Welcome to SPY (formerly Premier Pilates)
SPY Pilates formerly Premier Pilates Sharon Graystone and Joe Ferraro are proud to continue the legacy of Elin Benson and her incredible studio, Premier Pilates. Sadly Elin passed in February 2017, her passion and pride in her studio and classical pilates will be missed. As the new owners of the studio now named SPY Pilates we plan to continue all that Elin had envisioned and add our own ideas and concepts to make SPY the premier pilates studio in Scottsdale. We have renovated the studio and added additional Gratz reformers and Gratz Tower reformers as well as a new private instruction room.
We have retained many of the previous instructors and added new highly skilled instructors to accommodate the many scheduled classes that are now available. We offer our very own app for ease of scheduling and purchasing of classes. Please come in and try our studio and let SPY be a part of your wellness journey.
From the owners of SPY Pilates Aug 4th
Dear Valued Members,
We would like to introduce ourselves, my name is Sharon Graystone and my husband Joseph Ferraro are the new owners of Premier Pilates. We have met with Mark over the last few months and have been coordinating with instructors as to what this studio has offered in the past. Our plans are to keep the studio running with the same instructors and the same classical apparatus!
NEW – Important details for the community:
- We have ordered three more Gratz reformers and they should arrive the first or second week of October as well as two Gratz half Cadillac with universal reformers (reformer with tower) and they should be arriving mid November. (unfortunately they take a long time as they are custom made) We have also ordered one more Peak Pilates tower that should be here within the month so that we can have 6 members in each tower class going forward.
- Joe and I are planning a renovation in the next few weeks, that will include a new private session area, near the back door, with the Cadillac and the two reformers with towers, so that your sessions will be more exclusive. We will also have a reception area that will be manned everyday (except Sundays) and you will be able to talk to our manager and have any needs met promptly. We will have a small retail area with some clothing, mats and toe socks (which toe socks will be mandatory for health reasons going forward). We should be starting our renovations within a few weeks and may have to close our doors for a week or two due to the new flooring that will be installed. We will try and give you those dates as soon as possible.
- We are in the middle of creating a new website, organizing and linking the Mindbody app so that you can book, pay or reschedule your sessions on your cell phone! This should be up and running within the month. The new name for the studio will be SPY Pilates (S – Scottsdale P – Pilates & Y – Yoga) due to our existing studio with that name on Lincoln and Scottsdale Road. This marks our second location opening in under a year!
- We would also like to introduce to you Jhessika Mendez who will be our full time studio manager. She will be available during the day at the studio 480-285-8058 or after hours on her work cell 480-245-0019. Please feel free to call her and ask any questions regarding our future plans, future classes or to book a class or private with her. Please feel free to give her any feedback or suggestions you may have.Jhessika is a Level 4 Classical Instructor and has been teaching for 11 years. She will be teaching scheduled classes and is also available for private client sessions, upon demand. We will update you with another email in the near future when we have our website up and running and our new class schedules, (that will be in place) and the short closure in August.
We are looking forward to meeting all of you in the near future!
Sharon & Joe
More about SPY (formerly Premier Pilates)
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. As of 2010, there were 11 million people who practiced the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States. Joseph Pilates called his method Contrology because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine.
There are two ways to exercise in pilates. Today, many people focus on the mat exercises. These exercises are designed so that your body uses its own weight as resistance. The other method of pilates uses a variety of apparatus to tone and strengthen the body, again using the principle of resistance. Beginners start with basic exercises and build up to include additional exercises and more advanced positioning.
The warm and inviting atmosphere of SPY (formerly Premier Pilates of Scottsdale) offers a classical repertoire of opportunities to practice Pilates.Utilizing all of the apparatus such as the reformer, cadillac, tower units, barrels, and chairs, we offer private, duet, and trio sessions as well as fun and challenging tower classes. We do all of this with Certified Instructors who believe in a classic, systematic, and integrate approach to Pilates for results of the body, mind, and spirit.
Premier Pilates of Scottsdale was owned by Elin Benson. Elin had a successful studio in Chappaqua, New York, located about 45 minutes north of Manhattan. Her studio, Pilates Center of Westchester, was the only Pilates studio to ever have been voted “Best of Westchester”Pilates studio. Since moving to North Scottsdale in June of 2010, Elin has had the opportunity to establish an amazing and devoted clientele and wanted to share her professionalism and joy with them. The memory of her studio will continue on under the new management of SPY.
Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt
Michael and Ton are now available for private sessions, duets and trios at Premier Pilates of Scottsdale. Michael and Ton were the last two people to complete an apprenticeship with Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph and Clara Pilates’ protégés!