Real Pilates

"As the company owner, opening a new location is always a source of pride but the day-to-day community stories are really the proudest moments I can share. Like the day I walked in the studio and realized we had a 13-year-old skater, a 65-year-old woman with osteoporosis and a 40-year-old man with Cerebral Palsy all doing Pilates ..."

Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of Real Pilates! What inspired its creation? Alycea Ungaro: Thank you! We’re thrilled that we just moved into our third NYC studio. Dance actually led me to Pilates, I studied at the American School of Ballet and incorporated Pilates as a strength training method. Eventually, I trained to become an instructor while enrolled at NYU’s Physical Therapy program and began Real Pilates out of my Tribeca living room in 1995. Real Pilates is rooted in the genuine teachings of Joe and Clara Pilates. We believe that the combination of resistance training, bodyweight training and a focused mental approach to symmetrical strengthening is the formula for any body in any condition at any age.

Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in New York, what are some of your proudest moments? Alycea Ungaro: As the company owner, opening a new location is always a source of pride but the day-to-day community stories are really the proudest moments I can share. Like the day I walked in the studio and realized we had a 13-year-old skater, a 65-year-old woman with osteoporosis and a 40-year-old man with Cerebral Palsy all doing Pilates. Or the moment one of my very first students for more than 20 years graduated from our teacher training program. The achievements of our innermost Pilates community fill me with joy each and every day. I am continually inspired by all of them.  

Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Alycea Ungaro: There’s been an explosion in recent years in the boutique fitness space. Now, I see the pendulum swinging back in the other direction. People have tried all the variations, and now are interested in learning where these fusion classes got their roots. We’ve seen more interest in our Classical Pilates training program, and I think that what’s old is new again. We’re getting back to basics with fitness, and that’s where people really see results. Efficient effective safe training will be the workout of the future and that’s the heart of Real Pilates.  [ learn more ]