D.C. has no shortage of boutique fitness studios, and these days it seems just about every kind of workout is available. From Crossfit to Barre, Pilates, TRX, kickboxing -- you name it, D.C. has it covered! So when a non-local company opens a franchise promising "there's nothing else like it here," we admit we are skeptical (especially when they won't publish their prices!), but our curiosity is always piqued.
Club Pilates, a reformer-based Pilates studio founded in Costa Mesa, CA in 2007, is bringing its 50-minute modernized Pilates classes to the DMV with the opening of a location in Pentagon City. While Club Pilates stays true to Joseph Pilates’ original reformer-based Contrology Method, the workout is enhanced with the use of 11 additional pieces of workout equipment, such as the EXO Chair, Bosu Ball, Triggerpoint, TRX, Barre and more. You may not use all 11 pieces of equipment in the class, but you will incorporate several workout techniques into one 50-minute class.
"D.C. is a fast-paced, high-stress environment and Pilates is great for the people around here, because its not spiritual like yoga, but we do focus a lot on mind body connection," said Michael Grams, owner of Club Pilates Pentagon City.
In addition to the variety of equipment Club Pilates utilizes, they also have eight signature classes across four different levels, so participants can customize the workout to their individual needs. For example, if you recently ran a marathon or Tough Mudder race and are looking for recovery classes, you may want to try a Reformer Flow class, emphasizing the Trigger Point foam rollers. But if you are looking for a heart-pumping, sweat-inducing workout, try the Cardio Sculpt classes.
"Prior to Club Pilates, Pilates was a very niche thing, always through an independent studio," said Grams. "There wasn't a way to sign up for a Pilates membership here in Arlington and still be able to take classes in say California or Michigan or wherever you might be traveling to. This is the first brand that allows you to sign up for a membership here in Arlington and take classes at any studio we have in the country."
Nationwide, Club Pilates has 270 studios opened, with 650 more scheduled to open, and served up more than 2.2 million workouts in 2016. Classes are limited to 12 reformers per class so that guests can enjoy both the group class mentality with the hands-on, individual instruction of personal training sessions.
The Pentagon City studio held its soft opening this past weekend, December 1-3, with three days of free 30-minute introductory classes leading up to the studio's grand opening on January 6. More than 300 guests participated in classes. Grams already has two other franchise locations of Club Pilates in the works for 2018.
Club Pilates, 1101 S. Joyce St., Ste. B14, Arlington, VA, open 7 days a week, pricing upon request