What is Pilates?

pilates-500w-for-webPilates (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 and 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.

Who can do Pilates?

Our Pilates program at the JCC offers mat classes as part of the group fitness department in our main building and private and semi-private sessions in our annex studio.

Our mat classes are taught in a group setting. These challenging floor exercises are part of the total Pilates system and are performed on the floor using padded mats. Small hand weights, magic circles and other props are also incorporated from time to time but the emphasis of the mat is using the body as resistance with strict attention to proper alignment and technique. This workout compliments any fitness routine or sport. The mat is always challenging and can be practiced daily for a lifetime of fitness.

Our private studio is fully equipped with two reformers, the Cadillac, wunder chairs, pedi-pole and barrels manufactured by Gratz Industries and based on the original designs of Joseph Pilates. Under the experienced guidance of our second-generation teachers, 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. It is recommended that the student new to exercise, recovering from an injury, or new to the Pilates system itself begin with studio sessions to learn the principles of the system.

All sessions are performed on classical apparatus in a private studio. For appointment call (914) 472-3300 x295

Sports/Fitness/Health Member
Private: One Teacher and One Student:
$100/1 session
$435/5 sessions
$815/10 sessions

Sports/Fitness/Health Member
Duet – One Teacher and Two Students
$60/per student for 1 session
$260/per student for 5 sessions
$490/ per student for 10 sessions

Non-Sports/Fitness/Health Member
Private One Teacher and One Student:
$115/1 session
$490/5 sessions
$915/10 sessions

Non-Sports/Fitness/Health Member
Duet – One Teacher and Two Students
$70/ per student for 1 session
$300/per student for 5 sessions
$540/ per student for 10 sessions

Annual Registration Fee May Apply


About the Instructors

Annette Bressie Jackson 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 holds a BFA from in the University of Utah in dance. She has taught ballet technique and Pilates to students of all ages in the New York area for the past fifteen years. She has been a member of the faculty at Ballet Academy East, the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Center for Movement, Yoga Sanctuary, Ballet Arts, and a guest teacher at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. In addition to studying fitness and health, Annette’s interests include dance, music, gardening cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends and hiking with her Springer Spaniel. She resides in Westchester and the Berkshires with her husband and two children.

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.  Jean is currently an avid ballroom and hustle dancer going as far as Lithuania and Bucharest to enjoy dance in many environments.

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

Jean McCabe, Associate Director, 472-3300 x225 E-mail: mccabej@jccmw.org