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Pilates in La Jolla

Pilates is a popular form of exercise that focuses on core strength, balance and flexibility. It is a popular method of exercise that works well for a wide range of people.

The Pilates method of exercise was created by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) in the early 1900s. Born in Germany, son of a gymnast father and a naturopath mother, Pilates suffered from rickets and asthma as a child and developed an early interest in body building, yoga, gymnastics and other sports to improve his strength. In 1912 he moved to England where he boxed professionally. Even though he worked for Scotland Yard as a trainer, he was interned with other Germans as an "enemy alien" during World War I. While living at the internment camps, he developed a system of exercise to help himself and others. Using mats, yoga poses, and ropes and springs rigged to hospital beds and focusing on core muscles and resistance training, he called his system Contrology. In 1925, Pilates moved to New York City and with his wife opened an exercise studio. He expanded on his method by developing additional pieces of equipment, especially the Reformer (a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage, using weights and springs) and the Cadillac (or Trapeze or "Trap" Table, using springs for legs and arms, loops for hanging, a push-through bar and a trapeze). Not surprisingly, these pieces of equipment resemble beds, and are the basic equipment in Pilates studios today.

Because Pilates helps elongate and strengthen muscles, it attracted many dancers in its early days. Now it has become popular with many exercise fans. Pilates studios are popping up on every corner and most gyms and yoga studios also offer Pilates mat classes. There are several pilates studios in La Jolla alone where you can enjoy the Pilates method.

Armone's Core Connection was founded by fitness expert and master Pilates instructor Armone Sullivan. Located on the South end of Girard, Armone's offers a variety of classes in Pilates, spin, boxing and kickboxing and circuit training. The studio also offers several specialized programs, such as personal training, sports training, prenatal and postpartum Pilates, women's self defense and nutrition counseling.

CoreShape at the corner of Fay and Kline specializes in Pilates, Gyrotonics and other exercise methods focused on the core muscles. Gyrontonics is similar to Pilates, but uses more circular movements. Owner Cassy DaSilva is a certified Pilates and Gyrotonics instructor and received some of her training under Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates. She likes to custom design a program for each client, combining the best of Pilates, Gyrotonics, yoga and weight training.

Gotham Pilates on Fay Avenue offers several Pilates classes, personal training and teacher training. Owner Laura Sepulveda has a bachelor's degree in dance therapy and is a certified Pilates instructor. Her background includes working as a professional dancer, dance instructor, group fitness director at Club La Jolla, and as a guest instructor at Rancho La Puerta. Her studio's classes include hard core reformer, renew and re-align, dance fusion, total body circuit, and mat classes. She also offers private Pilates sessions and personal training.

Kore Pilates is part of the Taranco Wellness Center on Girard Avenue. In addition to Pilates, the center offers eco retreats and Bee Green meals, an organic meal delivery service. At Kore Pilates, you can sign up for personalized, one-on-one exercise training or join a class. Classes never exceed four students so you received individual attention. The Kore classes are offered at levels from beginner to advanced and include a fusion of Pilates, yoga, rebounding, muscle training, posture alignment, boxing and play.

The Marla Bingham Studio is located in the Fay Village Plaza on Fay Avenue. It specializes in equipment-based Pilates and Gyrotonics and offers both private sessions (one-on-one or in pairs) and group classes. Founder Bingham is a former professional ballet dancer and choreographer, who founded the Marla Bingham Contemporary Ballet company.

Pilates Plus La Jolla recently expanded its studio by moving a few doors down on Fay Avenue. It specializes in Pilates and indoor cycling, using the Lagree fitness method, which was developed by fitness guru Sebastien Lagree. Lagree created his own, more intense version of the Pilates reformer called the Proformer. Pilates Plus is owned by instructor and fitness expert Jessica Tomson. It offers several classes daily, including Group Pilates, Ride & Glide (half Pilates, half cycling), Cardio Blast (Pilates and cardio exercises).

White Light Pilates is located on La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock. It is owned by May Garrett, a native San Diegan who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from UCSD and is a certified Pilates instructor. White Light offers private Pilates sessions, group reformer classes and Pilates mat classes. In addition, the studio offers special mat classes for children ages 6 to 10 and special events such as post natal Pilates workshops.

Windansea Pilates is not far from Windansea Beach on Nautilus Avenue near La Jolla Boulevard. The studio offers private sessions on traditional Pilates equipment. You can choose from one-on-one private training sessions or pair up with someone for semi-private sessions. Windansea Pilates offers your first class at a reduced rate.

La Jolla offers a great selection of top Pilates studios. If you're thinking about joining, contact one of the studios in our La Jolla directory and inquire about beginner packages. Many studios offer introductory or trial classes to help you get started!

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