat Work is performed on the lightly padded surface of the Tower so you can leave your mat at home.

MVe Tower

Photography courtesy of Peak Pilates®.

Fitness Trampoline

The trampoline has evolved from being only a recreational device to a full-fledged legitimate fitness apparatus. Less "bouncy" than its backyard counterpart, the personal sized trampoline stimulates your heart rate, challenges balance and coordination and improves your endurance. While it is low impact, it provides enough impact to enhance bone density. It even boosts your lymphatic system. Our favorite benefit? It's guaranteed to make you smile.

Jumpsport Trampoline for Pilates Classes

Pilates for Weight Loss

Join us for an invigorating workout that can help you burn up to 600 calories. Combining strength training with high impact cardio on a fitness trampoline. Intervals vary at 3-7 minutes each. Please bring your water bottle and ATHLETIC SHOES ARE REQUIRED.

Joe's Circuit

This hour long class rotates through different Pilates apparatus alternating with bouts on the trampoline and is recommended for those that regularly participate in Core, Cardio or Beyond Cardio classes. ATHLETIC SHOES REQUIRED.

Pilates Arc®

Leave it to Joe to transform an ordinary beer barrel into a piece of exercise apparatus. Must have been his German influence but he recognized that the barrel's curvature and giving nature was the perfect support for the spine. He eventually refined his barrels by adding upholstery and padding to the wood. The Pilates Arc keeps the original intent of the barrel but rather than bulky wood, it is constructed out of lightweight, closed-cell foam.

Pilates Arc

Arc for Abs

Fire up your core in this workout using the Balanced Body Arc system. Leverage your body weight against gravity to create a natural form of resistance targeted specifically at the abdominals. Recommended for everyone.

Tower & Arc for Abs

This class combines the skill refining repertoire of the Tower with the toning and stretching properties of the Pilates Arc. You may find yourself working on the apparatus separately or together. It is sure to be both fun and challenging.

Pilates for Weight Loss

Join us for an invigorating workout that gives you the best of both worlds - strength training with pilates and fat burning with cardio. You may find yourself jumping on the trampoline one minute, bouncing a medicine ball the next or doing mat work with the Arc. The possibilities are endless. ATHLETIC SHOES REQUIRED.