What is Pilates?

Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, Pilates is a series of exercises designed to evenly condition the entire body. The work concentrates on the core muscles and learning how to incorporate them into every movement for proper alignment and support of the body. It simultaneously stretches and strengthens your body and increases range of motion throughout your joints. Pilates is a highly focused, technique based exercise that can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels, and performs.  With Pilates you will see improved posture, muscle tone, strength and flexibility. You will also notice improved performance in other activities whether it is a preferred sport or everyday life. With this safe yet challenging workout, you can enjoy a lifetime of fitness and activity.

Why Pilates?

  • Improves Core Strength
  • Increases Flexibility
  • Builds Long Lean Muscle
  • Decreases Joint and Back Pain
  • Improves Posture
  • Corrects Muscle Imbalance
  • Enhances Sports Performance
  • Increases Body Awareness

Client Testimonials

Here is what some of our clients have said about us…

“Pilates has helped me do all the things I love to do better: yoga, golf, dancing. Instead of over-working a few large muscles I now enlist all muscles, large and small, even ones I never knew I had.”

Roberta Gelatt

“Pilates has improved my flexibility, strength and posture. I have arthritis throughout my body and I always feel better after completing a Pilates session. I recommend Pilates to my friends and family.”

Donna Loveland

“[Pilates] doesn’t bulk you up, just works on strengthening what you have. One aspect I love about Pilates is you don’t have to do a zillion repetitions to have it be effective.”

Deb Mahr

“I enter the studio stressed… tired… frazzled… and for the entire class, I leave it all behind. I am not only doing something good for my body (a great workout, improving strength… flexibility… balance…), I am doing something even better for my mind. The weight of the world is gone. I leave feeling energized, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the world! Do something great for your body, mind, and soul! Try one of their classes today, regardless of age, ability, or experience. You will LOVE it!”

Marlis O’Brien

“The Pilates studio has not only changed my body, but my mind as well. It is my happy place. :) I know that no matter what class I attend, my body will be challenged!”

Jaine M.

“Transformative!”

Jane V.

“I am 84 but I feel like I am 48!”

Lavonne G.

“At 65 I thought back pain was something I would have to learn to live with as a normal part of aging. I had tried physical therapy and back exercises with little relief. Since joining the The Pilates Studio two years ago I have been pain free, stronger and more physically active. The instructors at the studio are knowledgeable, encouraging and fun. It has been the best thing I have done for myself in retirement.”

Mary W.

“Pilates empowers me and helps me feel stronger in my aging body. It gives me confidence and acceptance of my abilities in other areas of my life.”

Lacy Ryan

“The Pilates Studio has the most encouraging, accepting and non-judgemental atmosphere. The trainers Heather Froh, Heather Black, and Marge Troka are truly high level, experienced experts. They help and support clients to achieve their goals and become the best they can be. It is a great place to learn, grow, and become your best self!”

Mary Jo K.

“Sometimes, just before a private session at The Pilates Studio, I feel a tug in my gut, an anticipation of hard work and happiness. The professionalism of the trainers, the light, clean, aesthetically pleasing feeling of the studio space, and the certainty that I will be challenged to create healthy alignment, strengthen muscles, stretch tendons and soothe joints makes every session one of the most important hours of my week.

“Pilates at The Pilates Studio in Onalaska is poetry in motion: it is an artistic expression of the body’s health, the mind’s focus, and the spirit’s joy.”

Sharon JesseeProfessor of English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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