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I had never been a someone who liked the gym and was turned onto Pilates after my son was born. I was hoping for a routine that could work into my hectic schedule…I feel healthier, flexible and stronger. – Jill B.

I had never been a someone who liked the gym and was turned onto Pilates after my son was born. I was hoping for a routine that could work into my hectic schedule and provide me the motivation to get my body back! I found all of the instructors at Pilates in the Grove to be very experienced, helpful, and patient, especially given that I was a beginner. The classes are intimate so I continue to feel that I am getting focused attention. Within weeks of starting, I noticed a positive change in body, and shortly thereafter, my friends were asking what I was doing. Since then, I feel healthier, flexible and stronger. My body is more toned and defined in the places that I’ve always wanted, and I even feel improvements in my posture. I am thrilled to have a workout that I enjoy and look forward to week after week. Thank you Pilates in the Grove!

In April of 2010, at the age of 54, a rare form of heart disease struck and my life dramatically changed…pilates has been an integral part of my healing along with meditation and prayer. – Lori V.

In April of 2010, at the age of 54, a rare form of heart disease struck and my life dramatically changed. With chest pain several times a day, I have been daunted by a limited activity level. After several months of cardiac rehabilitation, it has been troubling that I am still unable to mount a treadmill or perform other aerobic activities without the plague of chest pain or angina pectoris as it is called. Before my illness, I was an active ballroom dancer, busy ophthalmologist and researcher, and directed medical student teaching at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. All of that came to an abrupt halt. I had to deconstruct my old self and reinvent a life within the confines of significant physical limitations. Slowly, I began to explore safe avenues to carry me to a new balance in my life, and my cardiologist recommended pilates.

I discovered that Christa Gurka—a physical therapist who had helped me to recover from my third ankle operation back in 2004—had opened a pilates studio not far from my home. That operation was for a condition called avascular necrosis of both ankles, also a problem of circulation. It was a blessing because I trusted Christa implicitly and knew that she carried the expertise to safely ease me into this new physical endeavor. And that she did. At first during private sessions to get me accustomed to the technique, Christa helped me to modify the weights and positions that were safe for my heart and ankles. With reformer pilates, I have been able to adjust the weights to levels that are not overly taxing. Although I still get angina at times in any given class, I now know my limits, and can take it at my own pace, resting frequently as needed.

Pilates has been an important piece in my physical balance. It was disheartening to be limited in the activities that I had relied on for fun and stress reduction like dancing, traveling, and certain aerobic exercises like climbing and lifting. While I am unable to do many of those things I once enjoyed, pilates has been an integral part of my healing along with meditation and prayer.

After years of sitting behind a computer, I developed piriformis syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. I could no longer sit to work or run due to the aches and pains. – Jan O.

Pilates in the Grove has restored my ability to function. I had physical therapy with Alexandra Terpos years earlier, and was impressed with her skill at locating and treating the cause of my pain.  I got lucky and found her again, now practicing and teaching at Pilates in the Grove.  I started weekly physical therapy.  Soon, Alix encouraged me to start Pilates classes to build the strength and flexibility needed to overcome my problems. I had tried in the past to do the prescribed exercises at home but never felt that I was achieving the desired results.

New to Pilates, I began with a weekly one on one session with physical therapist Sabine Gembel and then added two weekly group reformer classes taught by Alix and Sabine.  With classes led by physical therapists, I felt very comfortable that I would not add to my injuries. Classes are challenging and fun and everyone gets personal attention.

Through the work and support of this team, I have made great progress and look forward to returning to work.  I have a much better awareness of my body and how to stay in shape, and, I am trimmer and stronger than I have been in years.  I really enjoy the classes and the results achieved by this method are remarkable.

Thanks Christa, Alix, Sabine and team!

The classes are full of people of all ages and it’s not intimidating. I actually look forward to working out! – Kathryn B.

As a breast cancer survivor I am always focused on staying healthy and Pilates in the Grove has been the perfect fit for keeping strong and fit.  With my different surgeries I thought that Pilates might be too much, but it has been just what I have needed to gain my strength and energy back.  The instructors are amazing and they make the classes fun.  This is the strongest I have felt in years!  The classes are full of people of all ages and it’s not intimidating.  I actually look forward to working out!

As a guy in pretty good shape, I’ve also been amazed by how much Pilates has improved my overall fitness. – Steven Z.

I’ve been working with Christa on a weekly basis for several years. She has helped me significantly reduce my chronic lower back pain by improving my flexibility, core strength, posture and balance.  As a guy in pretty good shape, I¹ve also been amazed by how much Pilates has improved my overall fitness. I highly recommend Christa and Alix, they are amazing instructors.

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I have practiced yoga for a few yrs & had heard about Pilates in the Grove–so I stopped by & with a 2 for one offer on classes I thought Why Not? Best decision I made. Overall “primo”small classes. Highly trained instructors that are very engaging with compassion & empathy. I am attending regularly now and can see and feel a difference.

Jasper H.

Been doing Pilates for a long time and this is far the best studio I've experienced..all the instructors are top notch--most are physical therapists; they don't just watch you and shout orders but correct positioning-- with a great, upbeat attitude. Highly recommend.

Nancy S.

Great pilates session, outstanding professional and personalized instruction at a clean, well equipped and well appointed studio. The staff and instructors are friendly and very knowledgeable in delivering first class wellness instruction!

Bonita Travis

Pilates in the Grove was a great wellness experience and a challenging yet pleasant fitness workout. I highly recommend these classes to anyone seeking body movement exercise or therapy. The entire staff is knowledgeable, professional, and friendly --- and the studio is bright, well appointed and equipped with the best in pilates machines. They rate an A++ in my book!!!

Arnie C.

Pilates In The Grove is awesome! They care about their clients and will bend over backwards to help you with back treatment and therapy. They also offer an incredible array of Pilates classes with expert instructors.

Estrella T.D.

Pilates in the Grove is an exceptional Pilates Studio. At bit locations in Coconut Grove and South Miami, The environment is welcoming and the instructors are true professionals who are very knowledgeable. I have practiced Pilates there for years through pregnancies and everything and highly highly recommend it!!

Heather Stenstrom

I was referred for a medical condition. Professional and focused. Outstanding results. And, after relief, I stayed!

Joseph F.

Love this place! I have been taking classes at Pilates in the Grove for several years. They were initially in Coconut Grove, but now they have an additional location in South Miami. I have taken classes at both locations. The instructors are welcoming, friendly, and informed. They get to know their clients and are great about changing up the workouts to keep things fun and challenging so you are motivated. They also worked with me during my pregnancies and I took both group prenatal classes and private. You can book classes online or call (and I think you can even text now) so they make it easy to schedule. I keep going back and recommend to all my friends.

Amy B.

The people and the classes are great! Never the same routine twice. Always challenging and interesting. I highly recommend them. I've done PT and taken classes with several instructors and therapists and I have always had a great experience. The effort and energy they put into making each session exciting is obvious and appreciated.

Sue R.

Professional, peaceful, generous and patient with beginners.

Marya Meyer

Excellent professional training!!! Great staff in a very friendly atmosphere. Absolutely recommendable. Awesome place at SOMI.

Cristina Molinari

I just got into this 5 months ago and I am hooked best work out ever. I am so grateful to my Pilates instructor Genine she was patient and helpful and is the best instructor. I see amazing results. Thanks girl! You are the best. Thanks for taking me to Pilates In The Grove. I love the atmosphere and very clean place. Everyone is so nice.

Darnie L.

I've tried quite a few Pilates studios in Miami and this is my favorite! Really clean, the people are always friendly and the instructor is really good about giving everyone individual attention and correcting posture.

Veronica Tavares