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Pilates is a system of exercises designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Pilates benefits are many and include, strength, flexibility, (especially in abdomen and back), increased lung capacity, improved circulation, improved posture, balance and core strength, along with bone density and joint health. Pilates is a movement system and is beneficial for all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. – from de-conditioned students to injury rehabilitation to athletic training.

At Harbor, we offer group mat and equipment classes in addition to private lessons in a friendly, spacious and bright studio environment. Our equipment, all Peak Pilates, is handcrafted, traditional wood, designed to honor Joseph Pilates’ original apparatus.

Our Pilates instructor team is approachable and experienced. We are proud to have the largest comprehensively certified and classically trained Pilates staff in the area. Classes and private lessons are open to Harbor members and non members and may be purchased and scheduled online.

Pilates Mat

Practice the Classical Pilates mat order developed by Joseph Pilates. Participants will leave feeling stronger with more flexible muscles along with greater posture and increased energy. This class is good for the new pilates participant, as well as experienced.  Bring a mat. Included with your Harbor membership.

Pilates Plus

Move, stretch, kick, plank and twist. This class will give you a full body workout while stabilizing the Powerhouse. Practice a variety of Pilates exercises to enhance balance, improve posture and overall strength. Weights, bands, balls and a barre may be used. All fitness levels are welcome.  Bring a mat. Included with your Harbor membership.

Chair Pilates

 A gentle pilates class designed to increase strength, mobility and balance using a chair as the main prop. The class is appropriate for those with joint pain, limited range of motion, fibromyalgia and arthritis.  Bring a mat.  Included with your Harbor membership.

Pilates Intro Series

Begin your Pilates training with a comprehensive (mat + reformer) Pilates Fundamentals Series. Designed for first-time Pilates students. Develop basic skills and terminology while enhancing core strength, flexibility and physical endurance. Intro series will prepare you to move on to group mat and reformer classes. Bring a Mat.

Pilates Equipment Classes

Pilates equipment or apparatus was designed to accelerate the stretching, strengthening and body alignment started by the mat work. The springs and the assistance given from the various pieces of equipment provide an ideal combination of support and resistance. Reformer and Tower classes are taught as small groups allowing greater instructor guidance. Pilates equipment classes require an additional fee.

Private Pilates Instruction

Use your current personal training package or purchase private sessions.

Levels of instructor training:

  • Pilates apprentice instructor – new to Pilates instruction or currently completing certification
  • Pilates certified instructor – certified in Pilates method
  • Pilates advanced instructor – additional training, certifications and experience


Pilates Mat classes are included with your Harbor Membership.
20 Classes
Non-members $25/class
10 Classes
Non-members $30/class
Non-members $40/class


Add $15 non-members
Add $10 advanced instructors
Add $45 non-members
Add $30 advanced instructors
Add $180 non-members
Add $120 advanced instructors


The following are frequently asked questions about Pilates. If you have specific questions or would like to schedule a private session, please contact our front desk 608.831.6500.

What is Pilates?

System of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. Designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • General Conditioning & Building Muscle Tone
    • Strengthens and tones muscle groups
    • Stimulates circulation and internal organs
    • Teaches rhythm and balance
    • Improves the way your body looks and feels
  • Weight Loss
    • Exercises for reducing hips, waistline and legs
  • Corrects posture
    • Creates a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Promotes recovery from strain or injury
    • Complements sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity
    • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy
    • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
    • Increase joint range of motion
    • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
  • Engages the mind and enhance body awareness

What is the difference between Pilates Mat and Pilates Equipment?

Matwork is the foundation of Pilates. Pilates mat exercises are performed on the floor/mat using body weight as resistance. Props such as power circles, weights, elastic bands, and balls may be used to modify or intensify exercise. Pilates mat classes are included with your Harbor membership.

Pilates equipment or apparatus was designed to accelerate the stretching, strengthening and body alignment started by the mat work. The springs and the assistance given from the various pieces of equipment provide an ideal combination of support and resistance. Reformer and Tower classes are taught as small groups allowing greater instructor guidance. Pilates equipment classes require an additional fee.

I'm new to Pilates. How do I get started?

Begin with private sessions (pricing above) or the Pilates Introductory Series before attending group mat or reformer classes.

I've taken Pilates mat classes but I'm new to Reformer. How do I get started?

Schedule a private Pilates lesson with a certified instructor and/or take the Pilates Introductory Series before attending group reformer classes. Both options teach Pilates fundamentals so that you may confidently practice at the studio knowing you are exercising safely and with proper form.

Is the Pilates equipment available for members to use by themselves?

No. For safety reasons all Pilates equipment must be used in a class or private instruction setting. If you are a certified instructor or advanced Pilates participant see Courtney for approval to use equipment.

Can I practice Pilates if I am pregnant or postnatal?

Pilates is a great way to maintain fitness throughout pregnancy and to rehabilitate after pregnancy if you currently have a Pilates practice. It is not recommended to begin Pilates or any new exercise during a pregnancy. Please consult a physician as to when you may return to exercise after giving birth.

How much does Pilates cost?

Pilates mat classes are included in membership fees for Harbor Gold members. No registration is necessary. Please drop into class anytime.

Pilates equipment classes are offered as a part of our personal training program.  Registration is required to attend classes. Equipment classes may be cancelled if fewer than 2 participants attend regularly. If one participant attends, the time will be used as 30 minute private Pilates instruction.

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