Joseph Pilates trained Romana Kryzanowska. And Romana Kryzanowska trained Jan Phillips. And Jan Phillips is going to train you. That’s what Classical Pilates means.

Jan was certified after 700 hours training and has been practicing and teaching Pilates for over fifteen years. She has taught students and trained teachers all over the world.

In Paris, she helped train the country’s first batch of Kryzanowska-certified teachers, and in South Carolina she implemented her own teacher-training program. She managed one of Manhattan’s most successful Pilates studios before opening Henry Street Pilates in 2009.

At HSP she has become a neighborhood fixture and a fitness rarity: an instructor who can make you laugh while she’s kicking your butt.

Imagine Lucille Ball, Carole Lombard, and Marie Curie coming together into a  shining force of nature that will guide, nurture, TEACH the art of Pilates. This laser beam is Jan, exhorting & exacting, analytical & creative, hilarious & kind. Pilates with Jan becomes goes beyond fitness or exercise--it becomes the most empowering, enriching thing you do all day!

- JilElyn, client since

Jan is the reason I get out of bed in the morning. If I have a conflict and can’t get to one of those early morning classes I am miserable. Starting the day, and often the week, with Jan before the sun is up gives me energy and strength that carries me through the week.  And I always feel an inch taller on my walk home.
Leslie, client since
Jan really is an omniscient super-hero like healer who also happens to be really funny and motivating, making us laugh every class. She sees everything and zeros in with laser-like accuracy making corrections which make each exercise find its most effective (ouch) but correct position.
Emily, client since


Jan's classes are hard and fast with the occasional dance break. Jan is really funny and also incredibly strong and makes pilates and TRX look easy. She obviously cares about the neighborhood and makes the studio into a community hub.
Paige, client since

Jan's enthusiasm and energy are infectious. I go to HSP not only for her excellent instruction and creative classes, but because she's truly a joy to be around. She's hilarious, and even though it only makes it tougher to do the ab series while laughing throughout, your body will thank her for it.

Eugenie, client since

No nonsense, with a side of humor. With her expert knowledge of Pilates, Jan has the capacity to get so creative that no two classes are ever the same. How does she do that?

Nora, client since