You’re never too young to begin healthy exercise habits and at Barrington Pilates Studio 47 on Maple Avenue, middle school and high school age girls are learning that Pilates can be a way to …
You’re never too young to begin healthy exercise habits and at Barrington Pilates Studio 47 on Maple Avenue, middle school and high school age girls are learning that Pilates can be a way to stay fit – both physically and mentally.
This is a new venture for Studio 47 owners Elizabeth Dewey and Mora Babineau. The pair, both former dancers, have expanded their popular business to a younger clientele.
"Our newest program focuses on teens, and teaches them the benefits of foundational exercise," Mrs. Babineau said.
"These days, teens tend to specialize in sports, making the same, repetitive movements that often result in injury. Our classes are specially designed for their health and healing,” she said.
Ms. Dewey opened the studio in 2009 and was joined by Mrs. Babineau 3 years ago. Together they have expanded the business to include classes using Pilates equipment, barre, reformer, mat and standing Pilates classes, all designed to yield better posture, dramatically improved core strength, increased flexibility and endurance levels, for full body toning and a sense of community.
They began offering classes to teens last year and the response has been phenomenal.
“This is emerging as a national trend. Parents are realizing that there has to be a foundation exercise method that included balance, core training and flexibility, especially when participating in sports. As teens grow and develop they need to learn how to use their bodies differently,” Ms. Dewey said.
Offering classes to teens has come full circle for the former ballet instructor.
“Some of the girls who are learning Pilates were my ballet students 10 years ago. It’s amazing to see how they have grown into strong, confident young women. It is my hope that by practicing Pilates they continue on their lifelong journey of fitness,” Ms. Dewy said.
The hour-long weekly classes are fun and entertaining. With popular music playing in the background, the girls learn proper form and stretch muscles and ligaments that are often neglected in traditional sports.
“We focus on core strength and lengthening ligaments, hips, IT bands, and postural awareness. We find that many girls have weak ankles and injuries are prevalent,” Mrs. Babineau said.
Many of the young women said they enjoy the non-competitive fitness environment where they develop a strong fitness foundation for life.
Kaia Faria, a freshman at LaSalle Academy, said her mother suggested she try Pilates.
“Like anything new it was hard at first but it got easier as my muscles strengthened and lengthened. I love it and I know it will help me when I do indoor track and play lacrosse,” she said.