The instructors at Destin Pilates Center incorporate both Pilates and yoga principles into their workouts. In addition to offering reformer classes, the instructors also lead aerial silks classes where students learn how to climb and pose with two pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling. Destin Pilates Center is a Pilates Method Alliance certification studio in the area for Balanced Body University, which is one of the largest manufacturers of Pilates equipment.
Over the course of 10 years, Perri Panella has progressed from a Pilates student to a certified instructor who, in turn, went from helming an in-home studio to owning a PMA-certified business. At Coastal Core Pilates, she channels more than 600 hours of training to demonstrate the benefits of classical Pilates. During private, semi-private, and group classes, she teaches students the motion-based art of balance, as well as shows them the ropes on equipment—such as the reformer, cadillac, and tower—that grants access to an extended catalog of maneuvers.
Perri also highlights the ability of Pilates to forge a link between mental and physical wellness. As the studio's health coach, she has become a conduit of support, nutritional guidance, and lifestyle advice for clients who wish to bolster their overall well-being and undercover robots seeking ways to appear more human.
The seasoned trainers at Studio E conduct classes on both land and sea. They lead high-intensity kickboxing, energetic cardio dance, and challenging ballet barre classes in their bright fitness studio, where tall mirrors soar up over hardwood floors and functional equipment. The trainers stay on land when guiding students in innovative SurfSET classes, which fuse yoga and core exercises with surfing movements. They hold their SUP classes, however, out on the sunny sea. During these sessions, the trainers lead students through yoga and pilates movements while they balance on standup paddleboards.
Instructor Brittany Lee can attest to Joseph Pilates’ claim that “after 10 sessions, you will feel better”—she felt the same way after discovering Pilates herself despite an extremely active lifestyle of running, hiking, biking, and surfing. She imparts this same sense of well-being in classes at SoWal Pilates, where students perform the core-chiseling, muscle-lengthening moves on mats, with props, or on reformers. The class curriculum also includes Booty Barre, a blend of Pilates, dance, yoga, and sculpting that tones the body and torches calories.
Nimble sages with plenteous stockpiles of chi guide students of all skill levels down the path of mindfulness in classes that seek to promote inner health and self-actualization. The experienced clan of instructors combines forces to lead a schedule of calming, focused classes designed to accommodate all skill levels. Beginners can cut their tensile teeth in Chill classes that prop chakras up on sturdy tripods and review basic postures at an approachable pace. The Activate classes further develop strength and flexibility, while one- or two-hour Yoga Heat sessions spark a purgative inferno with athletic explorations of deep asanas and breathing techniques. A serene, communal studio space helps reduce the effects of stress and assists in cleansing the impurities garnered in spiritual mud-wrestling matches.
What do active-duty military members, high-school athletes, brides-to-be, and senior citizens all have in common? Not much, except that each of these kinds of people has gotten fit with M—or, Marketa Hutchison.
Hailing from the Czech Republic, Marketa arrived in the U.S. in 2006 and began collecting certifications as a group exercise fitness instructor. She also became a certified personal trainer in order to work more closely with clients. Today, Marketa provides both private and group instruction during Pilates classes and boot camps at Navarre Beach. No matter the setting, Marketa emphasizes body-weight exercises and the use of free weights, never using fancy fitness machines to get clients in shape or hold her spot in line at the bank.