Bange Pilates, located in the Heights/Washington Avenue area of Houston, Texas, is a boutique studio offering one-on-one classical Pilates sessions taught by a highly trained instructor at affordable prices. With the focused training that only a private session can give, you will see benefits not achievable in a group class environment. Your program is designed specifically for you and adapts with you as you progress or your needs change.
Mary Bange brings almost 20 years of personal Pilates practice and more than ten years of teaching experience to Bange Pilates. She is comprehensively certified through Peak Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance. She is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (Pink Ribbon Program), Prenatal and Postnatal Specialist and Senior Fitness Specialist (Exercise, Etc.). Additionally, Mary is certified in TRX Suspension Training and SPX. She has been featured in Shape Magazine and Pilates Style Magazine.
One-on-one training is available by appointment. Please call the studio at 713-864-2413 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
New client special: 3 sessions for $99
One-on-one training: $60 per session, $220 - 4 pack ($55/session)
Pilates Cross-Training for Sports: Mary uses her athletic background and Pilates expertise to create a program to enhance athletic performance, prevent injuries and speed injury recovery.
Prenatal and Postnatal: A tailored program designed to take the client through pregnancy, into early postnatal and progress to regular postnatal workouts.
Breast Cancer Recovery (Pink Ribbon Program): A system of Pilates based exercises specifically designed for post-operative breast cancer recovery.
TRX Suspension Training: TRX training encourages multi-planar training which integrates all your motions and mimics real life movement. This makes TRX an ideal complement to Pilates.
Mary's studio features a private setting with equipment built true to Pilates founder Joseph Pilates original specification. Unlike mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings or the reformer-only routines offered in many commercial Pilates studios, Bange Pilates offers sessions using an array of Pilates equipment including: Reformer, Tower, High/Low Chair, Spine Corrector, TRX Suspension Training and Auxiliary Equipment.
Mary Bange is a former world record holder in 50 kilometer run, an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon and an eight-time winner of the Paavo Nurmi Marathon (Mile 18 is now dedicated in Mary's name). After her successful running career, Mary whole-heartedly pursued academics; expanding on her Bachelor of Science degree in Math (summa cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. She earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and became an educator at leading universities, including Michigan State University, the University of Oregon and the University of South Carolina.
Mary Bange has been practicing Pilates for almost 20 years and teaching Pilates for more than ten years. Her Pilates credentials are extensive:
Mary Bange demonstrates Pilates workouts for marathon training in the March/April 2017 edition of Pilates Style magazine. (pdf)
Mary Bange as seen in SHAPE magazine. The Fast Track to Flatter Abs: Pilates is the way to shrink your midsection, but it can also help you avoid breast cancer. Top instructors show you why prevention never looked so good. (pdf)
50th Running of the Paavo Nurmi Marathon August 2018. Mary is celebrated in this Ironwood Daily Globe article as an eight time winner of the Paavo Nurmi Marathon
Voyage Houston interview with Mary Bange May 31, 2017. Meet Mary Bange of Bange Pilates
Pilates Style - Playing for Pilates April, 2015. A career as a musician takes a serious toll on the body, but Pilates can offer the necessary tune-up. Mary's expertise is sought in this story on the benefits of Pilates for professional musicians.
Congratulations Mary! 0/4/24/2014. Mary Bange was awarded Teacher of the Month by Center for Women's Fitness for her work with clients in Pre/Post Natal and the Pink Ribbon Program.
PilatesHoustonAssociaton.com (pdf) October, 2011. An Interview with Mary Bange
Houston.CultureMap.com A BANGE-UP GOOD JOB June 16, 2011. Pink Ribbon Program uses Pilates to speed recovery from breast cancer surgery
Peak Pilates (pdf) October 7, 2008. Pilates and Breast Cancer by Mary Bange
"The one to one instruction and Mary's knowledge and experience maximizes the benefits I get from each hour session and she creates a program that is right for me."
Hillary F. (read full testimonial)(hide full testimonial)When I heard my next job would involve me moving to Houston, one of the first things I thought was “I must track down Mary”. Having trained with Mary for a year in 2007, it was great to find her again in 2013 . Aside from being a convenient location for me, now working from her home gives Mary total control of the learning environment and she applies thorough attention to those details as she does to my form! The one to one instruction and Mary’s knowledge and experience maximizes the benefits I get from each hour session and she creates a program that is right for me - as a long time middle aged runner with more enthusiasm than sense, she has made a major contribution to me staying largely injury free thanks to both her Pilates and running knowledge. If you’re looking for an easy, low effort hour, go somewhere else. On the other hand, if you want a teacher who knows just when to push and when to back off - and to know you’ve really earned that very rare (in my case) “very good”, you’ll never regret the time you spend with Mary Bange.
"I truly believe that the focus and strength I gained during Pilates allowed me to have an unmedicated birth of my daughter."
Jill H. (read full testimonial)(hide full testimonial)
My Pilates journey with Mary began before I was pregnant with my second child. When I found out that I was pregnant with Rachel, I did not hesitate to continue my workouts with Mary. I knew I was in very capable hands. She is extremely meticulous in her guidance of each Pilates move and is in-tune with my needs as they vary each visit. As my pregnancy progressed, my Pilates sessions evolved to safely challenge me and always left me feeling refreshed. I truly believe that the focus and strength I gained during Pilates allowed me to have an unmedicated birth of my daughter.
I looked forward to returning to my Pilates sessions once cleared by my doctor postpartum. I was astonished how I struggled to even go from laying to sitting up. Mary appropriately challenged me to quickly build my strength back up.
I have had experience with several Pilates instructors over several years. Mary is the only one that I truly trusted to continue with during my pregnancy and postpartum. Mary is laser focused at making sure each move is performed perfectly and that her pregnant and post partum clients are safely challenged each visit.
"I no longer have any back pain, my body feels more connected, and, most importantly, I perform better and more efficiently in everything I do."
Matt S. (read full testimonial)(hide full testimonial)I've been working with Mary for over two years, and in that time she has coached me into becoming a much more centered person with a much stronger core. As a golfer, my core strength is key to maintaining a repeatable swing over 18 holes. When I first started seeing Mary, I had regular stiffness in my back and infrequently finished my golf rounds with any consistency. I no longer have any back pain, my body feels more connected, and, most importantly, I perform better and more efficiently in everything I do, whether it be golf, basketball, yard work or even carrying the groceries up the stairs. Mary is very active in my training, modifying my workouts to not only to fit my abilities but also to maximize my results. She constantly adjusts each workout so that every week they are a little different, keeping them interesting and fun. Thanks Mary.
"Mary developed a Pilates cross training program that has given me more flexibility in my hip flexors and hamstrings and loosened up my tight lower back."
Dave S. (read full testimonial)(hide full testimonial)As a long term runner in my mid 50s, I use to have increasingly long gaps in my running schedule while I recovered from injuries. I have been doing Pilates with Mary for two years and have remained injury free. Mary developed a Pilates cross training program that has given me more flexibility in my hip flexors and hamstrings and loosened up my tight lower back. Pilates helps me withstand the pounding that distances up to the marathon can give it. I strongly recommend Pilates to any runner.