Barre + Pilates

The Sweat Behind the Studio: Nuhar Jaleel, Physical Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Owner of The Pilates Principle

Photo: Genine Gullickson

We are eight days into the New Year, and what better way to get 2014 started than with a FREE class at The Pilates Principle?! It may be cold and dreary in Upstate New York, and the trek through the snow to Latham may be a bit of a struggle, but have you ever been in The Pilates Principle studio? It’s like a sanctuary that was carefully designed to make it feel like spring is never-ending! This treat is DEFINITELY worth the trek!

From time to time, we like to get to know the people that run the facilities we like to frequent. If there’s one studio in Albany you’ll see us in often, The Pilates Principle tops the list. Nuhar Jaleel, Physical Therapist, Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor, and the woman behind The Pilates Principle, was kind enough to take some time to talk to us so we can get to know a little bit more about Pilates, about her studio, and about the sweat behind the studio.

Girlnetic: For those not familiar with Pilates, how would you explain it to them? What is Pilates?

Nuhar Jaleel: Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates many decades ago. He designed all the moves and all the equipment. Pilates is core strengthening with a focus on staying long through the trunk, so it’s not “crunches” which is what people think of when they hear “core.”  It’s a full-body workout, so you work everything from your ankle muscles up to your upper back and upper spine!

Girlnetic: Why would you recommend Pilates to women (and men) as part of their fitness regimen?

Nuhar: Most men and women suffer from poor posture, upper back and neck tension, and low back pain.  Pilates addresses all of those ailments. At our studio, we take a very anatomical approach to the work and we understand biomechanics. Clients are taken through exercises they need, not just the classical Pilates system. Not all exercises are appropriate for everyone. We know what modifications people need based on their injury history, pain level, etc. 

Girlnetic: Why did you decide to become a Pilates instructor? What do you find rewarding about this role?

Nuhar: I am a licensed Physical Therapist.  When I first started taking Pilates for exercise back in 2000 in Newport Beach, I was hooked. I got certified in 2003 in Pilates in New York City, and have been teaching ever since!  What I find rewarding about this work is that I feel like I’m still doing some physical therapy, because most people are in some type of pain, and this helps them feel better.  Also, I am helping people feel empowered in their bodies, and gain confidence in the way they feel about themselves. 

Girlnetic: What types of services does your studio provide?

Nuhar: We provide individual and group instruction in two exercise methods — Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise.  We have all the apparatus for both methods.  We offer beginner-level classes on all the equipment. We also offer Ashtanga Yoga and Booty Barre. Once a month, we host a MELT Method class.

Girlnetic: For those coming by your studio for the first time–what deals or discounts do you offer?

Nuhar: For new clients, we try to get them into the most affordable classes as soon as possible if cost is an issue, and if the classes are appropriate for them. Some people need individual lessons for a while, if they’re trying to rehab an injury or learn proper form.  Group classes start at only $8 (up to 12 people), and range up to $40 (4 people per class).  

You can catch Nuhar at The Pilates Principle studio located on 578 Loudon Road, Latham, NY. They also offer virtual classes if you don’t have a car or don’t feel like driving. We suggest trying out the 30-Minute Mat Class if this is your first time. It’s only $8 and you don’t have to sign up–you can just drop in! For more information, to view the schedule or sign up for a class, please visit

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