What is Pilates?

pilates, pioneered by the late joseph pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. pilates (1880-1967) was a german expatriate who first made his mark in england during wwi when he developed a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. when joseph pilates immigrated to new york, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone. this sparked a vast following of the method of exercise.

why is pilates the fastest-growing method of exercise?

people are becoming increasingly more interested in fitness modalities that help relieve stress. they’re also much more interested in prevention and taking care of their bodies. they want to stay fit and look good for as long as possible. pilates is complementary to many traditional ways of working out. it’s excellent for all ages, fitness levels and goals. its mind-body aspect is even said to be useful in preventing stress-related illnesses like heart disease.

can anyone do pilates?

no form of exercise is appropriate for everyone, but pilates is appropriate for most people. as with any exercise method, you should always consult with a medical expert before beginning an exercise regime. a modified program may be recommended if you have any physical limitations. everyone from serious fitness enthusiasts, to rehab patients, elite athletes, and prenatal clients will see a difference.

should pilates replace my regular workout?

pilates exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. it’s ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness etc.), and a great complement to your weight training program or athletic training.

is pilates like yoga?

in some respects pilates is like yoga. both are considered mind-body methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. the difference is that while yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based incorporating resistance equipment. the goal with pilates exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

can pilates help me lose weight? if so, how much?

pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight-loss program.weight loss occurs when the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories expended. the most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with a strength training component, such as stott pilates exercise, and following a balanced diet. combining pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality.

why do celebrities do pilates?

many celebrities choose pilates because not only does it improve their physical appearance, it also helps with their stamina, stress relief, and focus. pilates is invigorating and helps people feel distressed. for celebrities, on whom the outer world places a spotlight, pilates allows them to “get away from it all” by internalizing and connecting the mind to the body. celebrities known to do pilates include: cheryl tiegs, sandra bullock, ellen degeneres, rod stewart, sting, martha stewart, rob morrow, victor garber, sofia coppola, veronica tennant, jennifer aniston, tiger woods, andy murray and others.

is it true athletes do pilates?

despite its slow, careful movements, pilates is not for easy. pro athletes like nhl player eddie belfour, nba star kobe bryant, and tennis pro martina navratilova benefit from using stott pilates equipment and instruction. pilates places importance on core stability and rebalancing the muscles making them work more efficiently. this helps prevent injury and improves athletic ability.


I'm new to Pilates. What is the best way to start?
We recommend that you take private sessions first. This will allow you to learn how the exercises should be performed, as well as any modifications that might be needed for your body. If you choose to do group classes later, you will receive greater benefits from the exercises. Please check our INTRO PRIVATE SPECIALS. 

How often should I do Pilates?
Two to three times a week is ideal, but even once a week is beneficial. The most important thing is long term consistency. 

How soon can I expect to see results?
Joseph Pilates said:  "In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body". Exact results may vary by individuals, but we are sure that you will notice the difference as you commit to a consistent program.

Do you have private consultations?
Yes. You can call the studio to schedule a free consultation. The instructor will introduce you to the Pilates method, go over your injuries, concerns and your personal goals. After the session,  she will recommend  the next appropriate steps for you. 

I am pregnant.  Is Pilates good for me?
Absolutely! You need a strong core to counteract lower back pain that is common during pregnancy. Moving your body and keeping strong and flexible will make your pregnancy more pain free and enjoyable. We have teachers who specialize in pre and post natal Pilates. We recommend you take private sessions. Your body is going through many changes.  Adjustments must be made that are best accomplished by individual private sessions. If you are a current client and have been doing Pilates consistently before your pregnancy and want to continue group classes, you will need teachers' approval to continue in a group class after 4 months. 

I have a herniated disc in my lower back. Is it ok for me to participate in Pilates? 
Pilates is a great form of exercise for anyone with back issues. Private sessions are strongly recommend so the teacher can create a safe and effective program best suited for your individual needs. Pilates will strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your posture helping you to prevent back pain. 

i have a bad back. will i be able to do pilates?

although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. it is more important, however, that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. an experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your ability, and monitor your improvements. if you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

How do I choose the best teacher for me?
All of our teachers are Pilates certified and have been teaching different lengths of time. Each teacher has a distinct style and personality. Our job is to help you connect with a teacher who will inspire and help you with your goals. 
If at anytime you decide to change teachers, this is no problem. We are here to give you the best workout experience possible!

How do I schedule a consultation, private session or class?
Call the studio to schedule a consultation or a private session. Classes can be booked and paid for online by logging into mindbody (app also available). Our price list, class description and teachers' bio' s are also on this site. 

Why is there a 12 hour cancellation policy?
We have a 12 hour cancellation policy because we are a professional studio. Our teachers reserve the time and keep it available for each client. Cancellation 12 hours in advance allows our teachers sufficient time to book another client to fill that void. We know that unforeseen emergencies come up. Please call the studio as soon as you know you cannot attend a scheduled session. This applies both to group classes and private sessions. 

What do I need to know about my first class?
2 hour parking in the surrounding residential area is free for 2 hours. Metered parking is available in front and additional public parking across 41st street.  We have water and towels. Arrive few minutes early to check in with the receptionist, fill out forms, put your personal belongings in a cubby and introduce yourself to your teacher, who can answer any last minute questions you may have. Please let the teacher know if you have any injuries. We recommend you wear socks during your Pilates session. Socks can be purchased at the front desk. 

What other services do you offer?
We have assisted stretching, Ki-Hara and various Massage sessions

   AIS - Active Isolated Stretching

The perfect environment to stretch a muscle is when it is relaxed.  Active Isolated Stretching achieves this concept with every stretch. In AIS the stretches are held 1.5 to 2 seconds and are done in repetitions. The reason for this is if a stretch is held for longer than 2 seconds, a protective mechanism is triggered and the muscle will contract not allowing for the stretch.  The stretches performed in this technique are “active” meaning the person being stretched actually helps move their own body part with their own muscles, before any assistance from the therapist is initiated.  

 Ki-Hara

Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching is a comprehensive and innovative approach to flexibility training.  Moving the body through multiple planes of movement as you resist allows for concentric and eccentric training (developing strength and flexibility).  In self stretching you provide your own resistance, and during assisted stretching sessions we provide resistance to press against you as you move in patterns that go deep into hip and shoulder joints, maximizing flexibility for everyday movements.  Ki-Hara is a balanced and integrated approach to well-being and creates lasting change.

What does SoBe Pilates do for the Miami Beach community? 
SoBe Pilates believes in giving back to our community. We want Pilates to be accessible to everyone. Twice a week we offer group reformer classes at a minimal fee for residents of Miami Beach. We also donate Pilates classes to area schools, places of worship and non profit organizations. 

I would like to become a certified Pilates teacher. Do you have a training program?
Yes. We are proud to be a hosting studio for Power Pilates offering mat and equipment training. To learn more click www.powerpilates.com

What kind of payment do you take?
We take cash and all credit cards.  Gift certificates are also available.