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Don’t wait until your out of pain to start Pilates

I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say, "I really want to try Pilates or get back to it, but I've been dealing with this chronic low back pain (or insert any other pain...) that I want to go away first."  As a Pilates instructor I want to shake them and say, "That pain is exactly why you should start Pilates now." Of course, you will want to make sure you get your physician's approval and make sure you find an experienced instructor who knows how to adjust exercises for your body.

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February 2020 Client of the Month

Alicia Gurney has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for three years. She originally came into the studio because she needed to get back into shape after a double mastectomy and chemotherapy due to breast cancer.

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Why Pilates is not a Cookie Cutter Fitness Routine

If you've made sugar cookies before -- I'm betting you're like me, and you get bored if you try to use the same cookie cutter for a whole batch of cookies. Sometimes when people join a big-box gym they try a class, and they go every day for a few days, and then they start to get bored—just like using one cookie cutter when making cookies. Have you tried a cookie cutter fitness class? They send out routines monthly or quarterly, and the instructor does their best to replicate the routine while teaching your class. You may even be one of those people who tries to stay in the back row, so none of the other attendees will see if you make a mistake!

Pilates at Highway 54 Pilates and More is the opposite of cookie cutter fitness. As a professional Pilates instructor, I see a variety of clients with a variety of needs concerning their movement programs. Here's 10 reasons why clients tell me they come to our studio:

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January Client of Month

Dr. Kerry Wilks has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for four years now. She originally came into the studio because she was told she had the back of a 80 year old at age 38 after a MRI and was told the only way to manage her pain levels was by keeping a strong core, she ignored the pain and advice until she was 46 and had met Amie through church and rescues. When Kerry started, she could not even vacuum her floors without extreme pain. She has participated in Private and group classes in Pilates and THE GYROTONIC® Expansion System and continues to inspire us with her progress!

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December Client of the Month Shelly Wolfe

Shelly Wolfe has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for more than four years. She originally came into the studio because she was looking for a way to get more physical activity in her routine. She hates to exercise and knew if she joined a program it would keep her accountable. She has participated in Private and group classes in Pilates and THE GYROTONIC® Expansion System and continues to inspire us with her progress!

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What is the difference between private, semi-private and group classes?

We base The Pilates method of exercise on learning specific principles of breath, control, precision, flowing movement, centering, and concentration. Learning the method is truly a process that is continually challenging you to connect to your body so you can learn to breathe more efficiently, move from your center, and create uniform development or balance in your body. At our studio, our instructors will guide you through this process at the rate that is right for you.

Every body and every personality learns differently and the best process for you to learn will be unique to you. There really is no right or wrong way.

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November Client of the Month Marci Watson

Marci Watson has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for more than four years. She originally came into the studio because she was scheduled for back surgery and wanted to have a plan for her future health and to make sure she would never have to have back surgery again.

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Five Years with Tiffany

Tiffany Lenoir started training with Amie at another studio and followed her to Highway 54 Pilates. Tiffany came into the studio because she did not want to lose the special friendship she developed with Amie and the great way Amie taught classes and private sessions and has been coming to the studio for five years.

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September’s Inspiration – Joni Bliss

Joni Bliss has been coming to Highway 54 Pilates for over 2 years. She originally came into the studio because she has an Autoimmune disease that causes peripheral neuropathy, and all over muscle stiffness and was continuing to worsen. She saw a video on Gyrotonics® and hoped it would help her with her pain and stiffness. She has participated in group classes for the past year and continues to inspire us with her progress! Here are her answers to our questions. 

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Our West Wichita Studio is Four Years Old

Join Us Friday April 12, 4 pm - 8 pm

It is hard to believe but we started Highway 54 Pilates four years ago. The celebration of our fourth birthday at our west Wichita studio is Friday April 12th from 4 to 8 pm.

This is an open-house celebration so please come and go as your schedule permits. We Will have demonstrations, door prizes, gifts, food, and a reformer plus of fun.

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Pilates Sports Center Fall Training Schedule

Highway 54 Pilates is excited to share with Wichita the Pilates Sports Center Teacher Training Program. PSC offers not only one of the most profoundly effective exercise systems ever developed, but gives special emphasis to the extensive rehabilitative aspects of the work of Joseph H. Pilates. The importance of quality instruction, well rounded, cutting edge training and good credentials cannot be ignored in today’s competitive fitness world. 

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Pilates Teacher Training Open House

Curious about our Pilates Teacher Training course?

Pilates Sports Center teacher training is a contemporary approach to the method developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s; one that preserves the essence of the original technique, but incorporates today’s knowledge and principals. Small class sizes with review of anatomy provided.
Students learn the Classical and Progressive approaches to Pilates all in one program using a beautiful, organized, photographic manual. Our instructors are successful, sought after, and return to us for workshops year after year.

Explore possible career paths and learn more about our hands-on training program during our upcoming Open House and Q&A session on Friday January 25 from 4 to 8 pm at our East location 214 S Rock Road Suite 105, Wichita KS 67207.

Highway 54 Pilates to Open New Location in East Wichita

WICHITA, KS (October 2, 2018) — Highway 54 Pilates is opening a second location on the east side of Wichita. The studio will hold a soft open on Monday, October 15th and a grand opening event on Friday, November 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00pm with prizes, demonstrations, and refreshments. The new studio is located at 214 S. Rock Road, #105, between Kellogg Dr. and Douglas Ave., across from Towne East Mall.

Highway 54 Pilates is a fully-equipped boutique Pilates studio that specializes in teaching Pilates to clients and has an internationally accredited Pilates program with a master trainer to teach students who want to become instructors.

Owner Amie Ross left a successful career in hotel management to pursue her passion for helping others live a healthy and pain-free life.

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Health Success Story: Amie Ross

If you’re looking for an inspirational weight loss and health success story, keep reading…

Below are all the reasons why Amie Ross, Owner of Highway 54 Pilates is so passionate about paying it forward and helping others improve their health, and quality of life.  Pilates put Amie back together again after a devastating car wreck left her body broken and in chronic pain for 10 years.  She likes to say she was humpty dumpty and Pilates put her back together again.  

Pilates has amazing health benefits, that are sometimes difficult to explain, we get questions all the time, from prospective new clients who are sometimes quite afraid of exercise due to past injuries, accidents, or health issues, but if you’re willing to do the work, the rewards are there.

With patience, and practice, by  learning to listen to your body, and treat it with care, and ensuring you have safe and appropriate exercises in your weekly workouts, you can  build confidence, strength, flexibility, and fitness.  Amie’s amazing results speak for themselves, she is truly an inspiration for weight loss, lifestyle change, and better health.  When you put your mind and body into action, just look at what can be achieved.

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