A Pilates Defined Client Story – meet Matt — age 27

Matt Ekstrand came to Pilates Defined unconvinced and unwilling, coerced by a friend helping a friend complete her teacher training hours.    “I was told to be here at a certain time, and I showed up,” the 27-year-old deadpanned. “It was all downhill from there.” His love-hate relationship with Pilates comes through in his grudging praise.    Asked for three …

Walking and breathing….

Walking and breathing. Two things most of us do everyday usually without too much thought. That is unless you are thinking about them. And I have been thinking about them – a lot. Many of you know that I attended a training in May in which I grew a deeper appreciation for gait analysis and how to identify dysfunctional patterns. …

Pilates Teacher Training Informational Meeting!

Teaching pilates is the best job in the world. What could be better than helping people feel better in their bodies and improving other peoples lives? I love teaching aspiring teachers to inspire others. I want to spread the work that we do to as many corners of the earth as I can. If you are also passionate about mindful …

A Pilates Defined Studio Client Inspiration: Meet Karen

Karen Blank used to drive past the Pilates Defined studio on her way to and from work, and after hearing about friends’ positive experiences with Pilates, she decided to check it out.   She started with three introductory sessions, and two years later, Karen attends three to four classes every week and continues to take privates. She has also developed an …

Meet the Pilates Defined Instructor: Tricia

At an early age, I wanted to be “an actress and a singer and a dancer.” Time, practicality, and probably most important, lack of talent morphed that desire into pursuit of a journalism career. I somewhat naively believed new subjects, research and questions would continually educate and fuel me.    Though I initially pictured myself as a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, …

Client Inspiration: Woody

Woody Exley has just one regret about becoming a Pilates Defined client in 2011 at age 71.  “It keeps me feeling young,” Woody said. “I just wish I had started sooner!”    Woody had injured his back, and his now-wife, Barri Marks, a devoted Pilates Defined client, “convinced” Woody to try Pilates by gifting him with private sessions. “Barri used to …

What are “essential” Pilates exercises?

While I was studying to become a Pilates instructor and feeling insecure about how to teach the beginning student I had an instructor tell me how she thought of each new student as a tiny flower bud.  Just like with the nourishment of just the right amount of water, food and care a newly formed bud will blossom into a …