ROCKSTAR Continuing Education @ Excel!

Here at Excel, we are very adamant about focusing on expansive knowledge of the classical Pilates method. Advanced training and continued education are key in keeping the minds and bodies of both current and aspiring teachers in our field. Lesa, founder and instructor here at Excel Pilates DC, is pleased to announce that she is bringing in Pilates expert MeJo Wiggin to do our next continued education workshop!

Sunday, Feburary 9, 2014 10 AM- 3:30 PM

Part I: Intermediate/Advanced Reformer
Part II: Arm Chair
Cost: $250 for Dual Workshop.
Limited Space Available! Don’t miss out!
Head over to to book your spot today!

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Excel Pilates DC
3407 8th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

Below is some information about MeJo Wiggin:

MeJo began her Pilates study with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska in 1990. She was fortunate to study with many renowned teachers including Sari Majia Santos, Kathy Grant, Jay Grimes, and Bob Liekens. By 1995 she was teaching next to Romana at Drago’s Gym in NYC and was later certified by Romana in 2003 as a Teacher Trainer for Romanas’ new school, Romana’s Pilates.

MeJo is recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the method, and is considered one of Romana’s protégés. Romana often referred to MeJo’s work as “Poetry in Motion,” and she awarded MeJo with a Gold Card in 2002 for her advanced abilities.

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MeJo is featured in over five DVD’s, including the Romana’s Pilates Mat Series, Romana on Pilates: The Legacy Edition, Pilates Revealed with Jay Grimes, and her own videos: 20 Minutes Twice a Week and The Gratz Arm Chair. She is a featured teacher for Pilatesology, has appeared on national television, and has been written up in numerous publications for her expertise in Classical Pilates.

While running her own studio for 13 years in Greenwich, Connecticut, she became sought after. Her keen eye and skillful hands-on approach has changed hundreds of bodies. Her students have included Pilates teachers and apprentices, celebrities, professional athletes and dance companies, movie stars, and supermodels. She has also applied the Method to help students suffering from injuries, scoliosis, back pain, and many other conditions. MeJo’s work quickly gained popularity, and soon doctors from the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in NY referred their patients to her for rehabilitation pre and post surgery.

Today, MeJo is a strong advocate and example of the Classical Pilates Method. She is sought after for her captivating seminars in the United States, Europe, and Russia. MeJo’s mission is to continue teaching and inspiring students and instructors worldwide in the Classical Pilates Method.

Holiday Time!

Happy Holidays from Excel Pilates DC! 

As the year comes to a close there’s no better time to start making decisions about how you’d like to see your life change in the coming year. We’ve already given you reasons why you and your body would love Pilates, but here are just a few quick announcements from us you may want to know as you get started.

Thanksgiving Schedule
Closing early on Wednesday 11.27.
Closed Thursday through Sunday 11.28-12.1.
Back to regular schedule Monday, December 2.
Black Friday Sale
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Purchase and book on Nov 29 ONLINE ONLY
Mega Combo Pack are valid until 5/1/14
Private Session 5 Card Deal valid until 2/28/14

Christmas Schedule
Closed Sunday through Wednesday 12.22-12.25.
Modified Schedule Thursday through Monday 12.26-12.30
Closing Early Tuesday 12.31
Closed Wednesday 01.01.2014
Modified Schedule 01.02-01.04
Please call for additional information on the holiday schedule. We will do our best to make proper accommodations.

Gift Cards
Just in time for the Holidays, Excel Pilates is now offering GIFT CARDS!

Gift Cards are available for purchase in studio.
You can purchase as many as you’d like for any dollar amount.
They can be used on any item, sale or service offered.
Be sure to get them early before we are closed for the holiday schedule above!

Be sure to stay tuned for more holiday sales and events coming in the future! We are excited to see you and be a part of your Pilates journey! Before you go take a second to answer our poll below so that we know what you would like to see us have more of in the future!

10 Reasons You and Your Body Will LOVE Pilates

Joseph Pilates was a health enthusiast, entrepreneur and inventor who cared deeply about the maintenance of the body, mind and soul. He developed Contrology (now commonly known as Pilates) as a means of keeping every part of you in sync and well fit. His methods today have gained worldwide popularity. By doing the original Pilates method, you and your body will be left feeling better than ever. Here are just a few reasons why:

1.You gain self-confidence and consciousness of the power you have to reach your goals. By focusing your physical and mental energy on each individual part of the body as you go through each movement, you’ll find yourself more centered and more aware of your abilities. The consistent development of strength and flexibility as well as your uniformly developed body will keep you confident in your ability to reach your goals.

2. Garner grace and poise from corrected posture. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening postural muscles, while gaining more supported mobility of your spine. By gradual and focused realignment, those who practice Pilates will naturally gain better posture. In addition, your lifted posture combined with your increased confidence allows you to garner a grace in movement that people dream of.

3. Happiness and increased pleasure in life from aligned body, mind and spirit. Many of our internal struggles in life have to do with your mind thinking one thing while your body feels another. Sometimes your spirit may long for things that your body can’t physically do or your mind can’t fathom even trying. Life becomes amazing when all these are in sync. By revitalizing your body both internally and externally, you widen the possibilities of what you can do. As your mind focuses on being in tune with your spirit especially while being physically fit, you will find the confidence and capacity to make the desires of your spirit come true.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
-Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology

4. Develop the ability to make clear and well-balanced decisions from a well-developed mind. Pilates focuses on both physical and mental capacities of the mind. By increasing blood flow through all parts of your body, replenishing fresh air into your body and reactivating some otherwise dormant neurological cells, your brain is constantly developing to its full ability, allowing you to better use it particularly when you need it most.

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” -Joseph Pilates, letter to clients, 1939

5. Gain mental control over every part of your body. The focused isolated exercises in the Pilates movements will allow your brain to reawaken the neurological receptors that are otherwise usually so dormant that they seem impossible to use.

“Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.” – Joseph H. Pilates

6. Develop increased flexibility and corrected body alignment. According to Joseph Pilates, your age isn’t about the number of years you’re alive nor is it about the way you feel. It’s about the functional ability of your body to maintain its proper usage. Your spine and muscles are key to the structural maintenance of your body. Pilates movements will help you develop the proper form and flexibility to keep you youthful for a lifetime.

7. Gain thorough and well-balanced muscle development. The Pilates method focuses on developing not just the outer (often more visible and bulky) muscles but also the smaller more dormant muscles that you wouldn’t usually use.

8. Give your body proper organ maintenance. Maintaining your organs is something many don’t thing about but should.  We place millions of things into our bodies that can cause stress to our internal organs; the biological and genetic effects of our bodies shift the proper use of our organs; the body has an uncanny knack for messing up on its own sometimes. With increased blood flow and better oxygen levels from the breathing exercises in accordance with the Contrology movements, your organs consistently will be revitalized, refreshed and ready to do what you need from them.

9. Gain a lightened spirit from less normal stressors. With all of the great benefits you will gain from practicing Contrology, you will gain a lightened spirit from having less of the normal stressors that affect most people’s everyday lives.

10. Reserve energy for a greater life to live! By doing each revitalizing movement and rejuvenating your body and lungs on a consistent basis, you develop the ability to use less energy for normal day-to-day actions. Instead of ridding itself of the energy you gain, your body will maintain reserve energy that can be used for more play and ultimately lead to a greater life!

Excel Pilates DC was the first classical Pilates studio in Washington, DC. Located in the Brookland area of NE DC, Excel has been committed to the power and depth of the original Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, a highly evolved and in-depth program that originated from the work of Joseph H. Pilates for over 15 years. We strive to share with and inform clients of the power of the original Pilates Method by offering apparatus and mat sessions at an affordable rate, with experienced professional teachers in a safe environment. Find more information about us at