Joseph Pilates created Pilates as a form of total body conditioning that would be accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness. It is as a means of total body healing and physical fitness. The six core principles of Pilates are: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision and breathing and are integral components of each Pilates session. The principles work synergistically to heal the body, and restore a mind/body connection. Pilates exercises strengthen muscles by lengthening and toning rather than creating bulk and are performed either on mats or utilizing specialized apparatus. At Long Island City Pilates your instructor will tailor the exercises specifically to your needs and physical conditions.  

Atmosphere of the studio

After years of teaching in a variety of places, Adrianne recognized a the need for a local Pilates studio that was also a retreat from the hectic, busy chaos of life. Long Island City Pilates was born out of the desire to provide people with a calm, tranquil environment where they can go to find healing and increased levels of fitness. With a beautiful original tin ceiling and serene environment, Long Island City Pilates is a perfect local escape to develop a mind/body connection, total body balancing and to work toward total body restoration. As soon as you open the door of the studio, you are ready to be mindful of your body and its needs.


Don’t like reading history but would like to know more about Pilates history? Here is an animated version of the beginnings.

Video by taubepilates.com

Video by taubepilates.com


Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was a sickly child suffering from a myriad of physical ailments, which inspired him to dedicate his life to improving his physical strength. From the exercises known as Pilates were born. During World War I Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that would become the foundation of his exercises today. These exercises are intended to strengthen the core muscles of the body to increase total body balance and spinal health. Pilates studied a many bodywork techniques including yoga and qigong to create a series of physical exercises to improve physical health and promote healing. He’s the author of two books, “Return to Life through Contrology” and “Your Health” focusing on his movement techniques. Joseph Pilates moved to New York and opened up a Pilates studio where he taught dances, athletes and artists. Until his death in 1967, Joseph Pilates continued to teach and fulfill his dream of bringing health and healing to people.