Leeor Pilo
7:55 PM

Yoga vs. Pilates // by Lindsey Crane

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Are you looking at your schedule and trying to decide weather to book a Yoga or a Pilates class during your busy week? Have you ever wondered how Yoga and Pilates compare? How are they similar? How are they different? If you’re like me; I assumed that Pilates was just like Yoga and that because I didn’t really connect with Yoga, I wouldn’t like Pilates either. I happily admit that I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Yoga and Pilates are both low-impact workouts that focus on using bodyweight resistance. Both Pilates and Yoga workouts can increase overall health, leading to a better quality of life and the benefits from consistently practicing either Yoga or Pilates are vast.

It’s good to know where each practice started. Yoga started over 5,000 years ago in India and was created as a part of a larger philosophy and a way of life. Yoga was created to promote a better understanding of oneself, and the connection between mind, body, and spirit.

Pilates started in the early 20th century as a rehabilitation practice for World War I soldiers and really took off as professional dancers started using Pilates to increase their dancing performances.

Yoga and Pilates are alike because they both include movements and postures intended to increase your mind-body connection, strength and flexibility. Yoga is a practice focused on your mind and how you feel and the strength and flexibility is a side effect of a well-balanced yoga practice. Pilates is a practice focused on toning the body and improving your postural alignment, balancing muscles and improving your functionality of movement through core body strength.

When deciding which practice is for you, ask yourself how important increasing strength is to you. Unlike yoga, reformer Pilates includes the use of resistance with weight bearing springs that make it more similar to weight training than yoga is. Yoga and Pilates both use poses for toning the abdominal muscles. However, Pilates exercises are more intense and results may be achieved much quicker than they might be if practicing yoga. Through frequent Pilates exercises, a flatter and firmer stomach can be achieved.

Yoga: Hatha yoga provides little cardio benefit; power yoga does a little bit better, giving the heart the same aerobic workout as a quick paced walk.

Pilates: You will feel the burn with moves like “the hundred,” and “planks”.  A beginner routine offers only a mild aerobic workout, to be compared to a slow stroll. An advanced class is better, picking the heart rate up and burning more calories. A Circuit class with the jump board is by far the most intense of the cardio workouts offered at RTR Pilates known to burn anywhere from 300-450 calories in 55 minutes!

Both yoga and pilates are wonderful for toning and strengthening through a full body workout, but when it comes to Pilates vs Yoga weight loss advantages, there is not a massive difference in how much weight you will lose. If you are trying to lose weight, you could try Pilates classes using different Pilates machines which add the cardio and fitness element to your Pilates poses and will help you to burn additional calories. 

In conclusion, the easiest way do decide between Pilates and Yoga is to go out and try both! Try classes of each, making sure to try a couple different yoga practices and mat pilates, chair pilates and reformer pilates! Only you will know which practice suits your needs and abilities. At the end of the day both Pilates and Yoga are very effective ways to strengthen your muscles, get in better shape, relieve stress and gain more flexibility!

Leeor Pilo
7:33 PM

Studio Makeover: We're Revamping!


We are very excited to announce some BIG changes coming to our RTR Pilates studios!
As you may have noticed, some of the pilates reformers and equipment are in need of an update. We have brand new pilates reformer beds, pilates foot straps, and props on the way for Chevy Chase (Wisconsin Place), Potomac, and Palisades!
Our Wisconsin Place, Chevy Chase Pilates studio will be getting more than just new beds and balls -- we will be remodeling the studio completely in an effort to expand the main pilates studio area, allow more space between pilates reformers, and make the studio feel lighter and more open overall! 

To facilitate these changes, we will be closed for the following dates:

  • Potomac: Saturday, August 26th

  • Palisades: Sunday, August 27th

  • Chevy Chase (Wisconsin Place): Monday, August 28th - Monday, September 4th

Join us for a Pilates Preview Party on Monday, September 4th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM to see the new and improved Chevy Chase Wisconsin Place studio! Raffles, giveaways, champagne, and more. Save the date! More details to come.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this process, and we look forward to providing a better and brighter experience for you soon!

Leeor Pilo
7:16 PM

5 Things To Do Before Taking Your First RTR Pilates Class // by Molly Solebello

So you’ve scheduled your first RTR Pilates class—now what?! Here are 5 helpful tips to “know before you go” to make sure you have the best experience possible:

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1.) Read our FAQ page: The FAQ page contains helpful information such as our cancellation policies, No Show policies, and class levels. We strongly recommend all clients start out in a Level 1 Class to ensure you get the attention you need and avoid any injury. It’s also the best way to learn our contemporary approach to reformer Pilates!

2.) Arrive to the studio 5-10 minutes prior to the start time of class. Our classes start on the 15 minute mark of every hour, so arriving between :05-:10 will allow you to observe the end of the class before yours and give you time to talk to the instructor between classes.

3.) Make sure you have grip socks! We require all clients to wear socks with grip on the bottom for safety and hygiene. We carry Toe-Sox and Tavi Noir grip socks, which are available to purchase via our self-service retail kiosks located at each studio.

4.) Let the instructor know it’s your first class and inform them of any injuries you may have. Getting to the studio 5-10 minutes early will allow ample time for you to meet the instructor, have them show you the Allegro II Reformer we use, and discuss any injuries you may have. Informing the instructor of injuries allows them to provide modifications for you throughout class to make it more enjoyable!

5.) Have an open mind and be ready to work hard! We are a contemporary, group reformer Pilates studio. Our Pilates classes are designed to make you work muscles you didn’t know you had in a choreographed 55 minute flow around the Allegro II reformer. Each instructor approaches class differently, and no two classes are ever the same. We challenge our clients to get in touch with the mind-body connection of classical Pilates while making it fun and energetic!

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (301) 983-3745 or email us at info@RTRpilates.com!

Leeor Pilo
12:28 PM

Which Athletes Cross Train with Pilates // by Lindsey Crane

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In a departure from the "that's just for girls" mentality, the Pilates method has become popular among professional athletes looking for an edge and a way to cross train their bodies. The Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers have both incorporated Pilates exercises into their training regimens. Like yoga, Pilates can improve flexibility, balance and strength. Unlike yoga, Pilates focuses mostly on strengthening the core and postural muscles. 

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tight end Martellus Bennett, enjoys Pilates as often as he can.

For Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pilates is an integral part of his training routine. Brown said that this whole-body approach, including the feet, has helped him become more "elusive." In other words, the exercises have benefited his overall balance control, and "knowing how to get my feet where [I want] to go."
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Missy Franklin is a swimmer with multiple world records under her belt. In the 2012 London Olympics, she earned a total of 5 medals of which 4 were gold, and 1 was bronze.

Pilates is great for core building, and it is what helps her to be a stronger swimmer with stronger balance and body awareness. She sincerely believes that it is her Pilates work outside the pool that helps her dominate in the water. 

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*PopSugar Online article - Celebrities Who Do Pilates On and Off the Mat: 15 Starlets Who Choose Pilates June 1, 2011 by MICHELE FOLEY


*Google Images credited for celebrity photos

*Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock

Leeor Pilo
12:00 PM

Which Celebrities Practice Pilates? // by Lindsey Crane

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Who practices Pilates? An easier question might be, who doesn’t practice Pilates? Like many Hollywood starlets and a growing population of professional athletes, Pilates is for everyone! The reformer Pilates workout challenges your core and helps you to become longer, leaner, and overall more toned. Keeping with a regular Pilates regimen will get you sculpted abs, and a super sexy camera-ready figure. For this reason, and many more, celebrities are turning to the Pilates workout to get them in shape for celebrity events and movie roles.

Celebrities who LOVE Pilates:

Amanda Seyfried - Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer, may be Amanda's weekday workout, but the actress told Self Magazine that Pilates is her go-to on the weekend for "stretching and toning and being long and lean."

Anna Faris - When Anna hooked up with LA Pilates instructor Nicole Stuart, she thought she was the last woman in Hollywood to discover the workout! On Pilates itself, Anna told InStyle Magazine that “it completely changed her body.”

Cameron Diaz - Cameron's longtime trainer Teddy Bass says that Cameron uses a mixture of Pilates, cardio, and weight training to stay in shape: "That seems to be the best combination for women over 30," he explains. "Women need weight — it's great for building the butt. And elongation and smallness is tapped by doing Pilates." When it comes to Pilates, Cameron does a combination of mat work and reformer Pilates as well.

Mandy Moore - For Mandy, Pilates is as much of a workout as it is a way to keep her happy. The actress told Women's Health that she does Pilates three to four times a week and that it's one of the ways she achieves balance, good health, and happiness.

Megan Fox - During a red-carpet interview for the Golden Globe awards, Megan told E!'s Giuliana Rancic that she stays fit by doing a lot of Pilates — "an immense amount of Pilates" to be exact. 

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*PopSugar Online article - Celebrities Who Do Pilates On and Off the Mat: 15 Starlets Who Choose Pilates June 1, 2011 by MICHELE FOLEY


*Google Images credited for celebrity photos

*Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock

Leeor Pilo
2:15 PM

RTR Pilates Open House Aug. 5th - Highlands Ranch, CO

Highlands Ranch's best Pilates studio RTR Pilates is hosting a Reformer Pilates Open House! This studio is located just south of Denver and is convenient from Greenwood Village, Aurora, Cherry Creek and the surrounding area! The RTR Pilates FREE Open House will be hosted on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 and all are welcome! Don't know much about Pilates or what a Pilates Reformer is? Come on in and get all your questions answered!

Sign up for one of our FREE 20 minute Pilates demos at 12:00, 12:30, 1:00 or 1:30 PM. Click HERE to sign up today as spots are limited!

This event will be hosted at the Highlands Ranch Pilates Studio, located just south of Denver at 9567 S. University Blvd. Suite C3, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126. We'll also be offering ONE DAY ONLY SPECIALS on Pilates Class Memberships and Pilates Class Packages to those who participate in the event!

Come one come all, learn about the Pilates reformer and rock it!

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Leeor Pilo
11:19 AM

RTR Pilates Summer Sale! Best Deal Ever!

Interested in trying RTR Pilates? Do you have a friend that has been meaning for weeks to join you in class? 

Take advantage of our Summer Sale Special! These are the best deals on 1st Month Intro Packages we have EVER offered!

From now until August 31st, 2017 Intro Month Packages in the DC/MD/VA area are just $99! (Originally $129). That means you can take up to 30 reformer Pilates classes for just about $3.00 per class. 


RTR Pilates' style of reformer Pilates classes will systematically and rhythmically take you through a choreographed 55-minute class routine designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone your mind and body. All Pilates classes use the Balanced Body Allegro II reformer.  You will be challenged, you will be sore, you will become addicted and for just $99 for your first month you have no excuse! Hello summer savings!
If you live near our Highlands Ranch location in the suburbs of Denver, CO-- we didn't forget about you either. From now until August 31st, 2017 Intro Month packages in the Denver area are just $75! Join us for killer pilates classes that are safe, fun and effective! 


So the question is-- are you ready to rock?


DC RATES cannot be applied to Denver area clientele. Denver rates cannot be applied to DC area clientele. 

Leeor Pilo
2:54 PM

RTR Pilates Collecting Donations to Support Haitan Families in Need! {3/13 - 3/31}

Our beloved RTR Pilates instructor Sara took a recent trip to Haiti. Her photos and stories have moved so many of us in the RTR community so much so that all RTR Pilates studios in the DMV area will be collecting donations to assist Mission of Hope: Haiti from Monday, March 13th through Friday, March 31st. 


With the assistance of Mission of Hope: Haiti, we will be collecting donations of shoes and underwear for the children and adults in Haiti.

A pair of underwear and something to protect their feet from the rubble they're forced to walk on will make a huge difference in their lives. These are fundamental needs that so many Haitians are lacking.

There will be drop boxes placed at each RTR Pilates studio to collect donations. This is an easy way to help with a 100% guarantee that your donations will reach those who need the items!

Donations will be collected from Monday, March 13th through Friday, March 31st at each DMV area RTR Pilates location.

Donation Guidelines:
- Waterproof, open-toed shoes (flip flops or rubber slides)
- New, 100% cotton underwear
- Sizes 18 months - adult
- Please no expensive items or top name brands, as they could be stolen.

Thank you so much for helping to support this wonderful cause!

Leeor Pilo
11:18 AM


Did you know that February is Love Your Body Month? We're celebrating by giving you the chance to win 3 guest passes so you can share the love with your friends.


How to enter? Simply post about your RTR Pilates class on either Facebook or Instagram. Posts must include #LoveMyRTRBody to be eligible to win and the winner will be announced on FB & IG on Monday, February 27, 2017.

In celebration, we will also be posting even more content about body positive thinking to remind us that all bodies are equal and to promote healthier and happier relationships with our bods no matter their shape or size. There is no such thing as a Pilates body-- we are all beautiful, don't forget it!



1. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who participate on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter between February 1, 2017 through Sunday, February 26, 2017. The sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States of America and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates (the “Sponsor”) their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. To be officially entered in the Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates Sweepstakes:

- Post about your RTR Pilates class with #LoveMyRTRBody on Facebook or Instagram;

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates, as final and binding as it relates to the content.

3. Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about 2/1/2017 and ending 2/26/2017. All online entries must be received by 2/26/2017 11:59PM EST.

4. How to Enter: The Sweepstakes must be entered by posting about an RTR Pilates class using the hashtag #LoveMyRTRBody on Facebook or Instagram. Entries can be shared on Facebook or Instagram. Only users complying by the rules to enter above will be considered eligible. The entry must fulfill all sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates.

5. Prizes: The winner will receive the Grand Prize of 3 free guest passes. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor's discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Potomac Pilates to use winner's name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner selection and notification: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing under the supervision of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates. The winner will be announced on the Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates Facebook Page, it is the winner's full responsibility to contact Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates via email, info@rtrpilates.com or phone to claim prize. Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates shall have no liability for a winner's failure to receive notice. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.

The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSOR'S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER'S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by you: By entering this content you understand that Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates, anyone acting on behalf of Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates, or its respective licensees, successors and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.

9. Terms: Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes.

Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless Rock the Reformer by Potomac Pilates and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant's participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.