Stephy’s Celfie!

Hometown: OFallon, il

Most Recent Workout: barre-kicks my butt every time!

Best Fitness Tip You Have Been Given: Find something you think is fun that you love to do in a convenient location, otherwise you won’t do it.

Go-To Healthy Snack: I LOVE my green shakes. They make me feel energized and refreshed!

Favorite Song On The Radio: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson. Gets me movin’ every time!

Celebrity Crush: I don’t really have a celebrity crush… But if I had to pick I would say all the way from my junior high days it’s been Justin Timberlake.

Favorite Pilates Exercise: Anything on the chair I love because it has its own set of challenges.

Latest Obsession: Finding easy, quick, plant-based recipes. Key words being easy and quick.

Three Things On Your Bucket List: 1. Travel to Europe. 2. Hike the Na Pali coast trail. 3. Own my own successful business

Your Favorite Motivational Quote:
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” -Zig Ziglar


Instructor Celfie!


Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Most Recent Workout: 50/50

Best Fitness Tip You Have Been Given: Always try new and challenging exercises

Go-To Healthy Snack: Peanut Butter on anything and carrots

Favorite Song On The Radio: “Love Em All” K. Michelle

Celebrity Crush: Norman Reedus

Favorite Pilates Exercise: All of them 🙂 but at the moment one legged pike on the chair

Latest Obsession: TV show Parks and Recreation

Three Things On Your Bucket List: 1. Travel to Greece 2. Buy my own Pilates chair 3. Dance for a company on an international tour

Your Favorite Motivational Quote: Only 5 more


Amy’s Top 10 Daily Essentials!


When it comes to cosmetics, clothes, and skin care products, I feel like I have experimented with them all! There are certain products that are really worth investing in. In this post, I’ve put together a list of my 10 favorite daily essentials that, from my point of view, are worth the investment. I could not live without these 10 items!


1. Balanced Body Foam Roller – A roller that won’t turn “lumpy!” Conventional rollers are made of packing foam, which can shrink and distort after just a few months. The Balanced Body Magic Roller is a high-performance, professional roller made of top-quality, closed-cell foam, so it holds its round shape and comfort soft feel. The non-skid, “grippy” surface prevents sliding, improving the accuracy of movement. I love using my roller to roll out my spine and legs while I watch tv or play on the floor with my son. Great release of all the toxins in my muscles! Sold at The Pilates Barre – $50

2. BeautyBlender Sponge – Now you can look like a movie star without the pricey services of a major make up artist. This sponge is the ultimate make up sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, Beautyblender has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges, these application methods waste make up and can leave visible streaks. I’ve tried so many pricey foundation brushes and I felt like everything just smeared my foundation until I found this! I also love how easy you can clean it…a little baby shampoo and it’s like brand new. Sold at Sephora – $19.99

3. Avagard D – It’s the waterless hand antiseptic that feels like a moisturizer. Its unique rich emollient base feels smooth on hands, but doesn’t leave hands sticky. It is more moisturizing, results in less redness and less skin irritation with multiple daily uses than a leading hand sanitizer. With the profession I’m in, I couldn’t imagine not using this after I leave every single Dr. office! Yucky germs! Sold on eBay – $15

4. Chanel Stud Earrings – Perfect investment piece that can transition from day to night. Classic and timeless. I wear these with everything and everywhere. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue – $350ish

5. Black lululemon Wunder Under Pants – Made from lulu’s signature four-way stretch Luon® fabric with a second-skin fit, they give me room to move and sweat. The Wunder Under is my go to pant style at lululemon Maryland Plaza, MO. Sold at lululemon – $92

6. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup to prime your face for color. This is the only primer I’ve felt is actually worth the money and keeps my face on all day! Sold at Sephora – $33

7. Vinylux Weekly Polish – Vinylux Weekly Polish and Weekly Top Coat are a system that is uniquely designed to work together. This is the only polish I have found that stays on chip-free for 5 – 7 days. It is NOT a gel! Available at most nail salons…just ask!

8. Ugg Cozy House Slipper – Cuddly and comfortable with a cable-knit charm. A lightweight EVA outsole delivers indoor/outdoor durability with the decadent feel that defines UGG® slippers. I love the coziness of the inside and the durability of the sole! Sold at Nordstrom – $130

9. Donna Karan Deodorant – Wrap your skin in the soft, luxurious scent of cashmere with a gentle, effective deodorant and antiperspirant by Donna Karan that’s infused with her beloved Cashmere Mist scent. The advanced formula controls wetness and perspiration while keeping you feeling dry and smelling fresh all day long. Best deodorant ever!! Sold at Sephora or Nordstrom – $24

10. Stemless Wine Glasses – A Must! I have nothing else to say….I like my wine. Sold at TJ Maxx or Home Goods – $24


Instructor Celfie!

Hometown: Waterloo, IL

Most Recent Workout: Pilates Style magazine- The Magic 8 (with the magic circle, yes I said MAGIC!)
Best Fitness Tip You Have Been Given: I used to be an all-or-nothing kind of exerciser. If I didn’t have time for a full hour, I’d skip it. But now I’ll squeeze in twenty minutes and I realize twenty minutes is better than zero!

Go-To Healthy Snack: I absolute LOVE my sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe’s with celery.
Favorite Song On The Radio: Left Hand Free by Alt-J

Celebrity Crush: Scott Avett

Favorite Pilates: Ferris Wheel on the Tower- It makes me feel like a trapeze artist!

Latest Obsession: Dry Brushing! Check it out here:

Three Things On Your Bucket List: Hot air balloon ride, skydiving, participating in the Peace Corps

Your Favorite Motivational Quote: “Don’t have a great day, make a great day” -Principal Settles of Waterloo Community School District



What’s your Perspective?

In most of my privates or classes I close with having the clients do a standing roll down.  When they come back to the standing position I tell them to close their eyes and take a second to be grateful for something.  So, I’m asking everyone that is reading this to do the same.  Take a deep breath…pause…and think about how truly blessed your life is.  It only takes a few seconds out of our busy schedules to reflect on something we are grateful for that can change our perspective for the rest of the day.

I’m guilty as anyone getting caught up in the things that at the end of the day aren’t important, but as I age I’m more conscious of that behavior and how truly blessed I am. I’ve been fortunate enough to open The Pilates Barre Studio which provided me a platform to raise money for different charities.  I’m excited to report that with the help of all our wonderful clients we were able to raise and donate over $6,000 for charities in 2014!  We raised money for childhood cancer research (CJ’s Journey), Susan G Komen, and the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)!

The cancer event we had this Spring in honor of Sam Merkel is one that I would like to reflect on.  Sam’s mother, Dawn Merkel, was my son’s nanny before having to abruptly leave us when Sam broke his leg over the 2013 Fourth of July weekend and was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Sam battled through a years worth of chemo, rang the bell at Children’s hospital and headed off to college this year.  A few semesters into college, Sam experienced a setback.  A few weeks ago Sam’s face went numb and he started experiencing headaches. Sam has just learned the cancer metastasized to his skull, and he and his family will have to start the daunting and emotional road of chemotherapy and radiation once again.

I ask everyone to please keep the Merkel family in your thoughts and prayers as they fight through this difficult time.  This is a good reminder to always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle!

“It’s your frame of mind that will frame your life.  What picture will you be framing?” – Amy Stuttle

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Rita’s Celfie!


Hometown: Crosby, Minnesota

Most Recent Workout: Level 3 Pilates Reformer Workout! Tough, but awesome!!

Best Fitness Tip You Have Been Given: Find something you enjoy doing in terms of exercise, and stick with it. If you hate it, you will eventually quit!

Go-To Healthy Snack: Raw almonds

Favorite Song On The Radio: “Animals” by Maroon 5

Celebrity Crush: It’s been John Travolta for too many years to count!

Favorite Barre Exercise: I love any kind of glute work at the barre! The harder the better.

Latest Obsession: Patterned lululemon leggings!

Three Things On Your Bucket List: Go to Europe (no, after all of these years, I have not been there!!), run one more marathon (I’ve run 5, and competed in 36 half marathons), and, last but not least, ski Mt. Whistler in British Columbia.

Your Favorite Motivational Quote: “Just DO it!” There is nothing like taking that first step toward what you have been putting off! If you decide to make it happen, it will!!

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Take A Look Around!

At the Pilates Barre Studio we proudly feature all Balanced Body Pilates Equipment and because the machines adjust so readily for height, size and strength, we can offer the best Pilates workout!  Did you know that Pilates equipment was originally fashioned from things out of a hospital?  That’s right; Joesph Pilates created his method while rehabilitating patients in WWII.  With technology today the equipment has been improved so it isn’t a 1 size fits all!

It is important for a Pilates Studio to have all of the Pilates equipment and at The Pilates Barre Studio we do!  At the Pilates Barre Studio we have reformers, tower units, ped-o-pull, cadillac, barrel, chairs, spine correctors, foam rollers, foot correctors, and orbits!!  So, there is no need to worry about finding variety in your workout routine!

At The Pilates Barre Studio we pride our self in having the best equipment, a beautiful space, and knowledgeable certified instructors!  tower units 2DSC_0456_Sheadrestpic1reganonfoamroller