Mon-Thu, 7am-9pm; Fri, 7am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-2pm
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, R, W at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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When a misdiagnosed back injury put a hold on Erika Bloom’s career as a professional ballet dancer, she turned to Pilates. After years of rehab she was able to return to the stage, training with the Alvin Ailey Company and performing in modern dance troupes. Now, in a plush studio on Madison Avenue, she promotes the more contemporary version of Pilates that helped heal her. Angles are adjusted, props are used, and deep knowledge of anatomy is communicated throughout. The prescriptions help reach goals of flat tummies and firmer thighs. Offering private and duet sessions only, movements are supervised closely to maximize the effect of each stretch and prevent potentially harmful mistakes. Bloom opened her doors in 2001, and since then the staff has grown to 30, including the more recent addition of yogis and masseuses whose services complement the studio's staple offerings. The space buzzes with activity, but schedules are kept sparse so no one feels cramped. Tea, monthly lockers, laundry service, and use of organic beauty products are also available.Pros
There is no substitute for individual attention when it comes to Pilates. Complicated exercises allow lots of room for error, but the customized adjustments from knowledgeable instructors reduce those risks.
Bloom's $110 sessions might bust some fitness budgets.
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