May 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Gratz equipment was a no brainer. As a purely classical Pilates studio, I had no doubt in selecting Gratz to fill the space. The integrity in the craftsmanship is corresponded with the integrity of our instruction. You can’t have one without the other! You’ve seen the rest, now come train with the BEST!"
- Karen Winselmann, PURE PILATES
Located in the heart of South Florida, Pure Pilates is a classical Pilates studio dedicated to providing the highest quality instruction to their local clientele. Founded in 2006 by Karen Winselmann, Pure Pilates has been operating out of its current Fort Lauderdale location since 2012. Currently, Pure Pilates offers Private, Duet, and Trio Sessions alongside a selection of Small Group Classes and weekly Pilates Pro Classes for the local community. Additionally, Pure Pilates is also proud to team with Alycea Ungaro as the first host studio to offer the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program. As the world of Pilates continues to expand, we are excited to be a part of cultivating the next generation of mindful, skilled and exceptional instructors!
Pure Pilates’ staff is an intimate group of highly trained 2nd and 3rd generation classical Pilates Instructors. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the staff is a wealth of knowledge and upholds a high professional standard. Our clientele is dedicated to the practice and passionate about their progression and improvement.
Karen, studio owner of Pure Pilates, completed her Pilates Studio of New York Teacher Certification Program in 2003, and Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program as a Certified Teacher Trainer in 2010. Both Pilates Studio of New York and Romana’s Pilates are rooted in the original teachings of Joseph Pilates. Referred to as Classical Pilates, when you come to Pure Pilates you are getting a comprehensive overview of both authentic and contemporary approaches on classical equipment designed by Joseph Pilates for maximum benefit of this amazing method of body conditioning.
Karen opened Pure Pilates in 2006 after deciding that Pilates was where she wished to focus her passion for movement, education, and fitness. Currently 20 Pilates Instructors have been certified through Pure Pilates, many of whom enjoy teaching locally as well as becoming Instructors at Pure Pilates. Karen is currently a Lead Teacher Trainer for Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates Teacher Training Program which is hosted at Pure Pilates.
Karen is available for Private instruction. She works with trained professional athletes (NFL, MLB, NBA) as well as Pre-professional and professional dancers. She has also trained the British Olympic Swim Team for two years in a row. Additionally, Karen teaches a weekly Pilates Pro class for local teachers in the South Florida area. All local Pilates teachers are welcome, regardless of their certification.
Karen has a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, where she taught ballet & agility training to the Florida A&M University football team. She also has an MBA degree from Nova Southeastern University, with a specialization in International Business. Prior to opening Pure Pilates, she held a corporate position in Human Resources in Executive Training and Development at WR Grace, a fortune 100 company world headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.
Teresa’s first teaching experience started in 1984 with Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum in Deerfield Beach, FL. There she helped choreograph high impact aerobics to music. The emphasis was on a total body workout in addition to nutrition counseling for all body types and fitness levels. Teresa continued her fitness career with weight training, nautilus equipment training, power walking and more.
Teresa was introduced to authentic Pilates in 2009. At that time she became aware of the benefits of this form of exercise and how it can enhance your body and everyday living. Teresa successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program in 2013. Teresa is always learning and in 2017 completed the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program as a Bridge Apprentice at Pure Pilates to strengthen her connection to the lineage of Joseph Pilates and identify as a 3rd generation teacher.
Matthew is enthusiastic about all things fitness. Being born and raised in South Florida has helped contribute to his active lifestyle. Doing Pilates, being with family, trekking natural areas, exploring new restaurants, and going to trampoline parks are some of the things he loves to do most. Matthew was introduced to Pilates in the fall of 2015 after feeling the need to find a new method of strength training, especially for his persistent ankle pain, brought on by injuries from the previous years. He immediately fell in love, and began to pursue Joseph Pilates' traditional method of body conditioning. From 2016-2017, Matthew completed a comprehensive Pilates program at Classical Pilates Education. He loved it -- every part of it -- from anatomy and spinal alignment, to the exercise names, and the order; Matthew enjoys teaching the method. He says, "Pilates changes the whole body -- not just physically, but mentally too. The mind-body connection is so important. There will always be room for improvement, but that is what makes Pilates so awesome." In September 2018, Matthew completed the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program as a Bridge Apprentice at Pure Pilates. His goal is to deliver effective workouts to his clients while staying true to Joseph Pilates' original method.
Patti has been in the fitness industry since 1987. Currently she teaches group fitness in the pool and out. During the summer of 2017 while doing physical therapy for scoliosis she discovered Pilates. The one thing that helped the most during her time of therapy was prescribed Pilates exercises. After being discharged from PT, she sought out Classical Pilates instruction. In February 2018, after three months of training with Karen Winselmann, she enrolled in the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program at Pure Pilates and graduated in November 2018. "Pilates will always be a part of my fitness regimen now," says Patti. The strength and mobility gained during the program has made her passionate about teaching others.
Tonya Andino was born and raised in New York. She came down to South Florida to visit with her best friend during the summer of 2013 and quickly decided that this was the place for her! Tonya has over 20 years of Administrative Assistant experience, with the majority of that experience being in the cosmetics industry covering the areas of Marketing, Product Development, Public Relations and Human Resources. Tonya is the Studio Coordinator at Pure Pilates and is currently an Apprentice in the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program at Pure Pilates -- she is looking forward to learning and experiencing all there is to know about Pilates!
A Florida native with a New York City heart, Erica moved to Manhattan after graduating from UCF to begin her career in advertising. While her “day job” kept her busy on Madison Avenue, Erica remained devoted to the pursuit of fitness that began in adolescence. Erica’s earliest fitness regime included Nautilus Super Slow Training, aerobic dance and step aerobics. Later she spent a decade focusing on body sculpting and aerobic mat classes combined with weight training. Erica’s transitional yoga practice began in earnest in 2011. No matter what program Erica is following, the one constant has always been running—whether it’s a quick three miles or a leisurely six mile jog—she loves the runner’s high she almost always gets.
In 2015, upon relocating to Fort Lauderdale, chronic lower back pain that had been bearable for years was finally too intense to ignore. The pain kept Erica from pursuing any real activity, including getting on the floor to play with her then three-year-old son. After several MRIs, countless visits to various chiropractors, physical therapy and visits to orthopedic specialists, Erica’s trusted orthopedic surgeon, as well as her professional yogi sister and her well-informed mother, all urged Erica to take up Pilates. Based on their collective experience, she knew she had to find a Pilates practitioner and find her fast. Erica met Karen Winselmann in the fall of 2016 and the rest is history.
“When I leave the Pilates studio, I feel like I can do anything. My mind and body are strong and in line with my spirit. I take with me a positive energy that I’m told radiates from me. This is a feeling I want to share.”
After a year of intense training with Karen, Erica decided to make Pilates an even bigger part of her life and began the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program at Pure Pilates, in February 2018.
“When something seems too good to be true, I absolutely cannot leave it alone. Pilates was no exception. The precision and thoughtfulness of each exercise make every workout engaging and interesting. Every day I look forward to learning more about each detail. And being able to teach Pilates and demonstrate to others that it’s not too good to be true, will be the icing on the cake!“
6294 N Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308