By: Alexa Shabinsky By: Alexa Shabinsky | September 2, 2021 | People Lifestyle
For those familiar with the fitness scene in Miami, the name JETSET Pilates is no stranger.
When Tamara Galinsky moved to Miami in 2010, she could not find a workout that gave her the results she was looking for. So there she had it, creating JETSET Pilates was her only option. Fast forward 11 years later, JETSET has become the city’s top pilates studio, with four studios across Miami in Sunset Harbour, South of Fifth, Brickell and Edgewater, with more on the way.
Tamara Galinsky, Founder of JETSET Pilates
When walking into a JETSET Pilates studio, especially the new Sunset Harbor Flagship, nothing else matters - with the music blasting, the lights dimmed, the only thing is you and your reformer.
Not only do some of Miami’s top models swear by JETSET Pilates, but Galinsky is seeing a steady rise in male students. The community is discovering that reformer pilates is so much more than just a workout for women, with its strong intensity and proven results of long, lean muscles.
We caught up with Galinsky to talk about all things JETSET and the power of pilates.
How does your modern pilates method differ from traditional pilates?
Joseph Pilates created the traditional form of pilates over 100 years ago. We love the foundation of traditional pilates which is focused on toning, lengthening and stretching the body. That is why Club Pilates, which does all that, has over 600 locations today. However, I felt that it was missing the intensity of strength training and cardio. It was also due for an upgrade to a more modern pilates equipment designed in such a way that clients never had to stop moving during their 50-minute class, as is the case with traditional reformers.
Our reformers look and perform like a Tesla of pilates machines. So JETSET simply took what existed and worked for the last 100 years, and linked it with all those extra elements. We did not change Pilates- we improved on it. Our routines are methodical to the JETSET Pilates system: a unique combination of choreography, moves and music on a modern reformer and in a gorgeous studio setting. And all of this at affordable prices. Can't beat that!
JetSet has been around for 11 years now, how have you seen the fitness scene in Miami change and develop?
When the first studio opened on 2nd and Washington Avenue I had clients drive to us from Aventura. Clearly, since then so many fitness brands have exploded into Miami - the difference is we are the only Miami-made brand - others came here from other parts of the country. However, having so much choice is better for everyone as now clients want to combine a few of their favorite workouts - usually, we are one of them!
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Pilates is definitely on a rise right now, why do you think?
Not many realize it - but in addition to physical health benefits, pilates is a form of mediation. If our clients don't focus on what they're doing on the reformer - they know they will not be able to do the moves. You can space out running, or riding a bike - but if you space out on a JETSET reformer, you may end up on the floor. Especially after such a long period of stress due to the pandemic, people look for ways to stay present, to disconnect. This is what JETSET also offers. So it's their 50 minutes of checking out from the busy schedules of their lives. In addition, more men realized that JETSET Pilates is a great combination to their regiment. Finally, we made it affordable - so more people can have it as part of their health and fitness journey.
Is there another workout you suggest your students do on the side to supplement pilates with?
I often recommend Yoga and functional movement - what is the point of pumping weights if you can not move your hips, or turn your neck. We need agility to live a healthy life.
How does the workout of reformer pilates differ from traditional floor pilates?
Floor pilates uses just the body weight. Reformer was created to combine one's body weight with resistance training using springs and a moving carriage.
For someone looking to get into pilates what is the best way to start? How many classes do you suggest a week?
It depends on their fitness level, we usually recommend starting with 2 classes a week and building up to 3 or 4.
Who is the perfect JetSet pilates candidate?
The most common feedback we get from clients is that JETSET has changed their body - so it's a combination of losing weight and building muscle in all the right places, to say.
JetSet has grown a lot recently in the Miami area, is there a specific studio you see the most traffic at and why do you think?
Our Flagship Miami Beach locations opened in October 2020! In fact, we signed that lease a few days before the lockdown. So that is right in the midst of the pandemic - yet we did better in that location than before Covid. Of course, Miami Beach swells up during high season and we get a lot of out of towners who experience JETSET and then ask to bring it to their cities. Miami has grown so much that we are no longer looking at a specific studio - we are seeing our brand in high demand and each location has a very loyal client base. I would say Miami Beach studios see a lot more out of towners which is great for the brand awareness, while Brickell and Edgewater locations have more locals.
JetSet has seen tremendous growth in the South Florida market, do you have plans to expand elsewhere?
JETSET is setting up its franchising now. We had a tremendous amount of interest without doing any franchise marketing as we are still finalizing the logistics. We are also working on opening a few more locations in South Florida. We plan to have over 600 locations in 9 years.
Photography by: Courtesy JETSET Pilates