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Mat, Reformer, Barre and Bridal Bootcamp: Absolute Pilates Has It All

By S. Mathur

When she moved back home in 2008, Allison Zang, owner of Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg, wasn't sure that central Pennsylvania was ready for Pilates. She started on a small scale, teaching a few clients out of a home office.

"I was wrong," she said "It was ready for lots of Pilates. I realized the area need Pilates and people need it close to where they live."

Since that time, the studio has opened in three more locations, in Enola, Harrisburg, and Lemoyne. No matter where you live in central Pennsylvania, there's a studio just a short drive away. Zang describes Absolute Pilates as a boutique studio with open arms, and she means it.

"We welcome everyone and feel that everyone can do Pilates," she said." I specialize in working with people that think they can not get fit, can not move and can not feel good. We offer classes for all levels."

She has taught the young and the old, rock star athletes, prima ballerinas and people who are injured or chronically ill. The studio provides training in classical Pilates to beginners and experts, at all ages and fitness levels.

"This studio is devoted to fitness through consciousness of movement and form in the Pilates Method," Zang said. "We believe in using this method to develop specific programs that meet individual conditioning goals and needs. Athletic ability and coordination are not a requirement for Pilates, as all exercises can be modified to any level."

Classes include private, semi-private and small group reformer, tower and chair sessions, as well as Barre Pilates classes taught by qualified instructors. There are over 500 Pilates exercises. These are used in combination to gain muscle strength, improve flexibility, and build a stronger core. The Pilates Method was created in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, and focuses on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Exercises can be performed on a mat or using special equipment like the reformer.

A unique offering at the studio is the boot camp for brides. There are several different packages and the studio also hosts bachelorette parties.

"Bridal Bootcamp come out of the idea that brides need a fun supportive place to get in shape." Zang said. "Not to be someone they will not be one month after there wedding. This is time to hit goals, feel good, build friendships, and feel like the best version of themselves."

Whether the goal is to look beautiful in a mermaid dress or to shovel snow without back pain, students find that classes at the studio can help them to achieve it. The studio has special pregnancy and neonatal classes, and in general students find that Pilates is excellent for all stages of motherhood.

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