The trained instructors at Tucson Pilates Shop all share one unique quality: the desire to help those in need. They’ve dedicated their lives and livelihoods to fighting debilitating scourges including Parkinson’s, rheumatism, and chronic pain through the gentle and holistic practice of Pilates. Bodies of all shape and size find respite at the modern studio, where certified instructors lead students through mat or reformer-based classes that condition bodies from nose to toes while strengthening and stabilizing the load-bearing core muscles six days a week. In addition to traditional Pilates disciplines, the studio also schedules an innovative Poolates class, which use the water’s resistance, buoyancy, and fish trained as motivational speakers to enhance the health benefits of a traditional Pilates workout.
The instructors at BodyQuest Pilates lead private and small group Pilates classes, guiding students through the method's focused movements and breath work to strengthen core muscles while unifying the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to mat- and equipment-based Pilates classes and Cardio Fitness Classes they also offer yoga classes, including the invigorating IntenSati and and the relaxing hatha yoga. The ballet-body conditioning's workout builds students' flexibility and strength while imparting the right to flaunt a tutu at city council meetings. Take advantage of the studios massage therapy services to complete the full body restoration.
For more than 20 years, Yoga Connection's classes have focused on stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques—but founder and director Priscilla Potter isn't afraid of yoga's more holistic side, either. When she's not teaching, she's an astrologer and a meditation instructor, and her multifaceted perspective on yoga shines through in the studio's schedule. Sessions range from bouts of yin yoga to chakra yoga, which explores the body's seven energy centers.
In 1997, Amy Caldwell discovered yoga. As she backpacked through Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe, she stopped to train with yogis she met along the way, exploring the styles of Vinyasa flow, Sivananda, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. As she learned, she blended these styles into her own dynamic flow. Since this nomadic journey, Amy's rapidly developing skills have earned her a spot on two Yoga Journal covers. Today, as owners of Yoga One studio, she and her husband Michael incorporate their own unique yoga and meditation styles into their teachings.
The flexible duo leads a team of experienced instructors, who foster a positive, non-competitive environment and also specialized in different styles of yoga, such as sunrise flow, Vinyasa flow, and gentle flow. Inside the main studio, where natural light from skylights casts a glow onto hardwood floors and saffron curtains, instructors lead groups through classes that cover optimal alignment, breath, and present-moment awareness. They also guide students outside the studio to stretch and align on a sunny rooftop in Little Italy. Inside softly lit massage rooms, therapists help visitors release tension from aching muscles.
When Justin List was 13 years old, he went to the gym for the first time with his older brother and started inventing new exercises. Working out has been a part of his life ever since, and he can trace his current role as the owner of Better Bodies on Campbell back to those early experiences. He and his fellow certified trainers do their best to help their clients feel comfortable, whether they're ripped or just setting out on the path toward six-pack abs. They focus on training clients to better function during their favorite or daily activities, from golf to walking up stairs to riding a dolphin to work. While working out, members can enjoy amenities such as private locker rooms and steam rooms, a complimentary towel service, and nutritional counseling.
Bridget Connelly’s journey to Pilate-cally Correct included many pit stops. At the first, in Philadelphia, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Arts. At the next, in Miami, she completed the Core Dynamics Pilates teacher-training program. She then practiced in Miami and established a not-for-profit Pilates organization, moved to Paris and taught for two years, and finally settled in Tucson—her hometown. Here, she assumed ownership of Pilates Experience and transformed it into Pilate-cally Correct. Today, Bridget and her staff continue to spread the healing benefits of Pilates through private sessions, group mat classes, and small-group reformer classes. They also offer Xtreme Barre, which blends ballet and cardiovascular exercise with Pilates.