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Why do we shut the studio down between seasons?

What are the benefits for you as a client?

As everyday people, we are constantly being bombarded from many sources to continuously strive towards our health and fitness goals. So much so that we miss the fitness paradox: In constant striving we neglect a key ingredient that is the foundation to our quality of life and the success of our goals: REST & RECOVERY!

Putting in place our transition week was to reinforce the concept and empower our clients to own and enjoy rest and recovery, it is well deserved and should be honoured. Why does your body need to FULLY recovery and restore itself? The article written by, By Daniel Duane for Men’s Journal, in the Huffington Post does a great job explaining why recovery is so very important.

So, as us smartie-pant Pilates Instructors like to say when you let us know you are feeling your muscles during a workout … You are welcome, this time not for the burn but instead for the Studio ‘forced’ shut down.

“Taking a long break doesn’t mean getting overly friendly with the couch, but stay away from your familiar workout routines, the getting ‘fitter’ part comes while you eat and rest. The body repairs tissue damage, strengthening the heart and other muscles, restoring depleted fuel reserves and getting better at transporting oxygen throughout the body. This makes your body a little more efficient and stronger than before.” – Daniel Duane, Men’s Journal, Huffington Post


Get to know: Deanna Underwood

Deanna teaches spin classes here at the studio and is known for her great enthusiasm and amazing spin music playlists!


1. Where did you grow up? Exeter and Ridgetown, Ontario
2. Who is the funniest person you know? Tim Pigeau Underwood
3. First thing you do in the morning? Pee
4. What’s on your bedside table? Saje essential oil diffuser – “unwind” oil – every night at bed it runs for 3 hours
5. What’s the background on your computer? Mabel Lake, British Columbia
6. What is the must have item in your closet? Anything cosy – probably a hoody or wool socks
7. How do you take your coffee? I’m a teadrinker only, but if I have to have coffee, it goes with Bailey’s or in a latte
8. Next trip you’re planning to take? Mabel Lake, BC in June
9. What was your first Pilates experience? Steph’s mat class beside the skating rink at RIM Park
10. Which sound instantly puts you in a good mood? Tim’s laugh. That guy can kench!

Congratulations PJ!

After a long winter of studying and practice hours, PJ has successfully completed her Body Harmonics Reformer exam. We are SO excited for her as she leaves for her well deserved vacation later this week. 

YogaPJ’s classes will still run and will be covered by:

Monday 7:15: Katie 

Wednesday 6:15pm/7:15pm: Steph

Friday 7am: Katie 


Some Body Harmonics feedback after her exam, which we can all attest to as true: 

“You have a distinctly calm, clear presence about you when you teach. It was lovely to see and experience that in you because it combines the perfect balance of directive leadership with gentle kindness and acceptance which allows participants to be who they are but become motivated to strive for more.”

Congratulations PJ!!!! 

Get to know Stephanie Moore

Stephanie understands that no two clients are the same and believes that taking a fresh, fun customizable approach to fitness is vital to success. She draws on her vast knowledge, years of experience, spirit and tools to develop effective alignment patterns which bring understanding to her clients’ kinesthetic sense.

Stephanie also believes that the classes offered at Art of Fitness care for her clients not only physically, but mentally as well. It’s her goal that through specific mechanics, fitness is able to bring clarity, increase perception and stimulate the mind.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”- Joseph Pilates

Steph Moore

1. What is on your bucket list? Travel (everywhere), Pottery Wheel Class, Solo Art Show 
2. Where did you grow up? Smiths Falls, Ontario 
3. What food can you not live without? Summer Sausage 
4. Who is the funniest person you know? Am I allowed to say me? 
5. What is the best gift you have ever received?  Hansy
6. First thing you do in the morning? Walk Hansy 
7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you?  Nap time is sacred time
8. What’s on your bedside table? Lamp, Essential Oil Diffuser, Stack of books, water, sketch book, pen and pencil 
9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Inspiration is the greatest gift to give others 
10. What’s the background on your computer? Hansy 

Get to know PJ Wight

PJ is a personal trainer here at Art of Fitness, bringing with her over 25 years of experience in the fitness/coaching industry. She is certified with the Canadian Personal Trainers Network and the International Youth Conditioning Association. Her primary goal as a personal trainer and coach is to develop a goal-oriented plan and provide guidance, encouragement and creativity in assisting each of her clients to attain his/her personal fitness goals and improve their quality of life.

Prior to joining the Art of Fitness team, she was a figure skating coaching and attained a Level II coaching certification. She states that two things led her to pursue a career as a personal trainer. First, is her personal love of fitness. Second, she loved coaching and guiding both young people and the young at heart to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Below is part 1 of an interview we did to get to know PJ even better! 

PJ Wight

1. What is on your bucket list? Trip to Australia to see my cousins; travel to Scotland, Ireland, England, Italy, Alaskan cruise
2. Where did you grow up? Kitchener, Ontario
3. What food can you not live without? eggs
4. Who is the funniest person you know? Gary 
5. What is the best gift you have ever received? Finding my birth family
6. First thing you do in the morning? turn the alarm off
7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you? my age 🙂
8. What’s on your bedside table? Tiffany lamp; clock radio and decorative turtles
9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? follow your gut instincts
10. What’s the background on your computer? The beach and the ocean

 “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or otherwise it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”- Bruce Lee

The Olympic Schedule

Watch our local figure skating teams at the Olympics!

Watch locals

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Congratulations Kirsten & Dylan!


We’ve got some fun news to share with you today!

Defending pairs champions  Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch claimed their short program with a 6-point lead at the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.

For those of you who may not know, Kirsten and Dylan train at The KW Art of Fitness. We’re very proud of them!

Click here to read the rest of the article.