The RTR Method: Pilates, Engineered.

Creating a place to thrive

Since our first studio opened in 2006, RTR has always focused on creating an environment where communities can thrive. From our training programs to class structures, we’ve put decades of research into making every class that much more effective, efficient, and engaging for our clients.

The end result is an intuitive, challenging Pilates experience that will keep you coming back for more, whether it’s your 1st or 100th class.

What makes RTR so different

We believe that the best classes come from studios that support confident, empowered instructors.

So that’s what we do.

Through our unique training program, we empower instructors to create programs that integrate their own style and personality with efficient flows and effective exercises. While most instructor training programs only focus on teaching exercises by muscle groups, we take that focus and add in the a bit of engineering.

We focus on how to create a more efficient class, and as a result, a more efficient workout.

Rather than grouping exercises by muscle group, which can have you twisting, turning around, and changing spring loads every two minutes, our engineer Pilates programs focus instead on building exercise flows based on direction and spring load. By building the class around direction, we save valuable time and allow for more exercises within a single class. This focus results in a more challenging workout with more exercises in the same time period as a traditional studio class.

Intentional inconsistency that keeps you engaged

Because of our unique, science-driven program, you’ll find challenging workouts at each of our five studios, whether you always take the 9:00am, or fit in whatever class whenever you can.

We all know that boredom is the kiss of death in any exercise routine – we need excitement, challenge, and creativity to keep us engaged in healthy habits. Just like you wouldn’t want to eat the same meals every day for the rest of your life, it’s important to create a similar variety in your exercise routines.

In most traditional Pilates studios, you’ll find the same 3 or 4 classes on repeat every week. But our bodies are smart, and they adapt quickly to stress. If we repeat the same 3 or 4 classes every week, our muscles will grow used to them, and so will our minds. Variety is key to keeping our bodies and brains engaged, so that we can build long-term, sustainable habits that foster a healthy lifestyle.

We foster a culture of creativity where our clients can thrive, week after week, year after year.

That’s why here at RTR, we take pride in knowing that no two classes are the same. Our instructors bring their own spin to RTR’s science-backed techniques and flows to build whole-body workouts that continuously challenges our clients.

So no matter what class you attend, you’ll always find an efficient, effective class, with an expert pilates instructor ready to help you become the healthiest version of yourself.

About RTR

RTR Pilates is the premiere DMV community for wellness-minded adults who want to combat pain, manage stress, strengthen and restore their bodies, and empower themselves in all aspects of life.

“I founded RTR in 2006 as Potomac Pilates to fill a hole that I saw in my community. There was a physical hole, yes (RTR became the first Pilates studio in Potomac), but also room for improvement in Pilates classes themselves. With my undergrad in electrical engineering, I was trained to look at systems and figure out how to make them better. As a Pilates instructor, I took the science of anatomy and Pilates and merged it with the science of systems that I learned in my undergrad.

I focused on developing a Pilates class based in science and designed to achieve the most efficient full-body workout possible.

17 years and five RTR studios later, the result is Pilates, engineered.“ -Reina Offutt, founder and owner of RTR studios

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Pilates for Men

When Joseph Pilates created Contrology – what would eventually become Pilates – during World War I, he was not thinking of women specifically, or ballet dancers at all.

He first began developing his program training male wrestlers and boxers. He rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance. It was this innovation that led to his later equipment designs, and eventually to Pilates as we know it today.

Later, when his first studio shared an address with the New York City Ballet, the practice evolved to support injury recovery and prevention for many of the dancers. From this early development, Pilates grew as a stereotypically feminine exercise.

But come to an RTR studio today and we’ll show you – there’s nothing easy or “feminine” about our Pilates classes. Pilates is a whole-body workout that improves strength, mobility, and core control: all things that lead to a healthier you, regardless of age or gender.

The Benefits of Pilates for Men

Most men find Pilates because of an injury that prevents them from doing the exercises or sports that the love. And many of Pilates’ original ballet dancers loved the exercise for the same reason so many men find it beneficial to their health today: Pilates focuses on holistic stretching and strengthening, which can eliminate aches and pains associated with aging or injury.

But don’t mistake Pilates for an easy class: it’s freaking hard.

Athletes love Pilates because it integrates a challenging, whole-body workout with exercises that support long-term health.

Pilates classes spend significant time on exercises that alleviate issues related the hamstrings and lower back. Our instructors integrate hamstring flexibility exercises and hip mobility movements throughout class.

But many people don’t realize that the glute muscles are also critical to supporting the knees and hamstrings. The body is an interconnected unit, and the exercises we do in class to strengthen the glute are more than just for show. A strong glute takes pressure from the knees and hamstrings, creating a balanced lower body that redistributes stress away from common pain points.

Similarly, Pilates’ emphasis on plank exercises builds abs alongside a stronger back, creating balance in the body that can prevent lower back pain. And all that torque and rotation on the reformer? It builds elbow and shoulder strength, too.

By addressing specific muscle groups, our exercises result in an overall stronger you.

An inclusive, challenging environment

RTR Pilates is the premiere DMV community for wellness-minded adults who want to combat pain, manage stress, strengthen and restore their bodies, and empower themselves in all aspects of life.

We focus on creating an inclusive studio environment and fantastic workout for clients of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. But we also focus on the science of exercise. Here at RTR, our proprietary, science-based method combined with the Allegro II Reformer delivers an effective whole-body workout, every time.

So, whether you want to add some variety in your workouts, alleviate aches and pains, or become a healthier version of yourself, we’re here to help.

You don’t have to age in pain, or live with body aches, or only do painful exercise programs. Through our engineered Pilates classes, we’ll lead you through movements that create strength and balance. And at RTR, we help our clients build an awareness of their bodies throughout life, not just in class.

I LOVE Pilates! who knew? I’m a 65-year-old man who, prior to my shoulder surgery 1 1/2 years ago, thought Pilates ‘was for girls’ (ha ha). My PT promised I could stop PT (after 9 months) if I did Pilates for a month. Instead, I got hooked. I play pickleball, race sailboats, and rough house with grandchildren. Pilates has really improved my senses of balance, stability and mindful use of different parts of my body. Too bad more men don’t appreciate it but hey, if they did, the classes would probably take on a weird competitive or macho quality, totally at odds with the underlying ethos of it.’ -Jon a happy, healthy RTR Pilates Client

The end result is a stronger, happier, healthier you.

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