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Monday, January 12, 2015


Like a lot of people after the holidays are over, Pioneer is back to wearing stretchy pants whenever possible and thinking about our impossible resolutions for 2015. A good friend sent us a cartoon recently that said "I've made peace with the fact I'll never hit my goal weight.....6 lbs 5oz just isn't realistic". While our intentions are not that dramatic, we had a few things on our bucket list to check off and one of them was learn more about Pilates and what the heck's a Reformer anyway? 

Our quest led us to this hidden gem: Counterbalance Studio Pilates at 1911 Danforth Ave**, a studio co-operative started by Pilates pro Elaine Biagi Turner. 

What Pioneer really loves about this warm and inviting space is it felt like what we think a 'studio' should be. People in the fitness industry often over-utilize the term studio to imply any large space dedicated to group classes. At counterbalance, the owners host private sessions, small group classes, an attention to each participant, community harmony and an intense focus on 'moving well' both in and out of the studio. If you are a beginner and want to start out right with guidance, proper instruction and to avoid injury then this is the place for you. 

Pioneer's studio tour guide (and co-owner) Sasha recommends calling or emailing to book a one-on-one introductory session, not only for a physical assessment but also to get you familiar with how the studio works. As for the Reformer, it truly is a medieval looking contraption with tubes and sliders, but Sasha promises that it does assist with strengthening and movement (as does the "Cadillac" - another device that you might or might not see in 50 Shades......). 

Counterbalance also hosts interesting workshops that tie into the Pilates foundation so if you aren't quite ready to hit the mats, you can still ease into good health this year with The Art of Breathing (coming up Feb 7), Restorative Movement and Alignment Rescue (seriously, we all need to learn how to stand up straight!)

For more information, you can contact counterbalance here. See you on the mats!

(**unfortunately Pioneer's camera malfunctioned so no beautiful photo to share!)

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