I’ve been coming to Simply Pilates for 5+ years and still look forward to every class! After injuring my back, my doctor recommended core strengthening workouts to prevent needing surgery. I turned to pilates (more specifically Amanda & Simply Pilates) and haven’t looked back. I’ve tried other studios throughout Phoenix, but NONE compare to the individualized attention you receive here. Class sizes are ideal (max of 5 people) allowing the instructors to focus on your form and provide customized workouts. My workout routine includes 2-3 Pilates classes/ week. I’m happy to report I no longer have back pain, my core is strong and I’ve toned my arms and legs. I highly recommend Simply Pilates!
Simply Pilates is a top notch studio! The instructors are fantastic. I have been taking lessons from Amanda for over 5 years. She has taught me through pregnancy, postpartum and even a back injury. She is always ready to provide a modification based on my need – while keeping the other group members needs in mind as well. She has a gift! I always walk alway from class feeling stronger, taller and happier! The studio has a warm, welcoming environment. Very non-intimidating. Going to Simply Pilates is the highlight of my week! Highly recommend!
Clean! Friendly! Professional! Amanda and the crew at Simply Pilates will work will all ages, shapes, levels ensuring a positive experience for all. There are no attitudes or judgement in this studio!
1. Try pilates at least 3 times before you decide if it is for you or not.
In the beginning, pilates can seem a little foreign and either too easy or too difficult. Either way, let your teacher know which it is for you. A good teacher will know how to modify or accelerate the program and individualize it for your body. Pilates is all about getting to know your body, it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. This core, whole body workout is like no other, and will increase your progress in any other sport or movement discipline.
2. Find a teacher you want to work hard for.
Try a few teachers before you settle on one. A great teacher will motivate and inspire you to do your best, work out consistently, and help you create goals for yourself. Sometimes I hear about people who had a not-so-great experience with a pilates teacher and then gave up on the method altogether. The Pilates method is great for everybody, but not all teachers will speak your language and have a connection with you. You can check sites like pilatesmethodalliance.org, to find experienced and comprehensively, certified teachers. Another good reference is powerpilates.com, if you are looking to find the best classically trained teachers in your area.
3. Eat something light for energy.
Fresh fruit, that has a lot of natural sugars, like a nectarine or banana, will give you a boost of energy before a routine. You will want to avoid over eating, as you will be constantly pulling in and up in your abdomen. If you are too full, you will feel very uncomfortable and not get an ideal workout.
4. Wear comfortable, form fitting clothing.
You will be moving in all different planes of motion, so your clothes should move with you and not restrict your movement. You’ll also want to avoid baggy clothes. You could be lying down for a portion of your routine, likely lifting your hips or legs in the air, and you will want to avoid any slips of your clothing. This could be embarrassing: and men, this is not just a warning for the ladies! If you are wearing loose fitting shorts, I advise wearing a snug pair of shorts underneath. Pilates teachers typically prefer form fitting clothing, so they can visually make sure you are practicing with proper form and connecting to your abdominals.
5. Practice consistenly 2-4 times a week.
Once a week does not cut it and, while it is better than nothing, it will take you a very long time to grasp the concepts and to see changes in your body. You are less likely to continue pilates and make it a habit if you do not see results within a six week time frame. Thus, start with 2-4 times a week for your first 6 weeks, to get optimal results. You can taper down, once you get in a nice rhythm of working out and understanding how pilates transfers to how you move throughout your day.
By: Rebecca Yzaguirre
I am 75 years old and am fortunate to have been trained by Amanda over the last 5 years. Amanda has a background in education and it is evident that her teaching background is responsible for making her a superb instructor. Thanks to Amanda, I’m more aware of my body and am amazed by what pilates has done for me. It helps to keep me in shape and moving!
Simply put, Amanda is the best Pilates teacher. I have taken Pilates classes with her for several years. She trained with wonderful Power Pilates instructors and continues to update with workshops. Amanda is one of these people who is a “born teacher”. Her classes are challenging and encourage me to work harder. Each class is different and uses various props to create interest. Each class is individualized for each person. Run, don’t walk now to sign up for her classes! She is the best!
I am more than pleased with the results I have gotten from Simply Pilates. I have been going to the studio for over a year now and can honestly say that I still look forward to my workouts. Before Simply Pilates, I could never stick to a physical routine without getting bored. The instructors do an excellent job of continuing to challenge me and advance my skill set. Additionally, having some limitations due to previous injuries, I feel that my individual needs are met and that I am safely performing the exercises by modifying my postures as instructed. The atmosphere is also very welcoming and not intimidating for new comers.
Amanda from Simply Pilates has been my instructor for over three years. Her knowledge and passion about pilates is very evident! Her classes are challenging yet she is also sensitive to injuries and individual differences, so she modifies excercises when necessary. I also worked with her while I was pregnant, which was very helpful since I had a lot of back pain toward the end of my pregnancy. What I also love is the variety of exercises and the fact that I see results so quickly. I am never bored! Amanda is great and I would recommend her mat and equipment classes and individual sessions to anyone, young and old!
I met Amanda in 2006, when I first moved to Arizona. At this point, I had been practicing classical pilates for the better part of 4 years. Like many in a new city, I tried several studios before I found one I liked and knew instantly Amanda was going to be my new instructor. Since the mid ’90’s I have been dealing with several slipped discs and spinal tears and was often encouraged by doctors to “take it easy,” as it was expected that I would have major back surgery by the time I turned 25. This was a tall order, as I was never one to “take it easy” and instead I worked even harder to achieve a strong core to support my deteriorating back in order to avoid the operating table. Amanda has pushed me in ways I never thought possible, in and out of the studio. I have become stronger each year and because of her continued teaching and support, I began the certification process of becoming a pilates instructor myself. Amanda is a passionate professional and a dedicated teacher; I look forward to each and every class I have the opportunity to take and would recommend her highly to all!
As a long time body builder and exercise enthusiast, finding pilates really took my workouts to the next level. I can’t imagine ever doing without pilates in my life now; it’s truly changed my overall physique and brought my workouts full circle. It’s great for keeping those long, lean muscles but even better at improving your core strength, which is vital in all strength training. I’ve tried other pilates classes and Amanda is by far one of the best teachers; she knows how to individualize each person’s workout to fit their level and/or needs. More importantly, she pays close attention to making sure you’re doing each movement or position correctly so that you get the most of your workout and you get better results. It’s a great overall workout!