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Advances in modern medicine and increased knowledge in nutrition and health have created new jobs and expanded the need for existing ones. Among the many opportunities in the health sector is an increasing need for fitness instructors beyond those at standard gyms. Pilates is an exercise program that focuses on more than just working out and gaining muscle. It certainly … Read more

Relieving Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

Pilates is one way to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with spinal stenosis. A one on one training session can be individualized to focus on lessening the compression of nerves in the lower back which is often associated with lumbar stenosis and can produce symptoms of sciatica. Unlike many other exercise programs out there Pilates is not restricted to … Read more

Safe Exercise

Pregnancy can be an exciting time in a female’s life, it can also be confusing, especially during a first pregnancy. Everyone usually has an opinion as to what’s best for the offspring, and many times with enough advice, it will start to contradict itself. This is especially true when it comes to the amount of physical exertion the mother-to-be should … Read more

Staying Active with Osteoporosis

As the human body ages it becomes more susceptible to various types of degenerative diseases. One of them is osteoporosis. It causes the bones to become weak and brittle and less able to regenerate after damage. Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles surrounding the bones and improve balance through core strengthening to reduce falls and … Read more

Working Out in the City

Me and Clarissa grew up in the city, and as she explained it all, any workout regimen we decide to take on has to be indoors. We both love to take trips north to breath fresh air and hike in the woods, but that is more of a vacation than part of our regular routine. To stay in shape, we … Read more

Muscle Strengthening with a Bad Back

Having a bad back, weather as a result of injury or just improper posture can seriously interfere with a person’s quality of life. Painkillers can only help so much because they are not a cure, just temporary relief until the pain comes back again. A herniated disk is a particularly nasty condition where one or more disks have slipped out … Read more

Why Pilates?

Living in NYC, we had many options when it came to a type of exercise program. Basically the only thing we couldn’t really do is go outside and run, since we all lived in the city and yet too far from a decent park. However, there were plenty of gyms, yoga, Zumba and many other types of exercise programs available … Read more

Fit Pilates in New York – Physical Fitness & Overall Wellness

Fit Pilates in New York
The Pilates system of exercise has becoming more and more popular with each passing day. Named after Joseph Pilates, this is a sophisticated system that one can use to condition one’’s body and increase muscular strength for maximum physical performance. To cater to the growing demand of clients, a good number of Pilates studios have … Read more

Pilates in Soho – Body Conditioning & Rehabilitation

Pilates in Soho
We’re faced with a wide variety of physical challenges in our daily lives. And our busy lives make it difficult for us to pay careful attention to the improvement of our fitness and health. Thanks to Joseph Pilates (1912 –- 1967) who gifted us with a very sophisticated system of body conditioning exercise that we know today … Read more

Pilates SOHO – Human Mind & Body Toning

Pilates Soho
Many people believe in the myth that Pilates is a derivative of Yoga. No, this is not true at all. Pilates, named after Joseph Pilates, is a sophisticated system of body conditioning exercise. Though Pilates and Yoga can be complimentary, there are very different from each other. To discover this difference come to our studio in Soho, NYC … Read more

Pilates New York – Fitness and Body Conditioning for Beginners

Pilates New York
Today, Pilates is not a new name. In fact, it’s one of the hottest trends in the world of fitness, growing each passing day. Pilates is not something just anybody can teach as you might have guessed. It’s a sophisticated system of exercise which requires instructors with lots of education and experience. If you are a beginner … Read more

Pilates in NYC – Concepts of Core Muscle Strengths & Stabilization

Pilates in NYC
Are you struggling to increase the strength and endurance of your muscles? Pilates training can work wonders. Yes, the Mongoose Bodyworks has been providing regular Pilates training classes and lessons in downtown NYC for several years. Our major focus is to help you understand the concept of core strength and stabilization in order to improve muscle strength.… Read more

Pilates New York City – Body Conditioning & Stress Control

Pilates New York City
For the last 100 years, the Pilates method has been a highly useful solution for managing stress and conditioning the body. Today, both the common masses and the celebrities have turned to this system of exercise to alleviate stress, increase muscular strength and improve body posture. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we aim to help people improve … Read more

Pilates in Nolita NYC – Stress Management Classes

Pilates in Nolita NYC
Pilates, that has a 100-year-old history, is a proven technique to increase muscle power, tone the body and improve health. If your stress level is deteriorating your health continuously, Pilates classes in Nolita NYC held by the Mongoose Bodyworks is just the perfect solution. It’s our continuous effort to improve your overall health so that you … Read more

Gramercy Pilates in NYC – Pilates for Beginners in New York

Gramercy Pilates in NYC
The best thing about Pilates is that it’s a system of the exercise which suits just any fitness level or any age. All across the nation, people are benefiting from learning the Pilates method to condition their bodies, develop a good connection between the mind and the body and improve the overall well being of their … Read more

Mind Your Body – Physical Fitness & Overall Wellness of Body

Mind Your Body
Pilates exercise method is a wonderful solution to improve physical strength, develop mental alertness and increase the muscle power. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we offer you specially designed Mind Your Body training program. It’s a Pilates exercise that aims at enhancing physical fitness quickly and improves the overall well being of your body.

No matter what fitness … Read more

Core Pilates in NYC – Physical Fitness & Body Conditioning

Core Pilates in NYC
Are you aware of the benefits Pilates training can bring you? Well, some key benefits of this body conditioning exercise include increase in the overall flexibility, enhancement in core strength, development of a flat tummy and promotion in weight loss. If you’re looking for core Pilates training in NYC, the Mongoose Bodyworks welcomes you!

At our … Read more

Grasshopper Pilates in NYC – Group Training Classes & Lessons

Grasshopper Pilates in NYC
You must be ware of the difference the Pilates method of exercise can make to your body and mind. Though it’s been more than 100 years when Pilates came into existence, it’s a preferred choice even today when it comes to obtaining physical fitness, reducing stress and regaining the muscular strength. At the Mongoose Bodyworks, we … Read more

Pilates on Fifth – Private Pilates Classes in New York City

Pilates on Fifth
In an age when our schedules have become so hectic, it’s really tough to find some time for the well being of our body and mind. And when you take out some time, it’s important to wise it really carefully. No wonder, the Mongoose Bodyworks brings you private Pilates classes in downtown New York City on fifth. … Read more

Cool Pilates Date in NYC

Cool Pilates Date in NYC We were recently asked to be on this great concierge website for couples called “How about we for couples”. The site has all of these really great dates ideas and discounts for members. We will be offering Pilates For Two. Just to make it special we’ll add some candle light, a little music and … Read more

NYC’s Pilates Pros Can Ease You In No Matter How Unfit You Feel

Can I Do Pilates If I’m a Beginner? Of course! Pilates is one of the most beginner-friendly fitness systems available. In fact, one of the core tenants of Pilates is that the workout can be adapted for any body type or fitness level. Almost every exercise has multiple variations, some of which are almost certain to be appropriate for you … Read more

Pilates With The Reformer: The Value of One on One Training

There are few things more intimidating to the novice Pilates student than the reformer — even the name sounds a bit medieval — but the truth is that there is no better tool to maximize the benefits of your Pilates work out. Pilates with the reformer is measurably and provably superior for developing muscle strength, improving flexibility, and losing weight. … Read more

Neck Issues Relieved at a Pilates Studio in NYC

  Pilates and neck issues People often don’t think of Pilates as targeting the neck and shoulders, or being especially helpful for neck pain. In fact, I often hear of people developing neck strain when they take Pilates mat classes. This is not only entirely avoidable but there are also Pilates based exercises that improve upper body mechanics. Often neck … Read more

Exercising in NYC; how to hydrate after a Pilates session

Hydration is an important element to any exercise routine. Sports drinks and Coconut water replenish sodium ( an electrolyte) and carbohydrates back into the muscle and may be the best choice for long and intense workouts in which participants sweat a lot.   Coconut water comes in its natural state as well as a “sodium enhanced” version. Sodium is the … Read more

A tip for acheiving summer arms with Pilates in NYC

Ahh summer!! It’s right about now that I start to get requests for exercises to tone the arm muscles, especially the back of the arms. The best shaped bodies are the best aligned bodies. So reaching and thereby toning the shoulders and arms is best done when the alignment of the upper body is correct. In order to tone the … Read more

Pilates for Men

  Men have been a bit slower to sign on to a Pilates program then women, but the gap is beginning to close. Men do Pilates for the same reason women do; to get in shape, stay in shape, recover from an injury, improve a sport, look better and feel better. It is more common that men come to Pilates … Read more

Relief from back pain- Pilates

    Pilates has become well known for its ability to alleviate back pain. I have even had orthopedists and back surgeons referring clients to our Pilates Studio. Of course not every teacher is equipped to handle each case. An instructor who has been through an average Pilates program will most likely have learned some anatomy and is familiar with … Read more

Best Pilates Studio in NYC

Mongoose Bodyworks opened in Soho, NYC in 1999 and is owned and operated by one time professional modern dancer Halle Clarke. Originally conceived as a boutique Pilates studio, Mongoose Bodyworks has expanded to offer massage, Reiki and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Clients come to Mongoose Bodyworks because they know they will receive the best Pilates that NYC can offer. All of the … Read more

What is Pilates Fusion?

Pilates is an exercise technique that was developed about 80 years ago and has had a growing popularity in the last 20. In the even more recent years it has become common to combine Pilates with other techniques such as yoga, ballet or even tango. So what exactly does that mean? It probably means something different in each case. There … Read more

Pilates and Sciatica Relief

The term sciatica refers to the symptoms associated with irritation to the sciatic nerve. The symptoms may include numbness, tingling, loss of sensation or weakness on the affected leg. The condition that causes the nerve irritation is either from disc pathology, muscle tension in the piriformis and gluteal muscles or restriction in the neural sheath that encases the nerve. Once … Read more

Prenatal Pilates in NYC

During the mid to late stages of pregnancy the body begins to secrete relaxin, a hormone that softens the ligaments throughout the body. This loosening of the joints allows the pelvic basin to open during childbirth. The side effect of relaxin is that all of joints in the body are more susceptible to misalignment, especially those in the lower back … Read more

Can Pilates gives me a flat belly?

I need to get my stomach flat and I cannot get on the floor or put pressure on my knees. What exercises can I do?
  A flat stomach is the result of using both the inner outer unit muscles of the pelvis. The inner unit is the pelvic floor, multifidi and transverse abdominals. The outer unit are more global … Read more

Pilates studio in Soho, NYC

I was very fortunate to begin my studies with the late Kathy Grant at NYU in downtown NYC. These first experiences set the tone for the kind of teacher I wanted to become. Twelve years later I opened my own pilates studio in Soho NYC. At this time I was active in teaching workshops in a conference setting. … Read more

Pilates teaching tips

As the owner of a Mongoose Bodyworks , an established Pilates studio in Soho , NYC , I have the privilege to hire new teachers and to watch them grow into really wonderful practitioners. The ones who really blossom are the ones that are continually committed to learning. Although most certification programs have continuing education requirements, they are usually only … Read more

Soho pilates studio owner talks about Pilates and injury

Here is an article Stacy from zeel.com wrote. There’s no doubt that shaping up after a big fall can be tough. That’s one of the reasons why Pilates can be so incredibly useful, says Zeel expert and NYC studio owner Halle Clarke. When it comes to rehabilitation (whether due to injury or to years of inactivity), it’s not just about … Read more

Is Pilates for all ages?

That depends on what kind of Pilates is being taught. A private session with an instructor who graduated from a comprehensive program has been fully trained to work with all age groups and a variety of conditions. In this setting any age group could benefit from Pilates. A group mat class (like the ones taught at gyms) may not be … Read more

Can Pilates make me taller?

Can Pilates make me taller? Actually yes it can! When the core is trained correctly the client is taught how to engage the three muscles of the inner unit: the multifidi, the tranverse and the pelvic floor. The Transverse wraps around the belly and acts like a natural corset that can expand and contract as needed. The Multifidi are relatively … Read more

Pilates for Beginners in NYC

Contrary to popular belief Pilates can be done by virtually anyone and does not require experience in yoga, dance or any other movement technique. So yes, Pilates is great for beginners. Although this option can be less expensive I do NOT recommend starting in a group class, whether it be on the Reformer or the Mat. The best … Read more

Can Pilates help Sciatica?

Yes, Pilates can help sciatica. At Mongoose Bodyworks we have successfully helped clients with sciatica many times. If the symptoms are due to a disc injury then the client is taught how to stabilize the lower lumbar spine so as to not continually aggravate the nerve as is exits the spine. If the sciatica is due to a tight piriformis … Read more

Pilates and injury prevention

When most people think of injuries, they’re wondering how to recover after incurring one. What’s less common is to take the initiative to perform those activities that actually prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. Halle Clarke, a highly respected Pilates instructor in New York City and zeel expert is no stranger to injury. A former dancer, HalleRead more

Pilates and low back pain

Are there massages or exercises that can strengthen lower back muscles and prevent lumbar strain? Halle on Dec 13, 2011 Yes, there are Pilates exercises that strengthen the lower back and there are Pilates exercises that may prevent lumbar strain. These are not necessarily the same exercises. When directly strengthening the back with exercises like the cobra (in yoga), prone … Read more

Pilates and Pregnancy

Most women who maintain regular exercise regimens tend to voice the same concerns about fitness—whether they’re pregnant or not. How can I tone my arms? How can I avoid injury? and Should I get a personal trainer? are universal queries; and in reality, it’s the answers, not the questions, which differ when a woman decides to work out while pregnant. … Read more

Pilates in Soho is not all the Same

It’s important to stay in shape. We all know that; most of us value our health, and understand that exercise is a vital way to keep ourselves going. Pilates, which offers a low-impact, easy way to stay in shape, is a fantastic option—we know that, too. The increasing popularity of Pilates, though, has led to a significant rise in the … Read more

The Pilates in Soho we offer is a Whole Body Conditioning Method

Workouts are not universally interchangeable. To keep all of you in shape, from biceps to calves, can seem daunting. No matter what your workout program, it seems like you’re always leaving something out, as hard as you might try to cover it all. Plenty of programs boast an ability to tone each and every muscle in your body, right down … Read more

Our Pilates NYC Studio has been around since 1999

Pilates might seem like a recent fad. Certainly, it has an aura of “buzz” quality; celebrity converts, books being published left and right. However, Mongoose Bodyworks, offering Pilates in Soho NYC, is anything but a recent addition. In fact, one might say Mongoose was into Pilates before Pilates was cool: since 1999, Mongoose has been offering classes, providing expert instruction … Read more

Pilates in NYC – Your Ticket to More Energy and Enthusiasm

Despite what coffee commercials might tell us, it’s hard to stay energetic. A morning caffeine fix just isn’t quite enough to stay cheerful and bouncy through the entire day, no matter how cheerful you are. There is, however, one sure fix for the energy deprived: staying in shape. Exercise doesn’t just keep us looking great, it keeps us on the … Read more

Getting in Shape is Easy at our Pilates NYC Studio

We all know the feeling. That moment when, halfway up the stairs, you realize you’re breathing a little too heavily. Or the point where you realize you’re not as flexible as you were, say, a few years ago. Whatever it is, it’s a moment we’ve all had: the moment when you realize it’s time to get in shape. There are … Read more

Mongoose Body Works offers Pilates Soho

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle tone, or simply help yourself feel like a better, healthier you, Mongoose Bodyworks has you covered. The studio, offering Pilates in Soho, NYC, promises not only a tranquil setting for your workout but downtown convenience and enthusiastic, expert instruction from certified Pilates instructors. Taught either in private, “duet,” or small group … Read more

The New York City Pilates classes you want are Right Here

No one really listens and takes the advice of their mothers, especially when something new is involved and mom just does not seem to be up on her information. I am shamefully guilty of ignoring my mother’s advice, even if it may be about one of the best NY Pilates classes that will change the way I view workouts. My … Read more

New York Pilates Instructors have Varying Degrees of Experience

I never thought of myself as someone that would take a Pilates class. I spent all my time working up a sweat on the elliptical machines and pumping iron in the weight room. I was pretty convinced that there was nothing that could compete, never mind top, the workouts that I was doing. This was before I looked into New Read more

Pregnancy and Pilates

Is there a point when weight training should stop during pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a time of great physical change. Certain muscle groups natural weaken as the women’s body changes to accommodate her growing belly. The hamstrings, gluteals, core, upper back extensors and external rotators of the shoulder girdle are all muscles that are vulnerable to weakening during this time. Weight … Read more

Pilates in Soho NYC

When I opened my Pilates studio in 1999 there was really only about two well known Pilates studios in the Soho area. Now, eleven years later, there are a dozen Pilates studio in Soho as there is in every Manhattan neighborhood. In the first few years of my business it was more common that a client might travel from a … Read more