Pilates (puh-LA-tees) is a unique method of body conditioning named after its founder German-born Joseph H. Pilates (1880-1967).

Pilates developed his system at the beginning of the 20th century originally called Contrology.

It was built around his six guiding principals: control, centering, concentration, precision, breath and flow. He believed that a healthy body began with strengthening the “powerhouse” or torso which includes the muscles of the abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs and lungs.

Practicing Pilates correctly builds a strong, flexible body without bulky muscles. It improves an
d corrects posture which allows the body to move with ease and coordination. It takes concentration to execute the exercises correctly so the mind and the body are refreshed and focused.

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Our Pilates program at the JCC offers mat classes  and private instruction in our fully equipped Pilates studio.

Our private studio is fully equipped with two reformers, a  Cadillac, wunder chairs, and barrels manufactured by Gratz Industries and based on the original designs of Joseph Pilates.

Under the experienced guidance of our instructors, the student receives the authentic Pilates workout in a meditative setting.

Unlike any other machine in the fitness world, these machines use the action of springs which resist and assist the body in performing a wide variety of movements.

This increases flexibility and strength and develops long, lean muscles.

There are over five hundred exercises in the total system ranging from beginner to extremely advanced therefore the student is always challenged and never bored.

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About the Instructors

Annette Jackson has been the Pilates Director at the JCC since 2008.

She began her personal practice and life-long passion of the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning while she was a member of the acclaimed Joffrey Ballet in New York City.

She attributes the method to protecting her body during a rigorous performing career, recovering from childbirth, and meeting the challenges of maturity.

She received her Authentic Pilates certification under the tutelage of master trainers Romana Kryzanowska, Ton Vooght, and Michael Fritzke.

She is also a certified Buff Bones Instructor, a medically endorsed system of exercise for joint and bone health.

She has taught ballet technique and Pilates to students of all ages in the New York area for the past twenty years.

She has been a guest teacher at Canyon Ranch and Jacob’s Pillow Festival in the Berkshires.

Jean McCabe has been a certified Authentic Pilates instructor for over 15 years.

Her background as a professional ballet dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet of Germany has given her a unique understanding and approach to Pilates work.

Having taught Yoga as well, she feels that it has enhanced her Pilate’s perspective, teaching from a holistic point of view.

Traveling the world both as a dancer and a tourist has enriched her and continues to expand her creativity and interests.

Annette Jackson, Director, 472-3300 x295 E-mail: jacksona@jccmw.org

Jean McCabe, Associate Director, 472-3300 x295 E-mail: mccabej@jccmw.org