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Houston Chronicle, Lifestyle & Entertainment, March 18, 2003

“Coming into its Own: The No-Impact Pilates Fitness Program is Perfect for Baby Boomers” by Molly Glentzer.


For years, the word on Joan Breibart’s license plate - Pilates - confused people. A lot of people in New Mexico, where she lived, thought it was a reference to Pontis Pilate, the Roman official who condemned Jesus to death, But by the late 1990s, strangers not only knew it was pronounced pill-LAH-teez, but they were also stopping Breibart in traffic to ask, “Where can I find a good class?” If ever there was an exercise regimen ahead of its time, the no-impact fitness program developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century is it. Professional dancers have practiced Pilates’ techniques for decades, but the rest of us had to bust our backs and hobble our knees before we could appreciate a workout that didn’t leave us drenched in sweat. Or maybe we just had to see Madonna and Michelle Kwan do it first..

Health and Fitness Sports Magazine, October 2005

“Top Teachers: Houston is home of some of the best yoga and Pilates instructors” by Jim Carly

Every day, hundreds of Houstonians turn to them in an attempt to improve their flexibility, muscular strength and mental clarity. Meet some of the top yoga and Pilates instructors in the Bayou City.  John Gossett. . . Teaching philosophy: “I work in an open studio and the need of the client comes first. With the open studio concept, the price structure starts at the high end and as people become more proficient, the price goes down.”

Dance Magazine, June 2004

Mind your Body, “Pilates: Ripe for Reforming?” by Nancy Galeota-Wonzy

Pilates has become the workout of choice among many dancers for all the obvious reasons. It helps build alignment and flexibility, lengthens and tones muscles, and helps dancers find their center. But as Pilates continues to gain popularity - many dancers now teach as well as take it - some having started turning to it as a shortcut for staying in shape. Working full-time and rehearsing at night (an economic reality for many dancers) puts a strain on attending morning class. What’s more, choices for class have shrunk in many locales. It’s no surprise that the dancers can be all-too-tempted to substitute a Pilates workout.

Pilates Physicalmind Institute Forum, Fall 2003

“Anatomy of an Open Studio” by John Gossett


Every Pilates story has a beginning. Mine begins in Chicago. It was 1980, and Maria Tallchief had just hired me for my first professional dance job with the Chicago City Ballet. I started ballet very late - the first time I had even attempted a plie was at the age of 22. My body awareness had come from high school football and wrestling, so as you can imagine it was a struggle. The co-director of the ocmpany was Paul Mejia. Paul’s mother would come to Chicago to visit, and to watch classes and rehearsals. One day she approached me about some exercises that she felt would help my technique. I didn’t get a chance to take her up on her offer. It turns out that Paul’s mother is Romana Kryzanowska. And that’s how I heard about Pilates.
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