Welcome to Beta Pilates

“The teachers are all so wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful – you always feel you’ve improved each time you leave Beta Pilates.” – K.S. of Abington

Your certified instructors at Beta Pilates are rigorously trained for over 600 hours in the classical tradition of the Pilates method of body conditioning. We are committed to continuing our education and study with some of the best Pilates instructors in the world at annual conferences, seminars, and private lessons. We maintain a consistence practice, not only for our own personal development, but to cultivate a deeper understanding of the method through which we can infuse your workouts with new insights.

Dedicated to teaching the principles of the Pilates method (concentration, control, centering, breathing, precision and flow of movement), your instructors at Beta Pilates are devoted to preserving not only the exercises of Joseph Pilates, but the philosophy of his life’s work as well.

Your instructors are passionate about Pilates! We are enthusiastic people dedicated to your success and your ability to transfer what you have accomplished at Beta Pilates into your daily lives.

Beth Clarke (Owner/Instructor) began her classical Pilates training in 2001 and was certified as an instructor in 2004 through a program in Philadelphia requiring 600 hours of apprenticeship. She is the director of the award-winning, top-selling “Classical Pilates Technique” video series, featuring Bob Liekens, Alycea Ungaro and Peter Fiasca. She nevertheless considers herself a student, and continues her Pilates training with regular lessons in New York City with Daniel Lyon, author of “The Complete Book of Pilates for Men”, and by attending continuing education seminars across the country.

A former dancer and choreographer, Beth worked for and performed with several modern dance companies in New York City and on tour in the Northeast. She is also a visual artist, and her photomosaics have been shown in over 40 exhibitions throughout the United States and Italy. Beth’s artwork was published in “Rhode Island Women Speak: an Anthology of Authors and Artists,” and her photography graces the pages of the Beta Pilates and Classical Pilates Inc. websites.

“Pilates not only transformed my body, but my life as well. I chose to teach the Pilates method of body conditioning as my second career, because I want to share the benefits of the Pilates method with you.”

Favorite Pilates apparatus: Wunda Chair – a humbling experience

Favorite Pilates exercise: Frog Facing Out on the Wunda Chair – as anyone in the studio
will tell you!

Least Favorite Pilates exercise: Neck Pull on the Mat is the bane of my existence…

Loves to teach: Everyone who walks into the studio!

Inspired by: My clients’ success

Favorite quote from “Return to Life Through Contrology” by Joseph H. Pilates: “However, as we mature, we find ourselves living in bodies not always complimentary to our ego.”

Gali Fitoussi (Instructor) After serving in the Israeli Army, Gali suffered lower back pain and knee issues.  After a few years, the discomfort progressed into her everyday life routines.  Gali was referred to a Pilates class, and she went three times a week.  After two months, she noticed the difference in her body on the inside and outside.  She felt stronger, confident and best of all – her back pain went away.

In 2009, Gali came to the United States to visit a friend in Florida.  She signed up for Pilates classes to continue the routine she had established at home.  Because she loved it so much, Gali decided to quit her job at a popular radio station in Israel to remain in Florida and become certified as an instructor by Power Pilates.

“From that day forward, my life changed forever.”

Favorite Pilates apparatus: Wunda Chair – it is so challenging! You can do everything on it – it is genius!

Favorite Pilates exercise: Spine Stretch Forward on the Mat or Tree on the Reformer – it strengthens my back and I feel stretched in all directions.

Least favorite exercise: Side Kick Series on the Mat – I love to hate it!

Loves to teach: and inspire others to do Pilates to help them feel better for the rest of their lives.

Inspired by: Pregnant women who continue to practice Pilates until their due date

Favorite quote from “Return to Life Through Contrology” by Joseph H. Pilates: “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference and in 30 sessions, you’ll have a whole new body.” Because it happened to me!

Ann Elizabeth Haney (Instructor - on leave) took her first Pilates class by mistake and was hooked. She loved the way it made her body feel. Ann Elizabeth continued her practice at various studios in New York and began her apprenticeship in Philadelphia in 2004 at Vitality Studio, a program based on the PhysicalMind Institute. Three and a half years and two children later, she was certified. She has completed further trainings with Balanced Body for the Wunda Chair, Reformer Levels 1 and 2.

Ann Elizabeth received her yoga teacher training in Iyengar and Vinyasa styles of yoga from the Yandara Yoga Institute in 2004. She also holds additional certifications in pre-natal yoga and Yoga–Ed. Prior to turning her joys of yoga and Pilates into a new career, Ann Elizabeth worked as a technical designer in the apparel industry. Her style of teaching not only emphasizes the breath and proper alignment; but also focuses on the students own energy.

“I believe classes should be fun and challenging, and I encourage my students to find a sense of balance and awareness within themselves.”

Favorite Pilates apparatus: Wunda Chair. Actually, it’s a love/hate relationship. It is so challenging, yet I feel great at the end of each Chair class!

Favorite Pilates exercise: Long Spine on the Reformer. In my mind I am always an inch or two taller afterwards

Least favorite exercise: It’s a tie…either Neck Pull on the Mat or Horseback on the Reformer….

Loves to teach: the Tower. It brings together all of the goodness from the Mat, Reformer and Cadillac.

Inspired by: just about everyone. There is always something new to learn!

Favorite quote from “Return to Life Through Contrology” by Joseph H. Pilates: Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness

Welcome to Beta Pilates