Common notions of what Pilates is and can do are redefined at the Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio of Princeton, which offers far more than just a place for exercise.

Master teacher and studio owner Anthony Rabara has created a healing studio using the authentic Pilates method that caters to everyone from expectant mothers to professional athletes. Many clients are referred to the studio by physical therapists, who know the value of Pilates as handed down by its creator, Joseph Pilates. Of course, some clients just come to enjoy a class.

“We’ve worked with football and soccer players who have back issues, golfers with muscle imbalances, pregnant moms who are uncomfortable, and everyone in between,” said Rabara. “We also have clients who have multiple injuries and want to reform the body.”

Rabara has also used the benefits of Pilates to help those with Muscular Dystrophy, young athletes and dancers with hyper-mobile joints, and football kickers looking for balanced muscle development as they train for the NFL.

Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio of Princeton is one of only a few studios in the United States that has all the equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. Rabara has been teaching the Pilates method since 1983 and was trained and certified by Romana Kryzanowska (Joseph Pilates’ successor). Rabara was one of the first original eight to certify in the Pilates method and is proficient in the hundreds of exercises that are in the Pilates syllabus. He came to Princeton in 1987 to open his own studio.

“In addition to an excellent workout, Pilates is a perfect complement to any other exercise program,” Rabara added. “As we get older we shrink in height. Our upper backs suffer from our technological life style. Pilates helps to develop a balanced body. It isn’t the same as yoga — a common misconception — and it certainly isn’t just something for women.”

The studio is a training studio, which differs greatly from most other organizations teaching Pilates classes. All teachers are highly experienced and trained in conjunction with Romana’s Pilates in New York. Initial training takes approximately two years, and continuing education occurs yearly. This creates skilled, passionate teachers who have a depth of knowledge of this system that is unlike any other.

Both reformer (equipment) and mat classes are available. Reformer classes are by appointment seven days a week, and are semi-private (three to five clients) or private. Mat classes are offered for beginners Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.; beginner to intermediate Thursdays at 10 a.m.; and intermediate Tuesdays at noon and 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to call the studio to sign up. Potential clients are welcome to come and observe, too.

Learn more at www.rabarapilates.com or call 609-921-7990.

Anthony Rabara Pilates Studio of Princeton, 392 Wall Street, Princeton. 609-921-7990, fax 609-921-7664. rabarapilates@comcast.net. www.rabara­pilates.com.

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