Club Pilates celebrating grand opening this weekend
With the opening of Club Pilates Lake Oswego, Dan and Debbie Wynkoop are realizing a dream two-and-a-half years in the making. Grand opening events are planned for April 6 and 7, including free demonstration classes.
"The Lake Oswego Pilates studio was to be our second location," said Dan. Intrigued by the Club Pilates format, the couple opened a franchise studio in Progress Ridge Town Square in 2016; the franchise was new to Oregon and they wanted to see how the public would respond. Response was so favorable they purchased the Lake Oswego territory one month later, but were unable to find adequate space.
"We opened the Tualatin-Sherwood location in February 2018," Dan said, and they continued to look for space in Lake Oswego, securing first one space in Oswego Town Square, but ultimately settling into suite 300 F. The studio opened Jan. 31.
The Wynkoops say the response has been strong, and due to Lake Oswego residents already being familiar with Pilates there is demand for more advanced classes much earlier than franchise guidelines would expect.
"Usually when a new Club Pilates studio opens you are training people who have never done Pilates before," Dan said. "While we want to bring Pilates to the masses, we also want to adapt to what our members are ready for, so we can help everyone achieve their fitness goals."
Club Pilates offer reformer classes, based on Joseph Pilates' (1883 to 1967) concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which uses the mind to control muscles, focusing attending on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move, providing challenging strength and endurance workout.
Classes are offered on a membership basis, with four-time, eight-time and unlimited monthly membership offered. Memberships of 8-time and unlimited will be discounted 20 percent during the grand opening event.
"Pilates is a full-body workout that focuses on the core, not just the front body, but includes the side and back body as well," Dan said. "It helps lengthen and strengthen muscles and helps the posture. It is a form of exercise that literally almost anyone can perform. Whether you have never practiced Reformer Pilates or are well acquainted and have practiced it for a very long time there is always room to grow and something new to learn and conquer."
As part of the grand opening free classes will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 6 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Space is limited to 12 people per