What clients are saying!!
Dear Barbara: I can't thank you enough for the impact
you have had on my life! When I came home from the hospital with my newborn baby I could barely walk due to a herniated
disc in my back and blinding pain down my right leg. I couldn't walk with my daughter or pick her up out of her cradle.
I did three epidural steroid injections and eight months of physical therapy. Those treatments helped but I was still
limping and living with pain every day. I was terrified to move the wrong way or to hurt myself. I wanted something
that would make me stronger. I wanted to be able to care for my daughter and play with her like I've always dreamed
of doing and my mobility was still limited. Thankfully, my husband found Forever Fit Pilates. Once I started private
lessons with you things began to change. You helped me become body aware and taught me how to move without hurting myself.
You really listened to my issues and helped me tackle each one with personalized routines and sincere concern for making me
better so I could be the mother I wanted to be. In just a few sessions I was getting stronger, more flexible and more
confident. Before I knew it, I was taking your regular classes because I was strong enough to get on the mat without
you spotting every single move. More importantly, I was on the floor playing with my daughter and crawling after her
- something I didn't think I would ever be able to do. In class, you have students at all different levels and with
various injuries all at once yet you somehow find a way to make it personal, to work with each of us, to cue modifications
for those who need it, to create a relaxing and comfortable environment and to work our bodies with dynamic routines each
week. Pilates with you has literally been life changing for me. There was a time where I didn't know if I would
ever live without pain or if I would ever walk without a limp or be able to dance with my baby in my arms. I have been
with you for almost a year now and no one would know I had an injury by looking at me. I don't really know how to thank
you for giving me control over my body again. I continue to improve and to get stronger thanks to you and your work,
patience, concern and gracious spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Kimberly - Massapequa, NY
After suffering a serious back injury and a couple of surgeries, I was pretty much unable to walk, sit or stand without pain.
My surgeons, physical therapists, nurses and most importantly, my partner told me to consider pilates as a way to strengthen
my core. I was skeptical. My demeanor is such that whether I was running, roller blading, biking or skiing; I went full
blast with every muscle at full intensity. I believed that the low impact nature of pilates was going to be ineffective.
Howerever, after two seasons with you, I realized how wrong I was! My core has never been stronger and I seem to have
more stamina when engaged in other activities as well. I am very grateful to you for helping me regain my strength and
for showing me how to do so without doing more damage to this beat up body of mine. Best wishes, Lan Rice
- New York, NY
I was introduced to Pilates through my daughter who wanted to
get her body back after having two children. I was never interested in pilates or yoga, as I am not a flexible person.
But I joined Barbara’s classes because I thought it would be fun to do something with my daughter without the kids around.
What I found was pilates has changed me for the better. Barbara never cared that I wasn’t “bendy”, she encouraged
me to keep trying and is always cheering me on. I look forward to going to class each week, and believe me, I never would
have thought I would look forward to working out. The true upside to pilates (besides the giggle sessions my daughter and
I share at class), I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago, and since starting pilates I no longer have osteoporosis
and I am an inch taller ~ really! I am stronger than I have ever been and I feel better than I did twenty years ago.
I started this journey to spend time with my daughter, and found a lifelong commitment to wellness. Thanks Barbara,
you are a lifesaver! Donna Cave – Williston Park, NY
can not say enough good things about Barbara and Forever Fit Pilates! I found Barbara after injuring my neck and wanting
a way to get my post-baby body into shape without putting strain on my herniated discs. Working with Barbara has not
only gotten me into fantastic shape, where people at work have asked numerous times if I had lost weight, but it was also
great rehab for my neck. Barbara really knows my body and will give me alternative moves when she knows an exercise
will bother my neck. Pilates has really changed my body, and I owe it all to Barbara! Erica Burns
- Massapequa, NY
"Since coming to Barbara's classes, I have felt so taken care of. Not only is Barbara knowledgeable
in all the areas in which she teaches, she is warm, attentive and accommodating to your individual physical make up and
needs. If a muscle is pulled or injury present, she takes the time to assist you in adjusting the move for you. Her
classes are really refreshing and always a treat. I look forward them each and every week. Christy
Budig-Chesler, Massapequa, NY
is the best pilates teacher I ever had. I have been to many teachers but what Barbara has is insight. Barbara is calm,
cool, and understanding of you needs and brings light into the class. Barbara makes you feel like a million before, during
and after class. It’s such a pleasure to have met this woman. Barbara is a class act and a great role model. Kristine
Galvan - Massapequa, NY
…A place where you can go to center yourself while
experiencing knowledgeable, hands on, individualized attention to address your personal needs and ability level, in a setting
that is no less than comfortable, caring and social, all while receiving a great work out – This is the atmosphere that
Barbara has created that keeps you coming back for more.. Tammy Bloeth – Massapequa, NY
I have been with Barbara the owner and instructor of ForeverFitPilates for about two years
now. My Pilates experience with Barbara has been nothing but stupendous. She is a very personable instructor
and is always willing to help you in class. Barbara gives you the confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. Since
taking Pilates with Barbara, I feel so much better, much stronger and flexible. One thing she always tells
her class, this is not a competition, if you cannot do it, then modify the move. Barbara shows you how much she
loves what she does and portrays that on to other students in the class. Her classes are always different on a
weekly basis, and always makes Pilates fun. I can honestly say that having done Pilates in other places has made
my experience with Barbara such a great one. There is no other instructor like Barbara and I would not dream
of going anywhere else. So come on down and enjoy the fun! You will not be sorry! Denise
Pandullo – Bellmore, NY
In just my first few weeks of pilates, I felt stronger and more aware of my body. Barbara does an amazing job of
tailoring to adjust for weaknesses and injuries and is an incredible teacher. I wasn't much of an exerciser before, but now,
I can't live without it! Matti Hasselman – Massapequa, NYx
My experience with pilates at Forever Fit Pilates has been amazing. Not only did my muscles become more
toned and stronger, but I also noticed my body structure change. I started Pilates pigeon toed, and I am now able
to walk straight. I am also able to recognize the imbalances
in my body which helps me to work on specific body parts to help make them stronger. I can't see myself ever giving
pilates up! And Barbara is just fabulous, love her!! Amanda Platia - Freeport, NY
Who likes to go for class with so many people and has just one Instructor?
I broke my shoulder and I have bad Knees. Everyone was telling me to go to Pilates Class. I decided to participate
in Pilates Class at the good Gym in Garden City. The classes were so crowded that the Instructor couldn’t give
attention to everyone even she wants to. Then you do wrong exercise and get worst. Friend of mine told me about Forever Fit Pilates, LLC in Massapequa. My first impression about
the Instructor Barbara Pantino when she interviewed me was the most excited experience. She gave me some instruction before
the class start about how to breathe and some vocabularies that I didn’t know before. Well
everyone has different needs. She is warm and loves what she does. Wow, was I surprised. I never thought
I could really like and enjoy doing exercises like I do today. Barbara with her
sweet way shows each one of us the correct posture, breathing to improve ourselves everyday life. Sueli Adballah
-East Meadow, NY
Since starting Pilates with Barbara Pantino at Forever Fit Pilates, my body
feels better than ever! I feel more flexible, stronger and I have a better balance. Barbara is a great instructor, I love
her! She’s quick to identify my body’s needs and she is not shy to push me a little harder…which I love
because it motivates me. She’s the best and is more of a friend than just an instructor. Thanks Barbara!
Yolanda, West Babylon, NY
Hi Barbara!! Since I've been coming to your classes I feel myself stronger and losing inches from my frame.
Every class is different and helps target different muscles!! Your teaching and guidance is always warming and welcomed!!
It helps me become a stronger person!! The other ladies in the class are just as wonderful! Keep up the good work! See ya
next week!! :) xoxo Tracy Heim - N. Bellmore, NY
Although I am relatively
new to Pilates, I found it to be energizing while at the same time I felt calm and centered. Basically I am lazy when
it comes to exercising. I have tried many things and then lose interest. At the recommendation of a friend I decided to give
Pilates a try. I'm so glad I did. I love the fact that Barbara is so
in tune with each of her students. She is able to focus on each person and instructs according to their strengths and weaknesses.
She is always encouraging and instills confidence. Give her class a try you will be thrilled with this awesome teacher.
Marion Madison - Massapequa Park, NY
I've been taking pilates for 3 years with Barbara and think she is a terrific teacher
and very knowledgeable. Her classes are intense but we have a great time. I feel Barbara is very understanding as well as
down to earth. She tailors her workouts to the needs and experience level of the individual. We use different equipment
every week so the classes never get boring. I love Barbara and
think she is very approachable. When you just need to talk to her about anything, she is always available. Susan Rand - Massapequa, NY.
I started taking Barbara's classes in January, and I can honestly say that at first I had no idea what I was doing
but after a couple of months of taking the class twice a week I felt very comfortable and noticed a change in the way I felt.
I always have had a difficult time of standing straight and my posture seems to be getting better and better. I also
seem to be more flexible and agile. I am so enjoying these classes and mostly importantly Barbara realizes that everyone
is on a different level and she has extreme patience with all of us. I look forward to each class as every class
is different which makes it so much fun. Harriet Teitle - East Meadow, NY
found Barbara over a year ago. Her in- depth knowledge of Pilates and of the human body have helped me tremendously. The techniques
and stretches she shows us are amazing and have truly done magic on my body! I never knew my back could feel better! Barbara
has given me the confidence and hope that I have been missing for so long! I am so lucky to have found her!
Kristen Sundack - Bellmore, NY
The thing that I love most about Pilates aside from our wonderful instructor Barbara is that it makes your body and
mind come alive. You stretch and work every muscle in your body and it takes all of the stress and tension away.
Lisa Chioccariello - Bethpage, NY
I have been taking Barbara's classes
for almost a year and a half and I'm addicted to them. I travel from Queens to take her classes, because she is an amazing
instructor who not only is completely knowledgable in pilates but, as well with your mind and body. Her classes are NEVER
boring & you ALWAYS walk out of class feeling amazing. Pilates is a great total body workout! Thank you Barbara!
Kim Michalowski - Queens, NY
my life I've been in tune to the need and discipline of consistent physical activity. As a Registered Dietitian I know that fueling
the body with healthy foods can help me expend energy to achieve this to my fullest. I've been a runner,
yoggie, gym rat, roller-blader, wave runner; you name it, I've tried it. Pilates is a part of my life now.
Attending Barbara's classes has taught me the benefits of building my core and improving my posture. With Barbara's
knowledge my flexibility has increased as well as my strength.... without bulk. Barbara's Pilates classes have taught
me how to control my movements; always being aware of my spine, breathing and core. I've also met some wonderfully nice
people; you see it's not all business. Barbara brings to the table her experience in a friendly manner. Humor
and hard work; work well together! Thank you Barbara for all you've done. I leave each class being more and
more mindful of the need for a balanced, strong body and mind. Christina
Mackay - Merrick, NY
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A Catalyst for Change
Last year I walked into the law firm where I worked as an attorney,
handed in my notice and walked out the door. Why did I do this? Well, it all started with Pilates.
had been practicing law in the Real Estate area for 12 years. It was incredibly stressful with insane market highs and
lows, and everything was always rush, rush, rush. When the economy finally "crashed" a year or so ago, the
industry got desperate and quite nasty. On top of that I was simultaneously dealing with a breast cancer scare which
made me realize that I really hadn't exercised-at all-in over 2 years. I made a decision to start to do something healthy.
I found Pilates completely by accident-I actually thought I was going to a yoga studio. But I decided to try
it and absolutely loved it. The exercises really made me feel more flexible and agile. But more than that I felt
energized and revitalized. In fact, I felt...good. At 53 years old it dawned on me that I hadn't felt this good
in a long time. This led to some major changes in my life. It was here that I decided I was done as an attorney-I
just didn't need the anxiety anymore. When I left, it was a mixture of elation and dread. I left on a Friday,
and had to have another surgery on Monday. So while I was thrilled to be turning my back on the industry, I was afraid
for my health.
Luckily everything turned out all right. My surgery and recovery went well and I decided to
focus on doing something I loved-photography-particularly child photography. Having eight grandchildren arrive over
the years elevated me from "amateur" photographer to "enthusiast." But I wanted to learn more so
I got a job at a local photo studio to learn the "ins and outs." The training was completely hands-on and
gave me the opportunity to learn as much as possible in one year about digital photography and photographing children (plus
an occasional dog).
I worked at the photo studio for nearly a year before taking a temporary six month work contract
in the mortgage industry to help pay bills. But it gave me the knowledge I needed and it is my goal to open my own studio
in the upcoming years. In addition, my grandkids are competing in a triathlon relay in a few months - one is a swimmer
and one is a runner. But they need a cyclist for that leg of the race. Guess what? That cyclist is going
to be me. I'm in training right now and Pilates is a major part of my conditioning program.
I think doing
Pilates at the time of this decision really helped me develop this "I can do it" attitude. So, why not start
training, spinning and riding at age 54. The first few weeks on the stationery bike left me in tears, but with my Pilates
instructor Barbara's encouragement and my absolute refusal to disappoint my grandchildren, I had the incentive not to quit.
Ten months later, I've built up to 28 mile rides and don't even get winded! Maureen Febbraro
- Massapequa, New York
what I had learned in the past. Thanks, Denise Pandullo
Barbara is awesome. She's a natural teacher. Her directions are clear
and if you're having trouble or you're not doing something correctly, Barbara has your back. You'll hear her gentle cues,
"chris-chin down" or "straighten your legs". She makes sure that everyone in her classes has proper form
which is so important. She's really a lot of fun AND she has a rockin' body which I (personally) find inspirational. I look
forward to Wednesday nights with Barbara and the rest of the gals :). Chris - Massapequa,
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I’ve always been an athlete and I’m in fairly good shape. But I work a ton of crazy
hours as a interior designer, and the day-to-day routine doesn't allow for me to work out as much as I used to . I need to
get the most out of the time I do find to work out. Pilates has done that for me. I had always wanted to try Pilates and there is a studio by my office. So one day I saw an ad in my
local paper for Forever Fit Pilates Studio and I called up and set up my first private session with Barbara Pantino. I have
been training with her ever since.Physically I feel great I have more energy.
I am more toned and look leaner than I ever did when I went to the gym. I am only 5’4” but I look a little taller
now and I am way more flexible. And it really is a mind and body exercise - it makes me feel more alert and focused. I also
never seem to get bored as Barbara always finds new ways to challenge me when we train. I do both private and group sessions.
With this economy I have had to cut back a lot of my extras these days, but Pilates is one thing I will not give up. It keeps
me fit, happy and energized. Once you hit 40 it is harder and harder to keep the weight off and feel good about your body.
This does it for me. If you haven’t tried Pilates I say go
for it. It will boost your energy and when you feel and look good it will also boost your self esteem. You have nothing to
lose - at least try one session and you'll know if its for you. Stacey Walker - Massapequa,
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I've always found most traditional exercises uninteresting
and not particulary productive. But as we grow older we do need to stay in shaped. I heard about through a friend
who attended the same gym, so I decided to try a Pilates class, and I was hooked! Eventually I began individual sessions
with my instructor, Barbara Pantino and have been with her ever since (five years!). Pilates is truly the only exercise
I enjoy-- it has made a profound difference in my life. I've even created my own Pilates studio in my home, complete
with a Reformer and Cadillac.
From a mental standpoint I am more relaxed
and less stressed. Pilates has a Zen quality to it that’s hard to explain but it has made me made so much more aware
of how my body works. And that awareness extends beyond the actual exercise to my whole life. The peace that I find helps
me deal with my life and its ups and downs and the body awareness helps me to move more joyfully and more safely. I always
say that after a Pilates session, I feel like I’ve had a massage, good exercise, and some therapy. My physical well being has soared. I am sixty five years old, and in better shape than
I have ever been. Several years ago, I broke my shoulder about three months before a planned "dream" trip to Africa
(I had a crush on Wild Kingdom’s Marlin Perkins from about age ten). I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to
go, but with physical therapy and gentle Pilates work with Barbara, I was able to make the trip. Recently a degenerative disc
in my back led to a weakness in my hip flexor, resulting in pain which made it difficult to climb stairs and to sleep through
the night. After working with Barbara and a chiropractor I am pain free, and the weakness is gone. I think everyone is concerned
about decreased physical mobility as we age. Pilates has banished that concern for me because I know that for any physical
issues that might arise, there is an exercise that I can do to strengthen my body and alleviate any pain or stress. I would encourage anyone at any age to try Pilates. The physical, mental, emotional,
and psychological benefits are extraordinary. Because the exercises are so varied and able to be modified for any level of
fitness, Pilates never gets old or boring. There are always new ways to modify a particular exercise in order to challenge
yourself and your body or to account for a physical issue that needs to be addressed. Mary Lambert - Merrick, NY
I have been taking Pilates classes
with Barbara for the past year. Her classes are small and she provides a great deal of individual guidance with clear direction.
Barbara is very well educated in the Pilates and continues to study, learn and train other teachers. I have osteoarthritis
in my fingers, toes, knees and a hip which has been surgically replaced---also a pinched nerve in my neck and lumbar spine.
I sound like a mess, don't I? But during this year my body has come into alignment, relieving the stress on my joints and
giving me more flexibility and without pain. And no medication! I am so glad to have found Barbara Pantino and her great
class. She is warm and friendly and oh so helpful. It is a pleasure to take the class. Thanks Barbara. p.s.
I am about to face my 77th birthday----yikes!!! Marjorie
R. - Massapequa, NY
I love the classes. I think you are a really good teacher; you stay on top
of your game and on top of your students. You make the classes fun. As you well know
I have herniated disc problems and since I started pilates 7 months ago I have not taken a pill killer. I
feel about 75 percent better. I do two classes a week and would highly recommend to anyone with disc
problems to consider Pilates. Speak to your doctor and let Barbara know all the details of your injuries, for me this has
really helped me. Thanks Barbara for a great workout and helping me get my life back again. Love ya! Fran
M - Farmingdale, NY
has changed my life. After being a gym rat for 30 years or so, I got bored. I am 62 and wanted to work out in
some way but not the gym. I heard about pilates and went online. I couldn't believe that there were classes right
in my area of Massapequa, NY. I called and went to my first class. My instructor, Barbara Pantino, from the first
minute I arrived, made me feel great. She is not just an amazing teacher but an amazing person and teaches from the
heart. Every week I look forward to see what kind of movements she will come up with. It never gets boring.
She is so inventive within the confines of Pilates instruction. She is right there with you at every movement to make
sure it's being done correctly. She reminds us to go at our own pace and that it's not a competition among the other
students. The classes have made me feel and look younger. Physically, I am so much more agile and much stronger
then I was when I first started. I had back pain for so many years. It is gone. I take two classes a week
and can't wait to get there. For me it is my sanctuary. Thank you Barbara, you are a blessing. Lynda
Antonacci - Massapequa, NY
I have wanted to take Pilates
for quite some time. I searched high and low for a class and then I stumbled on Forever Fit Pilates. The
work and the classes with Barbara have been wonderful. I am a dancer and I have noticed a difference in my balance and
control since I´ve started taking classes. I go into class with the weight of the world on my shoulders and leave
completely rejuvenated and invigorated. Barbara is an expert in her craft and I couldn't think of anyone better
to have as an instructor. Jennifer Goncalves - Deer Park, NY
This is my first session in the Forever Fit Pilates classes.
I truly enjoy and look forward to each class that I go to. Barbara gives each person in her class a great deal of attention
and encouragement and always has a positive attitude and outlook that she projects during the class. Just after 1 month
of classes, my posture and "core" have already shouwn improvement. I love it. Jackie Callindes
- N. Massapequa, NY
My name is Dina and I am 36 years old. I am a registered nurse and
very interested in physical fitness. I was recently a member of a gym and I was taking some pilates classes. I thought that
I was doing Pilates, until I met Barbara and started taking some of her private lessons. Now I am doing Pilates. Barbaras
passion for pilates is contagious, I can honestly say that I love it. It has been a few weeks now and I already feel and look
different. I look forward to every Thursday and after our session I feel amazing. I have told all my friends and
family not only about Pilates but about Barbara as well. Barbara is very calm and willing to teach you, she
never makes you feel uncomfortable. I feel like I know Barbara for years already. I plan to continue Pilates with Barbara,
I just love it. Dina R. - Bethpage
started taking pilates to try and lose weight, build muscle, and gain flexibility. Barbara's classes have helped me
achieve those goals and so much more. I leave each class feeling both relaxed and re-energized and my whole body got
a great workout too! Barbara is an amazing teacher and always knows how to
push her students to the next level while ensuring you don't injure yourself or overly strain your body. I love her
classes and what they have done for me both physically & mentally. Kera M. - Wantagh, NY
Having had not so great Pilates experiences at various gyms and classes,
but being aware of its value, I continued to search for the right instructor and right venue. I am so pleased that I
found both at Forever Fit Pilates. Barbara is a skilled instructor and dedicated to the art of pilates. With small
classes in a safe, comfortable environment, she is able to focus all of her energies on her students to ensure they are getting
the most out of their efforts. That individual support coupled with her extensive knowledge of pilates and devotion
to its practice, makes each session meaningful. I would highly recommend Forever Fit Pilates. Joan Urgo,
This is my 4th week taking pilates with Barbara.
In this short time, I feel more energized and I am beginning to feel more toned. The classes are small so you can work
at your own pace. I also feel like I am getting a personal training experience! I am so thrilled and excited that
I found Barbara and pilates! Brittany - Massapequa Park, NY
Although I have only been taking privates with you
for a month, I feel that I learned so much in such a short time. I am feeling stronger already, and I love when you
work me hard, while still explaining the pilates fundamentals in great detail. I know for a fact that this will improve
my overall health and most certainly, my tennis game!! Sincerely, Sharon - Syosset, NY
I had known about the
benefits of ilates, even bought some DVDs which I looked at once. I do better in a class; however, I admit I was intimidated
by going to a class. I found Forever Fit Pilates by chance and it has been an experience for me. The classes are
small with individual attention regardless of your fitness level. My focus was to improve my posture and get control
of my core. Barbara makes that possible with the movements and support in a very approachable manner. Everyone
in my class had a different issue and goals. I never felt I couldn't keep up. The most important aspect for me
was that Barbara doesn't allow you to hurt yourself -- she works with you to do the movements correctly. The pilates
studio is clean, which is reasurring to me. I have recommended Forever Fit Pilates to many of my colleagues and would
recommend it to you. Maureen M. - Farmingdale, NY
After blindly making my way through numerous pilates classes at the gym taught by a
variety of different people from aerobics instructors to spinning and boxing professionals to dancers, I decided
to take a break and find a "true" pilates class. Some research led me straight to Barbara and Forever
Fit Pilates. Attending the group classes was much like having a personal trainer at any other studio or gym, as Barbara
always pays such close attention to the form and execution of every client. I learned a lot about alignment
and posture and the correct way to execute the various core pilates moves. The classes also have a very zen-like
quality that readily promotes relaxation and overall well-being. Definitely a winning experience all around.
Dina P. - Farmingdale, NY
I was watching television one day and they were talking about the benefits of Pilates. I had taken some classes at
a gym a while back and I decided to check the internet to see if there were any other classes in my area. That's how
I happened to stumble across your website. Barbara,
I want to tell you how happy I am to have found you!!! I immediately joined your Pilates classes and I am addicted.
Your classes are small and I always leave there feeling as if I had a one on one with you. I thought I knew Pilates
(because I took classes at my gym) but you have taught me the REAL Pilates and explained the benefits of each move.
You challenge everyone to their own potential and never make anyone feel out of place. Thanks to you, I cannot imagine
my life without Pilates!!! Fran Recine - Farmingdale, NY
It is amazing what a difference pilates can make. I
have been faithfully going to the gym for years but since having started pilates can visually see a difference in my body.
My overall positioning has improved significantly and I can feel my core beginning to get stronger every day.
Friends have noticed the difference as well - I tell them all it's because of Pilates and my wonderful instructor Barbara.
The classes are very focused on helping each individual and that makes a huge difference. I am so glad I started Pilates
and found Barbara. Jenny - Farmingdale,
I am working with Barbara in private sessions. I didn't even notice that
my body was getting weaker and my shoulders were up in my neck. Thanks to Barbara's insight, experience, and knowledge
of pilates I have started to feel my muscles working and my balance and posture improving. It is only the beginning of
our work together but I am noticing a difference and am looking forward to continue our work. The sessions go quickly
and I feel like I am getting a good workout.
Harriet, 58 - Wantagh, NY
Barbara's classes are wonderful! You get the feeling you're
having a one on one training experience. Barbara is very hands on and challenges you to be in your mind/body zone. I leave
class feeling relaxed AND energized! I'm very happy to have found someone as dedicated and fun as Barbara. Alissa - Levittown, NY
I joined pilates to lessen the stress I accumulate throughout
my week. My friend had taken the class and raved about how much it helped her, so naturally I was curious to see what
was so amazing. At first, there wasn't an opening, due to the popularity of this class. I was fortunate enough
to get a call from Barbara that there was an opening in her Spring Session. Since that first class, I felt relaxed,
and comfortable with my body. I now am in my second session with Barbara, and I can't wait for the fall session to continue
working toward releasing stress from my body from a long week. Jennifer Stanley, 26 - Merrick,
would like to let women who have NEVER taken pilates or ANY other exercise class know that there is someone out there who wants to help you have a pleasant experience as a beginner in pilates.
I didn't know quite how I felt about this class at first; I wasn't anxious
to do any type of exercise; I had no idea what pilates entailed, how it
is done, what it should accomplish. My first session this past spring
was in a class of women who had been with Barbara or doing some form of exercise
for a long time. I was out of my element for sure. Barbara never made me feel uncomfortable and I actually tried some things I never would have thought I could even attempt but little by little,
I'm beginning to catch on (or so I think!) So would I recommend Forever Fit Pilates - YES - we all need some form of exercise and why not do
that for yourself with someone very willing to help you keep yourself healthy
- Thank you Barbara!
One Of Your Newest Recruits - Evelyn
DeNucci - Massapequa, NY
I have a very stressful
life - a career and three children. I started attending Pilates to help manage my stress and also to give myself the
needed "me" time that would create a more centered balance. Barbara skillfully and aptly took the time to
assess my needs and she provided me with a wonderful Pilates routine. She is knowledgeable, patient and astute in understanding
what movements would better suit my body and overall physique. I am very grateful to her.
Maureen - Massapequa, NY
I have been working with Barbara for
almost 2 yrs. Joining her class has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. The classes are low impact,
so you dont have to worry about your knees or ankles. And, at my age, (60) that really means a lot. The classes
are FUN. She takes a personal interest in each and every student and actually worries about you. I have never
felt better in my entire life. She is not only my teacher, but has become my friend.
Maria - Farmingdale, NY
"I have been taking pilates mat classes with Barbara for 1 whole session
now and I am loving it! Not only is it fun, but it is challenging too! It gives me some time away from home and all the stress
that is related to it. It was exactly what was missing from my life. I was never really into the whole sweating your butt
off and not seeing results exercise routines. Between these classes, doing cardio and eating healthy, I have dropped TWO PANTS
SIZES. Not only do I look amazing, but more importantly I FEEL amazing! I feel healthy, energized and younger than I have
in years! I also had a lumbar disc bulge going into these classes and now my back pain is completely GONE. I had to take a
month off for surgery and the pains came back, the back and sciatica. I couldn't wait to get back to into it.
really personally trains each of her students and tailors each exercise based on the individual. You will never get bored
or feel like you are not being challenged! Everytime she pushes me I thank her because I know the results will show. I encourage
anyone who is looking to destress and lose inches to join these classes. You will have no regrets!" Karena
Baer, 32, Levittown, New York
" I started Pilates about 6 weeks ago. I had always wanted
to try Pilates and I found Barbara by chance on the internet. I cannot express enough how these past 6 weeks have made
a trememdous impact in my life. I had experienced a tragedy in my life over a year ago, and ever since I started Pilates,
in such a short time, I have noticed a change in my sleeping habits and my focus on my strengths and my weaknesses.
I feel that with Pilates I am progressing very well with my flexibility and my mental focus. Barbara is truly amazing
with her work, and I feel I get stronger and progress more with every session. I am hooked for life! I am very
thankful to have found Barbara." Megan - Bethpage, NY
"I have been working with Barbara for a year and have seen a great difference
in my flexibility, posture, and core strength. I had done a lot of Pilates DVD's prior to coming to Barbara but the
live instruction far outweighs the DVD's. It is a great complement to the cardio and strength training that I do.
Not only am I less stressed from taking Barbara's classes but I also get a great workout each and every class. Barbara
is a wonderful instructor and helps put students of all levels at ease by reminding the class that it is not a competition
and every body is different. Thank you Barbara for teaching such wonderful classes!"
Meredith T., Lindenhurst, NY
"I am so happy I
found your class. After having gone through cancer, and now being in total menopause, I felt I needed something more
then walking, biking and light weights. Your class is the perfect addition to my exercise plan! Since I started
your class I feel stronger and more flexible! I also noticed that I have much less tension in my neck and my posture
is improved. Your classes are fun and easy to follow, and I am enjoying the support of the other women in class. I can’t
wait to see and feel more results in the future!" Thanks.
Sally Waskewich - Massapequa, NY
" Barbara- Thank you for introducing me to Pilates! Since
joining your class, I have noticed significant improvements in my posture, and relief of the tension I had been experiencing
in my neck. Your patience, expertise, and enthusiasm has made it so easy to learn the Pilates techniques
and immediately feel comfortable in the class. I've already noticed a difference in my muscle tone and I can't
wait to show it off in my wedding dress this September!! I wish I had found you sooner!! Thanks for everything." Lauren Schulman, Massapequa, NY
was exactly what I needed in my life. I wasn't so much looking to get toned (although it would be great) but for more of a
mental exercise. I used to do yoga and tai chi and missed it but wanted something a little more with exercise. This class
has helped me focus on my inner strengths and helped my breathing and mental focus. And i love it. I feel it has done
wonders with my flexibilty and I'm starting to see a little different shape in my thighs and core. This has been a great experience
for me and I never want to stop. I feel pilates just helps me keep in touch with me and it is good for me as well.
Thank you for the opportunity to be in your class and look forward to many more." Danielle F., Lindenhurst, NY
"I am just finishing my first 10 week session of Pilates with Barbara. I found her by chance while searching for
yoga classes. I had heard of Pilates, and wanted to try it, but always felt it would be too advanced for me. I envisioned
a room full of much younger women, all in great shape already (that's me, always the optimist!). After watching the video
segments on her web site, I decided to give it a try. Never for a minute did I feel out of place. The class size, the atmosphere
and Barbara's patient and encouraging manner are just what I was looking for. Until now I have never looked forward to an
exercise class and can't believe how fast the hour goes. I'm hooked." Marie Simms - Levittown
"I am just completing my first session of Pilates with Barbara and I can't
wait for the Spring session to start. I take the class twice a week. I had just found Pilates after getting a
tape. Going to the gym is not for me. Pilates classes with Barbara are a great de-stresser for me, being
a mother of 2 young boys and working full time. It gives me so much more energy, as well as getting me in to shape after
having children. I am so glad that I found Barbara. I searched on the internet and I found her in Massapequa. I
travel from West Bayshore to attend her classes and don't mind the drive at all. She teaches a great class and it is
worth it to me. I love the fact that she makes sure you a doing the exercises correct, who wants to do things incorrectly.
I highly recommend these classes to anyone who is interested in de-stressing and a getting a great work out. You won't
regret it!!!! Looking
forward to the spring session.." Jennifer West, West Bayshore
"When I leave a class with Barbara I feel the perfect balance between calm and energized
that only a great pilates workout can give you. Even though we're in a class setting, each of us gets personilized
attention that allows us to excel at our own pace. Beacuse of this I was amazed to see how quickly I progressed in flexibility,
stamina, and strength. I have such a better understanding of my body, what it can do, and how, because of the way Barbara
teaches us to be concious of our form and realize the mind body connection. I will be doing plates forever because of what
a positive experience her classes have been." Samantha Zirkel
"My testimonial will have to be in the form of a thank you!!! Thank You Barbara!
When I first began with you I was intimidated…were these other people doing this a lot longer than I was?
Will I ever be able to extend my body that way? Oh my gosh how do her legs go so straight and high?
All good questions as a first timer….weeks later I am one of those girls! Thank you!!
I am stronger both in body and mind. I find that you are with me a lot…and I feel that I “grow”
each time I realize I am “in my shoulders”. I find that I enjoy stretching everyday and that
I take the time inside my own mind to find that place that let’s my body feel the strength that I have gained.
I know that it all sounds so corny, but it is soo true. For me, you and the classes are like the
commercial-priceless!!! I walk out each night feeling destressed and ready to start again. After Wednesday,
I look forward to the weekend coming and ending so I can take a class again. NEVER would I have thought
I would say that! So simply and truly from the heart-THANK YOU!"
Stacey Stark - N. Bellmore
"I was convinced to try Pilates by
a friend of mine who had been taking classes with Barbara. I was sure I wasn't going to like it but I decided to try, and
I'm glad I did. I love Barbara's classes; the music she plays during the class, the atmosphere of trust she creates and the
individual attention she gives all her students. It's the best exercise class I've ever taken, and I'm also beginning to see
positive changes to my body."
Tina Jensen - Massapequa
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"Firstly, I was very skeptical and nervous because it has been many years since I
was involved in any exercise class. Having my children and taking care of my family was my priority. I was always on the back
burner. The first time I met barbara I felt very comfortable. She has alot of patience and compassion and was able
to read into me quite quickly. No matter how frustrated I was, she was always there to pick me up. I have looked forward
to going to class and hope to continue. She is a fabulous instructor and I would highly reccommend her."
Balducci - Massapequa Park
"I was under a tremendous amount of stress last September, from both a high pressure
job and medical issues for myself and my husband. One day, I decided I was going to find a Yoga class for the sole purpose
of relieving some of the stress in my life. I searched the Internet and found 3 local "Yoga" studios. After visiting
the first 2, I stopped at a private studio, knocked on the door, and after a moment of confusion in which Barbara said, "I'm
a Pilates instructor, not a Yoga instructor, but come in anyway," my fate was sealed. Thank God for Internet blunders!
The Fall session had already
started and I missed the first class, but I came back that evening for the second class and was amazed at how I felt. The
stresses of the day just fell away. Not having exercised on a regular basis for many years, I thought I would never be able to keep up with the rest of the small class, but Barbara's individual
attention and soothing manner ("this is not a competition") made me feel very comfortable even though I was a
little bit clumsy. At this stage, I've experienced only 7 of Barbara's Pilates classes, but it's become an important part
of my life. I sleep very soundly and feel much stronger after only a short period of time. My intention now is to cut back
on work hours and increase the number of Pilates classes per week. Can't wait to tell my husband! He'll be thrilled.
Also, I really, truly scheduled some required surgery around Barbara's classes, so I can finish the Fall session, have surgery,
recuperate and be ready for the Winter session in January.If I can feel such an improvement in my body and my attitude in
7 weeks, I'm determined to continue working with Barbara to improve my overall health and fitness, mind and body, over
the long haul. Thanks Barbara, for not really being a Yoga instructor!" Maureen Febbaro
a short synopsis I would like to Thank You for helping me get back in touch with my mind body connection. I have always been
an athelete but life had gotten crazy as it does and I forgot to find time for me.. I was feeling out of shape and needed
someone to push me in the right direction. That person was you . I made the first move by calling you and starting private
pilates sessions back in late June . But your passion, knowledge and support has made we want to continue. I enjoyed it so
much that I also joined your group sessions in the fall. I look forward to coming every time and always leave feeling recharged
and ready to face lifes challenges. I did not realize how out of balance I was. Since I am athletic and fairly strong
I was able to muscle my way thru most sports or activities . You have taught me my strength needs to come from my "Core"
That is my control source. Once I lose that focus and implant I lose my balance. That has been a major factor for me to work
on my center core becoming my control panel for all the wonderful pilates movements. I feel much more aware of my strengths
and weaknesses in my body. I also love the fact that with pilates I have toned up my body but not "Bulked out with muscle"
where as the gym always made me to muscular looking. Pilates has made me leaner looking and toned. The key is not lifting
a lot of weights or doing to many sets, it is about controlling the sets you do and getting the most out of each movement.
Barbara loves to see you "Shiver" or know you felt the "fire" then she knows you are getting the most
out of her training. Once you feel the connection it is awesome. So, Thank You again Barbara for helping me reach my goals
and feel good doing it."
Thank you so much for having me pursue my hip pain with several
doctors. You knew it was more. It turned out it is not a pulled muscle in both hips but my last doctor found the
degeneration in both hips and I will need two total hip replacements. I need to lose 50 pounds prior to surgery and
I'm on my way to that. I'm looking at an early winter surgery and will go to a rehab center to get me walking again.
I look forward to working with you again thereafter. Thank you again and be well till then.
"How can I begin to say how Pilates has changed my life.
Thank you for making me feel like I can do anything, mind and body. I have been working with Barbara Pantino for the
past two years now in private sessions and she has brought me from beginner Pilates practitioner to an intermediate/advanced
level. Barbara continues to amaze me every session with her knowledge of giving me the exercises that have brought me
back into balance and improving my posture besides the strength and flexibility that I have gained. I wish you
much success and congratulations on your website. The information that you have included in it has been very useful." Danielle Horrigan- Farmingdale, NY
Danielle Horrigan, Cardiac Nurse,
St. Francis Of Assisi Hospital
5/18/07 -" I've had the opportunity to observe a
CardioFitness Infused Pilates class in session, from start to finish. I've found it to be a fantastic way to not only
stretch and tone the body, but the Cardiovascular work is wonderful. During the aging process the heart needs to be
worked, starting out slowly and then increasing the intensity to the beneficial level to keep the heart strong. Staying
within the "training zone" does just that for Cardiovascular and muscular endurance while keeping the
work safe. Including the mandatory heartrate monitor is what I believe, the first time it has been suggested.
You know your stuff. Hats off Barbara, you've created an awesome program! And I'm very proud. That's my
"I have had
the priviledge of having private pilates lessons with Barbara Pantino for over 2 years. She is professional and so educated
in this field. I look forward each week to my session with Barbara and always leave feeling so wonderful.
As I approach my 50's, I know how important it is to stay fit and pilates offers an intense workout while protecting me from
stress and pounding on my joints. Barbara's love for training is evident and I highly recommend that you treat
yourself to her magic! "
Rubano - Massapequa Park, NY
first met Barbara Pantino at the gym when I began her Pilates class. I finally found an exercise I really enjoyed, and
Barbara's encouragement and patience were wonderful because, at first, the exercises were hard. She helped all of us
to achieve what each of us was capable of and to shed that competitive thing that often goes on in classes. Shortly
thereafter, I began private lessons with Barbara, and I have been with her for about 2 1/2 years now. We have been through
a lot together--I had to take about nine months off when I sustained multiple injuries. Barbara's encouragement helped
me to get back my strength after those injuries. I think the thing I like most about our sessions is the peace and calm
I get from them. Barbara encourages me to do the best I can, not to be perfect. She takes me where I am and brings
me forward. She cheers as much as I do when I am able to do something for the first time. The most important thing
about our time together is that we have become friends which continues as we continue our work together."
Mary Lambert - Merrick, NY
"I took a 10 week pilates
Fall session with Barbara Pantino and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Barbara is a real professional and because of the
small class size she's able to give each student personal attention. Her passion came through and motivated us to do
our best. I left each class with a sense of well being and calm. Pilates is a great addition to any fitness routine."
Chris Ingrasani - Wantagh, NY
"My overall experience in taking Barbara Pantino's classes was excellent. It was nice to take
a class that the instructor demonstrates in to show us how to move the body. Barbara is also very patient
and would provide extra attention to those of us who needed it. Her classes are very soothing to the body and mind. It
is the perfect class for relaxation as well as helping you to feel good about yourself. If there is one thing I learned from
Barbara's classes, it's how to breathe and focus on myself." Lisa - Massapequa, NY
"I'm a 51 year old male who has been training with Barbara Pantino and doing Pilates with
her for over 3 years. I'm an active guy who likes to play hoops, raquetball and I even lift some weights....then
I got into Pilates and at my age, saw my energy and my strength suddenly start to improve.....muscles that I didn't know I
had were starting to get stronger that just made my body stronger as a whole.. However, the light really went off for me and I didn't really realize
how much I missed Barbara and Pilates until I got hurt. I tore a meniscus in my knee necessitating surgery and physical
therapy and had to give Pilates up for 4 months..
I was a little apprehensive about going back to Pilates,
but the minute I got going again, I remembered why I loved pilates so much. I found my whole body come alive...all the
muscles in my body were waking up; not just the usual ones. After one session, I felt alive again and couldn't
wait to go back. Besides the muscle strengthening, toning and stretching Pilates does for you, Barbara makes it all
so easy with her smile, her knowledge and just her love for what she is doing. I've been to the gym, i've even
taken martial arts, but as an overall body workout that won't kill you but just make your whole body feel alive. Give
it a try." Gary Bonanno - Seaford, NY
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"Taking Barbara Pantino's class is a pleasure because she
is so eager to enlighten every student. The classes are small so you get her complete attention. It makes you feel
like youre getting private sessions. She makes sure that you're doing the movements correctly which is important so you don't
get hurt and you'll see results quicker!!! When the class is over you feel FANTASTIC. I personally love that
we end the class with some yoga. She works you out and then relaxes your body and mind. I love it!" Connie Gasparino, Massapequa, NY
"In 2005, I first heard about Pilates. I saw it on TV and read about
how celebrities and fitness gurus raved about how Pilates has drastically improved their appearances and overall sense of
well being. I knew my gym was starting to offer Pilates classes, so I said to myself, "why not try it" and
took my 1st Pilates class. The first few classes that I took, which were taught by Barbara Pantino, were awesome.
I couldn't believe how one hour of exercise went by so quickly and effortlessly. I honestly didn't think I was really
"working out" because I didn't feel tired and fatigued. The following day after a class, my muscles would
be sore, especially the muscles I have never felt before. That's when I knew that Pilates was the thing for me.
I felt better mentally and physically; tension in my neck and shoulders would go away after I did Pilates. I often compare
the feeling to getting a massage. That's how good I feel after I take a class. I was becoming addicted to it.
Eventally, Barbara stopped instructing at the gym to start her personal training at her private studio. I took classes
taught by other instructors and I bought Pilates tape for use at home. I can say that I truly missed taking Pilates
with Barbara. There is something about her classes that are so much better than other classes I've taken. Honest
to God. I feel, and I know that I get a better workout with Barbara. She really pushes you and keeps it moving
which is what I love! I was really glad when Barbara started teaching group classes again. It is my favorite way
to exercise and I love the "zen" surroundings of her studio. I have seen such a difference in my body since
I started doing Pilates. It's amazing because before I did Pilates, I worked out with weights, kickboxing, etc.
Since 2005, my body is toned and I feel so much better. And I've lost fat! I love it when someone tells me how
"ripped" I look! I love Pilates! And I love Barbara for teaching me! Thanks Babs! Michelle Ippoliti - Massapequa, NY
"I would like to say that I really enjoy your classes. You keep the classes fun and so
informative. I am such a fan of Pilates now and I would highly recommend you as a teacher!" Kathy - Levittown, NY
"I began pilates with Barbara a short 9 weeks ago and already see
and feel results. Family members have told me that I look thinner and can definitely feel that I've become stronger.
Moves that we performed in the beginning of our session are now coming a little easier for me. I really look
forward to my class every week. Even though the workouts are tough, they are still so relaxing for me!"
Hayden-Libero - Massapequa, NY
You're probably feeling me today, specifically your core (back, sides, belly), and most likely your shoulders
and neck. It should be a good sore. Don't let the soreness discourage you. It's a good thing! Means
you worked! As you progress in the classes, the soreness will not be as intense and eventually will stop. Your
shoulders and neck will take more work as you learn to get out of them. And it will happen, your posture will improve
with continued work and you'll leave each class feeling revived and stretched. A sense of wellbeing as well. See you next week! Barbara Pantino/Your Pilates Instructor
Thank you for your email. I enjoyed the class and am looking forward to the next
one. Actually, I am not really sore at all, the only slight ache I had was in my right arm. Have a great week
and Happy Easter. Linda,
I just got back
from my first class and I had to write to say thank you. Not only is your class a perfect fit for my abilities, but
it is the personal attention I need to stretch me further. I look forward to next week's class. Margaret, Massapequa
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