Last year NY Magazine made an uncharacteristic stir (note the sarcasm) when it proclaimed a Pilates Apocalypse. Basically, with the rise of boutique studios, pilates, the original boutique studio, was going bust. I have to admit, in reading the article, I totally got what they were saying and, I kind of agree. Basically, the issue with pilates is that it doesn’t provide the same edgy experience or the same sweaty workout you get with the likes of spin classes at Flywheel and Soul Cycle or barre classes like Physique 57 and barre3. Not only that, the newer boutique fitness studios cater to those who want to feel pampered, prestigious and enjoy their workout surroundings, something that was maybe not a huge focus in opening the traditional pilates studio.
But does this mean pilates is dead? Maybe not, but the article did have a good point in that people are looking for more out of a pilates workout. I don’t disagree. I’m looking for more!! It seems to me that in order for pilates to survive, it needs to transform itself from the traditional purist pilates to a more amped up, fitness focused pilates that attracts those looking to feel the burn and see the results.
While this may not happen overnight, I have a few tips on how you can amp up your traditional pilates workout!
Readers, what are your thoughts on the pilates apocalypse? How do you amp up your workouts?