4 | April 12, 2018 | The lake forest leader News LakeForestLeader.com New Pilates studio focuses on sense of community in Lake Forest Alyssa Groh, Editor Carissa Floyd has always been interested in wellness and working out. Eventually, she came to a point in her fitness journey where she reached plateaus and felt like she wasn’t achieving her goals with working out. One day, while watching TV, Floyd, a resident of Wilmette, saw a professional dancer using a machine called a reformer. Floyd was intrigued by the reformer, and after a bit of research she realized a reformer is a piece of equipment commonly used in Pilates classes. She immediately jumped on the bandwagon and purchased a cheap reformer, then fell in love with the results she saw and how it made her body feel. “I have had multiple joint issues,” Floyd said. “(After taking some Pilates classes) I could feel my muscles and [there wasn’t anymore pain in] my joints.” It didn’t take long before she was hooked and became a certified Pilates trainer. After learning the studio she was teaching at in Lake Bluff was closing down, Floyd was on the search for a new studio. Soon, she realized a small boutiquestyle Pilates studio was needed on the North Shore. Floyd took a chance and decided to open her own Pilates studio, The Pilates Underground, 246 E. Deerpath Road Suite 3, The Pilates Underground 246 E. Deerpath Road Suite 3, Lake Forest 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday Lake Forest, which is now open for anyone looking to try Pilates or searching for a new studio. The Pilates Underground focuses on helping people to improve movement, while strengthening muscles. “Pilates is great because it compliments all movement modalities,” Floyd said. “Pilates is great for anybody who wants to 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 8-10 a.m. Saturday Closed Sunday www. thepilatesunderground. com (224) 544-9855 work on core strength and efficiency of movement. It is a very unique way to workout with a low impact.” Floyd said Pilates is often confused with yoga, but it is much different. She also added that many people are intimidated by the machines, but they actually help make things Please see STUDIO, 8 Carissa Floyd, of Wilmette, and owner of The Pilates Underground in Lake Forest, stands by a sign during the ribbon cutting ceremony of her new Pilates studio on Thursday, April 5. PHOTO SUBMITTED MaryDru told us about her internal network, but it wasn’t until we got the call to come to see a home that might be “the one” that we really understood. It was love at first sight, and we were ready to move quickly. Thanks to her market-within-a-market, we found the home of our dreams. -Happy Lake Forest Homeowners MaryDru CAROLAN Leave the details to me 847.343.5076 firstname.lastname@example.org Ask me about how Ican make the power of my market-within-a-market work for you. Whether buying OR selling!