Kure Pilates

more than just a studio, we’re a personalized health and wellness center


Located just steps from the Hoboken PATH train, Kure offers Private Pilates Sessions, individual or duet and outfits to all client needs whether they are single or multi fold; from post-rehabilitation, pain management, increased muscle strength, weight loss, heightened fitness performance and more. In addition, we offer Nutrition Coaching to ensure clients have the opportunity to achieve the balance necessary for optimum health.

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Kure, Hoboken

Kure specializes in progressive programming for post rehabilitation and pain management. We utilize tactics to strengthen, mobilize and stabilize the human frame while addressing the underlying fascial tensegrity system in the body. Kure addresses special populations such as, but not limited to, back pain (herniations/slipped disks/fusions), hip and knee surgeries or replacements, pre and post-natal, multiple sclerosis, cancer survivors, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, brain injuries and more.

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Kure Clients

After months of PT, injections and medication I finally decided to check out Kure to help strengthen my core. Quite literally the best decision I’ve made.

Adam S.
I have been going to Kure Pilates for almost 3 years now – before, during and after pregnancy. Pilates has kept my body strong and flexible. Most of all, I think it helped with my labor and recovery! Krysta has been my instructor, however the entire Kure staff is great – very accommodating, helpful and friendly. I highly recommend Kure!
Christine S.
I’ve been practicing Pilates for over 8 years now, from NYC to Boston and Dallas. The staff at Kure is by far the least pretentious and most knowledgeable I have encountered to date…14 moths post partum and I am finishing first in my 30+ person Equinox spin classes. I attribute it to all of the core training I have done at Kure. The studio is clean, convenient and best of all delivers results!
Amy G.
Eager to correct my diastasis after the birth of my 3rd child, word of mouth led me to Kure. All of the instructors are extremely skilled and knowledgeable with the Pilates anatomy and they each carry their own teaching method, which is appealing based on your individual needs. I see and feel major improvement after each session. The knowledge I’ve gained through my sessions at Kure have carried over to my other workouts as well.
Amy B.

13 Pilates FAQs

Pilates is an effective method of exercise that improves strength, posture, symmetry, alignment, balance, mental awareness and overall quality of life. Created by Joseph Pilates during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation program for casualties. His exercise regimen, originally called “Controlology,” stemmed from his studios of Eastern and Western forms of Exercise, including yoga, and Greek and Roman exercise. All Pilates exercises are based of the “core” or “powerhouse” and are bases off of the Six Pilates Principles (see below). Pilates is exceptionally safe and can be modified to meet anybody’s needs on either the apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac/ Tower/ Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel) or the Mat. Pilates has progressed over the years, “growing” new methodologies to further its practice.
A typical beginning Pilates exercise, like we always do at Kure, is based on the individual client. First we go over a few main Pilates Principals regarding neutral spine, posterior breath and transverse abdominus (TVA) engagement, which is your real “core”. Sadly, half of the clients who come into our studio, who have done Pilates before, have never heard of this. The TVA is where Pilates stems from and is essential in Pilates training. Once these few basic principals are understood, we can begin to incorporate exercise choreography to work those principals. Throughout the sessions, we will teach the client other basic Pilates principals through movement, such as cervical nod to avoid neck pain and utilize the abdominal more efficiently, hip differentiation, shoulder stability… As we progress, more basic exercises will be introduced on the apparatus and mat. Beginner exercises typically include toe taps, pelvic bridge, arm in straps, legs in straps, short box, the “Hundreds,” side lying series and more.
Unlike other forms of exercise Pilates can be modified to meet ANY CLIENTS needs, regardless of age, injury, ability or illness/disorder. Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise when taught correctly do to it’s non-impact and controlled movements. It aims to strengthen the body from the inside (TVA) out, creating greater stability/ mobility in the joints and working the body symmetrically to re-align improper compensation patterns that your body has created over time, which may or may not be causing pain.
Pilates and yoga have many similarities and compliment each other wonderfully. First and foremost, they both focus on the mind-body connection through movement to cultivate a greater functionality of the whole body. Both forms of exercise are a way of life and a journey of sorts, rather then an “hour at the gym,” and are used to reach many facets of individual needs.

We often hear the comment: “Pilates is kinda like yoga, right”? We like to describe the Yoga/ Pilates relationship like cousins. They are in the same family, however, there parents come from different backgrounds and raised their kids on different principals.

  • Pilates stems from the core, guiding it’s clients to initiate from the “powerhouse” to work the body symmetrically extending through the limbs, as yoga initiates off the breath to deepen a pose, which is believed to be the most important facet of health in the yoga philosophy.
  • Pilates almost continuously uses resistance of some type, whether it is one’s own body weight or spring tension from the apparatus, as yoga utilizes the weight of just the body either holding postures or flowing movement.
  • Pilates will use more dynamic movements amongst quicker and more repetition, shortening and lengthening the muscles more frequently, as yoga tends to hold one position for a greater period of time using static (or still) muscle contractions.
  • Pilates apparatus provides the mechanically ability of isolating individual muscles and joints, alleviating the stress of other body parts, as yoga does not have that option. Yoga props can assist in this, however, it is more greatly achieved through apparatus.

Your body will be at it’s best when complimenting Pilates with yoga and a safe form of cardiovascular training.

Pilates can benefit anyone, that’s the amazing thing about it. Regardless of your Pilates experience, especially Kure Pilates, outfits to all client needs whether they are single or multi fold; from post-rehabilitation, pain management, increased muscle strength, weight loss, heightened fitness performance and more. We address special populations such as, but not limited to, hip/ knee replacements, vertebral herniations/ fusions/ impingement, back pain, brain trauma, multiple sclerosis, ataxia, pre/ post natal, plantar fasciitis frozen shoulder and cancer patients [read more about Pilates therapy for cancer patients here]. In addition, we offer Nutrition Counseling to ensure clients have the opportunity to achieve the balance necessary for optimum health.
Pilates can be a cardiovascular workout if you chose, meaning the heart rate elevates to your target heart rate for an extended period of time. However, it cannot replace an aerobic activity such as running or cycling where the aerobic system is being utilized for an extended period of time. A great example of “Cardio- Pilates” is the use of the Jumpboard on the reformer. This provides the option of vertically jumping using low impact to increase the heart rate. The rate at which repetitions are done and how many you do can also affect the nature of the workout. Pilates is efficient in training primarily the muscular system, aerobically (uses oxygen) and anaerobically (without oxygen).
Pilates reshapes the body physically and mentally. Connecting with your body gives you the ability to recognize positive changes and “feel” them when you are doing day-to day-activities. You will notice a difference in the strength of your core, better posture, decreased pain (if there was any), increased mobility, more balanced and just better functionality overall. On top of that, with consistent sessions, you will begin to see it! The body will get “tighter,” as Pilates aims to increase lean muscle mass, which helps to increase metabolism, which breaks down and distribute nutrients more efficiently to the body.
Yes, Pilates machines can be very intimidating. It is very important that a studio provides a welcoming and calming atmosphere, as trying it out can be a big step. It’s important to remember that these machines were developed in the early 20th century from hospital beds, mattresses and wheelchairs to help heal ailing soldiers (can you imagine how scary they must have looked back then?!?). Looking past that, these amazing apparatuses were designed and to help people and have exceptionally evolved.

The most known piece of equipment is the Reformer, which most studios’ have…but it doesn’t end there. Joseph Pilates also invented the Cadillac (Trapeze Table), Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel. Aside from the Ladder Barrel, the apparatuses are designed to have you work off spring tensions. This creates work and resistance for the muscles in all places of motion. The force of these springs can be varied by the largest or smallest bit to give the body the most custom of workouts. The apparatus machines have the mechanical advantage of isolating individuals muscles and targeting areas that are in needs of assistance. They help in achieving and feeling the balance and imbalances in the body.

A Pilates instructor should be able to meet a clients individual needs in relation to the following: proper assessment and program development, challenging yet safe sessions, committed to the client’s growth, educate through teaching, be trustworthy, knowledgeable, attentive, clear and precise, accredited, professional, makes you feel awesome and cares!
We get asked this question a lot. Pilates is safe enough to do everyday, however, we understand that life and financial boundaries can get in the way. Optimally, to see the best results, Pilates should be done 3x/ week; 2x/ week to feel and see changes, 1x/week to maintain. Muscles take about 48, depending on the individual, to regenerate after the muscle fibers tear during a workout, therefore; you will have quicker and more efficient results when you come consistently.
Below are the Six Principles of Pilates based on Joseph Pilates. As Pilates has evolved over the years, new principals or “sub-principles” have developed though many forms of contemporary Pilates education.

  1. Concentration: The mind- body connection is once of the key components of Pilates. You must be focused and mentally present as you do Pilates and be aware of what your entire body is doing, not just the part you’re exercising. Your muscles are triggered from the brain. If the brain isn’t focused, then how can the muscles be?
  2. Control: Every movement is about quality, not quantity or resistance. Every movement should to be done effectively and with intent to see results and avoid injury.
  3. Centering: All movements originate from the center, or “powerhouse” of the body, supporting the spine and major organs, strengthening the back and improving alignment, posture and balance. It all starts with the core.
  4. Fluidity: Transitions from one exercise to another are done in a controlling and purposeful manner. Exercise’s must begin and end with intention, building from one to another.
  5. Precision. You try to make each movement as precise as possible regarding alignment and the placement of your limbs. The position of each part of your body is paramount. It is a central aspect of how and why Joseph Pilates designed this system of exercise.
  6. Breath. Pilates breath teaches inhaling through the nose and exhaling out of the mouth through three dimensional breathing. When you inhale, fill the sides of your ribcage while “knitting” the front of the ribcage, creating upper abdominal engagement. When exhaling, breath out of the back of the ribcage and onto the Mat or Apparatus, deepening the abdominal connection.
It absolutely can, but it depends on the client. Instructors will often work to create symmetry in the body, therefore working the weaker muscles individually. When a weakened muscle is targeted, it is more likely to be sore within 24-48 hours after the session. Many times this is often do to the lack of use of a muscle(s) (e.g. TVA, upper hamstring, gluteus medius, internal/ external obliques, mid/ lower trapezius).

A huge misinterpretation is that if you aren’t sore, you didn’t work out hard enough. Wrong. Your body benefits from different movement.

Consistency, patience and understanding is the key to effective Pilates. Pilates is not just going through the motions, but understanding the body’s connections. If you are having trouble grasping the principles, it’s okay! Like anything, you will get better in time and your instructor will be there to guide, teach and encourage you all of the way. Pilates is a journey, not a one-stop shop. If you dedicate your 2-3 hours a week and work through the learning process, you’ll be amazed at what the body is capable of. Remember, no matter at what level, we are always learning new things about our bodies.


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