Pilates

Pilates at Seattle Athletic Club

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a systematically-designed form of whole body conditioning created over 80 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates, fitness pioneer. Pilates’ method combined his studies of eastern and western philosophies of health: boxing, yoga, Tai Chi, Zen meditation, martial arts, gymnastics, diving, and body building. He designed over 500 exercises that strive to build strength and flexibility, restore muscular balance, improve body alignment and posture, and release tension. Every action is initiated and sustained from one’s “powerhouse.” The “powerhouse” or “core” includes the abdominals, gluteals, hips, inner thighs, and lower back muscles. Engaging and working from one’s center with every action, in addition to working with control, concentration, breath, precision, and flow are what Joseph Pilates called his “principles” for practicing Pilates. Joseph Pilates would often say, “One rep done well is better than several reps performed poorly.”

Why practice Pilates?

Pilates is the perfect complement to your current exercise program. Do you strength train? Swim? Spin? Run? Yoga? Pilates mat? Golf? Tennis? Even if you are not currently active and are new to fitness, Pilates is a great method to get you going on the right track as it is total body conditioning that is low impact and works with keeping the body aligned. Pilates is for anyone, from competitive athletes to people who need to rehabilitate their bodies in a safe format. As Joseph Pilates said, “Anybody can do it. You can be young and athletic or old and crippled. It doesn’t matter.”

  • Are you ready to schedule your Pilates session? Please contact Pilates Director, Susan Foley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 206.522.9400 ext. 281.

How to get started?

All private and group training sessions are by appointment. All sessions are 55 minutes in length unless otherwise noted. All cancellations require 24 hours notice and must be directly given to your instructor via email or phone messages. All appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged for the full session.

Be sure to:

  • Wear comfortable clothes, not baggy
  • Bare feet or clean socks

To schedule a session, please contact Pilates Director, Susan Foley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206.522.9400 ext. 281.