So my European plank tour took me to Nice next. (I know…these weeks of European travel have been a trial!!!)
I had worked out with Stefanie from Stefpilates last year and had a super positive experience, but, at the time, had much less experience with Pilates technique.
From the start she noticed my changes in strength and form so adapted my workouts (3 in total) accordingly to challenge me as much as possible. I don’t think my gluts have hurt that badly since I first started Pilates!!!
Stefanie’s main philosophy (and also what is written on her logo) is to bring balance, strength and flexibility to all her clients. She does not believe in routines: her classes and private sessions change in content from session to session. Loosely translated from French, Stefanie said “I love to challenge my clients. When you come to my classes, you will never know what sauce you’ll be eating.” Well, my sauce was a veritable mix of back strengthening, endurance training and fun!
Stefanie was drawn to Pilates because of chronic back pain. She was a swim coach for many years and extremely active and discovered Pilates by chance. She fell in love with it, immediately.
Shortly after, she opened her own studio by the Port in Nice and has been running it (and teaching) by herself ever since. It is a labor of love and she is devoted to her business.
Unlike the other studios I tried, Stefanie was determined to push me to my limit. Test my endurance, and strength and even, at times, my bravery. With her guidance, I tried new exercises on the reformer that, though they scared me, challenged me in new and exciting ways.
I left Stefanie’s studio, sad to not be doing another session until my next summer trip to Nice. She bid me farewell and told me that she couldn’t wait to see how a year would change me. Truth be told…I can’t wait either!