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Welcome to Premier Pilates

"Joseph Pilates' exercise changes our bodies, minds, and spirits. It is a dance for life that never fails to inspire those who have practiced for years as well as those who have just discovered it's magic."

- Joy George owner/director at Joe's PlaceTrue Pilates and teacher trainer for USPA.

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. As of 2010, there were 11 million people who practiced the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States. Joseph Pilates called his method Contrology because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles referred to as the core.

There are two ways to exercise in pilates. Today, many people focus on the mat exercises. These exercises are designed so that your body uses its own weight as resistance. The other method of pilates uses a variety of apparatus to tone and strengthen the body, again using the principle of resistance. Pilates programs follow a set sequence, with exercises flowing from one to another in a natural progression, just as Joseph Pilates designed them. Beginners start with basic exercises and build up to include additional exercises and more advanced positioning.

The warm and inviting atmosphere of Premier Pilates of Scottsdale offers a classical repertoire of opportunities to practice Pilates.Utilizing all of the apparatus such as the reformer, cadillac, tower units, barrels, and chairs, we offer private, duet, and trio sessions as well as fun and challenging tower classes. Our signature"ReformerPlus" class is a great way to work out with friends and never quite know what surprise is in store. We do all of this with Certified Instructors who believe in a classic, systematic, and integrate approach to Pilates for results of the body, mind, and spirit.

Premier Pilates of Scottsdale is owned by Elin Benson. Elin had a successful studio in Chappaqua, New York, located about 45 minutes north of Manhattan. Her studio, Pilates Center of Westchester, was the only Pilates studio to ever have been voted "Best of Westchester"Pilates studio.Since moving to North Scottsdale in June of 2010, Elin has had the opportunity to establish an amazing and devoted clientele and wanted to share her professionalism and joy with them.


LaMirada Center
8900 East Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ     85255

Tel. (480) 285-8058