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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 instructors whom I think will be best at their job. First I pre-interview the instructor on the telephone . This initial conversation tells me a lot. Are they mature, confident professional? If that goes well we meet in person . I spend another half hour asking them about their background, goals and availability. It’s also an important time for them to ask me questions . My studio has to be a good fit for them as well. Now I am half way to determining if this teacher has the potential to be a top Pilates instructor.
The next step is by far the most important. I have them give me a lesson. I have done this for so long I usually know within the first ten minutes if they are right for Mongoose Bodyworks NYC.  I look for how they set up exercises, and if they cue movements clearly and with detail.  I ask myself do they touch in a way that informs or distracts , does the progression of exercises make sense and flow from one to the next, are they teaching a session tailored to what they see in me or going by rote?
The answers to these questions predict if they can work with a wide range of bodies all with individual needs. Many of our clientele are; recovering from injury, working to maintain pain free with scoliosis, pre or post natal or just have a unique body that requires unique attention. And whomever I hire needs to be able to adapt to this  vast array of human  variation. And if they can , I can almost guarantee they will soon develop into a  top Pilates Instructor.

Halle Clarke

2nd Generation Master Pilates Instructor

To experience some of the finest hand picked Pilates instructors in NYC  email us at info@mongoosebw.com or call 212 431 8377.

Mongoose Bodyworks 594 Broadway #904 ( between Houston and Prince in Soho) NYC 10012


Mongoose Bodyworks is a boutique Pilates studio in soho NYC that focuses on delivering customized private sessions designed for your exact needs.

Halle is a 2nd generation master teacher having studied  closely with two of the great NYC protégés of Joseph Pilates: Kathy Grant and Romana Krysanowska. Halle opened Mongoose Bodyworks, a boutique Pilates Studio in New York City in 1999 .

As well as training in Pilates Halle has pursued studies in ideokensiology, anatomy , biomechanics, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy ,neuromuscular re-patterning, Alexander technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Polartity therapy and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. She has additional certifications from the PMA-CPT and ACE. Halle integrates all of her extensive studies of the body into her work as a New York based Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer.

She has been conducting Pilates Teacher Trainings for Balanced Body since 2006 both in New York and around the country. Halle has taught Master Pilates classes nationally and internationally, including at The PMA Conference and Mind Body Expo.

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 Bodyworks offers Pilates classes that are sure to help you decompress while adding strength.

Exercise, Pilates and You

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Pilates is a fun way to enhance your fitness. Located in New York City’s Soho district, Mongoose Bodyworks has the perfect Pilates experience for you!

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 wide range of Pilates classes that will challenge and nourish your mind, body and spirit.

Pilates and You

Pilates is named after German-born physical trainer Joseph Hubertus Pilates. According to the Pilates Foundation, Pilates “…appears to have been a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.” The site further states: “Pilates emigrated to the USA in the early 1920s with his wife Clara, and together they developed and taught the method in their ‘body-conditioning gym’ in New York in 1926.”

Pilates, then, is a body-conditioning process that helps improve mood, strength, agility and flexibility. All Pilates classes also help participants achieve mental clarity, harmony and inner balance.

Mongoose Bodyworks and Your Pilates Experience

When you choose Pilates classes at New York City’s premiere Mongoose Bodyworks studio, you’re choosing a one-of-a-kind studio that will encourage, support and motivate you to be your best both internally and externally. At Mongoose Bodyworks, your Pilates instructor will offer you a complete and effective Pilates instruction, tailored to your strengths and agility. This allows for a combination of gentle movements and techniques that are exhilarating, invigorating and fulfilling. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced Pilates student, you will be treated with warmth, compassion and encouragement.

Before beginning any exercise program, it may be beneficial to speak with your healthcare professional. But for an unforgettable, nourishing and enriching Pilates experience, visit Soho’s Mongoose Bodyworks studios today! Your body and mind will thank you!

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 mind and renewing your spirit.

Located in New York City’s Soho district, Mongoose Bodyworks offers Pilates classes that are sure to help you decompress and boost your endurance.

Exercise, Pilates and You

According to the U. S. Department of Health And Human Services, “less than 5{f171f66c7f02b98ff1e8bb77b25187519491c5ed571f0352c8d7f68f56a09c7e} of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day [while] only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.” The division of The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition adds that “More than 80{f171f66c7f02b98ff1e8bb77b25187519491c5ed571f0352c8d7f68f56a09c7e} of adults [and adolescents] do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.”

Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates and is a body enrichment method that seeks to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and mental clarity. Many of the movements and exercises in Pilates use an apparatus, while others just rely on the body itself.

Why Choose Mongoose Bodyworks for Your Pilates Classes in NYC?

When it comes to choosing Pilates classes in New York City, the choices are seemingly endless. Nestled in the heart of Soho, Mongoose Bodyworks is a facility that offers a wide range of Pilates classes. Whether you’re a beginner or a “proficient Pilates professional,” Mongoose Bodyworks has the perfect Pilates experience for you. Choose to take a one-on-one Pilates class a few times a week after work, or sign up for the duet Pilates experience. Mongoose Bodyworks also offers the Reformer Trio, which is a Pilates experience with a maximum of three students.

Mongoose Bodyworks’ Pilates classes are invigorating and refreshing, and are taught by patient, encouraging and supportive Pilates instructors. So, for the Pilates classes you need in NYC, allow Mongoose Bodyworks to be your “Pilates sanctuary.” Your body, mind and spirit will thank you! Contact them today!

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 out and gaining muscle. It certainly has those elements but it incorporates more core training, physical therapy and aspects of yoga as well.
Successful Pilates teacher training in NYC involves studying the necessary knowledge and practical application. The Balanced Body University offers such a program with a certification upon completion. It teaches more than just the moves but how to “see” the human body as it goes through the motion of Pilates exercises and the impact they are having on particular muscle groups. It provides the knowledge for trainers to be able to determine if a particular move is being done correctly so as to benefit the client without aggravating any injuries they might have. In addition to having the knowledge themselves, the Pilates teacher training provides the tools to explain this knowledge to the clients.
At Pilates studios, such as the Mongoose Bodyworks, instructors are handpicked to go a step further and provide an overall wellness factor to every client. After receiving the initial certification, continuing education courses are also available online. These are available through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the Balanced Body University (BBU), as well as other fitness organizations.
Becoming a Pilates fitness is more involved than just taking a class online, it requires extensive knowledge of the human anatomy, people skills and a certain intuition that allows the instructor to see whether an exercise is being carried out correctly. If it is not, adjustments need to be made for the clients to get the full benefit.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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 Pilates is not restricted to a fitness level or an age group. Any person, in any physical condition can simply sign up and attend a session. That is because the clients learn how to use their own body to create resistance and build muscle strength.
When starting an exercise regimen as a type of physical therapy, a person should take care and choose a respectable Pilates Studio out of the many located in NYC. Mongoose Bodyworks has been in business since 1999 and has a list of handpicked trainers with years of experience. The studio is stocked with all the various Pilates equipment necessary to conduct quality training sessions. There is also plenty of floor space to conduct all the floor-based body conditioning movements that help with physical ailments such as stenosis.
It’s important to have a tranquil and focused setting where the client and the trainer can really connect and work together to achieve a successful training session. Whether the client has a specific goal they want to reach or have begun a Pilates program to help with their spinal stenosis, a good instructor will work to help them accomplish it. A standard session is about an hour long attended twice a week and that is sufficient for many people to get in shape and reduce, if not eliminate any lower back pain they had prior to starting a Pilates program in NYC.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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 mother-to-be should exert. Some advice to minimize such activity to a slow-paced walk and nothing more while others say that even a moderate workout with lifting and some straining will stand to benefit the fetus. Living in NYC, there are many options to choose from if a female decides to take on exercise during pregnancy.
Pilates has been approved by many gynecologists to be a safe form of exercise for their patients. The controlled environment, close supervision and lack of abrupt movements are the main attributes for this specific type of physical activity for pregnant women. The Pilates studios in NYC focus on core exercise that strengthen the abdomen and back. When started early on in the pregnancy, the stronger muscles could possibly make the final delivery easier.
The recovery of the mother’s physical body can be accelerated through regular exercise prior to giving birth. If the female’s body is already in shape, then returning it back after birth will be easier. A Pilates program can be tailored to focus on the individual client, in this case every conditioning move that the pregnant woman performs is to benefit her and her offspring. Any exercises that may unnecessarily strain or stress either one is avoided.
In addition to performing the exercise, Pilates promotes a mind – body connection that stays with the clients long after they are done with the session.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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 to reduce falls and slips which may result in broken bones. In NYC, Mongoose Bodyworks is a Pilates studio that employs trainers that are knowledgeable in helping people with osteoporosis.
It all comes down to core strength and proper alignment. The individualized exercise regiments focus on correct execution of every move during the session to fully engage the targeted muscle groups and prevent injury that may have resulted without such keen observation. Stronger core leads to better balance making it easier to stay upright with further prevents injuries by reducing the chances a person will fall at the slightest provocation.
Pilates has been called a skeleton-saving workout, in fact many doctors, in NYC and elsewhere prescribe it as a preferred method of physical therapy in addition to medication and a proper diet. Because Pilates is slow pace, methodical type of workout it is preferable for older people. Other types of exercise programs, especially those carried out in large groups or alone may pose a hazard for those suffering from osteoporosis. Lack of care in movement can further damage the already weak bones and end up causing more harm than good. Just like a person with an open wound shouldn’t play in the dirt, a person with this type of bone condition should not go out and start an exercise program without knowing the effect it may have on their condition.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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. To stay in shape, we had to settle on something we can commit to on a regular basis, something that is nearby our homes. We live in the NOHO district of NYC and preferred something we can do within a few blocks.
There are several exercise studios in a small geographical area because this is NYC after all. We decided to try out Pilates. We were in pretty good shape from regular work outs at the gym where we utilized standard exercise equipment and a pool but it got boring, which is why we wanted to try something new. We looked into Yoga and liked a few concepts such as the mind connection and the slower pace but it seemed a bit too slow. As we expected, Pilates turned out to be a perfect balance of the physical aspects we were used to from the gym and the mind, overall well-being concepts that interested us about yoga. There were a few studios in SOHO that initially caught our attention but we settled on the Mongoose Bodyworks. This studio has been around since 1999 and has very knowledgeable and experienced instructors that not only made sure we got the most out of every work out but were able to describe how every move affected and benefitted our bodies, surprisingly they knew quite a bit about human anatomy. Over a year later we are still into Pilates and are very happy with it.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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 or more disks have slipped out of place in a person’s vertebrae and may cause pain by irritating nearby nerves. More and more doctors and chiropractors are prescribingexerciseas a means to manage this type of discomfort. Sometimes a person may not necessarily feel pain but such a condition still needs to be fixed before it gets worse, as it is degenerative in nature.
The best remedy is to achieve lumbopelvic stabilization or LPS. This basically means aligning the stomach, pelvis and hips. This Pilates herniated disk treatment can be achieved in NYC at the Mongoose Bodyworks. Private Pilates sessions allow the trained to form fit an exercise regiment to the individual, taking care to strengthen their back muscles without causing injury to the spine. The trainers focus on proper execution of various exercises to achieve the desired result. The handpicked instructors at this Pilates studio in Soho, NYC individualize excise programs for each client.
A good trainer is able to explain the effect each move is having on their client’s body. The client it taught how to retain their body during the exercise at the studio as well as how to avoid further injury between the sessions. Initial movements are more focused on the problem area and as progress is made larger and more global movements are gradually incorporated in the routine.
Mongoose Bodyworks offers a Pilates program that provides overall wellness of body and mind. Located in NYC. Phone number 212-431-8377.

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