The evolution of Pilates

This new class adds a dance-like vibe and rhythm to the classic practice.

Pilates can improve your posture, flexibility, balance, core stability, total-body strength, and mindfulness. Combine that with the energy, athleticism, and power of your favorite Equinox main studio fitness class and you get Pilates Remix, created by California-based Nicole Petitto, Equinox’s senior manager for group fitness/barre, and Patty Wortham, Equinox Pilates manager.

One of the main things that distinguishes the new class, which will roll out at various Equinox locations this month, is that it integrates a unique mix of music into every workout. And you’re always moving in tandem with whatever beats are playing in the background. “Every Pilates Remix class will move swiftly and with music to keep people mentally and physically connected to the moment,” says Petitto.

The classes will also incorporate a new piece of equipment in place of the traditional round Pilates balls. Called the io-Ball, it’s a squishy, oval-shaped ball that challenges your stability and allows for a wider range of choreography and movement patterns. Additional equipment, such as gliders, resistance bands, and Pilates rings, will be added in the coming months as well.

How it works: Each 45-minute class is meant to feel like a dance on the mat, flowing from one movement to the next without a noticeable disruption in rhythm, notes Wortham. It begins with core-activation, and then moves into four separate series—quads, hamstrings, and glutes; back, chest, and shoulders; adductors and abductors; and one that balances everything out at the end. Each movement is derived from classical mat Pilates routines, performed for 8 to 12 reps, and then repeated for a second set. Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

To get the max total-body benefits, Wortham and Petitto recommend you attend classes two to three times per week.

You can also try this sample routine, demonstrated by Natalya Sebastian, Pilates manager and lead Pilates teacher trainer at Equinox locations in Toronto. Complete both moves in the first set twice before moving on to the second and third sets.

Cue up some of these songs that are on the Pilates Rhythm playlist:

Creepby TLC
Fameby David Bowie
All Night (Louis the Child Remix)by Chance The Rapper
Levelsby Nick Jonas
Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison
Everybody Got Their Something by Nikka Costa

*If you don’t have an io-Ball, the routine can be done with a regular Pilates ball, but it won't function as seamlessly for a few of the moves.

Photography by Gabor Jurina. Art direction by Kathryn Marx.
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