For Bonnie Weber, fitness is more than a way to look good in a bathing suit—it saved her life. When she suffered an aneurysm that led to emergency brain surgery, the surgeon told her that if she had not been physically fit, she probably would not have made it. So, as she navigated the long road to recovery, she was inspired to not only regain her own fitness, but to help others do the same. In 2008, she opened The Pilates Garden and Personal Training Studio to share her passion for Pilates’s strength- and flexibility-boosting workouts, as well as other forms of exercise.
Her studio is packed with Peak Pilates equipment, including mats, a reformer, a cadillac, and exercise balls. In addition to various mat-, equipment-, and ball-based Pilates classes, the experienced instructors, including Stephanie Lantz, lead Core Barre classes, which help boost coordination, strength, and flexibility with ballet-inspired movements and lead tutus. For a more customized approach, they lead one-on-one personal-training sessions, during which they integrate the principles of Pilates into workouts tailored to their clients’ goals paired with nutritional advice. The instructors can also organize semiprivate sessions for small groups. In any given sessions, they might motivate their groups to toss medicine balls, battle their own body weight with TRX suspension-training bands, or swing kettlebells.