I had been wanting to meet Brittany Murphy of Fine Tune Pilates for a while now. She had come highly recommended from a friend and was constantly popping up on my social feed. Recently, I finally had the chance to connect with Brittany for a 1-on-1 session at her beautiful boutique Pilates studio, aptly named Fine Tune Pilates, in Roncesvalles.
Brittany’s energy is amazing. It’s the first thing you notice about her. She has an eloquent way of making you feel calm and capable of mastering the craft of Pilates.
She knows a lot about Pilates, and she’s not shy about passing that knowledge to you. Her careful attention to the intricate movements of your body are what makes this Pilates session so unique. Coming from a background in music and personal training, Pilates came as a natural transition for Brittany.
The studio, which opened two years ago, serves as a place for personal or two-person group training, and that’s what I love the most about it. You get specific detail to your body, and you can bring a friend along! There’s one reformer in the class, and mat work beside it.
Fine Tune Pilates was built from a desire for Brittany to create a place for people to learn about their individual movement needs. We’ve all got them, and it’s about having a safe space with a knowledgeable practitioner who can train and bring out the best form in us.
Well TO Do: Tell us more about Fine Tune Pilates. What was your vision with creating the studio?
Brittany Murphy: Our whole M.O. is to cater a workout to what the client needs, whether they’re a new mom getting back into exercise, or they’re training for their first marathon – we choose movement that supports the lifestyle and goals of the individual.
WTD: How did you get into Pilates?
BM: It was my final year of University, and I remember feeling really divided. I was taking a music degree, and at the same time working as a personal trainer. One of my professors suggested I start taking Pilates classes to improve my breathing when singing. I took her advice, and something just clicked. Pilates allowed me to express mysel, and move freely ad I still felt like I was getting a workout. It was the perfect combination of both worlds!
WTD: What are some of the benefits of Pilates? Why is it a continuous go-to workout?
BM: It’s such a long-term and sustainable workout. The movements can be adjusted to suit so many stages of life – I have clients who are 25 and those who are 75! I love Pilates because it emphasizes what your body is capable of, rather than highlighting its limitations. I love the way a good Pilates workout makes me feel, strong, calm, and balanced.
WTD: What are the benefits of having a private or two-person clinic rather than an entire studio?
BM:I love really getting to know people and piecing together their story. I learn little clues throughout each session that helps me read their body and figure out what exercises will work best for them. When working more intimately with clients I can focus on their individual needs, and share in their successes!
WTD: What’s your exercise routine like? What are you into?
BM: Pilates…of course, and I really like spin classes right now.
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WTD: How do you stay grounded, happy, healthy?
BM: Even though I’m a Pilates junkie, I stay grounded by finding the best balance of things I enjoy. For me, that means listening to music, travelling, and taking up random hobbies. Seems obvious, but it took me a while to make it happen!
WTD: What are some of your health trend predictions for 2017?
BM: I think we’re going to see a sway toward moderation when it comes to health. The days of extreme diets, detoxes, and workouts that were designed for a U.S. Marine are over. People seem to be trying different types of workouts, finding what they actually enjoy, and not just settling on a quick fix. I’m all for it!
Thanks to Fine Tune Pilates for the photos. Click here to book a class at this incredible studio.