12 | April 12, 2018 | The wilmette beacon news wilmettebeacon.com Wilmette resident opens Pilates studio in Lake Forest Alyssa Groh Contributing 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 and 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 trainer for pilates. 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, 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 and strengthen muscles. “Pilates is great because 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 it compliments all movement modalities,” Floyd said. “Pilates is great for anybody who wants to 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 easier. Pilates can help runners strengthen their core and ankles. Pilates can also help women after postpartum to focus on the pelvic area, strengthen abdominal muscles and getting hips aligned. “A huge part of who we are is empowering people to move. Being able to 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 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 empower people to move with less pain and more strength is awesome,” Floyd said. One thing that sets The Pilates Underground a part from other pilates studios in the area is its small boutique size. The Pilates Underground prides itself Joanna Rolek (left to right), the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jason Floyd, of Wilmette, Carissa Floyd, of Wilmette and owner of The Pilates Underground in Lake Forest, Nicole Boehm and Gigi Kivlehan, staff members at The Pilates Underground, and Sophia Floyd, help with the ribbon cutting ceremony at The Pilates Underground in Lake Forest on Thursday, April 5. Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce. The Pilates Underground uses brand new equipment, such as this reformer, which is used to help with movement and strengthening muscles. Photo Submitted on being a small boutique studio, which gives trainers the opportunity to work closely with clients. Trainers and clients alike will be able to get to know one another and focus on targeting areas that need improvement, even in group classes. Every trainer at The Pilates Underground is certified through Stott Pilates, which helps each trainer teach in a uniform way so clients are able to move from class to class and trainer to trainer with minimal differences. To sign up for pilates classes at The Pilates Underground, visit www. thepilatesunderground. com. New client prices are $149 for three group classes and one private session and $175 for three private sessions and one group class.
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