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Get healthy and not hurt with Pilates Twist

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Strengthen, lengthen and find stability with Pilates Twist. There is no reason to hurt when you can feel relaxed leaving a difficult, yet rewarding workout.

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was very sick as a child and noticed his body was working properly, said Hilary Rogers, owner of Pilates Twist.

“Mr. Pilates wanted to do something to make his body work better, so he created exercises on the mat,” she said. “He had a drive to feel better. People go, ‘I hurt,’ and accept it as aging, but most of these issues are treatable through movement.”

Pilates was working in England during the outbreak of World War I and was put in an internment camp, being that he was German, in England.

“He worked with people in the camp and learned the work was too hard,” Rogers said. “He started attaching springs to bed frames and that is where the equipment started. They were able to build their strength over time so they could do the mat work well.”

In the mid 1920s, Pilates moved to New York, patented his equipment and opened up his own studio near the New York City Ballet. He worked with a lot of injured dancers which is how a lot of it filtered through the dance community, Rogers said.

“He was a gruff German man with a glass eye,” she said. “He was kind of eccentric. He was a boxer and taught self-defense. Pilates became something for women, but in reality, what Mr. Pilates’ goal was, is for everyone to be doing his exercises.”

Pilates died in 1968 and his legacy lives on as Pilates has become more popular in the last 15 years.

Rogers studied in a two-year mentor program with Lolita San Miguel, who was certified by Pilates. In addition, she took a number of training programs all around the country.

“Almost 20 years ago, I sat in an office all day long and had low back pain,” Rogers said. “Someone told me there was this thing and it was great for back pain. I started doing it and it was great. Then I decided I didn’t want to sit at a desk anymore. I decided I would teach Pilates. I have been teaching ever since.”

After years of teaching in various locations around the country, Rogers decided to open her own studio in September 2015. She wanted to create something that was a little different than what was available in the area, she said.

“I wanted a place where people who had injuries and special needs that want that kind of higher quality workout instead of just going and feeling wrecked afterward,” she said. “They could feel better after and feel that detail that makes the difference. I wanted a place that was inviting for those people where they know they will be well taken care of and they know that they can learn a lot about what is good for them and what’s not.”

At Pilates Twist, there are four distinctively different, yet related classes – mat, reformer, mixed equipment and Barre.

“Mat Pilates is body weight and gravity on a mat, which is a lot of what you will see around, but all of my teachers are well-trained in specifically Pilates,” she said. “We have all done hundreds of hours of course work and observed more experienced teachers.”

Pilates Twist offers work on the reformer which was designed to help you out, so you can find the proper movement, Rogers said.

“The reformer is like walking into the shallow end of the pool before jumping into the deep end on the mat,” she said. “You get a little assistance and from there it kind of gets harder and harder. Then, we can use the equipment to challenge you and make the work harder. The reformer is the most versatile piece of Pilates equipment and the most common.”

The mixed equipment class includes all of the equipment in the studio such as the reformer, suspension training, as well as balance training.

“Barre is the only class that is standing and it is set to music,” she said. “It is high energy and much sweatier. It is a mix of ballet, Pilates, yoga and strength training.”

All classes are available in groups as well as one on one. All classes range from six to 12 participants depending on what kind of class. This is so everyone gets more personal attention, Rogers said.

Something unique about Pilates Twist is they work a lot with people who have injuries.

“We really specialize with those people in particular and finding their way back to a regular fitness routine,” she said. “It’s all about the detail in an exercise. You can make it look right, and it can be the easiest thing. We can make little adjustments to get the muscles that want to compensate to let go. We find the muscles to make them work properly and really strengthen the supportive musculature that tends to kind of go by the wayside for a lot of people. It really finds a lot more depth and so we work with healthy bodies on those details to make the difference.”

Rogers said clients can expect a personal experience where it is really catered to what they need and want. People will hurt less and find more power in their movements with just one hour at Pilates Twist.

“I love helping people feel better. I love when people walk out my door feeling better than when they walked in – it is a bright spot in their day,” Rogers said. “That is what drives me. It’s also fun. I get to play all day.”

Pilates Twist is open seven days a week for class and private sessions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with five instructors.

The studio is located at 6606 Folsom-Auburn Rd #8, in Folsom.

For more information, pricing or to set up your first session, go to or call 916-936-4520.

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