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Urban Pilates is an Authentic Pilates studio, located in Northeast Portland, dedicated to the original method developed by Joseph Pilates. We use Gratz Equipment, the original manufacturer of Pilates apparatus and the industry’s established source of authentic equipment. Urban Pilates is committed to fitness and pledges to deliver the best instruction, drive and motivation to our clients. We start by understanding your fitness goals, any limiting conditions or injuries, and what your expectations are. We then design a plan to build your strength, maximize control and increase your flexibility. We offer privates, semi-privates, wall unit and group mat classes. Urban also offers a Teacher Certification program and Continuing Education for Authentic Pilates instructors. ...more
Get your basic Pilates foundation started for our Intro Package for Beginners at $150 with three private sessions. Through careful one-on-one teaching, you will learn the order of the exercises, the principles of Pilates, equipment setup, and the system of exercises that is right for your body and personal fitness goals. Urban Pilates offers Mat classes, Wall Unit classes, Privates, Semi-Privates, and Semi-Private Duets. Not sure which one is right for you? Contact us!...more
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Dedicated to the original Pilates method developed by Joseph Pilates, our studio is committed to delivering the best fitness instruction and always addressing our client’s fitness goals and previous injuries. Our workouts are designed to build strength, control, and flexibility. We offer private and semi-private sessions, group classes, a teacher certification program, and continuing education for Pilates instructors."> +
Despite the explosive growth of Pilates in recent years, there seems to be a misconception among men that Pilates is only for women. We have to admit that women have been the first to adopt it enmasse, but Pilates is just as beneficial for men as it is for women. Pilates is not, and never was a gender thing. As a matter of fact, Pilates was developed by a man who was a boxer, gymnast, and circus performer and had a following of male practitioners. When men try Pilates for the first time they are surprised to find out that Pilates is not easy. Many physiotherapist, doctors and sport coaches agree that based on men’s biomechanical and physical needs they could benefit from Pilates more than women.
The reason is simple. As boys, men start training in sports earlier than girls and due to poor training practices at a young age, they don’t develop core strength and correct exercise habits. Through time, lower abdominal weaknesses and destructive workout routines can result in back pain and inflexibility, especially in the hamstrings. Men don’t bother to stretch after an activity and if they do they do it haphazard or incomplete. Over time they develop microscopic tears in the muscles. With time scar tissue develops and when the muscle is fatigued it loses flexibility. Men don’t know how to engage the transversus abdominis properly. In other words, they don’t use their abs correctly. The Pilates method core strengthening and stretching principles are a great way to regain the flexibility and treat many of the injuries and misalignments and bad habits that men frequently impose on themselves."> +