Dear friends:

     In lieu of the recent events, I have decided to temporarily suspend classes at the studio.   I am expecting that within the next two weeks,  we will have additional information that will allow me to determine how to proceed.  At that time,   I will send out another email updating you on private training and class schedules.  I will apply your payments that you have given me to the April classes.  

As a reminder for all of us to stay active acknowledging the need to maintain .social distancing.  I have listed below some suggestions relating to healthy lifestyle considerations

1.  As I have mentioned Joseph Pilates kept his thousands of inmates healthy during World War I when the Spanish flu was killing millions.   His method of conditioning,   included deep breathing using the transverse abdominis and circulation.  It was an effective means to cleanse the lungs and detox the body.   I would urge you to  practice this  breathing technique by inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth by pursing the lips  to clean the lungs. Make sure that you are expanding and contracting the rib cage like you are wringing out a wet towel.

2.  I would also encourage any exercise that point and flex the calf muscle, such as bridge with a point and flex, and single leg kick (lying on your belly like a sphinx taking the heel up towards the buttocks)  and side leg series flexing the foot as you bring up the leg and pointing the toe as you extend the leg.  Of course, the entire mat series  would be a great way of staying strong and promoting  internal cleansing of the lungs.  Whether you are familiar with the mat program or not, please add the breathing exercise above to your lifestyle.

Along with detoxing the lungs, you will feel better and experience less anxiety.  As we migrate through the next two weeks, please feel free to contact me.   Stay strong and see you soon.   

Kathie Spencer

National Certified Pilates Teacher


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5623 N. Lake Drive

Whitefish Bay, WI 53217

*Entrance to the studio is off the Sendik's parking lot

Fitness Alternatives Offers...


A Whole Health Movement Philosophy

Join us to enhance your fitness regime with a total body conditioning system that increases abdominal strength, creates better posture and improves flexibility.  It is considered an intellectual exercise program that heals the body as well as the mind.  When Joseph H. Pilates developed the whole health method, it was called "Contrology".  The movement was based on martial arts and yoga as well as body-building techniques from the west.  He incorporated six principles into the movement -  Concentration,  Control, Center, Flow, Precision and Breathing! 

We believe that a whole health focus in our classes addresses the body with strength and flexibility through exercise.  The diaphragmatic breathing serves as a means of circulation for relaxation and detoxification as well as a guided meditation for health and wellness. 

Pilates Individual Training and Small Group Classes

The selection of pilates classes we offer was thoughtfully designed to complement the use of various Pilates apparatus with the application of small group mat courses. The Pilates classes are small and personalized (usually about six people) so the benefits of improving flexibility, building strength and endurance can be realized. The emphasis on breath in the mat class is used to connect to the core and provide the mind/body connection to the movement.   

Fitness Alternatives also offers private and semi-private sessions on the Pilates equipment by appointment.  To schedule, click below or call 414-573-2895.

Movement with Meditation Classes

Low impact strength and conditioning continuous movement will enhance your aerobic conditioning and your circulation for 30 minutes.  After the cool down, the foam roller provides a perfect environment to reverse forward-head posture (typical with cellphone usage)  and improve core conditioning.  Breathing for relaxation response and brain/body connection are acknowledged as a means of meditation. 

Bootcamp Classes

The Fitness Alternatives' approach to our Bootcamp class emanates from a deep core-conditioning approach that incorporates squats, lunges, compound movements and push-ups (modified if necessary) on a Pilates mat.  The class seeks to invigorate the whole-body system by enhancing strength and stability, providing for renewed energy.


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