Reform: A True Pilates Studio

Teaching Romana's Pilates™
Studio is Fully Equipped with Gratz Apparatus™

518.871.1315 •
18 Division Street, Suite 203 • Saratoga Springs New York 12866

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Pilates Results


From Joseph Pilates himself –
“Contrology develops the body uniformly , corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit. In childhood, with rare exceptions, we all enjoy the benefits of natural and normal physical development. However, as we mature, we find ourselves living in bodies not always complimentary to our ego. Our bodies are slumped, our shoulders are stooped, our eyes are hollow, our muscles are flabby and our vitality extremely lowered, if not vanished. This is but the natural result of not having uniformly developed all the muscles of our spine, trunk, arms, and legs in the course of pursuing our daily labors and office activities.
If you will faithfully perform your Contrology exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months as outlined in RETURN TO LIFE, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement. Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain. And this by no means is the end.” -Joseph Pilates

Results from our clients! –

Brittney – “Overall my mind and body feels GREAT. My life is slowly changing. I am eating better, doing more portion control, being more active, trying other exercises, It’s like a new me! :-) I can feel my body enjoying these changes which kind of changes your whole attitude about yourself and life! I lost 2 inches off my waist! So exciting! It is true when they say “Pilates makes your clothes fit better!”

Larry – “The first thing I noticed – as I jumped into 30 hours of Pilates in 10 weeks- was that the exercise wasn’t like any “typical gym workout” I’d ever done. I’ve said it before…but now in retrospect it seems even more important. Pilates works and stretches the parts of you that most of us do all we can to avoid. And yes, that feels a little odd at first…but, like any workout, it’s amazing how fast you get stronger. More surprising was how quickly all the little things begin to feel different. Because Pilates concentrates so intently on the stabilizing core muscles I began to feel its effects in how I sat at my desk or stood in line to buy movie tickets. Every day chores, like emptying the dishwasher were surprisingly new.”

Carol – “My flexibility will definitely help me with golf but my improvements in posture are a daily benefit. Shoulder and neck pain are almost totally gone and no more round shoulder and hunched back which just made me look old and tired”

We loved working with Shane Williams-Ness in the 10 Week “Shane Study” we held with her this winter.
Just like the other studies, Karen Arciero, our PT friend, measured Shane’s strength, flexibility, range of motion and more before her first session, half way through the 10 weeks, and after her last session. (Great Job Shane!!)
Here are Shane’s Results:

Exercise                                  % Change

Hamstring                                   Increased 3% (Right) & 6% (Left)

Plank                                             Increased 57%

Side Plank – Right                       Increased 40%

Side Plank – Left                          Increased 284%

*NBFT                                            Increased 33%

Double Leg Lower                       Increased 24%

Hip Internal Rotation                 Right – Increased 12%
Left – Increased 68%

Shoulder Internal Rotation        Right – Increased 45%
Left – Increased 47%

Shane had a decrease in the amount of anterior pelvic tilt while standing.
(Which makes her posture better!)
*NBFT = National Back Fitness Test
HERE’S WHAT SHANE HAD TO SAY: “I see a difference physically, most especially in my stomach (it’s flatter), my waist (it curves in), my outer thighs (much less of the ol’ saddle bags) and inner thighs (tighter), butt (tighter). Two major things happened as a result of the study: 1) My clothes fit differently and I feel more confident physically 2) I applied for my dream job – and I got it. A tangential result for sure, but I can’t deny that they happened simultaneously.”

Steve- “During the 10 Weeks (30 Sessions ) of Pilates I was able to significantly strengthen my core (mainly in the Abdominal area) and increase my flexibility (mainly in areas of the IT Band and Hip Flexors). I also improved my posture and feel that I am straighter and taller when I stand or sit at my desk. I feel less compressed now.”

100000692_largeHelen –
We did not Blog about her ongoing progress, so you may not know that we did a 30 Session Special Study with Helen Edelman.

We had so much fun working with Helen and feel extremely proud of her progress!

223She is the author of an amazing article about her experience at the studio that was published in Simply Saratoga Magazine.

Check that out here!

As usual, we worked with our PT friend, Karen Arciero to measure Helen’s Strength, flexibility, Range of Motion and posture before her first session, after her last, and half way through the study.

Here are Helen’s Results:

This table summarizes % increase in core strength between the visits listed.

Exercise Visit 1-2 Visit 2-3 Overall 1-3
Plank 49% 16% 74%
Side Plank R 1600% 76% 2900%
Side Plank L 1800% 5% 1900%
Abdominals (RA) 51% 13% 71%
Oblique R 44% 0% 44%
Oblique L 29% 29% 66%


Note that side plank had most drastic increase as the raw data values went from 1sec, 17 sec, 30 sec for the right and one sec, 19 sec, and 20 sec for the left.

Flexibility and strength improved in most joints.  Hamstring flexibility increased 3% on the right and 7% on the left.

Posture:  Helen appears to be standing straighter although her anterior pelvic tilt remains.