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Beyond Pilates Integrated Fitness Center - 36 Reviews - 545 8th Ave Ste 1600, New York, NY - Personal Care Reviews - Phone (212) 216-9797

Beyond Pilates Integrated Fitness Center

545 8th Ave Ste 1600 (at 37th Street)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 216-9797
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I have been working on a weekly basis for more than a year with Ed Morand on Muscle Activation Technique, and my progress has been nothing short of miraculous! I am 82 years ol...


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MAT is Great! 10/13/2011

I have been working on a weekly basis for more than a year with Ed Morand on Muscle Activation Technique, and my progress has been nothing short of miraculous! I am 82 years old, and for almost 5 years have had severe pain in the sciatica nerve in my left leg, which made it almost impossible for me to walk more than a couple of blocks. Walking - swift walking - had been a major source of exercise and fitness for me, and the inability to continue this was devastating. I was examined for this problem by doctors at Roosevelt, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincents Hospitals, and they each recommended cortisone injections in the nerve and if that failed, neuro-surgery. I recoiled at the idea of invasive medicine, preferring to "live with" the pain - until my personal trainer sent me to MAT. Ed's mastery of muscular activation technique has so effectively reduced my pain that now I feel it primarily when I stand for too long, but otherwise have little or no difficulty in walking substantial distances - at a fast pace. T ensure that I do not slip back into my previous "bad habits," Ed has prescribed a series of "low-stress" exercises which I do in bed each morning for 15 minutes. I continue to see him - now bi-weekly - as he delves deeper into the causes of the pain and the ways to alleviate it, as well as to achieve a better muscular balance in general. I have recommended Ed to a number of my friends suffering from otherwise intractable pain, and will continue to do so. I am truly grateful for this work. more

whittled me down to shape for my wedding—and then some! 5/11/2010

so, I rarely ever leave reviews... but I've had such a positive experience at Beyond that I had to share. I started going to the studio when I wanted to tone up for my wedding. That was in 2008 (yes, two years ago). I've been a loyal customer since! my instructor at Beyond Pilates didn't just help me tone up for the wedding, she also taught me postural techniques, how to breathe better (yes, there are different ways of breathing), and how to prevent injuries to my problematic back. the staff at this studio are professional—I can always email the owner re scheduling and expect a reply within the hour, talented, and know their stuff. I am also a clean freak and the studio is SPOTLESS, which I find really important! the changing area is a good size and the space never feels too busy or cramped. I've recommended several friends to the studio and now they're all addicted too! highly recommend it! Pros: close to subway, very clean, friendly more

Pilates integrated with Muscle Activation Technique 11/10/2009

Great studio. Sparkling clean. Lots of light. Best equipment with personalized, expert instruction. But what is "beyond" Pilates is the Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)--a little known method of strengthening weak muscles and maintaining body fitness. MAT deals effectively with normal sports injuries (pulled muscles, tendons etc). I've also known people to recoup strength after knee and hip surgeries. Ed Morand is the master Pilates & MAT trainer whose philosophy of integrated fitness defines this studio Pros: Best Pilates Training with added benefit of MAT more

Beyond Pilates is Great! 4/22/2009

I have been training with Charisse for over a year, and can say without hesitation that her workout program has been amazing. She tailors the regimen to my ability and body type and it is challenging as well as fun. I am not a true gym person, or a workout fan. I don't have any background in pilates, but Charisse has made me a convert to the pilates method, and she has inspired me to work extremely hard to increase my strength level and flexibility. While she is clearly an expert in anatomy and muscle structure, I never feel like she's talking over my head. She breaks down each exercise into the essential building blocks, and even if I don't get through the entire series, I always feel a sense of accomplishment, because I've at least gotten through part of it. I know that my clothes fit differently, and my abdominal strength has improved significantly. I look forward to my training session as a time to focus not only on improving my health, but also my frame of mind. Charisse always makes me smile, which is never a bad thing in New York City. Pros: Great Space, Great Staff, Great Workout Cons: none more

amazing classes! 4/4/2009

i have been a loyal client for over 6 years...this is the only workout i do, and it keeps me in great shape. the classes are amazing...hands down the BEST workout in NYC! Pros: you'll love the results! more

Wonderful with Injuries 12/17/2008

I had back surgery two years ago and have been liery of reinjuring myself. Beyond Pilates had and has a responsible and beyond helpful approach to getting me back into shape. I cannot begin to express how wonderful the staff is there. Cherisse is an excellent trainer and the work out is varied and interesting as well as challenging. After ten lessons I'm ready to add yoga into my weekly routine without fear. The studio also has a friendly, private and cozy atmosphere. I look forward to exercising each week. I highly recommend it. more

Great! 6/11/2008

Helena and I have really been enjoying coming to the studio. Jen is amazing and I think Beyond Pilates has a smart and a great personal touch. I like to pride myself on having very strong customer service approach to my own business and really appreciate the extra effort. I have a happy customer page on my website and it is what makes me smile when I read it. So here is one for yours :):) Pros: Great Instructors and Customer Service more

Wonderful! 6/11/2008

I've taken a couple of yoga classes, joined several gyms, and I had my own personal trainer, but nothing beats Pilates. This is the only work out I really enjoy - not only because it lengthens and tones my body, but it's also very soothing for the mind. I am glad I discovered Beyond Pilates. The studio is immaculate and the instructors are friendly. My friend and I have worked out there for the last 5 months. The instructors are exceptions, very receptive, and caring about getting us the best shape possible for our body types. Try Beyond Pilates, you won't regret it! Pros: Everything - you name it, Beyond Pilates is great at it. more

Best Pilates in The city 5/15/2008

Hi! you must try a class with Ed, he is fabulous. Not only he is very professionnal and will give you the right attention ( only 4 /class or private ) but he makes sure you are giving your best while making you laught!! Enjoy your workout! more

Beyond Pilates Changed My Life ... and My Body! 5/5/2008

I began taking Pilates at Beyond Pilates in October 2007, and not only do I now look forward to my fitness regiment, but I enjoy it and have seen amazing results. I have lost over 10 lbs, gained flexibility, and have had a growth in my own body awareness. Also, I have taken advantage of the studio's M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Techniques). In combination with my regular pilates, I feel that BP has managed to "reinvent" my body. I have a better understanding of how my body works, and get to work with a staff that knows my body and my goals personally. The instructors here are awesome - the small groups with Ed are amazing, and the solo sessions with the other instructors are just as invigorating. You get a gorgeous view of the Hudson River and N.J., along with a great enviornment and ultra clean space. I am never going anywhere else for my Pilates! Pros: location, environment, staff, parking, prices, schedule, customer service Cons: none! more

Great for what ails you! 2/15/2008

BEYOND PILATES has made a huge difference in my life. I have Multiple Sclerosis and, until now, have been unable to find a fitness regimen that works effectively for me with my physical limitations. Ed's intense and focused Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) and the individual attentioin I receive from Jenna in my Pilates workouts have greatly enhanced my stabiloitiy, strength, balance, and sense of confidence. Ed, Jenna, and all of the BEYOND PILATES staff's sensitivity to my strengths and weaknesses have helped me regain capabilities that I feared were permanently lost. I'm enormously grateful, and recommend BEYOND PILATES to everyone--those who have physical disabilities and those who do not! Pros: Attentive, Sensitive and Creative Trainers. Efficient Staff. MAT! Lovely, Mellow Studio Cons: None, although individual training can be pricey. more

Feel Great 9/3/2007

I started Pilates 6 months ago and have been training with MaryBeth twice a week. Twice a week I start my day with a session and feel energized throughout the day. MaryBeth really takes the time to understand my needs as a client. She balances the sessions with the physical training and information about the excercise so I can understand how the body works and what role it plays in in developing my body. She also breaks down the routine into smaller manageable pieces to improve my effectiveness in the exercise. Her enthusiasm, encouragement and patience helps me to feel good about the work I am doing. Its a pleasure to have her as my trainer. more

This studio is great! 5/16/2007

Beyond Pilates is a great studio. They are able to accommodate their students with small classes and attentive staff. The instructors come from various backgrounds of Pilates training and are dedicated to not only getting you into shape but also making the sessions fun and educational. The studio is spacious and bright. In addition to Pilates, the studio is one of the few places in New York City that has staff specialized in Muscle Activation Technique. Pros: prices, times, staff more

Best workouts 5/14/2007

Beyond Pilates is a great studio. The staff is friendly and energetic as well highly trained and professional. The studio is clean, spacious and well equipped. The class schedule is convenient and accommodating. Their prices are some of the most reasonable in the area. Pros: reasonable prices, great staff, convenient schedule Cons: none more

Beginners will love it! 4/30/2007

Taking a class at Beyond Pilates is great. Ed is professonal and he makes you feel comfortable. Ed takes the time to explain every detail to ensure you get the best workout. Whether it's the first time you've taken pilates or you're a regular, Ed keeps you motivated. For someone who doesn't do much exercise I was a bit nervous, however, Ed and his staff made sure I felt comfortable and made it fun and easy to learn. It's great to finally find a place that help you as an individual. The studio is beautiful and clean. I highly recommend Beyond Pilates!! more

Not Just Pilates 4/30/2007

I've been to many training centers in the city but there's no comparison. Ed and his staff are true professionals and his establishment is immaculate. Beyond Pilate ablility to make you feel comfortable is second to none. They will cater to your needs and will give you the best solution to any problem you might have and that's what makes them different. Highly recommended........ Pros: Service , parking, staff, etc. etc Cons: None more

These guys are great! 4/27/2007

The atmosphere in the studio is fantastic. Ed and his team are great. No pressure and lots of encouragement. Katie's personality brightens a room. And she makes good cupcakes, too :) Ed has years of experience in this field, so he knows his stuff. Most of all, he's a human being. He understand desires, limitations, even pain. He's a good guy overall who manages a clean, smooth operating studio. I recommend Beyond Pilates. If you are there long enough, you get invited to those special functions where Katie's cupcakes (or other goodies she makes) are distributed... FREE :) -J Pros: Easy Transportation, good people, clean, welcoming environment, value Cons: none. more

"Beyond" in every sense 4/27/2007

Bright, clean, upbeat, sunny, central - it's a pleasure to come here regularly (and "regularly" has never been part of my fitness vocabulary) and have Ed or any of his staff get you through Life in NYC as toned and healthy as possible. The ever affable Ed incorporates aspects of his various and ongoing studies in nutrition and health as he talks you through a music-filled hour that passes in no time at all. Pros: central, various class hours, clean and refurbished studio, Ed is great more

Fantastic! 7/28/2006

Beyond Pilates is the best! I've been going to Beyond Pilates for about 2 months now and have noticed a complete change in my body. My core is much more toned and I am a lot stronger. Ed works miracles - I highly recommend his classes, both personal and group. Plus, the classes are so much fun. I wish that they could last for two hours instead of one! Pros: Ed's personality, views of NJ, fun more

Exceeds my Highest Expectations 2/1/2006

When I first saw Ed's studio, I was impressed. I asked some tough questions, looking for some stereotypical answers and a high-pressure sales pitch. What I got was beyond my highest expectations. Ed not only knows all the answers, he anticipates my questions, and backs them up with research. This trainer has truly done his homework. Not only that, but his classes begin where you're at, and continue to spur you on to achieve higher levels. He is a treasure in a city of glitz and empty promises. Bravo Beyond Pilates! Pros: Fine equipment, Knowledgeable staff, challenging classes more
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Owner Message

  • Beyond Pilates at Midtown West offers an individualized approach toward achieving one?s fitness goals. At Beyond Pilates, personal fitness training sessions are undertaken with a careful eye toward postural alignment, core stabilization, symmetry and movement coordination. Each of our personal Pilates and fitness training clients is given an initial assessment, in which one?s strengths and weaknesses, unique pattern of muscular compensations, exercise and health history, and injury status are addressed. Beyond Pilates combines the best that Pilates and fitness science have to offer. This fitness center has an encouraging and fun environment that will guarantee you an escape from the urban every day.


  • Get personal attention--and a toned body--with one-on-one training or in a small class at this midtown Pilates studio.

  • 11/21/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    By Appointment
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Garment District