The Pilates Garage owner, Kate Curtis, has always enjoyed an active lifestyle.  Wanting to combine her love of the outdoors and Pilates, The Pilates Garage was born.  We are a boutique reformer studio located in Hillsboro Village.  With a garage door storefront and 6 brand new, Balanced Body Allegro 2 reformers, we bring the fresh air in for a fun, effective workout geared to lengthen and strengthen every muscle group.  Our contemporary approach to teaching offers all the traditional benefits of Pilates while also allowing us to infuse additional exercise methods.  Keeping class sizes small we are able to focus on form, creating a safe, intimate environment.

Meet Our Team

Kate Curtis, owner and founder of The Pilates Garage in Nashville, TN

KATE CURTIS

Studio Owner | Instructor

Having grown up a distance runner in Colorado, Kate has always had a passion for health and fitness. Looking to increase strength and flexibility, she turned to Pilates. Its low impact approach to exercise was easy on her joints and helped to positively reinforce the importance of alignment throughout each workout. After noticing results in only a few sessions, she was instantly convinced Pilates was the perfect compliment to her running training.

Kate has since become a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) as well as a fully certified Pilates and Barre instructor through Balanced Body University. Kate’s goal as an instructor is to use the principles of Pilates to help students of all levels find balance, strength, flexibility and a lean, healthy body.

KAYLA STRUSKA

Instructor

Kayla grew up dancing and has always had a passion for movement. She danced professional for the Ad Deum Contemporary Dance Company and has over 10 years experience teaching competitive dance. Kayla graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Sports Conditioning and minors in Public Health and Coaching. While in school, she was a member of the Texas A&M Triathlon team and raced in the USAT Collegiate National Championship. Upon graduating, Kayla continued her education and graduated from a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program in Houston. During her Physical Therapy clinical experience Kayla had the opportunity to work with patients suffering from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other pathological conditions. During this time, Kayla was practicing Pilates personally and realized the rehabilitation benefits that Pilates could offer her patients. This experience inspired Kayla to complete her instructor certification with STOTT Pilates. She has taught Pilates at multiple studios in Houston and strives to help clients achieve their personal goals. Kayla is a high energy instructor that brings a creative twist to her exercises. Clients can expect a challenging workout accompanied with smiles and encouragement.

Outside of work Kayla enjoys cooking, swimming and exploring National Parks. She has recently moved to Nashville and is excited to explore the city and share her love
for Pilates with clients here.

JULIA BLAHNIK

Instructor

Julia is a former dancer who trained in classical ballet for 16 years.  Originally from Chicago, she moved to Nashville at age 17 to continue her dance career as a trainee with Nashville Ballet.  During her time in Nashville, she suffered from a back injury which led her to Pilates as a means of recovery and cross-training.  Julia has trained with Balanced Body Master Instructors Erin Myers and David Gensheimer to pursue a comprehensive certification through Balanced Body.  

Julia appreciates all types of movement.  She firmly believes that all people can and should be moving in an enjoyable, pain-free way.  She loves helping people do this through Pilates.  Along with this, she also enjoys helping athletes to better their performance and prevent injury through cross-training.  Julia loves building relationships with clients and helping them find enjoyment and success in movement.

WHITNEY ETHERIDGE

Instructor

Whitney is a classically trained ballet dancer who received her BA in dance from Point Park University. The capacity of Pilates to help anyone, no matter of ability or ailment is what led her to become an instructor. Through a study of anatomy, biomechanics, and touch therapy, Whitney received her Pilates mat and full equipment certification from the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC. Whitney then became an instructor at Kinected in NYC, working under the direct tutelage of Matt McCullouch and Kelly Kane. At Kinected she had the opportunity to work directly with clients managing symptoms of MS and other neurological disorders. Whitney also taught at New York Pilates, as part of the team that grew Heather Andersen’s original studio to four locations in Manhattan and the Hamptons. After living in New York City for over a decade, Whitney is back in her hometown of Nashville using Pilates to create a unique movement experience for each individual client to help them meet their fitness, health, and wellness goals.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE DO I PARK?

Free street parking is available, as well as 90 minutes free in the Hill Center Acklen parking garage. Be sure to visit the pay station for your free parking ticket to display on your dash.

WHAT DO I BRING TO CLASS?

Wear comfortable workout attire, and bring a water bottle.  

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Simply click on the “Book Now” button located at the top of the page. Create an account login with MindBody Online. You can purchase and sign up for classes online or in the studio.

WHAT IS REFORMER PILATES?

The reformer is a Pilates apparatus developed to train and guide the body through various exercises. Built using a spring resistance system, it allows you to increase or decrease resistance as needed. In addition, the weight bearing stretches are a very effective way of increasing flexibility.

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