Taylor Hannah Did you find your body aching after wrapping presents on the floor or experience back pain after standing up too long in the kitchen cooking that delicious holiday feast? If so, it might be time to add a new workout routine to your life, and what better time of year to begin something new? If you’re looking to increase your overall health through strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance without much risk of injury, look no further than Club Pilates. The motto “Do Pilates. Do Life.” speaks to how this exercise method, an art of control over your body, mind, and muscles, can improve your everyday life.
Club Pilates opened in East Montgomery in September of 2017 by owners Lanie and Craig Brazell. After living in Japan for seven years playing professional baseball, Craig and Lanie saw the opportunity to bring fitness to their community after settling back in Alabama. Lanie has always had a passion for fitness and Pilates, and loves that she is able to share it with others.
Lanie says, “Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. Pilates conditions the whole body - even the ankles and feet. No muscle groupis over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you to enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.”
Pilates is an efficient full-body workout that focuses on toning, core strength and flexibility and offers a low-impact workout for all skill levels. True to Joseph Pilates’, the founder of Pilates, original “contrology” method, Club Pilates has modernized the workout with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, offering high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.
Club Pilates uses a variety of equipment in their classes such as a springboard, a barre, TRX® bands, EXO-Chair, BOSU, and the infamousreformer. The reformer may look like a torture device, but it’s actually avery versatile machine that uses springs to increase resistance and allows for better mobility during your workout. There are over 500 different exercises you can do on the reformer alone!
If you’re not familiar with Pilates, the equipment can be quite intimidating, but fear not. Club Pilates instructors have undergone a 500-hour training, so they are well prepared to walk you through each class and provide modifications if needed. Classes are in a group
setting, but there isn’t a competition aspect like in other group workouts; you’re able to work at your own pace. There is also a secluded private training room available for those looking for one-on-one training.
Club Pilates East Montgomery has members ranging in age from 14 to the mid-70s. This workout is for anyone, no matter the age or body type. It is great for those with heart disease, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, sciatic nerve issues, knee injuries and is safe and recommended during pregnancy. The studio offers seven different types of classes and four different levels, each lasting 50 minutes, so you won’t get tired of the same workout week after week. The classes offered are:
This signature contemporary Reformer class will strengthen and lengthen your entire body.
High energy and low-impact, this class is perfect for the cardio junkie.
-F.I.T. Interval Boot Camp
This boot camp-style, heart-pumping Functional Interval Training class is fast paced, dynamic and fun.
Not your average barre class, Control is exclusive to Club Pilates and will sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you increase balance, stability and control.
-Center & Balance
Re-center and balance your body with this stretch class guaranteed to reduce soreness, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.
This one-of-a-kind class is considered the Pilates massage. Using foam rollers and myofascial release to repair muscles and joints, this class is proven to reduce cellulite and muscle soreness.
Defy gravity with this athletic fusion class combining Pilates and suspension training using the effective TRX® training system.
Joseph Pilates said, "In 10 classes you will feel a difference, in 20 you will see a difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body!” I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than to improve your health and well being, and Club Pilates will do just that. Club Pilates East Montgomery is located on Vaughn Road in the Peppertree Shopping Center between Chappy’s Deli and La Jolla. It is open seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and offers class times for all types of schedules. Visit clubpilates.com/eastmontgomery.com for more information and to schedule a class. The first class is free!