Heather Fox Obleada, 39 of Elizabeth neighborhood, began Iron Butterfly Pilates in 2005. Read how Heather got started and how pilates can help your health!
Q. How did Iron Butterfly Pilates begin?
A. I was retiring from a career in dance, and wanted to continue a career that involved movement with a healthy physical aspect. Pilates was a natural transition where both could be combined. I wanted to create a space where strength and beauty could be combined, and also where everyone from NBA players, to Mom's, to CEO's, to retirees could all be comfortable. That's how Iron Butterfly Pilates was born.
Q. What is your favorite part of pilates?
A. The combination of the pilates breathwork with the physical exercises is very powerful. You can get lost in the movement, as an hour can go by in the blink of an eye.
Q. Where did you study?
A. BA in Dance from Radford University, (VA), Pilates Certification from Body Awareness in Atlanta, GA, yoga certification from The Bodhi Tree En Yoga Teacher Training program in Charlotte.
Q. What types of classes do you offer?
A. Private, Duet, and Trio sessions on the pilates equipment, Group Reformer Classes, Group Pilates Mat Classes
Q. What makes Iron Butterfly Pilates unique?
A. On any given day you can walk into the studio and have an aspiring professional dancer, a person recovering from shoulder surgery, an NBA player, and a grandmother all working out at the same time. Pilates is truly beautiful in that way, it is really for everyone!
Q. Anything in particular for moms?
A. Anyone at any level can slip into any of our classes. Our classes are small enough that even when you're with a group, exercises can be tweaked just for you.
Q. What are your prices?
Free 1st mat class
$15 drop in
$120 for 10 Class Pass
$225 for 20 Class Pass
$70 per session
$340 package of 5 sessions
650 package of 10 sessions
Duet Instruction: (per person)
$40 per session
$195 package of 5 sessions
$375 package of 10 sessions
Trio Instruction and Group Reformer Classes (per person)
$30 per session
$140 package of 5 sessions
260 package of 10 sessions
Q. Anything specials for the new year? A. Newbie Mat Package - $100 (Regularly $255)
3 Private Mat Classes and 3 Group Mat Classes
Q. How are you able to run a business with a newborn? A. We have an amazing staff at Iron Butterfly Pilates, which I am thankful for every day. Everyone is not only incredibly trained, but genuinely caring, motivated, and inspiring. The staff has all jumped in to continue training my private clients, and taking over my group classes allowing me to spend this special time at home with Cooper. I'll be returning to the studio in February, and looking forward to balancing mommy-hood, and business owner.
Q. Do you have any tops for moms who are wanting to get into shape for the new year? A. Drink water, breathe, move every day, eliminate processed food, surround yourself with positive people.
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