Pilates fine-tunes the entire body

A whole-body exercise that works for professional athletes and Hollywood’s elite might sound like a late-night infomercial or an exercise program that is not available for most people in Salt Lake. Especially considering that the exercise was developed by using a hospital bed and bed springs as the only exercise equipment, the Pilates exercises almost seem inaccessible for most people. But that’s simply not true with 9th & 9th Pilates in Salt Lake City.

“We really wanted to create an atmosphere that is open to everyone,” Verena Moll, the owner of 9TH & 9th Pilates said. “We break down all the different steps and help make Pilates accessible to everyone, no matter your level of fitness.”

Pilates is a set of exercises that was developed in the early 20th century by a man named Joseph Pilates. He was a German that developed the exercises to help soldiers and others that were stuck in hospital beds and unable to stand up or get any other physical exercise.

“Pilates really started with that history, but some of the first clients were ballet dancers,” said Denise Martinez, the former owner of 9TH & 9th Pilates. “Some of the most famous dancers, athletes and actors use the same methods that Pilates developed.”

The series of exercises uses springs and a sliding bed called a reformer that can be used to perform hundreds of exercises, Moll said. Pilates can train the body and the mind, and it is a full-body workout, building strong, lean muscles all while providing a cardio workout, she said. It is also a fantastic way to help with physical therapy and with rebuilding muscles after accidents and injuries.

“Pilates helps you stretch and strengthen all your muscles,” Moll said. “The workouts build your muscles from the inside out and while it may not focus on just your glamour muscles, it helps build core muscles.”

The atmosphere at 9th & 9th Pilates is much different than your average gym. It is unassuming but comfortable and extremely clean. No matter the age, sex, body type, gender identity or sexual orientation, everyone is welcome at the studio, Moll said. The studio’s instructors are approachable and welcoming. Students will never feel intimidated when walking into the studio.

The studio has been in Salt Lake for just over a year and will be adding new services and classes by May. The studio will also host yoga classes as well as an exercise form that is sweeping through California called Bodybarre. Similar to the position training that ballet dancers perform on a bar; this is another low impact workout that will be accessible to all.

“We want to create a studio where we can help our students in all different mind and body exercises,” Moll said. “I think it’s really important to have everything offered in one, clean and welcoming space. And that’s exactly what we’re going to be here.”

The studio has some of the best and most competitive pricing in the area. For more information, go to 9thand9thPilates.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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