2017 Studio News

Francesca Philip

My life has always revolved around people. No matter what industry, it was not the product that inspired me but the people I came into contact with. When arriving in the US, I found myself in a unique situation where I could fill my days with whatever passion I chose and I gravitated toward health and fitness. It was a life changing and wondrous adventure. I hope to share this journey with those that I come into contact and aspire to make a difference to their present and future living.

I have been working in the health and fitness industry since 1997. Yet, I have been involved in sport and fitness since the age of 7. I have found my strengths lie in water and land group fitness teaching but could not ignore the calling to become a personal trainer. I strive to continue learning, developing and growing in all areas of mind, body and spirit. I began Pilates Mat fourteen years ago have loved what it has done for my health and well being. Now I am teaching Pilates equipment and love to share the joy this work brings.

I find myself loving every type of group fitness class imaginable also swimming, boogie boarding, golf and tennis. I love anything Italian, traveling, cooking, family and friends. But, my true joy in life is to search out and find anyone willing to have a chat.


Francesca Philip instructs the following:
  • Pilates for Beginners - Little House
  • Pilates for Beginners is a formal introduction to the Pilates Method. If new to Pilates, please begin your exploration here. The Pilates Method is structured around your body’s powerhouse – It includes the abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip joint, and the muscles of the lower back. Every exercise engages these muscles simultaneously improving posture and creating a stronger, leaner physique.
     

  • Mat Pilates - Palo Alto YMCA

  • MELT & Body Rolling - Palo Alto YMCA
  • The MELT Method and body rolling is re-dehydration of the body's connective tissue and deep tissue massage all rolled into one! The balls help to hydrate the tissues and balance the nervous system. You will find in this class that you will let go of unproductive patterns in your body. Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and to optimize range of motion in joints.

  • Reformer Class - Poised Fit

  • Kettlebells - Wed - Little House
  • Please bring your own kettlebells if you have them. Our supply is limited! 30 minutes of kettle bell swings, a great fun way to build strength and power. If you have never swung the bells before, please contact Fran in advance to arrange an intro.

  • Mat Pilates - Little House

  • Pilates MVe Chair - Little House - Sign-Up Required
  • Bored with your same old Pilates routine? Take it to a whole new level with the MVe® Chair! The Maximum Versatility exercise chair, created by Peak Pilates in Boulder, CO, is quickly and easily reconfigured into different settings that bring depth and variety to traditional Pilates exercises. The MVe® Chair facilitates engaging multiple muscles of your core simultaneously during each exercise. With continued practice, you'll feel and see improvement in your overall strength, balance, and posture - an excellent full-body workout! We recommend that you have a strong foundation in Pilates exercises and terminology before trying this class. Not suitable for beginners.

  • MELT & Body Rolling - Little House
  • The MELT Method and body rolling is re-dehydration of the body's connective tissue and deep tissue massage all rolled into one!  The balls help to hydrate the tissues and balance the nervous system.  You will find in this class that you will let go of unproductive patterns in your body.  Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and to optimize range of motion in joints. 

  • Pilates Fit: Mat - SBM Fitness
  • The Pilates Method is structured around your body’s powerhouse or "core," which includes the abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip joint, and the muscles of the lower back. Every exercise engages these muscles simultaneously, improving skeletal alignment, and facilitating ease of movement. With continued practice, your whole body will look and feel taller, leaner, and stronger. For best results, a minimum of 2 - 3 Pilates classes per week is recommended.

  • HIIT Kettlebells - SBM Fitness
  • Please bring your own kettlebells if you have them. Our supply is limited! HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Kettlebells alternates intervals of kettlebell swings with a changing variety of other strength, flexibility, and balance-improving exercises. A great fun way to sculpt muscles and increase stamina. (50 minute class) If you have never swung the bells before, please contact Fran in advance to arrange an intro.