Best of Boston

2000 Best Pilates

Boston Bodyworks Studio

Kathy Van Patten’s small private gym in the heart of Beacon Hill is the best home in town of the avant-garde exercise technique known as Pilates. An exercise trend since the early ’90s, Pilates is actually a system of workouts that incorporates balance, posture training, and muscle toning; it is particularly favored by dancers and athletes for its effects on coordination. Van Patten is a trained professional who studied at the Pilates Studio in New York before opening her own studio five years ago. Her friendly demeanor, enviable physique, and mastery of the unique Pilates equipment (“the reformer” and “the universal Cadillac” are just two of the highly-specialized pieces) make her a stand-out.

12 Joy Street, Boston, 617-723-8090,