WILMETTE – Wilmette residents looking to stay fit have a new option in town — the popular Body Science PFT (personal fitness therapy) has opened a Pilates studio at the plaza located at 332 Ridge Avenue.
Husband and wife team Tony and Shai Duncan have established a dedicated following after establishing Body Science more than 10 years ago. The couple’s enthusiasm for fitness is contagious. Their stated mission? Offering ever-challenging, ever-changing workouts that will get and keep your body at its peak.
The Duncans have built their reputation around hardcore fitness training that will whip anyone into shape, by offering personal training, rowing, boxing, boot camps and assortment of other workouts. They’ve built a community of people who are seeking something a little bit different in a workout.
“I used to call it a class, but people have said I’ve done classes before, this is an experience,” Tony told DailyNorthShore.com.
Now the Duncans are seeking to extend that experience to something a little bit gentler, which will still strengthen core muscles. They’ve opened the new Pilates studio in response to the evolving needs of their core clients and others who are seeking workouts that put less stress on the joints.
Tony has been interested in offering Pilates for a long time but lacked the space. He believes it is important to maintain a low-stress environment when training and feels the Pilates studio will provide just that. “So much that we’re learning now we didn’t know about a decade ago,” he said. Tony thinks the Pilates workout will help clients who are coming off an injury and are looking to get back into shape.
When they began researching the idea, the Duncans were excited to learn that Rosey Kessler, a certified instructor in Pilates, would join their team. “The opportunity to have Rosey as part of our staff was more than you can ask for,” Tony said. Kessler established her reputation as a Pilates instructor at The Pilates Bar, a fitness studio in Winnetka she owned with a partner and then sold in 2014.
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century and emphasizes strong and flexible muscles, with a particular focus on the core. The Body Science studio features a number of specialized pieces of equipment, including the latest reformer made by Balanced Body, a spring-driven machine that can be reconfigured to complete over 500 exercises. Kessler explained that Pilates helps with strength, balance and agility. “There is so much you can do on these machines,” she said.
Tony describes the new studio as a “complete Pilates studio” that not only offers reformers, but also other equipment such as towers and also mat exercises. The tower is a vertical unit with a variety of attachments, such as a roll-down bar, arm spring and leg springs that provide a full body work out.
The Pilates studio offers two morning apparatus classes, with plans to expand those offerings to about 10 to 12 classes, including mat classes. The Duncans are also planning to expand into the upstairs over the studio, where they will offer a variety of mind-body therapy such as stretch therapy, cupping therapy and kinesio taping. They hope to open that space in January 2017.
In the mean time, they continue to invest in the community they’ve called home for over 10 years. “We have a stake in this community. It’s more than just a business for us by far,” Tony said.
For more information go to www.bodyscienceptf.com.