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Pilates (3 of 3): Libra Fitness’ Experience at JoyMoves Pilates Studio

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This is the third of three posts in my Pilates series. Follow these links to view the first two posts:

Pilates (Part 1 of 3): Pilates Day May 1, 2010: It’s FREE!!
Pilates (Part 2 of 3): What is Pilates?

As part of my research for this series of posts, I decided to try the free introductory “JumpStart” class at JoyMoves Pilates Studio, one of Austin’s most well-respected studios and a three-time winner of the Best of CitySearch Award for Pilates. After my session, Steve Goldstein, JoyMoves Co-owner, graciously allowed me to interview him and provided invaluable information for this series.

JoyMoves is located in the Westlake Hills area of Austin, near Barton Creek Square Mall. The second-story studio is clean and beautiful with windows looking out into the trees. The class was about 45 minutes long. It was challenging, but very doable for a beginner like myself. My friend who came with me has several physical limitations, but the instructor (and JoyMoves co-owner), Shoshana Goldstein, quickly modified each move for her, as needed. My friend definitely felt sore afterward, but she was excited that she was able to keep up and feel strong throughout the class.

I was surprised by how much body awareness was required. It was challenging to maintain proper alignment while simultaneously performing each move. I absolutely loved the way that stretching was integrated into the various movements (see the AMAZING hip flexor stretch below). So often, we minimize the importance of flexibility in our more traditional workouts. With Pilates, you can’t promise yourself that you’ll “stretch later.” It’s all just part of the flow. I left the session feeling great (and two inches taller). I would definitely try Pilates again.

After my experience, I recommend JoyMoves without hesitation. Their instructors are all trained and certified through Peak Pilates. In addition to a full schedule of almost 40 group classes per week, JoyMoves offers one-on-one private sessions and one-on-two “duet” sessions. JoyMoves’ group classes include Mat/Tower, Reformer, Half-and-Half (half Reformer, half Mat/Tower), Circuit (Mat/Tower, Reformer, Wunda Chair), and Trainer’s Choice and are small with no more than 5 to 6 students. At the end of each class, the instructor may also incorporate other exercises or apparatus. During private or duet sessions, students have much more opportunity to use various apparatus according to their needs.

For only $69, JoyMoves’ Introductory Pilates Class Offer consists of a 30-minute private consultation and a month of unlimited JumpStart and Mat/Tower Level 1 classes. From here, you can choose to continue with group classes, switch to private or duet sessions, or supplement group classes with private or duet sessions. For students with certain special considerations, it may be best to start with private sessions. You can always start with just the initial 30-minute private consultation for only $15 (which can be applied to a package purchase).

If you don’t live in Austin or close to JoyMoves, look for a boutique studio offering Classical Pilates instruction guided by properly trained instructors. As Goldstein so eloquently put it, Pilates is “an amazing, profound, genius-level body of work.” It is definitely worth giving a try.

All photos from JoyMoves’ website.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.

References:

Interview with Steve Goldstein of JoyMoves
See also links throughout post.
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2 Comments

  • Brigitte Morgan-Styers
    May 15th, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Thanks for posting this Pilates series. I’ve been wanting to try Pilates, but I’ve been a hesitant because I’ve heard that it is really hard. But it seems like it will be a natural addition/progression to yoga. I might need a few private sessions to start. ;)

  • Glad you liked it. I definitely think a few privates after an intro class would be a good start.

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