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With the capabilities we have in place, we not only want to help recognize personal goals, but provide an inviting, homely atmosphere for clients to practice and not feel the need to perform. We stand as a place to achieve a truly priceless health advantage and constant remedy: physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Amy graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. She has traveled the world as a Professional Skydiver and a recreational pilates client. Now, she has taken pilates up as her career through Balanced Body University and truly enjoys helping clients achieve their goals and teaching them about the principles behind Pilates. She now trains herself with Pilates for skydiving competitions as well as trains her skydiving students using Pilates!
“I have always been the kind of person to welcome a challenge, make the best out of each and every day, and believe in forms of movement that enhance activity in spirit through a mind body connection. What I do in skydiving is a bit different, yet it follows these same guidelines to help me strengthen myself from the inside, out.”
ABOUT LEAH K
With an education background in Kinesiology, Leah fits right into the pilates world! Her knowledge of human anatomy in relation to movement, her recreational hobby in water sports (hey river season fans!) as well as being a pilates practitioner herself, is making it easy for her to develop her new career in teaching pilates.
“Learn to love the burn!” Cross training with pilates not only helped her to run more efficiently, but also with proper form and alignment. She truly believes that pilates should be apart of a happy healthy lifestyle.
We would like to introduce and welcome Adrianne, the newest member to join our team at Straight Up Pilates. She recently relocated from Virginia Beach, VA, where she has taught Pilates for the past 10 years! Adrianne received her degree in Exercise Science from Longwood University and continued to expand her education in body movement by becoming a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor, along with many other highly recognized certifications.
Adrianne enjoys providing and participating in a sensible, safe, and intelligent approach to exercise that is ideal for longevity. She focuses on functional training, addressing muscular imbalances, and feels that Pilates is one of the most well-rounded exercise options for everyone. She says, “Once my students have made the commitment to show up for themselves, I love being the person to lead them through tailored workouts specific to their body. The consistent results never cease to amaze me.”
Shelby was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and recently moved to Fallbrook, California. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiological Sciences. Right now, she is working on obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Shelby has certifications in Pilates, TRX, Kettlebells, Battle ropes, and Trigger Point. “Pilates is my first love, it is my favorite workout because everything shakes, and I decided I wanted to be an instructor to cause that shake.”
Fiona has been teaching Pilates since 2005. She grew up in Scotland and came to the United States in 1981 as a postgraduate student. After receiving her master’s degree she worked as a journalist until her early 50s, when she made a one-eighty career change and became a fitness trainer and Pilates instructor. She ran a fully-equipped home-based studio in Encinitas and taught mat Pilates classes at various gyms on the coast until moving to Fallbrook in 2014.
“I started out teaching weight training and I still appreciate and enjoy the power and strength that comes from pumping iron. But the cerebral aspect of Pilates – the mind-body connection – inspires me more than anything. I love imparting that to my students. And I love helping older clients become stronger with deep core training that puts minimal stress on aging joints.”
As well as her certifications in Pilates mat and apparatus, Fiona holds certifications in BOSU Integrated Balance Training, Equestrian PilatesTM Mat, and Aerial Pilates. She is also an ACE-certified personal trainer.
WHY CHOOSE US
It’s important for the client to choose a place that they can feel comfortable, receive the highest quality of instruction, and achieve their fitness goals efficiently. We provide you with this through a contemporary Pilates Style, yet still follow the Pilates Principles, grounded in a deep knowledge of optimal body alignment in each exercise.
- Amy Chmelecki - Athlete
“I was introduced to Pilates by Amy, the owner. It opened a world of core fitness I didn’t know existed. I highly recommend seeing them, just located in a beautiful setting north of San Diego County”
- Andy Malchiodi - Extreme Athlete
“When I found out I was pregnant I was very eager and excited to start Prenatal Pilates with Amy at Straight Up Pilates. When I went in to sign up for the first time I was greeted with a genuine smile and kindness. Amy began discussing my personal journey for the next 30 weeks. At that time I knew I was going to be in good hands. Amy was extremely educated and knowledgeable about everything that was happening to my body at this time. She always asked how I was feeling during our sessions and made sure I was comfortable every time I was there. Each trimester she gave me worksheets to share with my midwife and gave me great advice on what to eat and even stretches I could be doing at home. Every work out was geared to my personal needs and she gave me tips and different strategies to practice in preparation for labour. She took weekly pictures of me in various Pilates positions and gave me a beautiful picture collage album after I had my baby. My labour was very calm and relaxing thanks to all the work outs and advice Amy had given me (I only had to push for 19 mins!) Amy had prepared my mind and body to go through such a physical and emotional experience. I loved every minute of our Prenatal work outs and I would highly recommend Amy and her Prenatal Pilates to anyone who is expecting. ”