Functional Cross-Training

Functional Training at Pilates on Fifth

Joseph Pilates may have created the method that bears his name, but he was an extremely well-rounded athlete.  
He was a gymnast, a boxer and a weight lifter, and, most importantly, was an avid life-long mover!


Pilates on Fifth continues Mr. Pilates' total embrace of all movement disciplines by incorporating Pilates-inspired and Pilates-amplified modalities for a total body transformation.


What is Functional Training?

Functional training involves exercises that train the body for activities in daily life.  

Pilates, of course is functional training as it involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back.

But, in addition to core strength, we need some or even all of the following qualities to maintain active, injury free lives:

  • Mobility
  • Proprioception
  • Quickness
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Agility
  • Control
  • Power

Each piece of equipment at Pilates on Fifth has been chosen for a specific functional purpose. In addition to core strength, each piece brings a unique attribute to enhance the workouts of our clients.


Flexibility, Control, Strength, Mobility


Strength, Control, Power, Balance


Mobility, Strength, Control, Balance


Strength, Control, Balance, Power


Control, Proprioception, Mobility, Strength


Proprioception, Quickness, Balance, Agility


Balance, Agility, Mobility, Proprioception

Barres & Belles

Power, Balance, Strength, Control

ActivMotion™ Bar

Power, Strength, Proprioception, Control

Mat Pilates Plus

Strength, Control, Mobility, Flexibility


Agility, Proprioception, Quickness, Balance

Rock Solid Sculpting

Proprioception, Quickness, Balance, Agility

And at Pilates on Fifth, we specifically tailor each and every Pilates private to the needs of our clients.

Whether the goal is to improve the golf or tennis game, reduce lower back pain upon awakening, or even play with the grandkids enthusiastically, we can help!