No matter your current fitness level or goals, pilates is designed to condition your body in a balanced and progressive way. The system of exercises is equal parts stretch and strength. It is designed for you as an individual to improve and maintain a consistent level of fitness throughout life. Pilates keeps your body as balanced as possible and enhances all your activities.
We are dedicated to bringing the best pilates to each individual. From age 8 to 88, our clients do pilates for health, for strength, for stretch, for posture, for sports training, for pain relief, and just to counter their daily grind.
1883 - 1967
Joseph left his native Germany for New York in April 1926. He established a studio with his to be life partner, Clara, on 8th avenue. They taught Joseph's method of body conditioning, then called contrology. The studio soon developed a devoted following among the local dance and performing arts community. Of particular note was George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Honya Holm, and Ted Shawn.
1923 - 2013
Romana was sent by George Balanchine to Joseph Pilates at the age of 17 to work on an ankle injury. Romana became one of Pilates most devoted students. In 1958 she began working side by side with Joe and Clara at their studio. After the death of Joseph Pilates she helped run the studio with Clara. In 1970 Romana became the director of the studio and the foremost expert of Pilates' work.
1999 - present
Looking to avoid back surgery Pure Joe co-founder, Michael Rooks, found Pilates and by great fortune, Romana. The result was not only a return to health but also a 23 year personal and professional relationship with Romana. Learning and working with her inspired Michael to share Romana's knowledge of Pilates with others. Michael and former business partner, Andrea Burkholder, brought Pure Joe alive to fulfill that mission.