By Angella Hamilton
Owner, Pilates Lounge
We asked certified Pilates instructor and friend Angella Hamilton (aka, the Pilates Girl) to scoop on her favorite studios to pick up a class in this core-strengthening fitness method. Here’s her insider picks along with some powerhouse tips for making the most of your experience.
Where to Go
Want to know one of the best kept secrets in the Valley? A Reformer Pilates session in a comfy resort is about the same price you would pay in a private studio. At least at the Camelback Inn anyway. Camelback Inn has a Reformer and Stability Chair available with a private instructor. Group classes are also available when visiting for the day, but make sure to call first to double check. More about the Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain does it slightly different. Group Reformer classes are no charge when you book a treatment at the spa (hooray!). Classes fill up quickly on the weekends so try to go during the week. Class sizes are small and Sanctuary has a wide variety of levels for the athletic-minded spa aficionado. So, book your treatment after your workout! More about Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley.
Just down the street is Joya Spa at the InterContinental Montelucia, where you can book a private Pilates session and if you plan it right, a dance class as well. Joya has a unique variety of classes from Belly Dancing to Kick Boxing. Clear your calendar for the day because you’ll want to spend the entire day relaxing after your workout here and even consider the spa’s signature Hammam ritual for a real treat. The quiet room is so cool and comfy and perfect for a post-workout nap. More about Joya Spa at InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley.
Speaking of ballet-infused Pilates, Karve Studio in Old Town Scottsdale is a nice change of pace from the regular Pilates mat routine. You don’t have to be a ballerina to do this class, but you might feel like one after you leave. Please DO remember that Joseph Pilates had to rehab ballet dancers, so avoid injuries by knowing your limits and modifications. More about Karve Studio in Scottsdale.
Remedy Pilates offers a warm and friendly atmosphere where you don’t have to become a member or join any monthly club to take part in classes. Not to mention, they have massage and acupuncture too. It’s a one-stop alignment shop! Rumor is that they are adding a cardio Pilates class soon. More about Remedy Pilates & Massage in Scottsdale.
Taking classes from other instructors allows a different perspective. A fresh set of eyes might notice something new in your body. Remember to tell the instructor about any injuries or problem areas you might have and what type of workout you are expecting. If you want to learn some new exercises and be taught the correct way or if you just want a more intense workout with flow. It’s important you speak up and have good communication.
- For private sessions at the resorts, you must call a day or two ahead to reserve your time. Unlike booking massages or facials, the instructors are usually called in for appointments.
- Also, make sure the class schedule is up to date. Many places offer seasonal schedules with less classes in the summer and more during the high season months.
For more about Pilates and the healthful benefits, visit Angella at The Pilates Lounge.