“Healthy Backs” Class – Now Added to Fall Lineup

JenDevonAt Pilates in Ada and Pilates in East, one thing we absolutely love is the variety of clients that walk through our door. We work with people from all walks of life, all ranges of ability and physical movement.

One thing that we learn in Pilates is how the abdominals and back are mutually supportive. We are excited to be adding a class to the schedule that allows us to help us clients who are challenged with back pain. This “Healthy Back” class is designed for those who have had challenges with their backs in the past but still looking for effective and efficient ways to get a full body workout.

Devon Pearson will be taking the reins for this class and offering this once a week. The class will run every Friday starting at 10:35 at our Ada location. There are only a few spots available. If this sounds like something that you or a friend would benefit from, please save your spot today! Devon will run the class through exercises that are strengthening, rehabilitating as well as challenging and efficient.

This class will run for 6 weeks, every Friday at 10:35 beginning on September 14th. The cost for all 6 weeks is $119.

Email us (info@pilatesineast.com) or sign up here to hold your spot. Feel free to share (and remember your $20 discount for current clients who refer a friend)!

See you at the studio!!!


Spring Into Summer with Bootcamp Options at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada

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Spring has sprung!! While we thought it might never arrive, spring did in fact show up here in Grand Rapids and both of our studios are buzzing with freshness and excitement.

As valued Pilates in East & Pilates in Ada family and friends, we realize that you have MANY commitments in life. That’s why we are again offering our “Bootcamp” classes this spring for 6 weeks. The benefit to the Bootcamp classes (aside from the awesome workout) is the fact that you pay for 6 weeks of classes upfront and that’s your commitment – 6 weeks. Perhaps you have friends who have been toying with the idea of getting into classes but he or she is not sure about committing to anything long term. This is a great way to bring those friends in and have them try out a group Reformer class. (Don’t forget – for every friend you refer, you  get a $20 credit towards your account).

With the busyness of the studio and the demand for more class times, we have added a few classes at both locations. The classes listed below are the ones in which we are offering the special “Spring Into Summer Bootcamp” pricing. Spots are limited so please contact us today to reserve your spot. For those of you who are currently members or clients in those classes, have no fear – your spot is yours.

“Spring Into Summer Bootcamp”
Pilates in Ada
Monday and/or Wednesday: 7:00AM
Tuesday and/or Thursday: 10:35AM
Thursday – 12:00PM

Pilates in East
Tuesday: 6:00AM
Monday and/or Thursday: 3:30PM

Bootcamp Prices:
One time per week: $119
Two times per week: $229

Please feel free to share this with a friend. If he/she is new to Pilates and or the Reformer, send them our way for a free demo.We look forward to seeing some new faces around the studio!! Happy Spring!


Teacher Training Inspires Yet Another – More Courses Starting Soon!

Ava BlogWe are all born with an intrinsic set of motivators – those reasons we get out of bed to do what we do. For some people, they are motivated to pound the pavement and make big money. For others, they are passionate about making changes in the world. For Ava Jarzabkowski, one of Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada’s newest apprentice instructors, that motivator is to help others through movement exercises that create harmony within the mind and body. Ava was drawn to the studio back in 2015 and has been hooked ever since. When asked why she chose to pursue the instructor training courses, Ava said, “After meeting with Ahmé [Bovée] and trying out a few classes at the studio, I knew that I would receive the best quality education and jumped on the opportunity!”

The Pilates Instructor training through Balanced Body is thorough and takes time if pursuing the comprehensive certification, and for many instructors, it’s often hard to pick a favorite course. All courses are held over the weekend at one of our peaceful studios in East Grand Rapids, MI or Ada, MI. “I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the courses that I have taken. If I had to choose, two of my favorites would be trapeze table and reformer training.  I appreciate that both can be as challenging as you want, yet supportive at the same time.”

Not all who take these courses have the end goal of teaching Pilates in mind. Some study to deepen their own experience and personal workouts. Regardless of why, everyone leaves with a broadened knowledge of movement. For Ava, she said, “The best part of my experience has been expanding my knowledge of anatomy and being able to apply more in depth movement concepts while teaching.”

Ava is continuing on her Pilates educational journey. With the help of Ahmé Bovée, master instructor for Balanced Body, Ava has received so much support in pursuing her goals. “Ahme has been extremely gracious with her time and studio throughout this process.  She has offered several hours of her time at the studio so that we can log personal hours, observe and teach others. It truly has been a gift learning from her.”

Ava’s advice to those considering a weekend of Pilates Instructor Training: “Go for it!! Have confidence in yourself and the opportunity that you have to share Pilates with the world.”

Mat I begins May 5th – these courses fill up fast so grab your spot soon! If you have any interest (or know someone who might be curious) in upcoming teacher training courses, explore more here.


Spring Forward with Extended Friend’s Promotion at Pilates in Ada


We are rounding out the first quarter of 2018 and quickly nearing Spring Break. Daffodils are persistently trying to push their way through the chilly Michigan soil, many families are preparing to head out of town for warmer destinations and we, here at Pilates in Ada & Pilates in East are celebrating Spring’s arrival in our studio by extending our special offer promotion of “Friends Night Out.”

We have had several groups into the studio this winter to take advantage of this Friend’s Night (or Day) Out. It has been great to offer this to people who have been curious about Pilates but haven’t had the chance to get into the studio. We have been offering this to clients, friends of clients and anyone who is able to rally a group of 6 to 12 friends. We run you through a class using the Bodhi Suspension System and the Allegro 2 Reformers. Some groups have brought in their own food and drinks to enjoy afterwards. This has been such a fun way to build community, share our love for Pilates and to allow others to experience what we love so much about this beautiful studio.

“Friend’s Night Out” Details:
What: Friends Night Out – 1 hour class using Reformers and Bodhi Suspension System
Who: Minimum of 6 people and maximum of 12
Cost: $10 per person
When: Contact us to find the time for you and your group
Where: Pilates in Ada
To schedule your own Friends Night Out at Pilates in Ada, send us an email to get something on the calendar. Warning, you just might fall in love with this workout! We look forward to meeting you and sharing the studio with you and your friends!

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Our Team (minus a few plus a wonderful guest instructor)


Dive into a Pilates Teacher Training Course This Year!


To find a job that allows one to constantly be learning, one in which you get to help individuals, a job that requires you to show up to a spa-like environment upon arriving to work, and a job that allows you to work with amazing and dynamic team members sounds like a dream. And maybe even a little far fetched. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s completely possible!

As a Pilates instructor, we get to help individuals – to find a freedom of movement and mobility that is strengthening and empowering. As instructors, we are in the business of helping and challenging our clients to become the best possible versions of themselves. Here in West Michigan, we have our own little gem. Our instructor training is offered in-house at Pilates in East with our very own Ahmé Bovée. While most people interested in a career in Pilates need to travel a distance to find a studio that offers teacher training, here in Grand Rapids, Ahmé is a Master Trainer through Balanced Body. She is responsible for helping launch so many on their paths to becoming Pilates instructors.

Katy Werpin is one of those ladies who decided to begin her instructor training with Ahmé. When asked what it was that made her start her journey to become an instructor, Katy said, “The moment I decided I wanted to be a Pilates instructor, was during my very first Pilates reformer class. I was so inspired and impressed by how the instructor made me more aware of my body. That was in 2013. In 2015, I honestly couldn’t stand my day job any longer- so I took a leap of faith and  finally bought the course work to begin my journey!”

Her favorite course to date has been the Reformer 2 course with Ahmé. “So far, the Reformer 2 course has been my favorite. Mostly because the reformer jump board is introduced which offers more fun moves to teach in classes.” (And if you haven’t gotten to experience jump board yet, run to the nearest Pilates studio! It’s so fun and so effective!)

When I asked Katy about her favorite part of her instructor journey so far, she said, “I can’t pick one! I have two off the top of my head! The first, is going through this course journey with familiar faces. When you decide to take these courses you typically do a few of them to reach your goal. You soon realize there are a handful of people in these courses that are moving towards a similar goal as you. You’re rooting each other on via social media and text when you’re apart, and even more so when you’re together in class. It’s encouraging to be apart of the Bovée Pilates community. It’s one of the perks of taking class from Ahmé. Secondly, digging up the courage to go after something you love, is exhilarating! I’ve become more confident in who I am as a woman and teacher by finally pursing and taking action on doing what I love.”

Some who are considering taking instructor training are hesitant when they see the amount of hours required to get certified. Katy has found that Ahmé has been so supportive in helping Katy to reach her goals. “Ahme has graciously opened her studio at least once per week to do self-practice or practice teaching. Getting to those time slots were the first practice hours I logged. From there, I started offering my friends free sessions on the reformer at the studio and in no time I logged in my hours. I also pursued teaching group Mat Pilates and Barre classes at smaller studios in the area. This gave me experience teaching in a group setting.”

Katy hopes to someday own her own studio or teach out of her home and is planning on completing her Comprehensive Pilates Certification in March 2018. She is hoping to specialize in pre/post natal Fitness.

When asked for advice to anyone who might be on the fence about diving in and taking their first course, she said, “I’ll give you the advice my close friend said when I was on the fence: Just do it! Buy the course. You’ll never know if this door is yours to open if you don’t try to open it.”

The great thing about the instructor training is that you meet people from all walks of life – some are taking the courses with the hopes of becoming an instructor, some are current clients who want to learn more about the Pilates principles and movement that has helped them so much and other students are simply curious about this exercise and looking for more knowledge and personal growth.

Ahmé will be offering a Mat 1 course the first week in February at Pilates in East. If interested, see details here. There are only a few spots left, but if you have any interest in joining Ahmé for a fun weekend of learning, reserve your spot today!

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A few of the passionate instructors with Pilates in East, Pilates in Ada, Pilates in Holland and Pilates in Kalamazoo. 


Kick Start Your Year with Pilates Reformer Boot Camp Classes


You asked and we listened!

We are so excited to announce that at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada, we will be helping you get your 2018 off to a strong start. Kickstart your new year by challenging, boosting and strengthening your muscles.  This 6-week program will help with toning and tightening Pilates style.

This is a great way for those who have been interested in experiencing the benefits of the Reformer workout to kickstart their Pilates practice without committing to a full membership. The classes run for 6 weeks. By the middle of February, you’ll have 12 classes under your belt (and that belt just might be a bit looser). 🙂


  • Classes will meet twice a week for 6 weeks.  
  • Pilates in East studio times will be Tuesday/Thursday at 6:00AM
  • Pilates in Ada studio will be Tuesday/Thursday at 10:35AM
  • Cost is $229 for 6 weeks
  • Only a few spots available for each class option. Call or email today to hold your spot.
  • Classes begin January 9, 2018

What can you expect? As with all of our reformer classes, expect a full body workout each session. With consistent and focused groups, we will work hard each class and leave you feeling stronger and more fit. You can expect to sweat, shake, and feel progress after every class. And most importantly, you can expect fun!

“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.”

— Joseph Pilates


Pilates in East | Pilates in Ada | 616.242.9595 | info@pilatesineast.com

November Events, Promotions and Happenings at PIE and PIA!

Summer is over, the last remaining autumn leaves are clinging to the trees and our first snowflakes have flown here in West Michigan. With the changing of the seasons, we too, here at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada have some upcoming events, changes and promotions to announce.

Trunk Show with She Active:

This Tuesday, November 14th, join us at our Pilates in East location for a free “Tone and Tighten” class and trunk show! Come shop many wonderful brands (Beyond Yoga, Alo, NUX, Free People, Kira Grace to name a few)  and a treat yourself to a guaranteed good workout! Bring a friend and meet us there!

FREE Tone & Tighten Pilates Class 6:00pm
Trunk Show 5:30pm-8:00pm
Pilates in East
http://www.pilatesineast.com (616) 242-9595
2249 Wealthy St SE, Suite 230, Grand Rapids MI 49506


Class additions:

You asked and we answered! We have added some early AM classes at Pilates in East for those of you who like to get your Pilates sessions in before dawn. We now have a 6:00AM class offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Also new to the schedule are evening classes at Pilates in Ada. Reformer 1 classes have been added to Tuesdays at 5:15PM and Thursdays at 5:25PM. To see all of our classes for this month, visit the Pilates in East schedule here and the Pilates in Ada schedule here.


Free Demos:

For the month of November, we will be continuing to offer our free demos on the Reformer as well as the Bodhi Suspension System. No previous experience is necessary – only a sense of curiosity required. We are passionate about helping people move, stay healthy and love their workouts. Come and try it out for free! Call or email to set up a time with of our instructors.


Thanks and Giving Promotion:

Are you hooked on Reformer workouts and would like to share this awesome workout with a friend? You are in luck. For the remainder of Thanksgiving, cash in on our Thanks and Giving promotion! When you bring a friend, he/she will receive $20 off any membership or package. You will also receive $20 credit towards your next Pilates in East/Ada purchase! This promotion is good through the end of the month, so spread the word!

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As always, we are so grateful to get to work with such wonderful clients and friends. We welcome new faces into both studios and can’t wait to help all of you meet your fitness and movement goals!

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Spunk, Energy and Positivity: Meet Courtney Yarch – November Instructor of the Month


Energy. Spunk. Positivity. These are just a few words that one might use to describe Courtney Yarch. She is one of our dedicated Reformer and Barre instructors at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada. If you have ever taken a class from Courtney, you can feel her love for fitness and movement ooze from every ounce of her body. We took a few minutes to catch up with Courtney to get the backstory on her passion for Pilates.

Courtney said, “After the birth of 2nd child, I had a tough time toning back up. A friend who was going through reformer training offered me a few sessions free as part of her practice. I fell in love with reformer and signed up to begin my Pilates training just a few months later. “

That was several years ago and it has been a fun journey since. Courtney loves the benefits from not only teaching, but doing Pilates and Barre. “I love that besides a physical challenge, it is a mental challenge for me, never letting myself quit when it gets rough. I also love the fun-factor. I truthfully have a blast doing barre!!!”

As an instructor, Courtney loves the fact that she gets to watch others get stronger and more confident with each class or session and that her clients get to have fun while doing so! “There are so many ways to exercise, and so I always encourage people to find a way they love. That means the women in my classes are here because they love it too!  The social aspect of group classes is great for accountability and for fun!” Courtney has a group fitness background that brings an athletic feel to her classes. “I taught group fitness for several years before Pilates (and still do). I bring an athletic edge to my classes and love helping others gain strength.”

When Courtney is not at either of the Pilates studios, you can find her playing with her 3 amazing kiddos – ages 10, 9 and 6. As a family, they stay active together and enjoy bonfires in the summer.

For those considering giving Pilates a try, Courtney has some advice. “Any new form of fitness is challenging (Both mentally and physically). Don’t give up. Commit to Pilates for 7 weeks and you will never go back. Have fun with the progress, and do not worry about perfection.”

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Courtney demonstrates “Snake” on the Reformer.


Lisa Buth – Pilates Passion turns into a Career


In speaking with instructor, Lisa Buth, it takes about .3 seconds to pick up on her passion for Pilates.

Back in 2007, Lisa was looking to mix up her fitness routine with her friend Nancy Peterson. Ahmé Bovée has just opened Pilates in East, so the two friends gave Pilates a try. As Lisa says, “The rest is history!” The two friends both fell in love with the workout. Lisa decided that she not only wanted to DO Pilates, but that she wanted to teach this form of exercise to others. Lisa began her teacher training and has been a dynamite in the studio ever since.

Juggling motherhood (Lisa has 4 grown children), her own athletic endeavors, teaching Pilates and family life has been a wonderful challenge. Lisa has loved the benefits of Pilates in her own life as well as seeing it in her clients’ lives. “My favorite benefit of doing Pilates is the core strength and overall toning that translates to everyday life. It’s like an insurance policy for a better, more balanced you. I love being a cheerleader for Pilates.  When I teach, my personal goal is to leave my clients feeling physically better than before, and have them enjoy their time with me.”

Pilates isn’t Lisa’s only form of exercise these days. “I swim, bike and run on a fairly regular basis. During the winter months I do more indoor training, but once the weather gets better, I try and be outside. I have started to enjoy  sprint triathlons over the past few years,   and try to do a few each summer. I’ve taken up pickle ball too. What a fun game… it’s addictive.”

If you haven’t had a chance to spend time with Lisa in the studio, find her on the schedule here. Her classes fill up quickly, so hustle on in! We are so fortunate to have Lisa on the team at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada!


10 Years and Grand Opening in the Books!


This will definitely not be the last party in our Ada studio! Thanks to all the vendors who helped make this a success!

A warm thank you to ALL of those who made it out last week to help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the Ada studio and the 10 Year celebration of Pilates in East. We are so fortunate to work with such amazing clients and to be part of two very vibrant communities!

To all of you who have made the commitment over the past 10 years to stay healthy, who have worked with our instructors – either in private sessions or group classes, who have passed along information about our services – THANK YOU! We are in business because we, as instructors, are all passionate about helping you all move, stay healthy, and be the best possible versions of yourselves. Because of your commitment, we are able to live out our passions and do this wonderful “work” that never truly feels like work at all!

A special thank you to Kingma’s Market, Kilwin’s in East Grand Rapids, Jam ‘N Bean Coffee, Moosejaw, Gravel Bottom Brewery, Artisian Floral, Gagamitz, Mother Tucker Cookies, and Lole East Grand Rapids for providing goodies to share with all of our special guests. Again, we are so lucky to be working alongside wonderful folks here in West Michigan.

Below are some photos from this wonderful bash. Again, if you haven’t had the chance to check out our new location in Ada, please call, email or just pop in and say hello!

From all of us here at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada, THANK YOU!

For more photos of this event, please check out our Facebook page here.