Thank you for visiting and for supporting a woman-owned, local business in Asheville! Cisco Pilates is one of the only Classical Pilates studios in Asheville, North Carolina. Pilates has been changed over many years and combined with other forms of exercise and ab workouts, but Classical Pilates stays true to Joseph Pilates’ original sequences and intentions.
Cisco Pilates is a small, cozy studio located in a private residence just North of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina, in the Five Points Neighborhood. If you’re looking for an intimate, relaxing, and non-competitive environment with birds chirping outside the window, Cisco Pilates is the place for you! Gyms and large studios aren’t for everyone. Cisco Pilates has capacity for up to two students, and specializes in private and duet classes on the reformer and other equipment, as well as mat classes in another private residence a block away.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise for everybody and every body-type. Using equipment with spring resistance, Pilates tones your body safely and effectively, focusing on mobilizing tight areas and stabilizing and strengthening weak areas. Mat work and mat classes are also a part of the practice. There are six Principles of Pilates: control, concentration, centering, breathing, precision, and rhythm/flow. The goal of Pilates is to have a completely balanced body of strength, flexibility, and control.
No gender, age or physical restrictions apply. Some people start at age 70, some at age 10 or younger. Try a duet with your child, friend, parent, or significant other. Try a private lesson to get the most out of your workout with one-on-one attention and complete privacy. Try a mat class for the fun and flow of it! Cisco Pilates also serves locally made organic CHOCOLATE at every mat class.
Who invented Pilates?
Joe Pilates was the genius behind the creation of what he called “Contrology” and is now called “Pilates”. Born in 1883 in Germany, Pilates was a boxer, gymnast, diver, and yogi, who trained injured soldiers as well as the German police force. He emigrated to the United States in 1926 and opened a Contrology studio in New York City with his wife Clara. After Pilates died in 1967, his work was carried on by his wife, as well as several of his students; the most well-known of whom was Romana Kryzanowska. Alexis Miller of Cisco Pilates is a third-generation teacher, certified by Master Teacher Dorothee VandeWalle, who trained with Romana.
Joe Pilates on the reformer
Rowing on the reformer – Photo by Melissa Barnes
Staring down the chicken in Chicken Alley in Asheville, NC
Photo by Alison Fader-Brock
Joe Pilates on the reformer doing the “star”
Joe Pilates at age 82