Personal Best Pilates Studio


What is Pilates?

Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, his system is designed to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed the two were connected, and only by training and exercising them together could you truly reach your peak.

Pilates exercises simultaneously stretch and strengthen the core and superficial muscles to increase muscular strength, achieve graceful movement, deepen body awareness, improve postural alignment and increase breath control.

Pilates Teaching Styles

Currently, a great amount of confusion exists about Pilates teaching styles.  Here is a definition of Pilates teaching styles.

Classical Pilates (also known as traditional Pilates)

Instructors who teach classical Pilates maintain strict adherence to the exercises and methods set forth by Joseph Pilates (December 9, 1883 – October 9, 1967) in his original teaching and the books he authored in the mid 20th century.  

Contemporary Pilates (also known as Pilates-evolved)

Instructors who teach contemporary Pilates incorporate developments and knowledge from the fields of exercise science and biomechanics into their Pilates classes.

Personal Best Pilates Studio’s instructors’ education is rooted in the classical style of Pilates, with a contemporary approach to our teaching style. This allows us to modify the Pilates exercises so that our clients receive the greatest Pilates benefits, regardless of fitness level, age or size.


Personal Best Pilates Studio is the ONLY Pilates Studio in the Kansas City area that requires PMA Certification for all our Pilates Teachers.
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