545 Eighth Avenue (at 38th Street) Suite 1600, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.75434 -73.9919
Neighborhoods: Garment District, Midtown
I have tried other Pilates studios and none compare to Beyond Pilates. Ed is a phenomenal instructor and the reformer classes are the best that I have tried in the city.
Something you can't find anywhere else – I am a devoted client at Beyond Pilates and a client of Ed’s since 2001. I saw that because it sounds like the reviews below are bargain shoppers making snap judgements. I continue to attend classes and sessions because I see major differences when I don’t. I’ve tried taking breaks from time to time, but I am nowhere near as toned as when I regularly attend classes. Those of us who attend on a regular basis do so because they are doing something different at Beyond Pilates. This thing about fixing muscle imbalances is something you can’t find anywhere else. And, I know from my own work the many challenges faced by anybody with the courage to run a small business in these difficult times. It’s not easy, and I think they’re doing a great job.
I really look forward to my weekly sessions with Tina at Beyond Pilates. She cheerfully presents a series of challenging exercises, programming each session based on what my body seems to be demanding (or rebelling against) that week, so nothing feels routine, and the hour flies by. She keeps a sharp eye on my alignment, which I need, and is always upbeat and encouraging. I invariably feel energized when I leave.
Horrible experience – This place is a scam. I started at Beyond after buying a coupon and then bought 10 classes with them. The mat classes were canceled several times. During two weeks there were no classes, one time because the teacher was sick and they didn't have a back up teacher, the second time "because it's fashion week". You need to give them 3 slots during the week, but they can't manage to suit everybody so it's a big mess, a lot of back and forth emails. I complained and ask for a refund, the customer service is awful. They refused to reimburse me and now they don't even reply to my messages.
There are so many great Pilates studio in the city, don't go there.
Terrible Experience – While I understand that everyone else loves this place, I unfortunately do not. I got to experience one of the trainers leaving in tears after a less than appropriate interaction with Ed. He may want to stick to training and leave running a business to others, he was completely out of line.
MAT is Great! – I have been working on a weekly basis for more than a year with Ed Morand on Muscle Activation Technique, and my progress has been nothing short of miraculous!
I am 82 years old, and for almost 5 years have had severe pain in the sciatica nerve in my left leg, which made it almost impossible for me to walk more than a couple of blocks. Walking - swift walking - had been a major source of exercise and fitness for me, and the inability to continue this was devastating.
I was examined for this problem by doctors at Roosevelt, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincents Hospitals, and they each recommended cortisone injections in the nerve and if that failed, neuro-surgery. I recoiled at the idea of invasive medicine, preferring to "live with" the pain - until my personal trainer sent me to MAT. Ed's mastery of muscular activation technique has so effectively reduced my pain that now I feel it primarily when I stand for too long, but otherwise have little or no difficulty in walking substantial distances - at a fast pace. T ensure that I do not slip back into my previous "bad habits," Ed has prescribed a series of "low-stress" exercises which I do in bed each morning for 15 minutes. I continue to see him - now bi-weekly - as he delves deeper into the causes of the pain and the ways to alleviate it, as well as to achieve a better muscular balance in general.
I have recommended Ed to a number of my friends suffering from otherwise intractable pain, and will continue to do so. I am truly grateful for this work.
whittled me down to shape for my wedding—and then some! – so, I rarely ever leave reviews... but I've had such a positive experience at Beyond that I had to share. I started going to the studio when I wanted to tone up for my wedding. That was in 2008 (yes, two years ago). I've been a loyal customer since! my instructor at Beyond Pilates didn't just help me tone up for the wedding, she also taught me postural techniques, how to breathe better (yes, there are different ways of breathing), and how to prevent injuries to my problematic back. the staff at this studio are professional—I can always email the owner re scheduling and expect a reply within the hour, talented, and know their stuff. I am also a clean freak and the studio is SPOTLESS, which I find really important! the changing area is a good size and the space never feels too busy or cramped. I've recommended several friends to the studio and now they're all addicted too! highly recommend it!
Pilates integrated with Muscle Activation Technique – Great studio. Sparkling clean. Lots of light. Best equipment with personalized, expert instruction. But what is "beyond"
Pilates is the Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)--a little known method of strengthening weak muscles and maintaining body fitness. MAT deals effectively with normal sports injuries (pulled muscles, tendons etc). I've also known people to recoup strength after knee and hip surgeries. Ed Morand is the master Pilates & MAT trainer whose philosophy of integrated fitness defines this studio
Beyond Pilates is Great! – I have been training with Charisse for over a year, and can say without hesitation that her workout program has been amazing. She tailors the regimen to my ability and body type and it is challenging as well as fun. I am not a true gym person, or a workout fan. I don't have any background in pilates, but Charisse has made me a convert to the pilates method, and she has inspired me to work extremely hard to increase my strength level and flexibility. While she is clearly an expert in anatomy and muscle structure, I never feel like she's talking over my head. She breaks down each exercise into the essential building blocks, and even if I don't get through the entire series, I always feel a sense of accomplishment, because I've at least gotten through part of it. I know that my clothes fit differently, and my abdominal strength has improved significantly. I look forward to my training session as a time to focus not only on improving my health, but also my frame of mind. Charisse always makes me smile, which is never a bad thing in New York City.
amazing classes! – i have been a loyal client for over 6 years...this is the only workout i do, and it keeps me in great shape. the classes are amazing...hands down the BEST workout in NYC!
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