Welcome to Espiral Pilates & Fitness
Espiral Pilates & Fitness is a fully equipped Pilates studio located in Doylestown, PA. We offer classical and contemporary Pilates instruction as well as fitness, sports and restorative conditioning through individual and group classes. Our programs are designed to strengthen the body, to improve balance and mobility, restore flexibility, and enhance posture and movement.
Our goal is to achieve health through fitness. All Ages Welcome
About the Studio
Espiral Pilates and Fitness is a student-centered program of physical conditioning with an emphasis on the work of Joseph Pilates, The Franklin Method®, sports specific training, corrective exercise and the overall promotion of health and well being. We offer group classes as well as individual instruction. The size of our classes are small and our approach is personal. Beginners are always welcome. It is never too late to make a change!
The studio currently has:
5 Combination Reformer/Tower Machines
1 High Barrel
1 Spine Corrector
Medicine Balls and Various Small Apparatus
TRX Suspension Trainer®
TRX Rip Trainer®
Owner & Director
Denise is a Pilates Specialist and Master Teacher with more than 10,000 hours of teaching Pilates. She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher and spent 4.5 years under the tutelage of Pilates Elder and 1st generation teacher, Kathleen Stanford Grant. Mrs. Grant is 1 of only 2 teachers that were certified by Joseph Pilates.
Denise is a graduate of West Chester University has been teaching fitness since 1988 in group formats as well as individual instruction. She is a graduate of the teacher training program at the world renowned school for Pilates, The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO and a graduate of teacher training program at Body Precision Pilates Studio, Rosemont, PA. The combination of both of these programs exceed 1,700 hours of apprenticeship.
Her academic pursuit of anatomy and movement has led her to study for 4 years with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer of The Franklin Method®. She is currently a Level III Educator for The Franklin Method®.
Most recently Denise has become a Certified Health Coach through The American Council on Exercise. She believes that nutrition is a huge part of wellness and health and she is an educator of healthy lifestyles.
Denise has worked with students of all ages and fitness levels, from beginner exerciser to competitive athlete, creating safe, appropriate and effective sessions. She truly enjoys her work and believes that every body has its own perfection and potential.
Jumpboard / Reformer
This exciting new class is a great way to increase your heart rate while reducing the impact forces on your joints. The jumpboard is an accessory to the reformer that increases the intensity of the workout. Lower body strengthening is emphasized as well as footwork. No prerequisites required.
Ultimate Pilates Mat
This class really mixes things up. It is a standing Pilates class that combines elements of balance and strength. It gives a different perspective on the traditional exercises when you do them standing. We finish up with a series of traditional Pilates exercises on the mat with stretching and arm work. A fantastic total body workout.
Pilates Fit - Circuit & Core Training
Add another dimension to your fitness program. This class is a series of circuits including a lower body leg/hip workout, upper body workout for shoulders, back, chest and arms and a core workout to complete the total body experience. We finish the class on the mat with a series of traditional Pilates exercise to increase your mobility. Improve your footwork, movement and agility. Great conditioning for tennis and golf. All levels.
This class uses a combination of The Pilates Reformer, Chair and Tower for a full body workout. It is great for anyone who wants to workout on multiple pieces of equipment in one session. Previous reformer experience required (either beginner reformer or a minimum of 2 individual sessions).
Tennis Conditioning Workout
This is a circuit class that uses Pilates equipment as well as stability balls, elastic bands, medicine balls, BOSUs and other small apparatus. Strengthen the shoulders & hips to increase stroke power. Improve your posture, balance, alignment and core strength. Enhance full body coordination and range of motion to improve your reaction time and footwork. Prevent injuries by creating balance and symmetry in your body. Exercises are sport specific.
Tennis Conditioning Workout for Teens
This class if for the young athlete who wants to increase core strength, coordination and range of motion to improve reaction time, footwork and balance. It is a circuit class that uses Pilates equipment, elastic bands, BOSUs, medicine balls and other small apparatus. Improve fitness and decrease risk of injury. 55 minutes.
Espiral Individual Instruction sessions are 50 minutes in length and are taught by a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
*Combo pack includes 5 equipment classes & 5 mat classes
"My wife convinced me to try Pilates as a way to shore up my ailing lower back. I had been suffering from chronic back pain and sciatica, and was looking for a non-surgical option to provide relief. In the past three years working with Denise, I have never had another back episode, and I have been able to get back to playing basketball and golf. Unfortunately, my yard work chores have returned too..."
"Great classes! Great Instructor! Pilates is the ONLY exercise that has managed to keep my back problems at bay. Two years and counting!"
"As an active senior, I have found that the Pilates exercises can be adjusted to each person's capabilities. The classes and personal attention have kept me more limber and stronger than I have ever expected to be at my age."
"I love Espiral Pilates! Denise makes the class workouts enjoyable yet challenging... and there are so many classes to choose from. I also do private sessions. Denise's vast knowledge of how the body should move with her extensive knowledge of Pilates exercises have netted me great results! Her positive attitude and motivation make the Pilates experience unsurpassed!"
"Taking Pilates with Denise H. over the past four years has given me so much energy and ease of movement. I see it when I play tennis and in everyday activities (mostly keeping up with the kids). Denise is an avid tennis player and has customized exercises for me that has greatly helped my game. I enjoy all of her classes. Highly recommended."
"I am so glad that I finally found my way back to Pilates! Had it not been for you, I'm not sure it would have happened. I look forward to my workouts and can see how my strength, balance, flexibility, and self confidence have improved. It all translates to a better tennis game! Thanks."
"I started Pilates after an injury in the traditional gym, and Denise was right there from the start helping me heal. I thought I knew a lot about using my body from yoga and gym workouts, but over the years she has opened my eyes to many new ways of thinking about strength and movement. Her deep knowledge of Pilates and the Franklin Method are a perfect blend, and she uses that knowledge to meet each client just where they are. Since working with Denise, I am more flexible, have more usable strength, and I haven't injured myself even once!"
Frequently asked questions
Are there any prerequisite training required to being Pilates classes?
No previous training is necessary. The Pilates Method of exercise is a great way to introduce exercise to a beginner and it can also be very challenging to an advanced exerciser. Age is not a factor.
Do I need to do Mat classes before I begin Reformer or Tower class?
No. You can begin in equipment class or in mat class.
How many times a week should I take class?
2-3 times a week is recommended.
Do I need any special clothing or equipment?
No special clothing is needed. Wear something comfortable and non-restrictive that is not too oversized. No need to bring a mat. The studio has all the equipment that will be used.