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Forever Young Pilates Keeps Class Sizes Small for Individualized Experience

By Kelly Church

With a maximum of three to six people, Forever Young Pilates focuses on private and semi-private Pilates lessons. Rachel Rankin, owner and Pilates instructor for the North Hollywood, CA studio, is a certified Pilates teacher, and former competitive figure skater and dancer.

"I first found Pilates through one of my figure skating [coaches] as a teenager, but truly understood the value of the practice in my early twenties," Rankin said. "My clients have been with me for years and I get genuinely excited for them to make progress in their lives physically, mentally or whatever it may be."

Her studio is furnished with three Balanced Body Studio reformers, three Balanced Body Wunda chairs and three Peak Wall Towers to provide her students with variety during sessions. Semi-private classes are 55 minutes and hold a maximum of three people. This allows Rankin to pay attention to each individual student, their needs and make adjustments when necessary. Students in this class use the reformer and wall tower, and it is open to pre-natal clients. Private sessions are also available for those who want a truly individualized experience in the studio.

Cardio Core Circuit is another open class that is 55 minutes and uses the jump board for cardio interval and strength training. Rankin does not recommend this class for students who have injuries or are pre-natal.

"My teaching style combines classical technique with a more athletic conditioning style," Rankin said. "Although it is fun to train athletic clients, I have a passion for pre/post-natal women who are preparing their bodies for labor and also rehabilitating their care post-natal. I also love showing people how building a strong core can help alleviate back and neck pain."

Rankin offers her clients a discounted $15 rate for their first semi-private Pilates class. Single private classes are $75. For an updated class schedule or to schedule a private lesson, visit foreveryoungpilates.com.

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