Gold Line Pilates is a Pilates and Gyrotonic studio in Pasadena, CA. It is located on a busy street called Arroyo Parkway that is home to some of the best businesses in our fair city including a gigantic Whole Foods and a local institution called Parkway Grill. The studio is on the second floor of a funky building designated by the historical society and features big beautiful original mid-century windows, hardwood floors, a retro receptionist foyer, and a quirky old-fashioned bank vault left by an old tenant. The studio is named after the Metro train that runs directly behind the building and stops at many of LA's iconic stations. Additionally, both Pilates and Gyrotonic are about lines ... lines of movement, lengthening body lines, etc. Furthermore, Gold Line Pilates will be the gold standard.
Cheap group classes led by poorly trained instructors are a real problem in the Pilates world. Pilates is not like bootcamp or Zumba; the practice demands proper form, smart movement, and a mind-body connection. Gold Line Pilates will differentiate itself by featuring a dream team of rigorously trained, highly experienced Pilates instructors. Private and semi-private sessions will be offered to ensure that clients receive the full attention that a proper Pilates work-out requires. All instructors have a proven track record working with all ages, body types, fitness levels, lifestyles, injury, etc., and are qualified to put together customized programs based on individual goals. Furthermore, clients can conveniently pick a time that is convenient for them rather than shoehorning a group schedule into their already busy calendar. Best of all, the prices are competitive.
Another problem of Pilates is the reputation of being too easy, too stretchy, and only meant for ballerinas and yoga girls, but the Pilates system was actually developed by a man for men. Because of the negative connotations of being too girly and not "hard core," I need to avoid anything too feminine.
When done correctly, Pilates is very difficult and highly rewarding. Just me personally as an instructor, I have helped clients with slipped disks, knee replacements, Parkinsons disease, post-natal pelvic problems, scoliosis, and osteoporosis, as well as the full gamut of general back pain. I also have clients who just want nice arms for their wedding dress or nice abs for their Hawaiian vacation. Others heard from a chiropractor or a pain specialist that they should do Pilates for whatever ails them. Some practitioners are athletes or Crossfitters or general work-out nuts who read an article in Men's Health that Kobe and Tiger do Pilates. And of course, some people just do Pilates because it's hip and cocktail party conversation. Whatever the reason, Gold Line Pilates will assess each clients goals and create a plan to get results.
Gold Line Pilates is outfitted with brand new top-of-the-line equipment.
Most of the focus of Gold Line Pilates will be on Pilates, although Gyrotonic is also offered. Gyrotonic involves much of the same goals as Pilates (core strength, spine stability, local muscle groups, etc.) but the approach is slightly different and the apparatus is completely different. I have been reticent to include Gyrotonic is any of my branding or signage because the trademark rules are very strict and seem to change all too frequently.
Many logos for Pilates studios involve a traditional Pilates "pose" or "exercise." I'm not totally against that, but I usually don't like the outline or silhouette of a human body that's too literal.