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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!

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.