Empowered Body Pilates is a boutique movement studio located in the heart of Downtown Los Altos. We offer both small group and private sessions using the Classical Pilates Method. We are dedicated to the preservation of the work of Joseph Pilates and how it can be applied to our clients' daily life.
NICOLE GRAND IS THE OWNER AND LEAD TEACHER OF EMPOWERED BODY PILATES. NICOLE FOUND PILATES )OVER A DECADE AGO WHILE DANCING FOR THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SAN FRANCISCO BALLET. DURING HER TIME WITH SFB, NICOLE USED PILATES AS HER PRIMARY FORM OF CROSS TRAINING, LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF building and maintaining A STRONG “POWERHOUSE”, AND the ways in which that core strength could ENHANCE HER DANCING.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF HER PILATES MENTOR AND FRIST TEACHER TRAINER ALLISON GONZALES, NICOLE RECIEVED HER FIRST CERTIFICATE FROM POWER PILATES OF NEW YORK IN 2010, BECOMING A TEACHER TRAINER IN 2014.
IN 2018 NICOLE JUMPED BACK INTO “STUDENT” MODE, with THE DESIRE TO acquire a deeper knowledge and GET CLOSER TO THE CLASSICAL WORK. NICOLE RECIEVED HER 2ND CERTIFICATE THROUGH Alycea UNGARO’s REAL PILATES®. She IS HONORED TO NOW BE THE ONLY PILATES STUDIO IN CALIFORNIA HOSTING one of the most respected Pilates education programs in the industry.
NICOLE IS KNOWN AMONGST HER CLIENTS FOR HAVING AN “EYE FOR DETAIL”. SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SYSTEMATIC APPROACH OF CLASSICAL PILATES AND TENACIOUS IN HER PURSUIT OF Ensuring that HER CLIENTS SUCCEED in reaching their MOVEMENT GOALS.
WHEN SHES NOT COMMANDING A CLASS OR ASSISTING TRAINEES, YOU’LL FIND NICOLE CRUSING THE HILLS OF PORTOLA VALLEY ON A ROAD BIKE, OR STROLLING THE TRAILS WITH HER BOXER, LUCY.
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Beverly Gomez- Schumacher
Certified Pilates Instructor
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Beverly grew up dancing ballet, jazz, hula and surfing. An avid, lifelong sports enthusiast, who decided to follow her dream into the health and fitness arena, after a career in the marketing and public relations fields. It was a yoga injury, that brought her to Pilates and it was love at first site.
Beverly obtained her first Pilates Teacher Training Certificate in Spanish in Mexico City, Mexico. After, which she sat for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) exam and became a certified Pilates teacher.
Beverly chose to deepen her Pilates studies under the tutelage of Alycea Ungaro (student of Romana Kryzanowska) and received her second Pilates Teacher Training Certificate in Classical Pilates with Alycea at Real Pilates New York. It was through the Real Pilates New York program that Beverly fully began to comprehend the beauty, logic and grace of the Classical Pilates style as Joseph Pilates intended. Having worked many years in the corporate arena, she clearly understands the demands of full-time employment and how Pilates benefits the mind and body, as well as increases not only overall health, but also, work productivity.
Through her studies with UCLA and their Fitness Instructor Certificate Program, Beverly has a distinctive understanding of the body that she pairs with a passion for movement in individuals of all varieties. Additionally, she a holds Pilates Mat Certification from Equinox San Francisco and is a member of American Council on Exercise (ACE), IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the Authentic Pilates Union, American College of Sports Medicine and the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance).
When she isn't in the studio she can be found running, running after her family, stand-up paddle boarding or studying anatomy and kinesiology literature. To learn more aout Beverly visit: www.thepilatesmission.com