Defining You Pilates & Fitness is a boutique studio that offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. We are located in the quaint Macalester/Groveland Neighborhood in Saint Paul at 370 Snelling Ave S. (The Corner of Jefferson and Snelling Aves.)
The studio specializes in Pilates, Yoga, and Functional Training, offering a variety of services within those categories. Some of the offerings include; Private and Semi-Private Pilates Training, Private and Semi- Private Personal Functional Training, Group Pilates Mat and Reformer Classes, Pilates Barre Classes, Yoga Sculpt, Yoga, TRX and Other Fitness Classes. We also offer special Fitness Events and Wellness Workshops Monthly.
Defining You Pilates & Fitness is a place for those interested in maintaining and developing health and wellness in a non-competitive, comfortable environment. We believe Optimal Health is more than just exercise. To achieve Complete Fitness a person needs exercise, balance of mind and body, sound nutrition, and proper wellness care. We recognize that each individual is unique and work with each client to identify the areas of their life that need fine tuning.
At Defining You Pilates & Fitness, the services we provide goes well beyond the 1 or 2 hours a week one spends at the studio. Unlike larger studios and gyms; we do not offer cookie cutter fitness plans. We customize fitness plans for each individual or group. To further help clients achieve optimal health, we have a partnership with qualified experts for nutrition and wellness care; fully supporting them in their journey to improve their quality of life.
We believe EVERYBODY can benefit from Pilates, Yoga, and Functional Training. This type of exercise works.
Here is a brief Description Pilates and Functional Training and the many benefits:
Pilates Pilates founded by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, and coordination, both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, Balance and Core Strength are all increased. Bone density and joint health improve. Many experience positive body awareness for the first time. The balance and control of the body Pilates teaches often spills over into other areas of one’s life.
Functional training is a classification of exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed in daily life. The benefits of functional training lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly impacting the number of injuries sustained and individual’s performance in a sport. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion.
Types of equipment used for functional training include: Dumbbells, Medicine balls, Kettle bells, Stability balls, Resistance tubes, Rocker and wobble boards, Balance disks, Bosu balls.
“For many years, I suffered from chronic back pain. I was on huge doses of ibuprofen, day in and day out. The spine specialist, a surgeon, told me I had normal degeneration of the spine, and that I should try pilates. I found Suzy’s classes soon afterward, and they have literally changed my life. Not only is my pain gone, but my abs are toned, my posture improved, and my flexibility increased. I feel like pilates was the missing link in my physical (and mental) health.” – Annie
It is amazing how Pilates has increased my core strength and flexibility. Another added benefit is how my muscle recovery time between my workouts has improved as a result of the improved blood flow I have experienced with Pilates. I am able to train harder with less effort and recovery time between workouts ~ Robert J. ( Triathlete)