Pilates – The Ultimate Strength and Flexibility Exercise


About 100 years ago Joseph Pilates developed a comprehensive system of exercise to improve flexibility, strength, posture and endurance. It puts emphasis on alignment, core strengthening, coordination and balance. The Pilates system customizes exercises for beginners to advanced athletes, and increases intensity over time as the body adapts.

The Pilates exercise method includes amazing equipment called the Reformer and the Tower to assist clients in achieving their goals. The focus is on doing precise, targeted movements that become second nature, and that carry over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement. Pilates is great cross training and can be combined with other exercise to improve core strength, balance and breath control. Professional athletes, especially golfers, have discovered the benefits of this exercise method.

I founded The Pilates Center of St. Louis 25 years ago, the first Pilates studio in St. Louis and nationally recognized. Our staff are certified professional instructors, experts in their craft, and include a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Registered Nurse. We are the only Balanced Body teacher certifying studio in St. Louis. With 20 affordable Pilates classes per week, you can always find one that fits your schedule. We offer hundreds of exercises and emphasize the mind-body connection, so boredom is never an issue. Private, semiprivate, and small-group Pilates training classes are available for men and women of all ages. Classes are available all day for your convenience.

Our beautiful, clean, fresh studio has a real community feel. Clients enjoy the friendly atmosphere and leave feeling refreshed, longer and taller. You simply won’t find better teaching or more dedicated personalized service anywhere. You can call 314-569-9400 or stop by our studio at 9825 Clayton Road in the heart of Ladue to find out more about our Pilates classes. To learn more and read what others have to say about their experience here, you can visit www.pilatescenterstl.com.

You can sign up today for a free 30-minute private assessment with one of our Certified Pilates Instructors.

KAREN PRECHTL is founder and owner of THE PILATES CENTER OF ST. LOUIS. Karen has been in the fitness industry since 1980. She opened her studio in Ladue in 2008. Karen had the privilege of initial training at the Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates’s first students. With a degree in music and background in dance, Karen has extensive knowledge and experience with movement. She applies Pilates techniques to help heal improper movement patterns and relieve stress and pain. She is a certified Teacher Trainer with Balanced Body, an internationally acclaimed certifying organization.