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National Campaign Emphasizes Pilates ProWorks’ Commitment to Self-Care

Amy Lecza

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Pilates ProWorks believes that fitness is about taking care of the whole self, physically, mentally and emotionally. To underscore this message, the boutique fitness studios launched a special “Restore Your Core” campaign. 

The two-month long marketing initiative, which took place throughout August and September, encouraged new moms to post their stories about what restoring their core meant to them. It didn’t necessarily have to be about achieving the perfect body postpartum, but instead emphasized emotional and mental self-care.

As part of the Restore Your Core campaign, franchisee studios also launched diaper drives to benefit area diaper banks or other institutions that might need various baby supplies. The drive gathered 3,500 diapers in total to distribute around the country, including to The Diaper Bank of Minnesota and the Miami Diaper Bank. “We are blown away by the response from our communities to our diaper drive,” says Taylor Carter, co-founder and president of Pilates ProWorks. “We are so thankful to everyone who contributed to making a difference in the lives of hundreds of mothers and children in the communities we serve. 

Such targeted outreach is part of Pilates ProWorks’ vibrant marketing initiatives which appeal to just the kind of audiences that the boutique fitness studio is looking to attract. It’s not just moms, of course, who have found a winning formula in the Pilates ProWorks method, which combines innovative new machines with contemporary lessons at affordable prices.

With 11 U.S. locations and five international studios, the fitness franchise appeals to everyone who wants to use a contemporary reinterpretation of the exercise regimen to restore their own core. Franchisees in turn count on Pilates ProWorks to continue the emphasis on whole body rejuvenation, which delivers loyal customers now and into the future. 

Learn more about the Pilates ProWorks franchise.

Eyeing Expansion, Pilates ProWorks Adds New Corporate Team Members

Amy Lecza

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Pilates ProWorks, the boutique fitness studio, is already on a steady growth curve, having opened 17 locations around the country and internationally in just a short period of time. Now, both current and potential franchisees can expect to see even more strategic business initiatives and growth with the addition of four new professionals to the corporate team.

Tony Chavers, Bob Houser, Megan Corbell and Mar’cia Marshall are expected to steer the nascent franchise into more high-profile market penetration with marketing messages and expansion strategies that will take the specialty fitness franchise into its next phase of growth. All four professionals, with complementary business strengths, are expected to drive franchise expansion with meticulous planning and insight, thus ensuring that growth is targeted and strategic, accounting for the success of franchisees and the outstanding fitness concept.

Pilates ProWorks is the brainchild of Oscar Sanin, who turned to Pilates as a way of post-surgery recovery after a plane crash. While seeing how the exercise regimen could work for his needs, he also realized its limitations: the machines used did not easily fit all bodies and classes were way too expensive for large-scale adoption. Oscar’s redesigned machine, the FitFormer, addresses the first challenge, and Pilates ProWorks aims to provide affordable classes for people of all fitness levels.

The concept has proven to be a hit in the greater San Francisco region and beyond. The addition of four dynamic professionals to the corporate team is a step in driving the Pilates ProWorks message to new markets and in making strategic franchising inroads in a thriving fitness franchise industry. Passionate entrepreneurs who are looking to join a fitness franchise at its growth stage will be rewarded with new markets and all the excitement from a promising fitness concept. 

Learn how you can join the growing Pilates ProWorks franchise family.

From Plane Crash to Growing Fitness Franchise

Amy Lecza

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When life hands him lemons, Oscar Sanin, the founder of Pilates ProWorks, knows how to make lemonade. In a feature on, Sanin describes how a plane crash lead him to a radical new business concept and the seed for the Pilates ProWorks franchise.

It was in 1994 when Oscar was on a single-engine, four-passenger plane in Bogota, Colombia, when the engine failed. While Oscar survived the emergency landing, he had lingering back issues. It was then he started Pilates as a way of managing the back pain. Finding that the Pilates machines were not friendly to his 5’10” frame, Oscar took matters in his own hands and developed a new FitFormer machine. The machine, which anchors the Pilates ProWorks studios, gives clients a complete whole-body workout while accommodating people of different sizes.

The studio initially launched in 2009 in San Francisco and since then Oscar has tried and tested the fitness model to a number of additional boutique locations in other cities. Pilates ProWorks is looking to power up its franchising game as it expands into new locations in 2018 and beyond.  

The Pilates ProWorks franchise is especially suited for entrepreneurs who are looking to launch their own business and are passionate about fitness and health. Oscar’s tried-and-tested approach has proven to be a hit in San Francisco and beyond. The franchise is approaching 18 locations, and entrepreneurs who join will be working with the franchise from the ground up and leveraging a popular concept.

The feature explains how Oscar turned a life-altering experience into a new business opportunity. Such drive and a commitment to excellence are what franchisees can expect from the popular fitness franchise as it continues its strategic growth.

Learn how you can join the growing Pilates ProWorks franchise family.

Who Makes a Good Pilates ProWorks Franchisee?

Amy Lecza

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Business ownership is a thrilling journey, but it’s also one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Luckily, there are many franchises out there backed by a successful business model and a market-leading brand, which is exactly what Pilates ProWorks has to offer prospective franchisees.

To maintain our brand and growth as a franchise, we aim to ensure our opportunity is a good match for you. We take a look at four key elements when reviewing those interested in franchising with Pilates ProWorks:

  • Passion

  • Experience

  • Resources

  • Location

We’re inspired by our franchisees and their drive to succeed, and a huge part of that drive runs on passion. Our franchisees have a passion for fitness, health and wellness, but also a dedication to operational excellence and the ability to build a high-performing team and organization.

Not all franchises require a background in the field, but we do look for individuals who display experience in fitness, retail, hospitality or management, as well as an understanding of and a drive to engage in marketing and community involvement. After all, the Pilates ProWorks experience helps franchisees work alongside inspiring members of their communities while pursuing their own business ownership goals, so it’s important to be involved.

The proper resources and location round out our ideal franchisees. Adequate capitalization is a must, with the range of investment required being $208,670 to $372,403. And of course, prospects will need a market they know and love that is available for current development.

Does this sound like you? We’d love to connect with you about franchising with Pilates ProWorks and how it can transform your life.

To learn more about business ownership through franchising with Pilates ProWorks, click here.

Meet a Pilates ProWorks Franchisee: Hmone Putz

Amy Lecza

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Business ownership is a big decision, but for people who have the drive to succeed, it’s a thrilling journey. No one knows this better than Hmone Putz, a Pilates ProWorks franchisee in Edina, Minnesota. 

After years working in finance and management, Hmone knew that the next career step for her would have to include work she’s passionate about – and for her, it meant delving deeper into health and wellness while putting to use her business background.

“I’m very proud of the strong community we’ve built, where our clients feel safe to explore the fun side of working out while also being an important part of our welcoming group,” said Hmone. “I’m especially thinking of a client of ours who, at age 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, she was in the best shape of her life, thanks to Pilates ProWorks. Even after beginning chemo treatments, she continued to rely on Pilates to help bring some semblance of normalcy to her life. After four months of chemo, a double mastectomy and nearly a year of additional treatments, she continued to come to classes, harnessing the strength of her body and community to help her resume some semblance of normalcy. She’s one of our most special clients, and one I’m very proud to know.”

Click here to read the full testimonial from our client.

Does working alongside inspiring members of the community while pursuing your own business ownership goals sound like an opportunity for you? Click here to learn more about business ownership through franchising with Pilates ProWorks.

Pilates ProWorks class instructor transitions to franchise ownership

Amy Lecza


As soon as Summer Christensen began working at Pilates ProWorks as a class instructor, she knew she had stumbled upon somewhere special.

A former preschool teacher and restaurant industry veteran, Summer had been working as a fitness instructor for several years when she came across Pilates ProWorks.

Now, Summer is the owner of Pilates ProWorks Coral Gables/Miami, where she channels her love for great customer service and her personal interest in fitness into an entrepreneurial opportunity that’s changed her life. She’s still able to teach classes, and she also runs day-to-day operations in the studio.

Client satisfaction has always been number one for Summer, who attributes her passion for training her staff to deliver the best client experience to her start as an instructor herself.

“Our clients are amazing! Our very first member is 50 and comes to classes five times a week. So many of our instructors have great stories about the ways they’ve been able to positively impact their clients, too, which really resonates with me as a former instructor,” said Summer. “I’m a Miami-born girl who came back to open this studio, and I couldn’t be happier running my own business today.”

To learn more about business ownership through franchising with Pilates ProWorks, click here.

Near-fatal disease prompted Pilates ProWorks franchisee to regain power and purpose through business ownership

Amy Lecza

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Just as Violette was breaking ground on the construction of her new Pilates ProWorks studio in San Anselmo, California, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that flipped her life, as she knew it, completely upside down. 

The often-fatal disease completely re-routed Violette’s trajectory, and her husband took over all aspects related to the construction and opening of her studio so that she could focus on fighting for her life.

After seven months of intensive chemotherapy, aggressive steroids, immune suppressants and a slew of other medicinal cocktails, Violette was able to overcome the illness, but her chemo treatments had completely destroyed her muscle tone, leaving her so weak to the point that she wasn’t able to walk or even lift a dinner plate.

Soon, the Pilates business that Violette had started launching prior to her diagnosis became the roadway to her recovery and healing, restoring her physical and mental well-being and strength.

This year, Violette is celebrating two years in business, one year of good health and a lifetime to empowering others through her own experience. 

We’re inspired by Violette’s story and drive to succeed – she’s a reminder that even when life throws you curveballs, things can still make a turn for the better when you pursue the aspects of yourself that bring fulfillment. 

To learn more about business ownership through franchising with Pilates ProWorks, click here.

Meet a Franchisee: Kate MacDonald

Amy Lecza

Getting into shape is a tough challenge – but for a new mother of twins, it’s nearly impossible. But don’t tell that to Kate MacDonald, who two months after having her twins via C-section discovered the intense physical and mental change that can happen after Pilates ProWorks – nothing is impossible for her. 

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Pilates ProWorks ‘Exercises’ New U.S. Franchise Expansion Strategy

Amy Lecza

Pilates ProWorks is excited to announce that we’ve sculpted a new franchising strategy that will expand our workout method into new key markets across the country.

We began franchising in 2015 and have since successfully opened 15 more boutique studio locations worldwide, including 11 U.S. locations and five international studios, including our most recent studio opening in Shanghai. We already have plans in place to open our first Seattle location in 2018 and we’re on target to sign 8 to 12 more franchise agreements in 2018 in areas such as Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Florida and other ideal markets.

As our concept continues to prove to be a top contender among boutique fitness franchises, Pilates ProWorks is seeking qualified franchisees to grow our presence into more key metropolitan areas around the world.

Ideal franchisees include:

·       Entrepreneurs interested in hands-on business ownership and operation

·       Individuals who are well connected within their communities

·       People who work well in group settings

Under strong ownership, the Pilates ProWorks franchise model provides franchisees:

·       Impressive income opportunity

·       Favorable unit economics

·       Vehicle on which they can improve their own health and wellness

·       Opportunity to provide a positive impact on the community

For more information on franchising opportunities with Pilates ProWorks opportunities, visit

Ellie Houston : PPW Master Trainer

Taylor Carter

We are excited to introduce, Ellie Houston, our Brand Master Trainer. In this new role, Ellie will be responsible for maintaining the overall brand standards of Pilates ProWorks while inside Studio A + B. She'll be working with our studios across the country to ensure the PilatesPro Method continues to remain consistent, effective and hardcore!

What was Ellie up to before entering the PPW world?
I began my career in 2007 as an adventure guide for Outward Bound in the jungles of Costa Rica teaching kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and rock climbing. From there I moved to Hawaii, leading kayak trips in the summer and performing in the Hawaii Volcano Circus in the winter. Upon returning to the Bay Area in 2010, I continued my work as a kayak, paddleboard and rock climbing instructor in Marin, Point Reyes, and San Francisco. In 2010 I attended the National Personal Training Institute in San Francisco, earning my Personal Training, Nutritional Consultant and Pilates certifications. After a few seasons juggling the demands of both vocations (ask me about my stint teaching Paddleboard Pilates classes), I decided to focus solely on fitness and began teaching at Pilates Proworks in 2011.

Why PPW?
I immediately loved the PilatesPro Method and it's focus on form, precision and body awareness. Offering a genuinely challenging workout that is low impact and maintains an element of fluidity is a tall order, but it's one PPW fills with style and diligence. Beyond that, the committed and tenacious clientele along with the dynamic, spectacular staff of instructors has always been a community in which I'm thrilled to take part.

Favorite class to teach at PPW:
Mommy & Me. I love to see the dramatic changes in both the babies and the moms week to week- the transformations are amazing and happen in such a short amount of time.

Pro Tip:
Take the following pointers from Ellie to help make your practice more effective in her favorite move. PPW Move: Straddle Pike/Straddle Crab Variations I love on this move include static holds as the knees contact the elbows in straddle crab, almost like a crow pose in yoga. In the static hold, you can challenge stability by lifting one foot at a time to focus acutely on the obliques and serratus anterior, which strengthens the core and promotes scapular stability. Make sure to shift the weight forward into the hands and cup the hands actively on the front platform to protect the wrists. Scoop the belly and round the back to hold.

Fave workout gear:
Onzie leggings because they stay put while you move and have weird awesome patterns so I don't have to dress like a grown-up EVER.

Find Ellie in studio delivering up hardcore classes!
Thursdays @ the Marina Studio:
9am Classic
10am Pilates Pro
11am Mommy + me
12:10pm Pilates Pro
And coming soon to Mill Valley & Fidi!

NutritionPro Q&A with Haley Whitley

Taylor Carter

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Have you been wondering if NutritionPro is for you? Read our Q&A with NutritionPro master mind, Haley Whitley, and learn why this digital meal plan is for anyone, anywhere! It’s simple, straight-forward, easy on the pocket book and makes cooking fun and delicious! After reading these FAQs, you’ll be wondering “How do I sign up?”

Q. What is NutritionPro and what does “digital meal plan” mean?
NutritionPro is a monthly subscription program that delivers a 4 dinner meal plan every Friday. Our program is designed to simplify the meal planning process for you and your family by providing a unique strategy that involves bulk cooking and prepping ahead of time. NutritionPro will transform the way you think about food and show you how to nourish yourself while cutting back on stress and saving money. Upon signing up you will also get a packet of invaluable information from the Program Guide, Health Breakfast Guide, Hydration Guide, Eating Out Guide, and Snacks and Traveling Guide.

Q. Who creates the meal plan?
Are the menu items/recipes all original? All the recipes are original and created by me! I’ve had years of experience teaching cooking classes to children and adults, as well as nutritional consulting and creating individualized meal plans.

Q. What is your background and experience in nutrition and healthy lifestyle?
A. I grew up in Eugene, Oregon with very health-conscious parents, which helped foster a love of healthy food at a young age. It’s hard to pinpoint when my interest in health and nutrition really became a passion, but I think it was when I lived in Costa Rica. After graduating from Seattle University in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in psychology, I moved to a small beach town in Costa Rica to teach English. For almost four years I lived the “pura vida” lifestyle. I learned how to surf, hiked in the jungle, cooked fresh foods, and ate simply. I was in awe by the power of food and how it fueled my active lifestyle. There’s nothing quite like fresh mackerel caught the same day, coconut water straight from the tree and ripe papayas! In 2010 I moved back to the states — the land of plenty! — and really dove into learning to cook whole foods. Shortly thereafter I embarked on a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University, started my business, 18grains Nutrition, and began working with clients around the Bay Area.

Q. Each Friday I receive 4 dinner recipes, correct? What about other meals? What kind of recipes are they?
Yes. Each weekly meal plan provides you with 4 dinner recipes for the week ahead. You can shop and prep your meals over the weekend and be ready to go Monday morning! We recommend making extra dinner and saving the leftovers for a quick easy lunch, and you will receive the Healthy Breakfast Guide upon enrolling with several options to choose from.

You’ll find that our meal plans use seasonal produce and seasonal cooking styles with tons of variety. In the summer, for example, you’ll see lots of fresh salads, sweet corn, and ripe tomatoes; in the winter you’ll see more stews, soups, and cooked veggies like sweet potato and Brussels sprouts. All of the recipes are composed of whole foods with some lightly processed foods such as sprouted bread, corn tortillas, rice crackers, and hummus.

Q. Are the menu items/recipes every “reused”? Will I ever receive the same menu as from a previous weeks’ plan?
Nope, none of the recipes will ever be repeated. You can look forward to new, creative recipes each time.

Q. What if I’m gluten free? Are there options available?
Every recipe has a gluten-free option that is easy to implement (e.g. “use quinoa instead of bulgur in this recipe”). Keep in mind many of the recipes are already gluten-free because we utilize a variety of whole grains.

Q. I have strict eating limitations, would NutritionPro be a good fit for me?
Our meal plans use all types of whole foods and each recipe provides a gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian option. Those with egg, nut, or other food allergies would have to modify further.

Q. Is this a diet?
No, this is not a diet, but more like a lifestyle change. The beauty of NutritionPro is that is doesn’t feel or taste like a diet, but you get many of the benefits of one. Just like any successful diet, you will have structure and food recommendations to help you clean up your diet and lose weight. You will, however, have more choices, freedom to eat out on “Free Meals” and tools to make long-term and sustainable changes.

Q. Does this come with any guarantees for weight loss?
There is no guarantee for weight loss, but luckily it is a very common “side effect” of eating a clean, whole foods diet!

Q. I am looking to lose weight, is following the meal plan enough? If not, what else do you suggest incorporating into my diet or daily routine?
Many factors can influence an individual’s ability to lose weight such as age, activity level, genetics, and stress. Definitely the first step to losing weight is eating a whole foods diet and cutting out processed foods and “empty calories.” Not eating the right balance of protein, carbs, and fat — or not eating enough, period! — can be really detrimental for weight loss. We make sure to provide dinners and lunches that have balanced macronutrients and snacks and breakfasts that can be combined to create balance within the day.

Many people have food sensitivities that they’re unaware of, which makes trying to lose weight feel like an uphill battle. Following an elimination diet for 2-3 weeks sometimes can pinpoint these sensitivities. Of course, exercise is crucial. Regular cardio workouts and building lean muscle mass will fuel the weight loss process and support a healthy metabolism. Other things that help the weight loss process are drinking plenty of water, watching your sugar intake, and getting plenty of sleep.

Q. Are nutrition facts/serving sizes included for each menu item?
Yes. Each recipe comes with a serving size and tells you the amount of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber, sugar and protein in the meal. The lunches and dinners are 400-600 calories, the breakfasts are 300-400 calories, and the snacks range from 50-200 calories. You have a lot to choose from and you are coached how to combine meals in order to maximize your macronutrient and micronutrient intake.

Q. What if I workout a lot- do these meal plans sustain an active lifestyle?
Definitely. If you are a highly active person — not to worry! There will be plenty of complex carbohydrates, protein, and high-quality fats in the meal plans to fuel you through the day. If you’re an athlete or had a particularly strenuous workout, stick to the meal plan but increase the portions or eat more snacks to supplement.

Q. I’m not a good cook, are these recipes easy to follow? And do you use common, easy to find ingredients?
Yes. Even though they’re simple and easy to follow, the recipes are creative and packed with flavor. If you’re new in the kitchen you’ll learn basic cooking strategies and build your inventory of go-to recipes you can use again and again. The ingredients are basic enough to find at stores like Safeway or Trader Joe’s. You may be using foods you’re not accustomed to or be introduced to new foods altogether (like chia seeds, miso paste, and bulgur!).

Q. I don’t live near a Pilates ProWorks location, can I still sign-up?
Anyone can sign up! You do not need to be a member or have ever stepped foot in PPW to subscribe to NutritionPro.

Q. How much does NutritionPro cost and what do I get for that?
It’s only $12/month, charged in three months increments (that’s $36 every three months). Your credit card will be auto debited at the end of the three month cycle, but you can cancel anytime before each renewal. Upon enrolling you get a Welcome Packet, which has the first set of downloads (the Program Guide, Healthy Breakfast Guide, Hydration Guide, Eating Out Guide, and Snacks and Traveling Guide). Regardless of what day you sign up, your first meal plan will arrive on the soonest Friday, and you will continue receiving meal plans until you choose to cancel. In other words, each three month cycle provides 50+ dinner recipes.

Q. What inspired you to create NutritionPro?
Over the years I have seen many people struggle with weight loss, get frustrated when diets don’t work, and develop unhealthy relationships with food. Food becomes the enemy when it really should be a positive and enjoyable experience. I wanted to show people that wholesome, nourishing food can be delicious and satisfying and — most importantly — make you feel good. I believe that a whole foods diet is the foundation for long-term weight loss and can prevent chronic disease down the road. And guess where it all starts? In the kitchen! Most of us can’t afford to eat out all the time or buy expensive ingredients, so home-cooking is crucial. The constant "What-should-I-eat-for-dinner?" dilemma can be an ongoing problem for many people, which often results in making poor choices and overall having poor health. This is why NutritionPro brings you back to the kitchen, but totally de-stresses and simplifies the process. Many Pilates ProWorks clients are already somewhat health-conscious and have the exercise part down, but it’s the nutrition part that is a source of confusion. Now we can confidently say we have a program that fixes the "What-should-I-eat-for-dinner?" problem effectively and affordably!

Q. What’s your favorite recipe?
This is a hard one… it’s a tie between Avocado Mousse (I have a sweet tooth!) and Cheesy Polenta Stuffed Poblanos. YUM.

If you have any further questions, or want to get started with the plan, visit the NutritionPro section on our website at: or email

SUCCESS STORY : JEN SCHEER (and Parker, too)

Taylor Carter

After three and a half years, not only did PPW totally transform my body and increase my strength in a crazy way.... but it means so much that you all took me safely through my entire pregnancy (all the way up to my last class at 39.5 weeks - haha!) I felt so strong and healthy and sometimes a great pilates class was the only thing that made me feel better. And now, four months after having Parker, I owe so much of my bounce back to you all! Okay, and Parker gets some credit for helping me in the Mommy & Me classes :)

THANK YOU to all the teachers that really have helped me in so many ways and through some major changes in my life! PPW love to.... Skipp, Ellie, Stephanie, Sara D, Clarissa, Brittany, Kim, and so many others from the past!

Thanks for everything and keep kicking butt!
xxo, Jen Scheer


Taylor Carter

I have been around fitness nearly 30 years as an instructor and student. A few years ago I had a personal set-back with the passing of both my parents that took me away from the fitness life that was so much a part of my life. A very sad and difficult few years in my life followed only to be bombarded with the lost of my identity, my teaching, and my students. Last fall I decided that I wanted to get back in shape and tried numerous classes and clubs, but it was never quite right. Something was missing.

This past Christmas I was gifted with a monthly membership to PPW and little did I know at that time, this would be a life changing month for my family and me. From the first class to the class I took this morning I feel that I’m in a special place with special people. I’m HOME again and am so grateful to you all.

Thank you!

Announcing a Killer New Class: matBox is Here!

Taylor Carter

It's a hit - literally. 

Go three rounds with this hot knock-out workout that incorporates Kickboxing, Pilates and Yoga.

We are proud to say we are the first to create and offer a fusion class, combining the best of kickboxing, what we already know and love about pilates, and a dash of yoga for good measure. 

You can have it all in one workout.  Introducing matBox: 1 part Kickboxing, 1 part Pilates, and 1 part Yoga for a knock-out workout that will have you looking like a featherweight in no time.  
A Pilates ProWorks original, matBox is a powerful workout that starts with a round of high-intensity kickboxing with a punching bag.  Then, the gloves come off and you hit the mat for a round of Pilates to strengthen your core.  The final round incorporates Yoga to leave you aligned, balanced and fully invigorated.
The Marina and FiDi classes will officially launch May 26th, followed by a roll out plan for all other studios. Gloves and hand wraps are required, but you can watch this video to get up to speed.

As part of the launch, we are holding a contest to WIN A FREE MONTH at Pilates ProWorks! Just post your best boxing-related pose on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win!
You must follow and tag Pilates ProWorks @pilatesproworks with your photo and #matBoxMug until June 5 for entry.

Success Story : Tony Bellisimo

Taylor Carter

My name is Tony Bellisimo I am a 48 year old husband and a father of two boys. I have been an athlete my entire life, playing two different sports at a very high level – baseball and boxing. I can not remember a time in my life that I was not training or preparing to compete.

Both sports required explosive movements, so as a result, my training regiment was to one: lift weights, and two: practice consistent repetition of explosive movements.

About two years ago, my lower back finally could not take anymore explosive movements. I have had six surgeries due to sports injuries but this was my first back issue. I can take a tremendous amount of pain. However, I have never experience the persistent, relentless pain from a lower back injury. I was unable to function and lay on the floor of my living room for six months. 

After what amounted to two years of no exercise and at my wife's insistence, I decided to try Pilates. The results were not immediate.  It was not a one or two class thing and then I was cured. However, it was not an extended period of time either. It took about two months of consistent (5 times per week) effort. I am now really strong, especially my core.

The instructors are incredible. They encourage, motivate and challenge the class. They are also very knowledgeable as it relates to proper form and safety for those students who do have injuries. I also really like the way the instructors tell the class what muscles to focus on when doing particular exercises. I find that it really helps me to engage the proper muscles to create greater core stability. I also like the reminders from the instructors in regard to breathing, sounds simple right breathing... But I have found that I am able to work harder when I follow the breathing instruction.

The first day I could barely make it through the class. In all fairness I still have days where I can barely make it through the class but I am pain free. I sleep better and I am getting a six pack. I wish I did Pilates when I was competing because I have also noticed that my balance is the best it has ever been. 

When a client gives you meyer lemons...

Taylor Carter

…make Lemon Bars!

One of our generous members brought in a couple bags of meyer lemons from her tree and I was inspired to make a lemony treat!

I made this lemon bar recipe from Tasty Yummies and it turned out really well. It was easy and delicious! I also like that it's Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free + Refined Sugar-free and you use the WHOLE lemon. Peel and all!

One 8-inch Square Pan – Makes 16 squares


• 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/8 teaspoon salt

Lemon Topping:

• 1 whole organic Meyer lemon, washed (organic or unsprayed)
• 3 tablespoons honey
• 1/3 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (approx 2 additional lemons)
• 4 large farm fresh brown eggs, at room temperature
• 4 teaspoons tapioca starch
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (make sure it isn’t too hot when you add it in, you don’t want it to cook the eggs)
• Unsweetened shredded coconut for topping

Follow the instructions here...

30 minutes of daily exercise is enough

Taylor Carter

The same effect in only half the time: scientists have demonstrated that 30 minutes of daily exercise gives an equally effective loss of weight and fat mass as a full hour’s daily exercise.

If you want to lose weight, exercising for more than 30 minutes a day may be wasted effort, a new study from Denmark suggests.

In the study, participants who exercised for 30 minutes a day for three months lost just as much weight and body fat as those who exercised for an hour a day for the same time period.

This difference in weight loss was seen despite the fact that the 60-minute group burned twice as many calories, on average, as the 30-minute group.

The researchers were surprised by their results. It's possible those who were assigned to the 30-minute exercise group saw their training as more doable, and had the desire and energy for more physical activityafterward, the researchers said.

In addition, the people who spent 60 minutes exercising probably ate more, and therefore lost slightly less weight than anticipated, said study researcher Mads Rosenkilde, a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen.

The study is published in the Aug. 1 issue of the American Journal of Physiology.

The study involved 60 overweight Danish men who had previously lived a sedentarylifestyle. About one-third were assigned to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day at an intensity level high enough to produce a light sweat, one-third were told to do 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day and the rest remained sedentary.

Participants in the exercise groups wore heart-rate monitors and calorie counters during training, and the program lasted 13 weeks.

On average, men who exercised 30 minutes a day lost nearly 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) in three months, while those who exercised for a whole hour lost about 6 pounds (2.7 kg). The reduction in fat mass was about 9 pounds (4 kg for both groups).

Interestingly, the participants who exercised 30 minutes per day burned more calories than they were expected to, based on the training program that was set for them, the researchers said. And the men who exercised the most lost less weight than expected, based on the amount of calories they burned.

To exercise for health, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

Pass it on: Thirty minutes of exercise a day works just as well as an hour of exercise for weight loss, a new study suggests.

This story was provided  by MyHealthNewsDaily

Protein Power!

Taylor Carter

Pilates ProWorks classes can really work up an appetite! We’ve made a list of surprising protein sources that you can add to your meals without having to repeat the same protein day in and day out


Eggs: Try making savory oatmeal instead of sweet, or make an omelet full of veggies to keep eggs exciting! They are full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and contain sulfur which is known as the beauty mineral.


Quinoa: This is a power grain to say the least! Quinoa can be eaten cold, hot, under veggies or mixed with fruit. It’s also a great way to get some extra protein without all the carbs! Try soaking it for a few hours before cooking, it will help your body to get more of the great nutrients it has to offer!


Chia seeds: Top of your favorite smoothie recipe with chia seeds, or mix with your fruit and yogurt for a great protein source packed into a 1-tablespoon serving!

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Healthy Eating With a Budget in Mind

Taylor Carter

Although San Francisco has many delicious options for dining after your favorite Pilates ProWorks class, sometimes you just want a home-cooked meal. It seems like a daunting task to grocery shop on a budget while still purchasing clean, quality food. It doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick tips to help you make quick and healthy choices at the grocery store!


–> PLAN. By organizing your grocery needs and making a list, you will make the process SO much easier. Then you won’t be adding unnecessary things to your grocery cart. Who knows, you might just enjoy yourself a little bit.

–>EAT. Have a meal or a snack before you hit the grocery store. Otherwise, everything will look good and you will end up leaving with 5 times more food than you intended on.

–>FREEZE. Kale sale? Reduced prices on your favorite berries? Stock up! You can easily purchase these items and store them in the freezer until you need them. This is also great for smoothie making so your ingredients are already super cold and refreshing!

–>BUDGET. By calculating a budget for your shopping trip, you’ll be able to prioritize what you actually need vs. what you just want. This also makes for a quicker shopping trip by just being prepared!


For more tips visit MindBodyGreen