WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a full-body, vigorous workout that stretches and strengthens simultaneously, resulting in an extremely efficient movement practice. Core strength is the foundation of the practice, while the focus is on quality movement rather than the number of repetitions or the weights lifted. The practice is an intelligent form of movement that encourages you to connect and listen to your body to optimize it's function.
With this focus, no muscles are over or under-trained which helps correct muscle imbalances and staves off future injuries.
Those practicing Pilates can anticipate an improvement in posture, balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility.
IS PILATES RIGHT FOR ME?
One of the great things about Pilates is that it is so versatile. Whether you are new to exercise, dealing with an injury, pregnant, an elite athlete, or just a fitness fanatic, Pilates is good for you. The equipment that we use allows for support to be added where you may need it, and also allows for challenge to be added when appropriate.
HOW OFTEN CAN I PRACTICE PILATES?
Pilates can be practiced daily. Although there may be some days where you walk away from your session with muscle soreness, that is not the ultimate goal. You may ask yourself, well then am I actually doing anything if I'm not getting sore every time? The answer is YES. You will still see significant results in the way that your body performs for you as you continue on your practice. The smarter you learn to work, the better your results become.
PRIVATES OR GROUP CLASSES?
If it's in your budget, Private sessions are ideal. Each private session is customized by your trainer to suit your needs and is taught at a pace that fits your level of experience and understanding of the key Pilates principles (breathing, control, centering, precision, flow). Pilates has a lot of idiosyncrasies; it's not a walk in the park to ask your body to move in ways that it may have never before been asked to, so be patient with your practice and the learning of the concepts. As your understanding of Pilates deepens, you will find that your sessions become more physically demanding, because you become more aware of how involved each movement is when executed properly.
Once you develop a basic foundation of the Pilates principles, moving into group classes may be an option for you. In group classes, there is an expectation that you are already aware of what it means to "draw in your abdominals", to "articulate your spine", or to "stabilize your pelvis", just to name a few. There is less time spent on teaching the basics, and more time applying those principles into a flowing class of 55 minutes with a maximum of 5 additional students. Fortunately, because we do limit our class sizes, you will still get individual attention, but clearly privates are the way to go if you need specifically tailored cues if for example, you are recovering from an injury.
MEET THE TEAM
PILATES TRAINER, BARRE TRAINER, YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Vicki has been in the Fitness Industry for over 14 years. She's done everything from teach spinning to step aerobics, to yoga- She just loves to move. She's always packed the house with her fun and educational way of teaching with smooth transitions that keep you present and connected to your body.
Although she's been through and taught every kind of exercise imaginable, she is a full-force Pilates Advocate. "I've done it all and Pilates yields the best results."
But it's not about a 'tight butt' kind of results. It's about how it makes you feel. It reduces stress, It makes your body happy. You use muscles that are pertinent to your daily activities, that you just don't hit in a 'gym workout.'
Vicki is currently residing in Shanghai, China but you'll feel her spirit in the studio and in her amazing team of instructors.
PILATES APPARATUS AND MAT TRAINER
EXTEND BARRE TRAINER
Jen holds a Bachelor's degree in exercise science, a comprehensive Pilates certification from Peak Pilates, and a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Her eight years of of training experience has given her exposure to people from all realms, and she just loves inspiring them to increase their fitness levels. Her favorite Joseph Pilates quote: "Physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness."
COMPREHENSIVE PILATES TEACHER
At a young age, Marina found her niche in competitive swimming and quickly became a standout in a number of distances and events. Her career took off in high school and today she continues to compete. She swam for the Division I program all four years at the College of William and Mary being the first woman in the school’s history to break 5 minutes in the 500 and held the 500 freestyle record for 3 years. She graduated in May of 2009 with a B.A. in Kinesiology. In 2011, she moved to Naples, Florida to train with T2 Aquatics to pursue a goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic trials. She moved back to MD in 2012 and continued training at Georgetown Prep with NCAP until 2014. Upon return to the Chevy Chase Club in 2012, she built up a loyal clientele in the Fitness Center as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She taught Spinning, TRX, Pilates MAT and Reformer Pilates. In addition to training and teaching at the Club, she spent 8 months at MyThrive Pilates in Arlington, VA teaching TRX, Pilates Mat and Reformer Pilates classes. She has been working in fitness in the Tampa Area since January 2018 and is excited to be a part of the The Pilates Grup!
She swims regularly, competes though masters swimming while also enjoying tennis, golf, cooking and time with family and friends.
PILATES APPARATUS AND TRX TEACHER
(Balanced Body Pilates)
Kiyla is an integrative fitness specialist and massage therapist. Over a decade ago she discovered her calling to teach mindful movement and assist others in discovering their inner strength and balance. Through the years Kiyla obtained certifications in Comprehensive Pilates Apparatus, TRX suspension training, NASM Personal Training, MOTR instruction, Neurokinetic Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, and Active Isolated Stretching. Kiyla combines her knowledge of movement and anatomy with imagery and touch cues to develop fun, challenging sessions uniquely tailored to help clients understand how their body works and meet their fitness goals. It is her mission to help clients feel powerful and present while reinforcing mind-body awareness.
Kiyla strives to keep current with all she can about mind-body-spirit fitness, therapeutic touch & food based healing so that she can effectively coach others in holistic lifestyle choices. When she isn't being nerdy about her career, she spends time hoop dancing, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen or going on outdoor adventures.
We're located next to The Horse and Jockey Restaurant and Pub. Look for their British Telephone Booth off of Pasadena Ave!
1155 Pasadena Ave S, Ste D
South Pasadena, FL 33707