Dr. Michael Magwood owns and operates two IM=X Pilates Studio locations.
Clifton, NJ and in New York City.
History and Background
For more than 16 years, IM=X® Pilates has been an innovator in the pilates, fitness, yoga and back care industries. IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is a new generation of pilates reformer and cardio inspired workouts enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of exercise enthusiasts who proclaim its “immediate results”! Founder, Elyse McNergney, created IM=X to offer a total fitness approach - one that integrates pilates exercises with strength and cardiovascular training.
The IM=X® Pilates vision grew out of Elyse’s certifications in traditional pilates and the Alexander Technique, a M.A. in Movement Science and a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. Elyse and the IM=X® Master Trainer team have extensive experience training and rehabilitating professional athletes, dancers and patients with back pain. IM=X® Pilates has been featured at numerous health and fitness conventions including World Fitness IDEA Conference, the IDEA Mind/Body Conference, ECA, the World Spinning Conference, the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Conference. In addition, the IM=X Pilates DVD series has been sold world-wide. You are in good hands with the IM=X® Pilates certified instructors and personal trainers.
What is IM=X® (pronounced IMX)?
IM=X stands for Integrated Movement Xercize. It's an elite fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with elements of strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance and muscle tone, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core.
How does IM=X® differ from Pilates?
IM=X is a cross-conditioning system that includes pilates reformer (Xercizer) training moves but adds resistance and plyometric jumps for a more athletically oriented workout so you can tone up and lose inches quickly. IM=X pilates workouts can be tailored for athletes, back pain, pregnancy or weight loss (i.e. Lower Body Workout, Interval Training Workout, Stretch Workout, Basics, Upper Body Workout and more...). The variation within IM=X makes it possible to address everyone from the "couch potato" to the professional athlete. Joseph Pilates developed his amazing method 70 years ago and IM=X simply updates its concepts and practice reflecting the newest research on fitness, cardiovascular training and spine stabilization. For this reason, IM=X has been described as "the next evolution of Pilates workouts."
Who can benefit from IM=X® training?
Everyone -- from fitness newbies to hard-core gym rats -- can benefit from IM=X. The program has been proven effective for all body types and fitness levels, regardless of age, weight or ability. There are specialized IM=X formats designed for weight loss, athletes, pregnancy, golf and people with back pain. And, the IM=X Pilates Studios offer Semi-Private Training Memberships so that you can receive the attention of a certified trainer without the price of one-on-one sessions plus unlimited reformer (Xercizer) workouts!
What kind of results can be achieved with an IM=X® workout?
The combination of strengthening, cardiovascular and lengthening exercises develops long, lean muscles, improves posture, increases metabolism and adds flexibility to the spine. IM=X pilates reformer (Xercizer) classes offer a unique approach to changing body composition (muscle to fat ratio). IM=X workouts attack excess bulk in the hips and thighs and tighten the body's core muscles for rock-hard abs. Our members consistently report a significant loss of inches from attending 3 sessions weekly.
How do I get started in the IM=X® Pilates program?
We recommend several private sessions to learn the technique and the patented reformer equipment (the Xercizer). Then you can join our Semi-Private Membership Program where there can be 2-8 participants per session and a wide variety of class formats which combine our reformer, mat, yoga, ballet bar, cycling, etc. As a Semi-Private Training Member you can attend as many sessions as you like with just one monthly fee.
How do I choose an instructor or personal trainer?
All of the personal trainers and instructors at the IM=X Pilates Studio franchise are qualified to provide you with this incredible training. Our franchises send their staff to our educational institute in New York City where they learn from Master Trainers who are leaders in the fitness industry. There are 9 levels of education provided to all franchise staff -- a process that is extensive, thorough and proprietary. Ask your studio owner which programs are available to you!