You don’t have to be royalty or be related to royalty to look your best! You, too, can look like Pippa Middleton. Pippa, whose poise, posture and ‘posterior’ drew world-wide attention at her sister Kate’s recent royal wedding, has put Pilates back on the fitness map.  She credits doing Pilates three times a week for her widely admired physique.

Coincidentally, Pilates is enjoying renewed popularity at the JCC in Newton, says JCC Group Fitness Director Audrey Edwards. Under the guidance of certified Pilates instructors, men and women of all ages are training on dedicated STOTT Pilates equipment in the JCC’s private Pilates Studio. Free (for members) Pilates group fitness classes are filled with new and experienced Pilates enthusiasts. And four paid Pilates classes – On the Ball, Men’s Pilates, Pilates on the Mat and Ball, and Drop-in Pilates Mat, will be offered this fall based on requests from members and nonmembers.

One reason for Pilates’ popularity is that it allows devotees to develop strength, flatten abs, increase muscle tone, gain flexibility, and improve posture without building bulk or stressing joints.Pilates will leave you looking toned and fit just like Pippa! More on Pilates at the JCC available by contacting 617-558-6460 or

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