All classes require reservations. The reservation lists close one hour before class starts, but you can schedule as far ahead as you like. There is no set number of classes that must be taken at a specific level before progressing, however we ask that all new clients take at least one Level I before trying a Mixed Level, unless they have previous Pilates experience. In such cases, we ask that all clients with experience take at least one Mixed Level and receive the instructor's agreement that they are ready to take Level II, unless they have more than a year's recent Pilates experience. We also ask that experienced clients understand that while they are welcome to take a Level I class, the class instruction will be geared toward a lower level.
Pilates Reformers (Offered at both Shirlington & Courthouse Studios)
Reformer classes are mainly done on the Reformer apparatus. There are exercise modifications that use the hoop, the ball and the weighted balls. As your level advances, these classes expand to include work on the Chair and Cadillac.
The place to start for new students, or students who have been away for a while. Students become accustomed to the movement and manipulation of the Reformer, and are introduced to fundamental exercises and isolation exercises to strengthen the abdominals, obliques, and lower back.
This class builds on the fundamentals taught in Level I, increasing the difficulty level through added resistance, increased repetitions, pulsing, use of props, and performing exercises from a kneeling rather than seated or supine position.
Be prepared for a strenuous workout! This is a rapidly paced class, packed with exercises that simultaneously build strength, challenge balance, and stretch the muscles.
Reformer Mix Level
A class for everyone. Designed to give a workout to all levels, the\is class is designed to use exercises that can be adapted to the level of each student.
Bridal Program - 8 Week Program
This is your Red Carpet Day, and you want that Red Carpet look. You've found the perfect dress - now its time to get your body in perfect shape. More people will be looking at your back, arms and shoulders than ever. You want to look trim, lithe, and elegant as you walk down the aisle and take to the dance floor. The Thrive Pilates Bridal Fitness program is designed to give you the look you want.
Pilates Mat (Offered at Shirlington & Courthouse Studios)
Mat Pilates exercises only use your body and gravity for resistance, with hoops, straps and balls used to extend reach and add to the resistance in some exercises. Mat Level 1
This class introduces students to the foundational Pilates principles of spinal alignment, core engagement and ribcage breathing. Students will learn fundamental Pilates exercises.
Mat Level 2
A transitional class, preparing students for the full rigor of a Level II class. Additional exercises enter the practice and the difficulty level of fundamental exercises is increased through the use of props, added repetitions, and accelerated pace.
TRX Suspension Training (Offered at both studios)
TRX® Suspension Training® is a revolutionary total-body fitness program that uses gravity against the individual’s own body weight to simultaneously develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. The TRX® device is attached to an anchor point. Each participant then grabs the handles with their hands or attaches their feet in the foot cradles. One simply changes the angle of their body from the ground for the different exercises. Having the ability to change the body's angle allows one to work with more or less body weight which can intensify or modify a specific exercise.
The All Fitness Levels TRX® Suspension Training® Classes are 50 minute class including both a warm up and a stretch cool-down at the end. This class is open to both "newbies" and those familiar with suspension training.
Barre Mat (Offered at Shirlington & Courthouse Studios)
Barre classes promote high energy low impact fat burning movements based on elements of Pilates, classical ballet and athletic conditioning. The class creates effective movements where body strength and awareness are increased, as well as joint flexibility, proper posture, stability and form. This class is geared toward all fitness levels, and is intended for those that want to improve their appearance while having fun.
Corealign (Offered at our Courthouse Studio)
The new CoreAlign® from Balanced Body® improves posture, balance and functional movement in a fast-paced, challenging workout unlike anything else. Clients at all fitness levels will feel the difference after one session. Developed by Jonathan Hoffman, the CoreAlign system is available from Balanced Body.
Private and Duet Classes
Thrive offers both private classes with one on one instruction, and duets for those of you who like to work out with a friend. Same flexible scheduling, just sign up under 'appointments' instead of classes. If you like a specific instructor and don't see any availability you can talk to them about setting up a time for you. Private appointments must be scheduled or canceled 24 hours in advance.