It’s not always easy being the new kid on the block, but these new and recently-renovated studios know how to make an entrance. Check out this profile of five new studios that are sure to raise your pulse in more ways than one.
Chilanga, Zambia, Africa
Photo Credit: Pilates with a View
Situated on the Puffett family farm in Chilanga, approximately 30 km south of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, Pilates with a View offers clients an unforgettable experience. Clients are regularly greeted by Vervet monkeys as they work out in this tranquil and newly-renovated space that overlooks the Zambian countryside dotted with majestic palms and acacia trees. The experience becomes even more visceral when owner Ingrid Puffett pulls back the sliding doors to allow in fresh air, sunshine and a breeze from the magnificent baobab tree that sits right outside. A fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor, Ingrid is also a ZEN•GA® and Total Barre® Instructor, as well as a registered Sports Massage Therapist. She offers small classes and private instruction using Merrithew™ equipment. Off the beaten track, this Pilates haven is a must-visit for anyone who finds themselves in this beautiful part of the world.
Toronto, ON, Canada
Photo Credit: Body Mason
Less than a year old, Body Mason is already making a big impact in the lives of their clients. With a team of eager and highly qualified STOTT PILATES® Instructors, top-of-the-line Merrithew™ equipment, and a warm, inviting environment “free of judgement and ego,” they strive to build stronger, healthier, and happier bodies. Located in the heart of mid-town Toronto, their space is simple, clean and bright. Lots of natural light welcomes visitors along with a friendly and helpful staff. With workouts to match your day, we recommend the mixed-level Morning Masons to wake up body and mind on both the Mat and Reformer. For the advanced practitioner, check out the Lunch Time Burn, a fast-paced, 45-min. Reformer workout that is sure to deliver a healthy midday pick-me-up.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Photo Credit: Physio Logic
Dr. Rudy Gehrman and Lynda Gehrman moved into their new Fulton Street location in early March of last year. A lifelong dream, their integrative wellness centre now offers services from over 40 specialists across chiropractic, acupuncture, pain management, functional nutrition and Pilates, just to name a few. The expansive new location boasts full 360-degree panoramic views of historic downtown Brooklyn. Impeccably staged, the centre is feels far more like a spa than a doctor’s office, and with 16-foot ceilings, sparkly chandeliers and polished floors, visitors feel like they are receiving the royal treatment.
Laredo, Texas, USA
Photo Credit: Laredo Pilates
Adriana Martinez has been in the fitness industry for 25 years, completing her full STOTT PILATES® certification in 2002. In May 2016, Martinez realized her dream of owning and operating her own studio, launching Laredo Pilates in Laredo, Texas, where she offers intimate group classes and privates renowned for the personal care and attention clients receive. Her philosophy involves improving the quality and awareness of movement for her ardent following. Her clients benefit from instruction on a full suite of Merrithew™ equipment, including V2 Max Plus™ Reformers, Stability Chairs™ Cadillac, Arc Barrels, barre and a range of Merrithew™ props and accessories. Her goal is that her clients not only get an amazing workout in the studio, but also leave equipped with the principles of STOTT PILATES® to benefit their activities in their daily lives. Find yourself in Texas? Be sure to check out this beautiful and vibrant space.
Photo Credit: Elite Pilates
Sion Horn opened Elite Pilates in Cork Ireland in 2014 and quickly opened a second location thereafter. This past year saw Elite Pilates opening a new satellite location at The Kingsley Hotel, complete with Merrithew™ SPX® Reformers, a mat and barre studio. Horn lovingly describes her and her staff as “Pilates mads” who are passionate about introducing the area to the benefits of STOTT PILATES®, insisting that Pilates is for every body. Acting as a hosting site, Elite Pilates trains clients and Instructors alike.