A new fitness craze has hit Old Town, Alexandria. The place is run by some high energy, yet chill and cool people, on Queen Street. It is called Pilates ProWorks (PPW). No, it’s not your normal mat on the floor Pilates. It is much tougher and PPW will challenge you.
On May 9, 2016, at 1103 Queen Street in Old Town,Alexandria, the PPW studio opened its doors. The owner, Betsy Weissman, as well as the manager, and staff are phenomenal. They are warm, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to their clients’ needs.
If you think working out on their patented pulley, spring, floating platform is easy…think again! The machine which you will come to hate or love, depending on the day, is called the FitFormer. The floating platform is key to their exercises. You must maintain balance on this moving platform throughout all the exercises.
The beauty of the PPW classes is that each one is a hard core 55 minute class that can be adaptable for all levels of physical fitness. Are you super fit? Then go for it for 55 minutes! If you are just getting into fitness the instructors know how to adjust to your particular fitness level. There are various classes offered: Pilates Essentials, Pilates Classic, Pilates Pro Method, and matBox. They will also be offering Barre in the near future. You can see the description of all of their classes and the schedule on their website.
I was fortunate enough to get into a class with PPW’s master instructor Ellie Houston. Ellie is full of energy, fun, dynamic, and of course knows her stuff. She put me and 8 others through an intense 55 minute work out about the essentials of Pilates ProWorks. She was strict about maintaining controlled form while on the moving platform.
Yeah, maintaining controlled movements on the moving platform is much harder than it looks. I needed correcting several times as my form was not always on the mark and my platform was moving at times when it should not be. Ellie was fantastic and she guided me back to where I needed to be. My calves, glutes, and hamstrings feel the effects of Ellie’s workout.
PPW is offering founding members great rates for a limited time. Check out the PPW chalkboard photo for the pricing info, rules of the studio and their social media links.
About Pilates ProWorks
How did it all get started?
Pilates ProWorks was founded in 2010 in San Francisco by husband and wife team, Oscar Sanin and Taylor Carter. Oscar’s journey to founding Pilates ProWorks came by way of a personal health crisis. He sustained injuries from a serious accident and, over the years, was told he needed to undergo major surgery. In his search for an alternative opinion, a doctor recommended he try Pilates before undergoing surgery. Oscar started a pilates regimen and was amazed by the strength and improvement that he gained in such a short period of time.
However, being a successful entrepreneur, he also saw things that didn’t work for him and a new opportunity was born. Many of the reformers on the market lacked quality and comfort, and yet the cost of sessions was very expensive. He became convinced that there was a way to give more people the opportunity to practice Pilates, and on a superior machine.
He worked with industrial designers and fitness consultants to overcome the limitations of the classic reformer to create the FitFormer™. Once he had the machine, and a contemporary workout to go with it, he opened the first studio in San Francisco, offering group classes and accessibly priced monthly memberships.
About The Owner – Betsy Weissman
Pilates is a passion for Betsy Weissman. Owning her own studio has been a long awaited dream of hers. Betsy became a fitness instructor in college. She now brings more than 25 years of experience to Pilates ProWorks Alexandria. She is the proud owner of the brand’s first studio in the Metro DC area.
Betsy first discovered Pilates ProWorks in Chicago. She was immediately drawn to its hard core low body impact workouts. Combining her love for all things health and wellness has been the way for Betsy to create her ideal lifestyle. She is looking forward to introducing Pilates ProWorks to the Alexandria community and is excited to help people pursue their fitness goals.
Betsy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Betsy, her husband,and children, now call Alexandria home. Betsy can be found testing out all the new and delicious restaurants in Alexandria when she is not busy practicing law as an attorney or working in the studio.