Pilates Essence

★★★★★
Serene studio offers traditional Pilates taught by expert instructors.
  • 11668 Gateway Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Cross street: S Barrington Avenue

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  • 310-477-7928

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In the past I've had difficulty finding exercise I enjoy - I'm not very athletic and I would get easily discouraged. Since I started at Pilates Essence about a year and a half ago, though, my attitude has completely changed- I love my workouts! My body is stronger, I feel healthier and more energetic, and I'm even working towards graceful! I'd tried Pilates before, but I credit Marie and the other awesome instructors with providing an environment that encourages me to get stronger and better with every workout.

Thanks, Marie!!

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★★★★★

In the past I've had difficulty finding exercise I enjoy - I'm not very athletic and I would get easily discouraged. Since I started at Pilates Essence about a year and a half ago, though, my attitude has completely changed- I love my workouts! My body is stronger, I feel healthier and more energetic, and I'm even working towards graceful! I'd tried Pilates before, but I credit Marie and the other awesome instructors with providing an environment that encourages me to get stronger and better with every workout.

Thanks, Marie!!

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Well structured teaching from professionals who clearly enjoy their work.

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★★★★★

Well structured teaching from professionals who clearly enjoy their work.

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This is the kind of exercise that completely strengthens and changes your body, straightens your posture, and makes you feel good! I love the beautiful studio and the location is centrally located on the westside with lots of parking. I wanted to try pilates for a long time because of the amazing results I saw in other people, but after several months it's become less about looks with me and more about the way my body feels--amazing! If you just stick with it for a few weeks, I think you'll be addicted too, and have one happy, strong, stress-free body.

Marie is a wonderful trainer, I can't say enough about how knowlegeable and professional she is.

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★★★★★

This is the kind of exercise that completely strengthens and changes your body, straightens your posture, and makes you feel good! I love the beautiful studio and the location is centrally located on the westside with lots of parking. I wanted to try pilates for a long time because of the amazing results I saw in other people, but after several months it's become less about looks with me and more about the way my body feels--amazing! If you just stick with it for a few weeks, I think you'll be addicted too, and have one happy, strong, stress-free body.

Marie is a wonderful trainer, I can't say enough about how knowlegeable and professional she is.

Pros: lovely studio with professional trainers

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i hate exercising and have never been able to make myself do any kind of exercise consistently until i tried pilates essence - been doing it for over a year now weekly. i can honestly say that i actually look forward to it too - which has NEVER happend before! my body feels so much better after and my posture has gotten better. my core has gotten very strong. marie is tough but a great instructor and really cares. i would recommend pilates essence to anyone!

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★★★★★

i hate exercising and have never been able to make myself do any kind of exercise consistently until i tried pilates essence - been doing it for over a year now weekly. i can honestly say that i actually look forward to it too - which has NEVER happend before! my body feels so much better after and my posture has gotten better. my core has gotten very strong. marie is tough but a great instructor and really cares. i would recommend pilates essence to anyone!

Pros: convenient, good instructors and equipment

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I was looking for a way to exercise that would help me strengthen my core without hurting my back. My physical therapist recommended pilates. A search on the web showed several pilates classes in my neighborhood, but only Pilates Essence seemed to be equipped to give the one-on-one attention I was looking for. After a year of working in the studio with Marie and Lana, I am completing exercises that I didn't think I could do! Marie and Lana are highly skilled, enthusiastic, and fun! They have been able to incorporate the recommendations of my doctor for maximum benefit in my workout. The studio has a calm, serene vibe. I appreciate all the different equipment since the variety keeps me motivated!

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★★★★★

I was looking for a way to exercise that would help me strengthen my core without hurting my back. My physical therapist recommended pilates. A search on the web showed several pilates classes in my neighborhood, but only Pilates Essence seemed to be equipped to give the one-on-one attention I was looking for. After a year of working in the studio with Marie and Lana, I am completing exercises that I didn't think I could do! Marie and Lana are highly skilled, enthusiastic, and fun! They have been able to incorporate the recommendations of my doctor for maximum benefit in my workout. The studio has a calm, serene vibe. I appreciate all the different equipment since the variety keeps me motivated!

Pros: Serene environment; professional but personal staff, easy parking

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I just started pilates 9 months ago.
Pilates Essence is a great local studio where you can take 1 on 1 or group classes.
Great instruction given.
My body is a lot stronger & leaner now.

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★★★★☆

I just started pilates 9 months ago.
Pilates Essence is a great local studio where you can take 1 on 1 or group classes.
Great instruction given.
My body is a lot stronger & leaner now.

Pros: Thumbs up

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Great place to work out and learn to understand your own body (yes, it's challenging:)).
The atmosphere is great, instructors are really helpful in explaining how to work out to get the best result. I have been going there for a 1.5 now, i love the results - my back which used to hurt all the time is much stronger now and I am much leaner!
The studio is very clean which is important for me, the equipment is maintained really well. Excellent workout for those who sit in front of the computer all day:)

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★★★★★

Great place to work out and learn to understand your own body (yes, it's challenging:)).
The atmosphere is great, instructors are really helpful in explaining how to work out to get the best result. I have been going there for a 1.5 now, i love the results - my back which used to hurt all the time is much stronger now and I am much leaner!
The studio is very clean which is important for me, the equipment is maintained really well. Excellent workout for those who sit in front of the computer all day:)

Pros: Great workout if you make it part of your weekly routine

Cons: It's not cheap but every pilates studio charges the same!

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I had tried Pilates at a few other places around the Westside and hadn't really found a place that I liked. I received a gift certificate to Pilates Essence as a gift and thought I'd give it a try since it was already paid for...

I had my first session with Marie and loved it. I have never had an instructor as attuned to me and my body as Marie. She is dedicated to making sure that you actually learn the practice of pilates and not just absentmindedly mimic what she's doing.

I have been going to Pilates Essence for over a year now and wouldn't go anywhere else--and I am very picky.

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★★★★★

I had tried Pilates at a few other places around the Westside and hadn't really found a place that I liked. I received a gift certificate to Pilates Essence as a gift and thought I'd give it a try since it was already paid for...

I had my first session with Marie and loved it. I have never had an instructor as attuned to me and my body as Marie. She is dedicated to making sure that you actually learn the practice of pilates and not just absentmindedly mimic what she's doing.

I have been going to Pilates Essence for over a year now and wouldn't go anywhere else--and I am very picky.

Pros: Instructors, Service, Results, Facilities, Parking

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I was looking for somewhere to do Pilates and read other reviews about Pilates Essence. I drove by and then sent an e-mail. I have been working out there for about 6 months and am addicted. Marie is a wonderful instructor--encouraging, motivating, inspiring and incredibly in tune with her students, their needs and bodies. I love working out with her and look forward to every session. The studio is easy to get to and always comfortable and clean.

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★★★★★

I was looking for somewhere to do Pilates and read other reviews about Pilates Essence. I drove by and then sent an e-mail. I have been working out there for about 6 months and am addicted. Marie is a wonderful instructor--encouraging, motivating, inspiring and incredibly in tune with her students, their needs and bodies. I love working out with her and look forward to every session. The studio is easy to get to and always comfortable and clean.

Pros: Instructors, environment, equipement, location, workout, parking

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I've been searching for the right workout that could help my aging jock body stay fit and grounded--and Pilates Essence is that place for me! Lana is terrific--supportive, professional, encouraging, an excellent teacher--who breaks activities down into manageable steps and who offers constructive feedback in an accessible and clear manner. I have been going for weekly sessions for about 6 months and can feel and see the difference in how my body feels. I've also taken some classes from Marie-- who is an equally gifted, patient teacher and someone who is passionate about pilates and making it accessible to a range of people. The studio is comfortable and calming--with great choices of diverse kinds of music playing while you work out. This place is a keeper!!

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★★★★★

I've been searching for the right workout that could help my aging jock body stay fit and grounded--and Pilates Essence is that place for me! Lana is terrific--supportive, professional, encouraging, an excellent teacher--who breaks activities down into manageable steps and who offers constructive feedback in an accessible and clear manner. I have been going for weekly sessions for about 6 months and can feel and see the difference in how my body feels. I've also taken some classes from Marie-- who is an equally gifted, patient teacher and someone who is passionate about pilates and making it accessible to a range of people. The studio is comfortable and calming--with great choices of diverse kinds of music playing while you work out. This place is a keeper!!

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Marie is amazing! Pilates is the only exercise I actually enjoy doing and look forward to going weekly. Even my husband loves it! We both walk out feeling leaner and taller every time we go. This is true classical pilates with REAL reformers unlike other places I have been to that have pink fuzzy handles on the machines. Marie makes sure our form is perfect and because of that each week we are getting better and better. I cannot reccommend a better studio or better workout.

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★★★★★

Marie is amazing! Pilates is the only exercise I actually enjoy doing and look forward to going weekly. Even my husband loves it! We both walk out feeling leaner and taller every time we go. This is true classical pilates with REAL reformers unlike other places I have been to that have pink fuzzy handles on the machines. Marie makes sure our form is perfect and because of that each week we are getting better and better. I cannot reccommend a better studio or better workout.

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i'm a very athletic person by nature but after having my baby found that i had little time to go to the gym and work out. my husband bought me 5 sessions with lana underwood, and the experience was absolutely amazing. lana is wonderful -- she knows pilates like the back of her hand and really guided me towards gaining my own knowledge of the art. she challenged my body while not running it down and i truly felt like i was in better shape and had better posture after the sessions. she was flexible with my schedule and allowed me to take sessions at night after my daughter went to sleep, which was a huge plus for me. all in all, i would recommend lana to anyone who is interested in getting in shape and having fun while doing it. she truly rocks!!!

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★★★★★

i'm a very athletic person by nature but after having my baby found that i had little time to go to the gym and work out. my husband bought me 5 sessions with lana underwood, and the experience was absolutely amazing. lana is wonderful -- she knows pilates like the back of her hand and really guided me towards gaining my own knowledge of the art. she challenged my body while not running it down and i truly felt like i was in better shape and had better posture after the sessions. she was flexible with my schedule and allowed me to take sessions at night after my daughter went to sleep, which was a huge plus for me. all in all, i would recommend lana to anyone who is interested in getting in shape and having fun while doing it. she truly rocks!!!

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This was the best thing I ever did. The instructors are awesome and really motivate you. I went with my co-worker after work a few times a week and Maria made the classes something to look forward to. I hated and failed at many attempts to "get fit/healthy" but with each class I found myself feeling better and more motivated. After the first set of sessions I already felt myself getting stronger and more flexible. It's the perfect routine for people with busy schedules too.

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★★★★★

This was the best thing I ever did. The instructors are awesome and really motivate you. I went with my co-worker after work a few times a week and Maria made the classes something to look forward to. I hated and failed at many attempts to "get fit/healthy" but with each class I found myself feeling better and more motivated. After the first set of sessions I already felt myself getting stronger and more flexible. It's the perfect routine for people with busy schedules too.

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I never thought I would become addicted to one particular exercise routine but after working with Lana at Pilates Essence I can't imagine doing anything else. I've been physically active my whole life but like many people have struggled with finding the perfect exercise to suit my body type and physical abilities. With the skillful and thoughtful instruction from Lana in this perfect Pilates studio I've become stronger, my body feels better and I'm in the best shape (at 35) then I've ever been in my life. I've been fortunate to work with Lana since she started teaching and I followed her to Pilates Essence when it opened. This studio is perfect. The atmosphere is ideal and the equipment is the best you could use. I highly recommend anyone from beginner or experienced to take pilates here.

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★★★★★

I never thought I would become addicted to one particular exercise routine but after working with Lana at Pilates Essence I can't imagine doing anything else. I've been physically active my whole life but like many people have struggled with finding the perfect exercise to suit my body type and physical abilities. With the skillful and thoughtful instruction from Lana in this perfect Pilates studio I've become stronger, my body feels better and I'm in the best shape (at 35) then I've ever been in my life. I've been fortunate to work with Lana since she started teaching and I followed her to Pilates Essence when it opened. This studio is perfect. The atmosphere is ideal and the equipment is the best you could use. I highly recommend anyone from beginner or experienced to take pilates here.

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Ever since having a weekly pilates session with Brooke Miyasaki, I've noticed a great improvement in my physical as well as my mental outlook. I've never been one to like to work out and even now sometimes I complain about having a weekly session. But after every session, I feel physically stronger and glad I didn't skip the session. Brooke keeps you motivated and makes every session different even though you're performing the same routines on the same apparatus. She's ensures a full workout even though I have back issues. I notice when I'm tense and tight from a week's worth of work that my muscles look forward to stretching out on the reformer.

My posture has improved immensely from pilates, and I hate to admit it, but my attitude toward life has also changed for the better. All this transfromation is due to Brooke's constant coaching and encouragement. The only regret is that I only have one session a week.

Pilates Essence is a great place to work out at. It has a great open space with a positive energy that flows throughout the instructors as well as the other clients. The music playing in the backgroung also helps to get you going, especially when you don't feel like it. The location is great with lots of parking and conveniently situated in West Los Angeles. It's a perfect haven for that one hour of escape from reality.

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★★★★★

Ever since having a weekly pilates session with Brooke Miyasaki, I've noticed a great improvement in my physical as well as my mental outlook. I've never been one to like to work out and even now sometimes I complain about having a weekly session. But after every session, I feel physically stronger and glad I didn't skip the session. Brooke keeps you motivated and makes every session different even though you're performing the same routines on the same apparatus. She's ensures a full workout even though I have back issues. I notice when I'm tense and tight from a week's worth of work that my muscles look forward to stretching out on the reformer.

My posture has improved immensely from pilates, and I hate to admit it, but my attitude toward life has also changed for the better. All this transfromation is due to Brooke's constant coaching and encouragement. The only regret is that I only have one session a week.

Pilates Essence is a great place to work out at. It has a great open space with a positive energy that flows throughout the instructors as well as the other clients. The music playing in the backgroung also helps to get you going, especially when you don't feel like it. The location is great with lots of parking and conveniently situated in West Los Angeles. It's a perfect haven for that one hour of escape from reality.

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WISH LIST: To have a 1-on-1 PT (personal trainer)

WHERE: A refreshing WLA spot, Pilates Essence, near 405/10 freeways, Whole Foods, Starbuck's & Champagne Bakery. Exercise first, shop later!

PILATES PT: With an affable style & keen mind, Pilates instructor BROOKE MIYASAKI makes the time to know what my body can do & needs, then choreographs exercises to match a beginner's level. Granted, some equipment moves and stretching positions are TOTALLY CHALLENGING!

Lucky for me, patience is one of her best virtues. She conjures up these witticisms to help connect my body & mind-- sometimes that's pretty hard to do! Love the one about "wearing stilettos" to keep the toes elevated!

Those 50+ can relate when I say that my CORE, that area around one's mid-section, is my WEAKEST LINK (2 kids later) & continues to demand attention. Ultimately, a work in progress for each one of us who want to take care of our bodies.

UPDATE: My clothes fit better . . . flexibility & strength levels have gone up a notch . . . & I actually look forward to each class.

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★★★★★

WISH LIST: To have a 1-on-1 PT (personal trainer)

WHERE: A refreshing WLA spot, Pilates Essence, near 405/10 freeways, Whole Foods, Starbuck's & Champagne Bakery. Exercise first, shop later!

PILATES PT: With an affable style & keen mind, Pilates instructor BROOKE MIYASAKI makes the time to know what my body can do & needs, then choreographs exercises to match a beginner's level. Granted, some equipment moves and stretching positions are TOTALLY CHALLENGING!

Lucky for me, patience is one of her best virtues. She conjures up these witticisms to help connect my body & mind-- sometimes that's pretty hard to do! Love the one about "wearing stilettos" to keep the toes elevated!

Those 50+ can relate when I say that my CORE, that area around one's mid-section, is my WEAKEST LINK (2 kids later) & continues to demand attention. Ultimately, a work in progress for each one of us who want to take care of our bodies.

UPDATE: My clothes fit better . . . flexibility & strength levels have gone up a notch . . . & I actually look forward to each class.

Pros: Love the background music.

Cons: Zero

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Diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of 14, my physical therapist provided me with a list of daily exercises and stretches in order to strengthen my stomach muscles to support my back but to also prevent the curvature to worsen. Now, at the age of 34, I wasn't sticking to my daily routine and in the middle of the night, I was awaken by severe upper back muscle spasms. I was immediately taken to the hospital and had to undergo physical therapy for three months. After the muscle spasms went away, I turned to my friend and Pilates instructror, Brooke Miyasaki at Pilates Essence, who slowing helped me strengthen my body and get me back into shape. Pilates has been a life saver and I highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering from the same back pain that I am.

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★★★★★

Diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of 14, my physical therapist provided me with a list of daily exercises and stretches in order to strengthen my stomach muscles to support my back but to also prevent the curvature to worsen. Now, at the age of 34, I wasn't sticking to my daily routine and in the middle of the night, I was awaken by severe upper back muscle spasms. I was immediately taken to the hospital and had to undergo physical therapy for three months. After the muscle spasms went away, I turned to my friend and Pilates instructror, Brooke Miyasaki at Pilates Essence, who slowing helped me strengthen my body and get me back into shape. Pilates has been a life saver and I highly recommend it to anyone who is suffering from the same back pain that I am.

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I discovered this fabulous new studio while out dining at my favorite restaurant, La Tlapazola and immediately tried out one of the Monday night mat classes. For only $20, you get a great workout-I was sweating a lot! The location is easy to get to with ample parking, AC for the summer heat, and a very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

I discovered this fabulous new studio while out dining at my favorite restaurant, La Tlapazola and immediately tried out one of the Monday night mat classes. For only $20, you get a great workout-I was sweating a lot! The location is easy to get to with ample parking, AC for the summer heat, and a very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Pros: great location, AC, bright, close to home

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Brooke has been working with me for the past year or so. I started going to pilates because I had gone through physical therapy several times for my shoulders without noticeable change...nor a home regiment that I could stick to. Brooke made me a strong believer in Pilates from the beginning...tailoring the exercises to my needs n' focusing on my weaknesses while capitalizing on my strengths. And with each session she progressively challenges me, motivates me, and in doing so...keeps me coming back for more! Brooke moved to Pilates Essense...and I gladly followed. This studio provides a nice quiet and clear atmosphere...and the mirrors help keep me honest! :) If driving to LA from the OC isn't testament enough to say how much I value Brooke and what Pilates has done for me...I'm not sure what else I can say!

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★★★★★

Brooke has been working with me for the past year or so. I started going to pilates because I had gone through physical therapy several times for my shoulders without noticeable change...nor a home regiment that I could stick to. Brooke made me a strong believer in Pilates from the beginning...tailoring the exercises to my needs n' focusing on my weaknesses while capitalizing on my strengths. And with each session she progressively challenges me, motivates me, and in doing so...keeps me coming back for more! Brooke moved to Pilates Essense...and I gladly followed. This studio provides a nice quiet and clear atmosphere...and the mirrors help keep me honest! :) If driving to LA from the OC isn't testament enough to say how much I value Brooke and what Pilates has done for me...I'm not sure what else I can say!

Pros: Personalized fitness plan

Cons: The distance I drive to get there

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This really is a wonderful Pilates studio with the best equipment. I personal train with Lana, and have been with her for about a year now. I have a few body issues, like most people out there. But I can tell you. . . she works with you within you own body limitations. So you don?t have to worry about injuring your self and can direct you attention on how wonderful you will start feeling and looking.

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★★★★★

This really is a wonderful Pilates studio with the best equipment. I personal train with Lana, and have been with her for about a year now. I have a few body issues, like most people out there. But I can tell you. . . she works with you within you own body limitations. So you don?t have to worry about injuring your self and can direct you attention on how wonderful you will start feeling and looking.

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This is a great studio - a variety of nice equipment and outstanding instruction. There's positive energy to the studio. The whole staff is friendly and welcoming and Brooke is a talented instructor. You have her focused attention, and she tailors each workout so well. She also has a remarkable ability to find helpful imagery to guide you through the sometimes complicated postures and manuvers.

I have to admit, I tried Pilates as almost a joke (I can't... don't, you know, have a head-band or leg-warmers. Heh. And how hard could it be? Little girls do it. Heh) But what I've found is that it's a great functional workout. I finish-up feeling great. And, I am amazed what it has done for my flexibility and strength through a full range of motion. I am slimming-down and toning-up in a way I didn't think possible without going all agro in the weight-room. It is helping my surfing, hoops, everything I do. I do take some good-natured ribbing from the guys about it, but I'm a believer. You should definitely try Pilates, and definitely check-out this studio.

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★★★★★

This is a great studio - a variety of nice equipment and outstanding instruction. There's positive energy to the studio. The whole staff is friendly and welcoming and Brooke is a talented instructor. You have her focused attention, and she tailors each workout so well. She also has a remarkable ability to find helpful imagery to guide you through the sometimes complicated postures and manuvers.

I have to admit, I tried Pilates as almost a joke (I can't... don't, you know, have a head-band or leg-warmers. Heh. And how hard could it be? Little girls do it. Heh) But what I've found is that it's a great functional workout. I finish-up feeling great. And, I am amazed what it has done for my flexibility and strength through a full range of motion. I am slimming-down and toning-up in a way I didn't think possible without going all agro in the weight-room. It is helping my surfing, hoops, everything I do. I do take some good-natured ribbing from the guys about it, but I'm a believer. You should definitely try Pilates, and definitely check-out this studio.

Pros: Outstanding staff and instruction

Cons: Not local for me

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Pilates Essence is one of those rare gems that you find once in a while. The atmosphere is beautiful, clean, follows the principles of feng shui and the equipment is Gratz, which is the top of the line. I've been training with Brooke for over a year. She is a highly trained and talented Pilates instructor. She has a fun free musical spirit that is contagious. Brooke seems to have an innate ability to know exactly what my body needs each session and she choreographs the workouts accordingly. Sometimes, like all of us, I can lose my motivation to workout. Brooke shines once again by sending me motivational text messages! Thanks to Brooke and Pilates Essence I look good and feel great!

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★★★★★

Pilates Essence is one of those rare gems that you find once in a while. The atmosphere is beautiful, clean, follows the principles of feng shui and the equipment is Gratz, which is the top of the line. I've been training with Brooke for over a year. She is a highly trained and talented Pilates instructor. She has a fun free musical spirit that is contagious. Brooke seems to have an innate ability to know exactly what my body needs each session and she choreographs the workouts accordingly. Sometimes, like all of us, I can lose my motivation to workout. Brooke shines once again by sending me motivational text messages! Thanks to Brooke and Pilates Essence I look good and feel great!

Pros: Brooke, studio atmosphere, easy parking

Cons: none

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Wow, not sure where to begin! I've been taking lessons with Lana Underwood at Pilates Essence for about a year now. I travel frequently to Los Angeles for work and have found pilates to be the calm in my weekly storm of activity. When in town, I generally head to the studio two or three days per week. The studio's cleanliness, modern equipment, competitive rates and professional staff are the best I've encountered...and I've experienced a lot of different studios. Lana is a total sweetheart and has tranistioned me nicely from a novice to intermediate/advanced student. I still have a long way to go! I recommend Pilates Essence to anyone on the Westside of Los Angeles, or to regular business travelers to LA like me!

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★★★★★

Wow, not sure where to begin! I've been taking lessons with Lana Underwood at Pilates Essence for about a year now. I travel frequently to Los Angeles for work and have found pilates to be the calm in my weekly storm of activity. When in town, I generally head to the studio two or three days per week. The studio's cleanliness, modern equipment, competitive rates and professional staff are the best I've encountered...and I've experienced a lot of different studios. Lana is a total sweetheart and has tranistioned me nicely from a novice to intermediate/advanced student. I still have a long way to go! I recommend Pilates Essence to anyone on the Westside of Los Angeles, or to regular business travelers to LA like me!

Pros: The staff, the studio, the results.

Cons: I live in NY so I can't go as often as I'd like.

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I had no idea what I was in for when I walked into Pilates Essence! As an avid yogi and triathlete of many years, I never thought I could find a better workout, until I discovered pilates at this studio. Marie and Lana-the two people I met when I first walked in-were so friendly, very knowlegeable, and confident with their kick butt approach to teaching. When I came in one day with a very sore neck, I was afraid I wasn't up for such a challenging workout, but Lana taught me that day in such a way that I still got a great workout without at all irritating my neck and shoulders any further. If you have never tried Pilates, you MUST! And if you have, this studio is AWESOME!

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★★★★★

I had no idea what I was in for when I walked into Pilates Essence! As an avid yogi and triathlete of many years, I never thought I could find a better workout, until I discovered pilates at this studio. Marie and Lana-the two people I met when I first walked in-were so friendly, very knowlegeable, and confident with their kick butt approach to teaching. When I came in one day with a very sore neck, I was afraid I wasn't up for such a challenging workout, but Lana taught me that day in such a way that I still got a great workout without at all irritating my neck and shoulders any further. If you have never tried Pilates, you MUST! And if you have, this studio is AWESOME!

Pros: easy parking, flexible hours, great teachers

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I enjoy this studio for the well-trained instructors of classic NY-style Pilates. I never have any problems parking and the equipment is brand. I just cancelled my Equinox membership because there are no monthly fees to get on a reformer with an instructor in order to work on your powersource.

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★★★★★

I enjoy this studio for the well-trained instructors of classic NY-style Pilates. I never have any problems parking and the equipment is brand. I just cancelled my Equinox membership because there are no monthly fees to get on a reformer with an instructor in order to work on your powersource.

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I love pilates and have taken classes at many places so my expectations are really high. After my first private session with Marie, i was really impressed with her instruction and attention to detail! She really helps you get in tune with your body so that you understand what your doing with the result being a body that is healthy and tone! On top of that, the studio was very comfortable with great music! A definite find!

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★★★★★

I love pilates and have taken classes at many places so my expectations are really high. After my first private session with Marie, i was really impressed with her instruction and attention to detail! She really helps you get in tune with your body so that you understand what your doing with the result being a body that is healthy and tone! On top of that, the studio was very comfortable with great music! A definite find!

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I had been wanting to try Pilates for a long time and took a free intro session at my gym. I really liked it but the session rates were outrageous! So I held off for a while and was very excited to learn about a Pilates studio just blocks from my house.

I go every week now, the rates are much more reasonable. The instruction is awesome. Marie knows her stuff and has a great method of motivating, teaching and encouraging all at the same time. She has great energy is always nice to be around. I was visibly more flexible after just the third session and definitely feel the difference on a daily basis.

The studio itself is intimate, but very comfortable and pleasant. They are also one of the few studios that offer group Reformer classes! I am telling all of my friends about it. Pilates Essence Rules!!!

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I had been wanting to try Pilates for a long time and took a free intro session at my gym. I really liked it but the session rates were outrageous! So I held off for a while and was very excited to learn about a Pilates studio just blocks from my house.

I go every week now, the rates are much more reasonable. The instruction is awesome. Marie knows her stuff and has a great method of motivating, teaching and encouraging all at the same time. She has great energy is always nice to be around. I was visibly more flexible after just the third session and definitely feel the difference on a daily basis.

The studio itself is intimate, but very comfortable and pleasant. They are also one of the few studios that offer group Reformer classes! I am telling all of my friends about it. Pilates Essence Rules!!!

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i recommend this studio for private training. marie really focuses her attention on you, and what
you are trying to do. she is tough but its worth it !
the studio is nice and clean, and there is great music, too.

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★★★★☆

i recommend this studio for private training. marie really focuses her attention on you, and what
you are trying to do. she is tough but its worth it !
the studio is nice and clean, and there is great music, too.

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this place is great! it's cute, it's clean, it's professional, and it has great equipment! everyone here is so happy which is perfect when you have a bad day because you feed off their energy!...i do other workouts but the core was never my strongest point so i decided to try pilates...on my first day, i was amazed and so sexcited!!!...i felt 3 inches taller and leaner! my core is stronger now, i have less pain in my lower back from a stressful day at work, my posture is better and my arms are bottom are more toned! :) MARIE is awesome...very sweet and she will always respond to emails and your questions. they have a great clothing line as well! i recommend this place to my fellow fitness freaks :) trust me, you will love this place. a great find in the west l.a. area...

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★★★★★

this place is great! it's cute, it's clean, it's professional, and it has great equipment! everyone here is so happy which is perfect when you have a bad day because you feed off their energy!...i do other workouts but the core was never my strongest point so i decided to try pilates...on my first day, i was amazed and so sexcited!!!...i felt 3 inches taller and leaner! my core is stronger now, i have less pain in my lower back from a stressful day at work, my posture is better and my arms are bottom are more toned! :) MARIE is awesome...very sweet and she will always respond to emails and your questions. they have a great clothing line as well! i recommend this place to my fellow fitness freaks :) trust me, you will love this place. a great find in the west l.a. area...

Pros: great location, great staff, great equipment...great music while you work out

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I signed up for personal sessions as soon as I saw the studio in my neighborhood.
The instructors are classically trained and very knowledgable and patient.
They use several of the classic machines like the Reformer and Cadillac as well as others.
Though I am an older beginner, I have never felt intimidated. I am really enjoying the new exercises I have learned and want to keep coming! I see the instructors use the same care and attention with more experienced clients as well.
The trainers put you to the test while listening to how you feel and you can get an excellent great workout without feeling so sore the next day. I am so happy to have this studio in my neighborhood.

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★★★★★

I signed up for personal sessions as soon as I saw the studio in my neighborhood.
The instructors are classically trained and very knowledgable and patient.
They use several of the classic machines like the Reformer and Cadillac as well as others.
Though I am an older beginner, I have never felt intimidated. I am really enjoying the new exercises I have learned and want to keep coming! I see the instructors use the same care and attention with more experienced clients as well.
The trainers put you to the test while listening to how you feel and you can get an excellent great workout without feeling so sore the next day. I am so happy to have this studio in my neighborhood.

Pros: Staff, location, classes, clean

Cons: some restaurant traffic from neighboring businesses

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I took a class at Pilates Essence recently and was surprised at the attention I received and the level of instruction. I highly reccommend this studio especially for private training. The staff is friendly and willing to work with you on your goals.

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★★★★★

I took a class at Pilates Essence recently and was surprised at the attention I received and the level of instruction. I highly reccommend this studio especially for private training. The staff is friendly and willing to work with you on your goals.

 

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