WE HAVE REOPENED!
Due to the risk of Covid-19 spread from other counties or those from out of state, all sessions are offered to long standing San Luis Obispo County residents only at this time.
At Pilates Power Center we have a passion for helping our clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals. We work with people of all ages, from fitness buffs to those managing their osteoporosis. We provide a clean, comfortable and safe environment where students of all fitness levels, or with rehabilitative and sports-specific needs can enjoy the many benefits of Pilates training in a fun and nurturing way.
Our mission is to inspire clients to find the power within themselves to achieve their goals toward a balanced body, mind and spirit.
Pilates is an exercise method like no other. The specialized, spring driven equipment is designed to help you focus on starting from your center with each movement. Practicing Pilates can help you improve your total body strength, flexibility, balance and posture allowing you to move through your day with more grace and ease.
We are a contemporary Pilates Studio, yet our methods remain true to the long-established and original principles established by Joseph H. Pilates almost a century ago. We use the exercises and equipment developed by Mr. Pilates and updated by the Balanced Body equipment company.
We follow Pilates’original principles including breathing, centering, concentration, control, precision and flow. At the same time we apply current concepts in human movement sciences with every exercise we teach our clients.
We offer both private and semi-private training as well as a variety of Pilates classes from morning to evening throughout the week. Our experienced staff teaches both group classes and individual sessions determined by client’s availability and Pilates experience.
The studio has two separate, spacious rooms for private sessions and classes. You can schedule your private training to work around your personal schedule. Our classes are organized into levels so you can integrate into classes right away, at your current level of Pilates experience.
We are a state-of-the-art studio equipped to give you the most for your Pilates practice:
Balanced Body Equipment for private training and classes: We are more than just a Reformer studio! We have a full complement of Balanced Body Studio Equipment in both our private and class rooms. We have a Pilates Cadillac (Trapeze Table), an Allegro 2 Reformer/tower, Combo chair and EXO Chair, and Ladder Barrel along with a myriad of small props for private sessions. We can also integrate CoreAlign®, and Pilates Suspension exercises into our private and semi private training.
Pilates Mixed Apparatus Classes from beginning to advanced levels. Whether you are new to Pilates or a seasoned Pilates practitioner, we have classes for you. Our classes are Reformer based and incorporate all of our class room equipment including Studio Reformers with jump boards, EXO Chairs, Springboards, Pilates Suspension (TRX) stations, Pilates Arcs and other small props. We have highly experienced certified Pilates instructors, most with a minimum of 15 years Pilates teaching experience. Our classes have a maximum of five students per class to insure you are performing every exercise correctly under the watchful eye of your instructor. Our classes run for 55 minutes to allow for thorough disinfecting and cleaning between classes.
Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers* (formerly PMA Certified Pilates Teacher) Paula and Peggy are Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers (NCP) and all of our instructors are graduates of a National Pilates Certification Program approved schools.
CoreAlign®: We are the only studio on the Central Coast to offer CoreAlign training. Built by Balanced Body, the CoreAlign is available for private and semi-private sessions. The CoreAlign is part cardio, part strength, part flexibility training and totally unique! Easy-to-learn exercises on the CoreAlign emphasize standing movements and are designed to improve posture, balance and functional movement. The CoreAlign method, developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, stimulates core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, very deep stretches and core-controlled aerobic training. For more information see our CoreAlign page!
Pilates Suspension Method: We are also the only studio in the area to offer the Pilates Suspension Method in all of our classes. The Pilates Suspension Method, developed by Rebecca Beckler, takes traditional and contemporary Pilates equipment and mat exercises and takes them to the suspension ropes to improve your core and overall body strength. Each PSM exercise has a Pilates root exercise and is done in many of the traditional Pilates series. You’ll find doing the Pilates Suspension Method will improve your form, alignment and core strength when you take the moves to the Pilates equipment. We are the only studio in our area offering this fabulous body weight suspension method following the principles of Pilates exercise! For more information see our Pilates Suspension Method page.
The Pilates S.T.R.O.N.G Program for bone health. Get Pilates STRONG: Strength Training Redesigned for Osteoporosis, Nurturing Gains. This is a full body exercise system developed by Paula Anderson, MS, using all of our Pilates apparatus to help students safely build muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Pilates S.T.R.O.N.G. will focus on optimizing the health and safety of your bones as well as improving posture and balance. We will also include tips to help keep you safer in your activities of daily living. This class is for everyone over the age of 50 and those dealing with osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Hendrickson Method® Massage: Another unique feature to our studio is the Hendrickson Method® (HM) orthopedic massage. This style of massage, performed by certified HM practitioner, Amanda Balogh, is a profound technique created by Dr. Tom Hendrickson. This fantastic method is an advanced system of massage and manual therapy that is relaxing to receive, effortless to perform, and an efficient and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain. This unique massage method addresses sources of pain, most commonly in the joints and soft tissue. At the heart of his unique system of treatment is a new technique for mobilizing soft tissue modeled on ocean waves and grounded in essential Tai Chi principles of energy healing. Dr. Hendrickson calls it wave mobilization. Joint mobilization treats the source of chronic pain and muscle energy techniques address the nervous system. The massage strokes are repeated in rhythmic oscillations which help mobilize affected joints, reduce tension, and increase range of motion. Massage techniques have the client gently resisting pressure to reprogram involuntary tension in the muscles. This method helps strengthen weak muscles, relaxes chronically tight muscles and reduces trigger points in a pain free way. The massages are performed fully clothed. It is ideal as a compliment to your Pilates workout.
Meet our Instructors
My interest in movement sciences and rehabilitation led me to pursue my Master of Science Degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology, with a concentration in Wellness Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the early 90’s. I became the group exercise and fitness director at a small fitness club in SLO. At that time I decided to give competitive bodybuilding a try. It was a lot of hard work, but gave me a great sense of dedication and empowerment, in body, mind and spirit. I competed successfully for two years. With the reemergence of the Pilates method in the fitness industry and the encouragement of my group exercise students and personal training clients, I started studying the Pilates method in 1998. It was a similar mind, body, spirit connection as with bodybuilding that convinced me to become a Pilates professional full time. I received my Pilates Mat training though the PhysicalMind Institute with Maria Leone at Bodyline Pilates studio in Beverly Hills, and my apparatus certification through Polestar Pilates Education with physical therapists Dav Cohen, PT and Sheri Betz, PT. I began teaching Pilates in 1999, and I opened my own studio in 2005. I have been a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (formerly PMA certified) since 2006, and I have continued my education in Pilates by becoming an osteoporosis and gait training specialist using Pilates and CoreAlign techniques. I love Pilates and hope I can share my enthusiasm with all of my clients for many years to come!
In my younger years, I had trained in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet which is all about technique, form and precision. My degree is in Mass Communications from Radford University in Virginia, and my love of Ballet led me into a more active career. When I was first introduced to Pilates mat, it felt like being at home in my body; and my goal was to become a Pilates professional to help others. I find that Pilates feeds into all areas of my life, especially since I have chronic low back pain. This has helped alleviate that pain. Now, when my back flares up, I can get it functioning again by doing certain Pilates exercises and knowing what to avoid to get out of pain. I am a graduate of Central Coast Pilates Mat and Reformer training and received my comprehensive studio training diplomas with Polestar Pilates® Education at TheraPilates studio in 2007 and Balanced Body University® at Pilates Power Center in 2008. I have achieved my goal of being a Pilates professional due to Paula Anderson’s planting that seed, watching her as a mentor and her invitation to work for her at Pilates Power Center. I am a certified CoreAlign Instructor and I specialize in pre- and post-natal workouts for expectant and new mothers. I have lived on Central coast for over 20 years. I have a husband, now retired, and a grown son. We enjoy our life here looking at the ocean daily. Pilates helps to breathe in this wonderful coastal air!
I was introduced to the benefits of Pilates while recovering from knee surgery. I was able to fully recover by participating in Pilates and by having a great therapist who used the Hendrickson Method® of Orthopedic Massage. At that time I was also competing in 3 day horse jumping events and found Pilates to be an excellent way to strengthen my core to improve my riding. All of these factors helped me make my decision to become a Pilates instructor. I received my Mat training from PhysicalMind Institute® with Leah Putnam, then I completed my comprehensive Pilates training with Pilates rehab expert Madeline Black with Integrated Teacher Training Pilates® and I have been teaching Pilates since 2000. Because of my successful experience using Hendrickson Massage, I decided to become a certified practitioner to be able to help others receive its benefits. I had the fabulous experience of studying HM Massage with its developer, Tom Hendrickson, D.C. at his clinic, the Institute of Orthopedic Massage, in Kensington, California and become certified in 2003. Since I moved to this area I have been teaching Pilates at Pilates Power Center and providing HM Massage at the studio. I specialize in post-rehab training at the studio.
I have had a passion for the joy and benefit of an active lifestyle all of my life. My love of Pilates started about a year or so after a major roll over car accident which left me with broken bones in my lower back. At that time, I discovered Pilates and it helped me with a full recovery. Wanting to share my passion and the many benefits of Pilates, I decided to take a comprehensive training course with the Pilates Sports Center. Since moving to the Central Coast and teaching at Pilates Power Center I have also become a certified health coach.
Judy Pollock Balanced Body Mat and Reformer Teacher
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in business and from Pepperdine University with a Masters degree in Business Administration. After retiring from 33 years at a major Aerospace Company, I began my Pilates adventure by joining a beginning mat class at a local health club. My enthusiasm for Pilates soon led me to the Pilates Power Center and under Paula’s tutelage I completed the Balanced Body University’s Comprehensive Mat and Reformer training. The positive impact Pilates has had in my life cannot be understated and I strive to share my passion with others.
I have been a modern dancer for decades and was introduced to the benefits of Pilates through the dance world. I work full time as a geologist at Vandenberg Air Force Base. I was trained by Paula at Pilates Power Center and am a graduate of Balance Body’s Comprehensive Pilates program. I currently take classes at the studio and sub evening classes when needed. I also have a passion for photography and combine this endeavor with volunteering my time in partnership with the local NGO Reencontro designed to create sustainable futures for children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Mozambique. You can see my photographic work on my Facebook page – The Gathering.
*About the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) (Formerly the Pilates Method Alliance)
The purpose of the National Pilates Certification Program , or NPCP is to establish, maintain and promote professional Pilates standards, and to award the title of Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) to the comprehensively educated Pilates teacher who has provided evidence that they meet these established professional standards. For the public, employers, government agencies, and other professionals in allied fields, the NCPT credential provides assurance that the Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher is competent in the provision of services. The National Pilates Certification Program is a non-biased, not-for profit third party certifying agency of teachers, teacher trainers and studios dedicated to preserving and enhancing the legacy of Joseph and Clara Pilates by establishing guidelines, encouraging unity, and promoting professionalism. To achieve certification in the field of Pilates instruction, instructors must graduate from an assessment-based training program (such as Balanced Body Education) with a minimum of 450 hours of study and then take and pass the NPCP Certification exam. The NPCP formally recognizes the Pilates teacher who has provided evidence that he or she meets accepted professional standards through rigorous testing by awarding the title of Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher. Our master trainers have met those standards. Only Pilates instructors who have graduated from an accredited Pilates Teacher Training program with a minimum of 450 hours of study and have passed the NCPT exam are genuinely Nationally Certified Pilates Teachers.