Pilates Reformer, the professional dancer’s class of choice by Annique Roberts

I joined the Smart Workout team a year ago with 6 years experience as a senior professional dancer with Tony Award winning choreographer, Garth Fagan. As I continue my career, now with Evidence Dance Company, I find one class  more beneficial above the rest, Pilates Reformer.

Not only is the class excellent for strengthening my core, it lengthens my body from head to toe.  After a 45 minute class I literally feel as if Im floating on a cloud.  This class strengthens and tones the entire body without stressing the joints.  And whats really special about the class is that after a long week of rehearsing I can come take this class and it melts away the stress, surprisingly messages out the kinks, and relaxes the sore muscles all while still getting a workout.  Simply amazing. No wonder Pilates Reformer is our most popular class!

Class Spotlight: One-on-One Yoga

What is yoga? Why practice yoga? Why a yoga one-on-one session?

Yoga derived from the Sanskrit word, yuj, which translates “to yoke.” What are we yoking? Yoga is a practice integrating breath with awareness, recognizing individual consciousness and universal consciousness, while also balancing emotion, intellect, and action together. Truly, this is a lot to balance in our hectic lives, which is why we would like to offer one-on-one personal training yoga sessions.

Yoga one-on-one sessions give you the opportunity to focus on your body’s needs. It is a time to ask questions, take notes, develop and deepen your individual practice, and to transition this awareness both on and off your mat.

Here are a few reasons why you might choose to do yoga personal training sessions:

Supplementing your home practice:

Each private session will be catered to your individual goals. Special attention will be designated to refining alignment, gaining strength while maintaining flexibility, targeting specific muscles, and physical and mental acuity. We will discuss and write down specific cues to take with you to integrate into your home practice.

Beginning yoga:

By understanding the foundational principles of yoga, one gains body awareness and develops a safe and dynamic practice.


If you need special attention, yoga one-on-one sessions provide the opportunity- in a non- judgmental way- to support the whole body to move towards restoration. This specifically addresses variations or alternatives to certain yoga poses that achieve the same outcome, but in a non- harming way.

Complimenting your fitness and sports optimization goals:

This is designed to target specific muscle groups- increasing both strength and flexibility, gain/ maintain joint stabilization, develop mental acuity while under pressure, and to increase balance, stamina, and performance. We will develop a supportive/ complimentary practice to optimize performance in both everyday life and in sports/ related activities.

Weight Loss:

This focuses on the sequencing between and through each pose. It is designed to create a dynamic flow of energy and blood throughout the body, providing fresh oxygen to your cells to refuel your energy and stamina.


By nurturing and caring for your body, this private session will help alleviate stress by focusing on different relaxation, breathing, and meditation techniques.

Jessica Womack

Yoga, Private Trainer, and Fitness Instructor

Smart Workout