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New Year’s Special for New Clients!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

New Year’s Wishes and Anniversary Thanks from Pilates Challenge!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Exactly one year ago, Pilates Challenge officially opened its doors.   We thank all of you who have stepped through our “big red box” and have helped in so many ways to make our first year a joy and a success!   We are fortunate to have fantastic, enthusiastic clients and a wonderful  team of supporters, and we send you our very best wishes for a happy and fit 2013!

Expanded Availability and More Group Classes

Exciting developments are underway at Pilates Challenge.   We are expanding our availability for evenings, afternoons, and weekends, so please feel free to inquire about scheduling sessions during those times.   In the months ahead, we will be offering more group mat classes in addition to our recently inaugurated Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.   Also, many of our clients are enjoying“private” group sessions in which they join with friends to schedule and share a mat class.  Of course, trios and duets using the apparatus remain very popular ways to share the Pilates experience.  


In other news, we are happy to report that Juan Carlos is back on the schedule.  He was able to carve time out from his ballet-master duties to add some hours for private instruction and mat classes.   We also will be welcoming additional instructors in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information about our team of gifted trainers. 

Special Events

Please watch for news of special events, such as group sessions focusing on Pilates for specific sports (skiing, golf, etc.), workshops for instructors, demonstrations, and some non-exercise events, too.   We greatly appreciate your ideas and input, so please let us know any ways in which we may improve or expand services, support our community, or just provide opportunities to have some fun!          

Thank you for being an important part of our first year.  We look forward to working with you in 2013!



‘Tis the Season to Give the Gift of Fitness!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Gift certificates are available from Pilates Challenge!

We will be happy to work with you to create a gift of whatever session, package, or amount you have in mind.   Please call, email, or stop in for details.
Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 16th, 2012


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Don’t miss the chance to learn from this world-class instructor. The amazing Kathi Ross-Nash will give Pilates professionals a CHALLENGE, through three great sessions and a demonstration.



10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: OPEN MAT CLASS WITH KATHI ROSS-NASH — All levels welcome!

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Workshop 1 — FINDING ALIGNMENT — Focusing on the Electric Chair, Kathi will lead instructors in the analysis of different bodies to understand the importance of alignment, the role of muscle imbalance, and ways to correct both.  (Open to apprentices as well as instructors.)

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Workshop 2 — VARIATIONS ON A THEME — Kathi will teach variations of the classic mat exercises, focusing on how to execute them and why and when the variations should be utilized.  (Open to instructors and apprentices.)

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Demonstration — REFORMER FOR MEN. Everyone is welcome to observe.

Come for all or any of the sessions!

Pricing: Full-day package purchased in advance is $135.00. When purchased individually or on the day of the session, the open mat session is $35 and the two workshops are $65.00 each. There is no fee to observe the Reformer for Men, but, because will be filming, viewing areas may be limited and we will have to be as quiet as possible.

All sessions will be video recorded by, so participants who are willing to filmed will be asked to sign a consent form authorizing their appearance. Anyone preferring not to appear in the workout videos will be accommodated. Feel free to call or email for details.

Special thanks to GRATZ INDUSTRIES for their support!!

Call or email Pilates Challenge to register.

Additional Group Mat Classes!!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

In addition to our popular Saturday morning group mat class, Pilates Challenge has added group mat classes during the week!

Schedule below:

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Weekday classes will now be offered at 1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday in addition to their regular times.

Each session will provide a great 45-minute workout. Class size is limited, so please call or email to reserve space. At $25 per class, it’s a fantastic deal! Packages, providing even better deals, are available.

The mat classes are open to all, regardless of one’s level of Pilates experience. If you are new to Pilates, you may want to try a private introductory mat class first, but it is not required. Feel free to call or email for details.

Come Visit Us Sunday, September 23, at the 92Y Streetfest!!!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Pilates Challenge is delighted to be a co-sponsor of the 92Y Lexington Avenue Streetfest, Sunday, September 23, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.!! We will have a booth on Lexington between 80th and 81st Streets, complete with talented instructors and some of our wonderful Gratz equipment. Come see us and enjoy this great community event. There will be music, a green market, an “International Way,” and more! The studio will be open, too, so please visit us at both locations!!

Pilates Challenge’s Group Mat Classes Are Starting Saturday, September 8th!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey! The results are in, and we are setting up mat classes on days and times that we hope will work for you. We will be adding a week-day session, but first on the schedule is what is now a permanent session:

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Come join us for a great 45-minute workout!

$25 per person — cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted, and packages are available. Please call or email to reserve a place in the class.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of Pilates experience, and will have a superb workout. If you are new to Pilates, however, please ask about our special private-mat + group package that will help you get the most out of group mat sessions!

Hope to see you on Saturday mornings!

Pilates Challenge Is in W Magazine!

Friday, August 10th, 2012



Pilates Challenge is fortunate to have such amazing and supportive clients! Karla Martinez, who is Fashion Market and Accessories Director at the iconic W Magazine, provided this wonderful reference!

Pilates Challenge Announces Saturday Mat Class!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Come join us!

Pilates Challenge will be offering group mat classes every Saturday throughout May.  The class is appropriate for all levels, whether you have little or no Pilates experience or are a Pilates devotée.  The instructor will modify the exercises as necessary to accommodate each participant’s circumstance, but you can be assured that, regardless of your fitness level, the class will be a challenge!  (After all, this IS Pilates CHALLENGE!)

Saturday sessions are at 1:00 p.m.   This great 45-minute workout is $25.00 per person.  (Packages of mat classes are available at $115 for 5 classes and $200 for 10.)

Please call or email to reserve space!

Reflections on Pilates Challenge’s Grand Opening Fiesta!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Pilates Challenge extends a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our Grand Opening Fiesta!    It was absolutely energizing to have such a GREAT group of people together in our new studio.

There was music:  the Mariachi Mendoza (of course) and jazz sax solos by Russ Nolan!  And there was classical mime to complement our classical approach to Pilates (Rich Kuperberg, from Not Just Mime).  And food!  And sangria!  And the stunning Pilates Challenge tequila cocktail!  (All by Chef Daniel Drucker.)

The evening unfolded in our wonderful space, designed by Laura Sanchez Penichet and Carlos Rodriguez Bernal of SPRB Arquitectos, who were here for the festivities.  This great space is filled with our array of fabulous Gratz equipment — thank you David, Michele, and Debbie from Gratz Industries for being here!

If you were not able to join us for the Grand Opening Fiesta, please stop by any time.  The sangria is gone, but the energy remains!