Club Pilates Murphy is Enjoying a Strong Start
John Mullins, owner of the newly opened Club Pilates Murphy, explained why he chose this franchise opportunity over others, “When I started planning to take early retirement from United Airlines, I knew I wanted to do something I would be passionate about and could be proud of. My only experience with Pilates up to that point was a Pilates DVD my wife and I used to work out with, but when I saw Club Pilates as a franchise option, it immediately went to the top of the list. After flying out to California and meeting the people behind the franchise, including original founder Allison Beardsley, I was sold.”
The first Pilates classes were held at this location (226 E. FM 544, Ste. 106) on July 15. Mullins reports, “Business has been absolutely incredible! We have already needed to add classes to the schedule three times since opening.” He explains why they chose this location, “We chose this location for a couple of reasons. One reason is the prime visibility we have to the thousands of people who travel east and west on FM 544 daily. The other reason was based on our demographic research results which showed that the age range and income level of Murphy residents is exactly the type of people who find great success as members of Club Pilates. We are excited to see the growth happening in Murphy and feel fortunate to add a healthy lifestyle opportunity into the mix.” Mullins also owns a Club Pilates franchise in Garland and plans to open another one in Rowlett.
Assistant General Manager Madison Caddell explained differences people will notice at Club Pilates versus other exercise options, “Our instructors and staff know the members’ fitness goals and we help them exceed their goals, while helping them increase their confidence and improve their everyday life.” Carmen McMiller, an instructor at Club Pilates Murphy added, “We cater to all types of people and ages.” The average age of their members is 40 years old. (They have members up to 72 years old. Children, 12 years old and older, can get a membership and work out with their parents.) They offer a variety of classes, and no class is ever the same since there are different instructors who have different styles of teaching. Caddell said that because of the low impact element of the Pilates workout, doctors often recommend their patients try Pilates as a form of rehabilitation. There is a maximum of 12 people per class, which allow instructors to provide individual attention.
On a person’s first visit to Club Pilates Murphy, staff will meet with them to discuss their fitness goals. Often people come in with goals of body changes such as weight loss, increased muscle tone, alleviate pressure on their back and many others. Caddell said, “We help them reach these goals and notice their confidence has increased as well.”
At this point, the most popular class at the Murphy location is CP Cardio Sculpt. The description of this class is, “Use the Pilates jumpboard to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints.” (clubpilates.com/location/murphy) Additional high intensity classes will be added to the schedule. Caddell said, “I feel like those will be very popular once they are introduced.” Currently, there are many level one Reformer Flow classes on the schedule. Caddell said this class allows members to learn the words associated with Pilates and to see what their bodies can handle. McMiller said, “Over half of our members are brand new to Pilates, so we want to start them at level one to get the basics down. Anyone can do this class.”
Caddell describes the staff as energetic, hardworking, kind and eager to build relationships with the members. Instructors are required to attend a Club Pilates proprietary 500-hour comprehensive Club Pilates Teacher Training program.
Staff become emotionally invested while helping members reach their goals. Caddell said, “We are like their personal cheerleaders. We’re here every step of the way.” McMiller said even though they haven’t been open very long, members have already told her they have received compliments on their physical improvements due to Pilates. She added, “This is an overall wellness. The exercise and camaraderie make people happy.”
To attend a class, you must register online in advance. Membership packages start as low as $89. There are also opportunities to try a class without a membership ($29 per 50-minute class). They offer weekly, free 30-minute introductory classes on Thurs. at 4:30 p.m., Sat. at 1 p.m. and Sun. at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call them at 214-235-2931, visit their website, clubpilates.com/location/murphy, and find them on Facebook and Instagram for more information and upcoming events.