The Original Pilates Studio with Steve Troy – Part 1

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Sit down with us and Steve Troy - a former Pilates instructor at the original Pilates studio in New York - and find out just what exactly the center of the Pilates world looked like in 1968, the year after Joe's passing. After joining the studio as Romana's student in 1968, by the end of the year Steve was asked to teach there. In this 2 part interview, he shares his stories and experiences as a student and teacher at the studio, which was then freshly taken over by Romana following Joe's death. In addition to countless fun Pilates anecdotes, this 1st episode is packed with intimate, insider details on the "post-Joe" evolution of Pilates -- make yourself comfortable and scratch that Pilates itch with juicy details including what it was like to walk into the original studio for the very first time, or be taken by Clara Pilates on a tour of her and Joe's personal apartment located across the hall from the studio. Want to learn more about original Pilates equipment and apparatus? Check out the full video from which the footage you saw in this episode was taken: Visit Steve at his financial services company Aerofund.  

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  1. ewapilates
    ewapilates 3 years ago

    Alisa: as great as always! THANK YOU:) Ewa

  2. Laurie Hayes 4 years ago

    Do you have a history of John Winters?

  3. Laurie Hayes 4 years ago

    I love this, thank you for all the insight. He’s a pleasure to listen to.

  4. Wade Edwell 4 years ago

    Alisa this is brilliant! Thanks for ensuring stuff like this gets out. It helps us better shape our own delivery method in a more respectful way.

  5. tanyapaty 4 years ago

    I notice that Steve doesn’t use any exercise names and Jay has often laughed that he doesn’t use the names. Is this because Joe didn’t name the exercises and the names came later after Pilates became more widespread?

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      If you look at archival photos most of the exercises have names that we use today. Romana told me that the clients often named the exercises so that might be where most of the names came from. Steve was a teacher for only a few years when he was a teenager so I don’t blame him for not knowing the names of the exercises ;). What is striking to me is how well he remembered how to spot and adjust the client.


    Thank you so much for this interview. Highly appreciated that you keep filming the history of our method.

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