Leeor Kelly
11:49 AM

RTR Pilates Winter Weather Policies - Winter 2018


With winter weather just around the corner, please take a moment to review RTR Pilates' inclement weather policies.

The safety of our clients and Pilates instructors is our number one concern; if we cancel Pilates classes, it is in the interest of keeping everyone safe!

We do not follow any school district's cancellation policy. RTR Pilates makes a studio-by-studio, class-by-class decision.


If we decide to hold Pilates classes, the standard cancellation and no-show policies DO still apply. Please visit our FAQ Page if you need a reminder of what these policies entail. When in doubt, cancel your Pilates class! If your Pilates class is still on the schedule but you do not feel comfortable traveling to the studio, please cancel your reservation online in order to avoid late-cancel and/or no-show penalties. If our Pilates classes are canceled, we will do our best to give as much notice as possible.

The best and most accurate way to determine if Pilates classes are canceled is to check the MindBody Online Schedule via the web or the RTR Pilates mobile app. The Pilates schedule is updated immediately as decisions are made. If a class is still listed on the schedule, then as of that moment we are still planning to hold the class.

You will also receive an email notification from us if your class has been canceled (please check your settings within your RTR Pilates profile to ensure you are opted-in to receive our notifications!).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@RTRpilates.com if you have any questions regarding these policies.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

Leeor Kelly
1:58 PM

Holiday Open House in Highlands Ranch, CO // Lindsey Crane


Our very own Kristie Frazier comes with 9+ years of experience. Join her Sunday, December 17th, 1:30 - 2:30 PM as she shares her knowledge of biochemistry, helps and demonstrates modifications for different injuries, hosts a workshop on proper form and techniques, and much, much more! 

We're offering new clients at the workshop a FREE class pass and the opportunity to sign up for our Intro Offer for just $75 ($99 value) if you sign up with us that day only! The more the merrier :)


9567 S. University Blvd, Ste C3
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126


Photo: Heartwing Photography

Leeor Kelly
11:36 AM

DC's Hottest Pilates studio to Open Sixth Location in Great Falls, VA. Discounted Memberships Available to New Customers!

Email GreatFalls@RTRPilates.com to sign up at a discount!

RTR Pilates, formerly known as Potomac Pilates, is an elite Washington, D.C. metro area-based Pilates studio and is excited to announce the opening of its sixth location in Great Falls, VA in January 2018.

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Since 2006, RTR Pilates has grown to five locations in McLean, VA, Chevy Chase, MD, the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the flagship location of Potomac, MD and one satellite location in the southern suburbs of Denver, CO. In its eleven plus years of business it has grown to offering over 275 classes weekly, seeing 300 clients daily, thus making it one of the region's busiest, most successful, and easily recognizable Pilates brands.
RTR Pilates was voted 'Best Pilates Studio' in Washingtonian Magazine's 'Best of DC' July 2017 issue and has won this same title since 2015. With recent great success in Northern Virginia, the natural next step according to founder and President Reina Offutt was to further serve this area by appealing to prospective clients in Great Falls, Tysons Corner, Vienna and Reston, VA. Current members are welcome while special offers and discounted memberships will be offered to new members before doors even open.

The first 50 Unlimited memberships sold will qualify the client as a RTR Pilates - Great Falls Founding Gold Member.

First year of membership $129/month (a savings of $972 over the first year)


Limit one class per day.
Recognized as a founding Gold Member of RTR Pilates – Great Falls.
Periodic members only discounts will be offer on retail and guest passes.
Exclusive invitation to a grand preopening party.
All policies & fees apply to the membership.  See FAQ page for details.
At the end of the 12-month cycle the membership will terminate.

The second 50 Unlimited memberships sold will qualify the client as a RTR Pilates - Great Falls Founding Silver Member.

First year of membership $169/month (a savings of $492 over the first year)


Limit one class per day.
Recognized as a founding Silver Member of RTR Pilates – Great Falls
Periodic members only discounts will be offer on retail and guest passes.
Exclusive invitation to a grand preopening party.
All policies & fees apply to the membership.  See FAQ page for details.
At the end of the 12-month cycle the membership will terminate.

This discounted membership is only available to NEW clients who have a billing address of one of the following zip codes:










This deal will go live to all current clients & the general public on December 1st. RTR Pilates is only offering a limited number of these memberships so act fast!

Additionally, please help us shape the schedule. Use this link to let RTR Pilates know which times and days classes will be best for you at our Great Falls location!

All classes are taught using reformer Pilates machines. The reformers add resistance to workouts to help build strength without adding bulk. Providing a safe and effective workout that is dynamic, prevents injury, improves posture-- all in just 55-minutes. RTR Pilates' goal is to nurture and tone every client's mind and body one breath, one exercise, one Pilates class at a time.

For details about special offers prospective clients can reach out to GreatFalls@RTRPilates.com.

We hope to see you in a studio near you!

RTR Pilates - Great Falls
9849 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA 22066

Leeor Kelly
11:15 AM

Introducing RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Packs!

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It's the holiday season and that means great deals at your favorite reformer Pilates studio! This year we're rolling out RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Packs! The perfect gift for that friend or family member who always wanted to try Pilates but  never really got their foot in the door.

For just $50, you get a 3-class pass, a pair of toe sox (required at all of our studios), and a reusable water bottle. Valued at $150-- there's no deal better! Give the gift of health & wellness and your friend or loved one will be sure to thank you. Plus, now it means you have a buddy to attend your Pilates classes with!

Trying to win one of these babies for free? From Monday, 12/4/17 to Thursday, 12/7/17 enter to win an RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Pack by solving the math equation below. Just comment on the post on Facebook or Instagram and we'll announce the winner on Thursday, December 7th! Good luck to all you mathematicians out there!

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Leeor Kelly
12:33 PM

RTR Pilates 2017 Holiday Schedule!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Uhh, how about busiest time? This holiday season we will be operating on a shortened schedule on days surrounding the holidays. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your Pilates fix in-- simply find your studio below and adjust accordingly. Hope to see you in class!

*RTR Pilates schedule subject to change without notice. RTR Pilates reserves the right to change instructors without prior notice.*


Wednesday, November 22nd all studios will be closing to celebrate Thanksgiving. See below to find the LAST Class of the day by studio:

- Chevy Chase: 11:15 AM
- McLean: 1:15 PM
- Palisades: 12:15 PM
- Potomac: 2:15 PM
- Highlands Ranch: 7:15 PM

Thursday, November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day! Happy Turkey Day! All studios will be closed in celebration of the holiday because believe it or not, Pilates instructors like to get their eat on too!

Friday, November 24th some morning classes are whacked and we’ll be operating a bit later in the day to compensate for everyone’s food coma. See below to find the FIRST class of the day by studio.

- Chevy Chase: 9:15 AM
- McLean: 9:15 AM
- Palisades: 9:15 AM
- Potomac: 9:15 AM
- Highlands Ranch: 7:15 AM


Sunday, December 24th. Merry Christmas y’all! We’re closing early to get drunk off eggnog. Just kidding, we’re closing early to celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends (and to get drunk off eggnog!) See below to find the LAST class of the day by studio.

- Chevy Chase: 10:15 AM
- Palisades: 11:15 AM
- Potomac: 12:15 PM
- Highlands Ranch: 12:15 PM

Monday, December 25th! All studios will be CLOSED. Maybe eggnog was a bad idea.

Sunday, December 31st! Buh-bye 2017! We’ll be open but closing early to celebrate New Year's Eve. See below to find the LAST class of the day by studio.

- Chevy Chase: 1:15 PM
- McLean: 1:15 PM
- Palisades: 11:15 AM
- Potomac: 3:15 PM
- Highlands Ranch: 12:15 PM


Monday, January 1st 2018: Happy New Year! We’re delaying our opening hours so you can recover from your New Year’s celebrations and still make it to your Pilates class. See below to find the FIRST class of the day by studio.

- Chevy Chase: 9:15 AM
- McLean: 10:15 AM
- Palisades: 11:15 AM
- Potomac: 3:15 PM
- Highlands Ranch: 7:15 AM

We hope to see you before the New Year! Happy Holidays RTR Fam!

happy holidays 2017

Leeor Kelly
3:03 PM

Batteries & Brita Filters for Puerto Rico // #RTRforPR

Photo Source: The Intercept

Puerto Rico is in a state of crisis. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, mass flooding and destruction have put the island’s entire population at risk. Men, women, and children have been living without electricity, without access to clean drinking water, and rebuilding will be a tremendously difficult undertaking. Now YOU can help!

We here at RTR Pilates are helping by collecting batteries and water filters for our friends in Puerto Rico. Starting Monday, November 6th through November 20th, all five RTR Pilates locations in Chevy Chase, MD, Palisades, DC, Potomac, MD, McLean, VA and Highlands Ranch, CO will have collection boxes. Next time you come to class please bring your new, unused and unopened batteries and brita filters to help our neighbors. All items collected will be going to friends of RTR Pilates that live in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. #RTRforPR

Facebook Updates from our friends in Fajardo:

Life After Maria 1

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Leeor Kelly
9:26 AM

RTR Pilates 5th Annual Halloween Costume Contest!

Announcing RTR Pilates’ 5th annual halloween costume contest! Come to class dressed in costume for a chance to win 1 free class for you or a friend! It’s not Halloween without candy, treats will be available as well!

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No Cash Value. Free Passes can be transferrable to other members. Passes expire 12/31/2017. Limit one promo code use per person and cannot be combined with other offers.

Costumes from previous years:

Leeor Kelly
9:04 AM

Burn More Earn More! 5 RTR Pilates Classes in 1 week = 100 Perkville Points! // by Molly Solebello


Attend at least 5 classes each week at RTR Pilates and receive DOUBLE the Perkville points! That’s right — 5 classes = 100 Perkville Points! As always, you can use these points for Free Classes, Guest Passes, and Membership Suspensions. To access Perkville, look for the “Perkville” tab in your account via the RTR Pilates app or website!

Taking RTR Pilates classes but not earning points? Join Perkville in November and earn DOUBLE the points!

If you sign up for RTR Pilates’ Perkville Rewards Program between November 1st and November 30th, you’ll earn 100 points instead of 50. This puts you one step closer to Free Classes, Guest Passes,  and Membership Suspensions. To access Perkville, look for the “Perkville” tab in your account via the RTR Pilates app or website!

Leeor Kelly
7:55 PM

Yoga vs. Pilates // by Lindsey Crane

yoga vs pilates
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 Kelly
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!