Establishing a regular exercise routine is a great way to show your body you care and is much less painful than swallowing a greeting card. Mail your muscles some one-on-one training with today's Groupon: for $59, you get three private Pilates sessions from a Pilates trainer at Ellie Herman Studio Oakland (up to a $210 value).
Ellie Herman, author of Pilates for Dummies, founded the Oakland branch of her Pilates studio before flexibly stretching across the country to open another in Brooklyn. Specializing in personalized workout routines, Ellie Herman Studio's Pilates trainers begin with an initial consultation to design a routine tailored to your physical needs, concerns, and inherited taffy traits. The studio's reigning philosophy combines Joseph Pilates’ original flavor of core-strengthening and flex-finessing with Ellie's own holistic approach inspired by yoga, dance, and Chinese medicine.
Packed with Pilates provisions such as Joey P's Universal Reformer and Ellie's own invention, the Pilates Springboard, the welcoming studio is a great place to enjoy professional-level equipment and instruction with the added benefits of personal attention and a parking lot devoid of vagrant parakeets.
Ellie Herman Studio
21 years ago, Ellie Herman worked as a professional dancer and choreographer, running her own company in San Francisco. She loved her work, but she had bills to pay. So, naturally, she took on a side job; she became the professional wrestler known as "Ruth Less." As soon as she began tossing fellow wrestlers around, she incurred a serious knee injury that threatened to end both of her careers. Luckily for her, the nearby St. Francis Hospital of Dance Medicine offered surgery-free rehabilitation through Pilates. Ellie did the workouts for months, and returned to her company an even better dancer than she'd been before her injuries. Later, as a masters student at NYU, Pilates once again helped her recover from hip pain. She discovered an ability to innovate within the bounds of Pilates, and resolved to become a teacher.
She opened the aptly named Ellie Herman Studio, where she continues to teach today. True to her inspiration, she uses Pilates as a basis on which to innovate better forms of corrective movement. So far, she's written nine books on the subject. She invented her own piece of equipment, the Pilates Springboard, which compresses the size and cost of the more traditional Pilates wall unit. She also developed a blend of Pilates and gait training, to help people stave of injury by becoming conscious of the way they move their legs in every day life, which helps to prevent things such as rolling ankles or randomly kicking strangers.
3929 Grand Ave.
Oakland, California 94610Get Directions