About Us

What is Pilates?

Contrology: Complete control of body, mind, and spirit.


When Joseph Hubertus Pilates began developing the work that would eventually become known as Pilates in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, he called it Contrology and for good reason.

Originally designed for boxers, wrestlers, gymnasts, and other sports that required optimal physical form and strength.

 It was developed to teach the body how to work in its ideal way, to realign the skeleton, find symmetry in the muscles, and find the balance between mobility and stability; between flexibility and strength. 

Pilates teaches you how to overcome imbalances in your musculature and the structural asymmetries that occur as a result. It literally teaches you how to control your body's movements and motor functions.

Contrology is a body weight and resistance based fitness system that can be performed anywhere from on your living room floor, to in the park, but can also be performed on the various pieces of equipment that Mr. Pilates invented for the work. 

I always tell my clients that the goal of  Pilates isn't a flat stomach or toned butt, but in actuality, to teach you how to make your body be the best version of itself it can be. 

Contrology teaches you that you are in charge of your body. You decide what to do with it and how to use it, a lesson that carries over into all aspects of life.

Who is No Pity Pilates?

No Pity Pilates is Emily Hoffman.

Like many others, I found Pilates because of an injury.

I was born with a spinal defect called spondylolisthesis, a congenital spinal defect that causes the spinal column to shift and the discs between the bones to degenerate. 

When I was a teenager I loved running but my spine didn't.

The impact of running sped up the degeneration of my spine. When I was 19 I had spinal fusion surgery to stabilize my spine. It was thanks to my first surgery that I found Contrology. I was no longer able to run and needed to find an activity that challenged me both mentally and physically.

If you'd like to know more about my experience with spinal surgery and Pilates, please follow this link or email me at emily@nopitypilates.com to ask me any questions you may have.


In 2008 I completed a Pilates mat certification at Core Pilates NYC to help improve my own practice and started teaching friends for the fun of it. I quickly fell in love with teaching people all the ways Contrology makes lives better. Always being concerned with helping others, I was pursuing an MSW when I realized that just as my intention was through Social Work, I could also improve peoples' quality of life through Pilates. 

Shortly thereafter, I earned my comprehensive certification through Romana's Pilates.

I stay true to my classical training and the classical repertoire. I teach Pilates as a system, working within the traditional structure, addressing the needs and wants of each person's body. 

With a decade of experience, I am here to help you be stronger, feel better, exceed your own expectations, believe in yourself and your body, and yes, look better too.​

Why private training?

Sure, you can go to a mat class at your gym but that's not what Contrology was developed for. 

Contrology was invented to target the specific needs of each individuals' level of fitness, each bodies' imbalances, its strengths and weaknesses, and works to create balance both muscularly and mentally. 

Are you a runner with tight hamstrings and hip flexors? I can help you with that.

Do you sit at a desk all day and your low back aches? I can help you with that.

Do you have scoliosis or other spinal issues? I can help you with that.

Are you a new mom who just wants her body to be hers again? I can help you with that.

Whatever your goals or body issues, Pilates and I will work for you.

Contrology is about performing the specific order of exercises how your body needs, to teach your brain and body to communicate and make yourself the best you can be.