People may want to learn Pilates exercises for many different reasons – from wanting to heal from an injury to simply improving their general level of strength and fitness. But can it improve your love life? Well, it can make you look and feel better, which are two things that definitely boost your confidence … Read more
Learning Pilates is a rewarding journey that requires the dedication of both the student and the instructor. Learning Pilates is challenging, but it is a challenge that pays off in more ways than anyone can count. It can give you stamina, strength, flexibility, confidence, and equanimity.
Making Pilates a part of your life should … Read more
When you think about it, it’s no wonder that so many Americans are unfit. A lot of advertising touts the perfect body and we’re always seeing fit models prancing about on the screen, implying that we should all look like them. We may want to work hard for a little while in the … Read more
The Girl Scout Motto, “Be Prepared,” definitely applies to those taking a Pilates class for the first time. If you’ve got some idea what you’ll be doing in class and what to expect afterwards, you’ll be ready to reap the benefits that Pilates exercise has for you.
The instructors at Mongoose Bodyworks will … Read more
The reformer is an exercise apparatus that was designed by the founder of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates. A reformer uses a set of springs to create a unique kind of resistance against which the exerciser can work to organize strength in their core muscles, along with good alignment and improved joint flexibility. … Read more
Those who want to lose weight quickly may decide to use methods like low-carb diets, weight loss supplements, or even prescription medications. Pilates is about much more than simply losing weight. Pilates helps you condition, tone, and strengthen your entire body so that anything you do – from simple everyday activities to rigorous exercise … Read more
With so many Pilates Studios popping up how do you know which one is best for you? And how do you know which ones have the top Pilates instructors in NYC.
I have been the owner of Mongoose Bodyworks in Soho NYC for almost 20 years. A big part of my job is hiring Pilates … Read more
It’s no secret that New York City is one premiere destination. From exquisite cuisine to an enchanting and vigorous nightlife, New York City gleams with opportunity and excitement.
But even the “Big Apple” can be stressful. Pilates is a great way to lose weight, strengthen your mind, and renew your spirit. Mongoose … Read more
Your body is the only one you will ever have. It needs proper nourishment and exercise. Pilates is a wonderful way to strengthen your body, relieve stress, and help you achieve optimal balance and harmony. Proudly helping New Yorkers reach optimal health for over two decades, Mongoose Bodyworks offers a … Read more
It’s no secret that New York City is one premiere destination. From exquisite cuisine to an enchanting and vigorous nightlife, New York City gleams with opportunity and excitement.
But there comes a time where even the “Big Apple” can be stressful. Pilates is a great way to lose weight while strengthening your … Read more
Advances in modern medicine and increased knowledge in nutrition and health have created new jobs and expanded the need for existing ones. Among the many opportunities in the health sector is an increasing need for fitness instructors beyond those at standard gyms. Pilates is an exercise program that focuses on more than just working … Read more
Pilates is one way to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with spinal stenosis. A one on one training session can be individualized to focus on lessening the compression of nerves in the lower back which is often associated with lumbar stenosis and can produce symptoms of sciatica. Unlike many other exercise programs out there … Read more
Pregnancy can be an exciting time in a female’s life, it can also be confusing, especially during a first pregnancy. Everyone usually has an opinion as to what’s best for the offspring, and many times with enough advice, it will start to contradict itself. This is especially true when it comes to the amount of physical exertion the … Read more
As the human body ages it becomes more susceptible to various types of degenerative diseases. One of them is osteoporosis. It causes the bones to become weak and brittle and less able to regenerate after damage. Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles surrounding the bones and improve balance through core strengthening … Read more
Me and Clarissa grew up in the city, and as she explained it all, any workout regimen we decide to take on has to be indoors. We both love to take trips north to breath fresh air and hike in the woods, but that is more of a vacation than part of our regular routine. … Read more
Having a bad back, weather as a result of injury or just improper posture can seriously interfere with a person’s quality of life. Painkillers can only help so much because they are not a cure, just temporary relief until the pain comes back again. A herniated disk is a particularly nasty condition where one … Read more
Living in NYC, we had many options when it came to a type of exercise program. Basically the only thing we couldn’t really do is go outside and run, since we all lived in the city and yet too far from a decent park. However, there were plenty of gyms, yoga, Zumba and many other types of exercise … Read more
The Pilates system of exercise has becoming more and more popular with each passing day. Named after Joseph Pilates, this is a sophisticated system that one can use to condition one’s body and increase muscular strength for maximum physical performance. To cater to the growing demand of clients, a good number of Pilates studios have … Read more
Were faced with a wide variety of physical challenges in our daily lives. And our busy lives make it difficult for us to pay careful attention to the improvement of our fitness and health. Thanks to Joseph Pilates (1912 - 1967) who gifted us with a very sophisticated system of body conditioning exercise that we know today … Read more
Many people believe in the myth that Pilates is a derivative of Yoga. No, this is not true at all. Pilates, named after Joseph Pilates, is a sophisticated system of body conditioning exercise. Though Pilates and Yoga can be complimentary, there are very different from each other. To discover this difference come to our studio in Soho, NYC … Read more
Today, Pilates is not a new name. In fact, its one of the hottest trends in the world of fitness, growing each passing day. Pilates is not something just anybody can teach as you might have guessed. Its a sophisticated system of exercise which requires instructors with lots of education and experience. If you are a beginner … Read more
Are you struggling to increase the strength and endurance of your muscles? Pilates training can work wonders. Yes, the Mongoose Bodyworks has been providing regular Pilates training classes and lessons in downtown NYC for several years. Our major focus is to help you understand the concept of core strength and stabilization in order to improve muscle strength.… Read more
For the last 100 years, the Pilates method has been a highly useful solution for managing stress and conditioning the body. Today, both the common masses and the celebrities have turned to this system of exercise to alleviate stress, increase muscular strength and improve body posture. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we aim to help people improve … Read more
Pilates, that has a 100-year-old history, is a proven technique to increase muscle power, tone the body and improve health. If your stress level is deteriorating your health continuously, Pilates classes in Nolita NYC held by the Mongoose Bodyworks is just the perfect solution. Its our continuous effort to improve your overall health so that you … Read more
The best thing about Pilates is that its a system of the exercise which suits just any fitness level or any age. All across the nation, people are benefiting from learning the Pilates method to condition their bodies, develop a good connection between the mind and the body and improve the overall well being of their … Read more
Pilates exercise method is a wonderful solution to improve physical strength, develop mental alertness and increase the muscle power. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we offer you specially designed Mind Your Body training program. Its a Pilates exercise that aims at enhancing physical fitness quickly and improves the overall well being of your body.
No matter what fitness … Read more
Are you aware of the benefits Pilates training can bring you? Well, some key benefits of this body conditioning exercise include increase in the overall flexibility, enhancement in core strength, development of a flat tummy and promotion in weight loss. If youre looking for core Pilates training in NYC, the Mongoose Bodyworks welcomes you!
At our … Read more
You must be ware of the difference the Pilates method of exercise can make to your body and mind. Though its been more than 100 years when Pilates came into existence, its a preferred choice even today when it comes to obtaining physical fitness, reducing stress and regaining the muscular strength. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we … Read more
In an age when our schedules have become so hectic, its really tough to find some time for the well being of our body and mind. And when you take out some time, its important to wise it really carefully. No wonder, the Mongoose Bodyworks brings you private Pilates classes in downtown New York City on fifth. … Read more
Cool Pilates Date in NYC We were recently asked to be on this great concierge website for couples called “How about we for couples”. The site has all of these really great dates ideas and discounts for members. We will be offering Pilates For Two. Just to make it special we’ll add some candle … Read more
Can I Do Pilates If I’m a Beginner? Of course! Pilates is one of the most beginner-friendly fitness systems available. In fact, one of the core tenants of Pilates is that the workout can be adapted for any body type or fitness level. Almost every exercise has … Read more
There are few things more intimidating to the novice Pilates student than the reformer — even the name sounds a bit medieval — but the truth is that there is no better tool to maximize the benefits of your Pilates work out. Pilates with the reformer is measurably and … Read more
Pilates and neck issues People often don’t think of Pilates as targeting the neck and shoulders, or being especially helpful for neck pain. In fact, I often hear of people developing neck strain when they take Pilates mat classes. This is not only entirely avoidable but there are also Pilates based … Read more
Hydration is an important element to any exercise routine. Sports drinks and Coconut water replenish sodium ( an electrolyte) and carbohydrates back into the muscle and may be the best choice for long and intense workouts in which participants sweat a lot. Coconut water comes in its natural state as … Read more
Ahh summer!! It’s right about now that I start to get requests for exercises to tone the arm muscles, especially the back of the arms. The best shaped bodies are the best aligned bodies. So reaching and thereby toning the shoulders and arms is best done when the alignment of … Read more
Men have been a bit slower to sign on to a Pilates program then women, but the gap is beginning to close. Men do Pilates for the same reason women do; to get in shape, stay in shape, recover from an injury, improve a sport, look better and feel better. It is more common that men come … Read more
Pilates has become well known for its ability to alleviate back pain. I have even had orthopedists and back surgeons referring clients to our Pilates Studio. Of course not every teacher is equipped to handle each case. An instructor who has been through an average Pilates program will most likely have learned some anatomy and … Read more
Mongoose Bodyworks opened in Soho, NYC in 1999 and is owned and operated by one time professional modern dancer Halle Clarke. Originally conceived as a boutique Pilates studio, Mongoose Bodyworks has expanded to offer massage, Reiki and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Clients come to Mongoose Bodyworks because they know they will receive the best Pilates that NYC … Read more
Pilates is an exercise technique that was developed about 80 years ago and has had a growing popularity in the last 20. In the even more recent years it has become common to combine Pilates with other techniques such as yoga, ballet or even tango. So what exactly does that mean? It probably means something different … Read more
The term sciatica refers to the symptoms associated with irritation to the sciatic nerve. The symptoms may include numbness, tingling, loss of sensation or weakness on the affected leg. The condition that causes the nerve irritation is either from disc pathology, muscle tension in the piriformis and gluteal muscles or restriction in the neural sheath that … Read more
Pregnancy is a time of great physical change. Having an educated Pilates instructor to guide you through these times can be not only helpful but essential to avoiding injury and staying healthy.
Prenatal Pilates during the first trimester
As with any exercise program it is always necessary to get clearance from your Dr. to exercise. … Read more
I need to get my stomach flat and I cannot get on the floor or put pressure on my knees. What exercises can I do?
A flat stomach is the result of using both the inner outer unit muscles of the pelvis. The inner unit is the pelvic floor, multifidi and transverse abdominals. … Read more
I was very fortunate to begin my studies with the late Kathy Grant at NYU in downtown NYC. These first experiences set the tone for the kind of teacher I wanted to become. Twelve years later I opened my own pilates studio in Soho NYC. At this time I was active in teaching … Read more
As the owner of a Mongoose Bodyworks , an established Pilates studio in Soho , NYC , I have the privilege to hire new teachers and to watch them grow into really wonderful practitioners. The ones who really blossom are the ones that are continually committed to learning. Although most certification programs have continuing education requirements, they … Read more
Here is an article Stacy from zeel.com wrote. There’s no doubt that shaping up after a big fall can be tough. That’s one of the reasons why Pilates can be so incredibly useful, says Zeel expert and NYC studio owner Halle Clarke. When it comes to rehabilitation (whether due to injury … Read more
That depends on what kind of Pilates is being taught. A private session with an instructor who graduated from a comprehensive program has been fully trained to work with all age groups and a variety of conditions. In this setting any age group could benefit from Pilates. A group mat class (like the ones taught … Read more
Can Pilates make me taller? Actually yes it can! When the core is trained correctly the client is taught how to engage the three muscles of the inner unit: the multifidi, the tranverse and the pelvic floor. The Transverse wraps around the belly and acts like a natural corset that can expand and contract as … Read more
Contrary to popular belief Pilates can be done by virtually anyone and does not require experience in yoga, dance or any other movement technique. So yes, Pilates is great for beginners. Although this option can be less expensive I do NOT recommend starting in a group class, whether it be on the Reformer … Read more
Yes, Pilates can help sciatica. At Mongoose Bodyworks we have successfully helped clients with sciatica many times. If the symptoms are due to a disc injury then the client is taught how to stabilize the lower lumbar spine so as to not continually aggravate the nerve as is exits the spine. If the sciatica is due … Read more
When most people think of injuries, they’re wondering how to recover after incurring one. What’s less common is to take the initiative to perform those activities that actually prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. Halle Clarke, a highly respected Pilates instructor in New York City and zeel expert is no stranger to injury. … Read more
Are there massages or exercises that can strengthen lower back muscles and prevent lumbar strain? Halle on Dec 13, 2011 Yes, there are Pilates exercises that strengthen the lower back and there are Pilates exercises that may prevent lumbar strain. These are not necessarily the same exercises. When directly strengthening the back with exercises like … Read more
Most women who maintain regular exercise regimens tend to voice the same concerns about fitness—whether they’re pregnant or not. How can I tone my arms? How can I avoid injury? and Should I get a personal trainer? are universal queries; and in reality, it’s the answers, not the questions, which differ when a woman decides to work … Read more
It’s important to stay in shape. We all know that; most of us value our health, and understand that exercise is a vital way to keep ourselves going. Pilates, which offers a low-impact, easy way to stay in shape, is a fantastic option—we know that, too. The increasing popularity of Pilates, though, … Read more
Workouts are not universally interchangeable. To keep all of you in shape, from biceps to calves, can seem daunting. No matter what your workout program, it seems like you’re always leaving something out, as hard as you might try to cover it all. Plenty of programs boast an … Read more
Pilates might seem like a recent fad. Certainly, it has an aura of “buzz” quality; celebrity converts, books being published left and right. However, Mongoose Bodyworks, offering Pilates in Soho NYC, is anything but a recent addition. In fact, one might say Mongoose was into Pilates before Pilates was cool: since … Read more
Despite what coffee commercials might tell us, it’s hard to stay energetic. A morning caffeine fix just isn’t quite enough to stay cheerful and bouncy through the entire day, no matter how cheerful you are. There is, however, one sure fix for the energy deprived: staying in shape. Exercise … Read more
We all know the feeling. That moment when, halfway up the stairs, you realize you’re breathing a little too heavily. Or the point where you realize you’re not as flexible as you were, say, a few years ago. Whatever it is, it’s a moment we’ve all had: the moment when … Read more
Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle tone, or simply help yourself feel like a better, healthier you, Mongoose Bodyworks has you covered. The studio, offering Pilates in Soho, NYC, promises not only a tranquil setting for your workout but downtown convenience and enthusiastic, expert instruction from certified Pilates instructors. Taught either … Read more
No one really listens and takes the advice of their mothers, especially when something new is involved and mom just does not seem to be up on her information. I am shamefully guilty of ignoring my mother’s advice, even if it may be about one of the best NY … Read more
I never thought of myself as someone that would take a Pilates class. I spent all my time working up a sweat on the elliptical machines and pumping iron in the weight room. I was pretty convinced that there was nothing that could compete, never mind top, the workouts that I … Read more
Is there a point when weight training should stop during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a time of great physical change. Certain muscle groups natural weaken as the women’s body changes to accommodate her growing belly. The hamstrings, gluteals, core, upper back extensors and external rotators of the shoulder girdle are all muscles that are vulnerable to weakening during … Read more
When I opened my Pilates studio in 1999 there was really only about two well known Pilates studios in the Soho area. Now, eleven years later, there are a dozen Pilates studio in Soho as there is in every Manhattan neighborhood. In the first few years of my business it was more common that a client … Read more