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Endurance Pilates and Yoga Lives Up To Its Name and Reputation

By Pamela Sosnowski

Julie Erickson would be the first to tell you that her Boston-based fitness studio, Endurance Pilates and Yoga, is not for everybody.

"Our classes are significantly more challenging than most Pilates classes," she stresses. "Most students, even those with a regular Pilates practice at a gym/other studios and even instructors trained in other Pilates methods, need to begin with our Basics classes in order to understand the Endurance Method properly."

In fact, Erickson warns that anyone that wishes to venture into an intermediate or advanced Pilates class at her studio without the proper training and permission to do so must be prepared to hear the word "no." It isn't that the staff discriminates against certain students; it's so that they can learn the proper training from the very beginning and prevent injuring themselves. Most of Endurance's students and instructors need to acquire at least a decade of Pilates experience, in fact, before they can advance to the intermediate level classes.

Is this stricter form of Pilates worth it? According to customer testimonials, the answer is a resounding yes. "(I have) the best 60-year-old glutes imaginable," declares one satisfied customer. The studio is also a nominee for Best Pilates Studio for this year's Boston-A-List.

Located in the city's South End neighborhood, Endurance offers not just Pilates classes but small group and one-on-one training in barre, HIIT (high intensity interval training), power Vinyasa yoga, Tabata (a form of Japanese HIIT), and more. Endurance only uses the best state-of-the-art equipment, and that means universal reformers, cadillacs, guillotine towers and more all manufactured by Gratz. These are the only Pilates tools that were developed and approved by the father of Pilates himself, Joseph Pilates.

The drop-in rates for classes range from $25 to $35 with class cards also available that offer a discounted deal for regular repeat customers. For those that can't make it to the studio in person, Endurance also offers the convenience of virtual classes where students can work out in the comfort of their home. For a limited time, the first month of online classes is free.

Endurance also teaches Pilates classes aimed at students with specific needs, such as athletes, professional dancers, and runners. They also offer bridal packages to help brides-to-be get toned and confident leading up to their walk down the aisle. As Erickson explains, there are many types of people that can benefit from Pilates.

"People that use their bodies for a living such as models, athletes, and dancers, pre and post-natal moms looking to get back into shape, and people looking to lengthen and lean out muscles (are interested in Pilates)," she said.

All new students are strongly encouraged to observe a class before trying three introductory classes at the studio. Erickson can also provide hour-long fitness assessments for new members that take a look at one's diet, exercise habits, posture, and more to determine the best classes to take. On-going nutrition coaching is also available.

Although Endurance may be more challenging compared to the average Pilates studio, Erickson says her clients' satisfaction in their method speaks for themselves. "You will sweat in our Pilates classes, guaranteed," she affirms. "Our results prove that the hard work is worth it!"

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