Today we’d like to introduce you to Britta Hayertz.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My path to Pilates wasn’t a traditional one. I kinda snuck in the back door after a late night out. I had lived in Silverlake for years and had a little vintage clothing store on Sunset Blvd at the junction and by night I worked for The Fold Silverlake stage-managing bands. The music scene was really thriving on the east side at that time, everyone knew one another and it was a very creative fun time…. there was even a bit of “danger” in the air now and again, in the best way. The area has changed a lot. Some of the changes are great, I like having new restaurants but I don’t like losing my old favorites. While I loved working with musicians and the strong sense of community that engendered, the hours were starting to wear on me. About that time in 2004, I was offered a Pilates apprenticeship and office manager position at Studio B Pilates in Toluca Lake and jumped at the opportunity, I had always loved Yoga and Pilates and thought, why not.? It was a great decision on my part, I loved it. My apprenticeship lasted a year and then I moved over to Studio B Pilates on Larchmont Boulevard where I was certified and taught for 2 years until I set out on my own about 10 years ago.
Has it been a smooth road?
Teaching Pilates came naturally to me in every way. I’ve been very lucky to have a pretty steady stream of wonderful long-term clients and newbies who challenge me in the best way to expand my teaching knowledge. You gotta keep people interested and engaged. I try to incorporate new moves in all the time but also stay grounded in the classical approach.
I do like to mix things up myself and challenge myself in other areas. Recently I completed my Bachelors of Science in Plant Science and I work part time as an Urban Forestry Intern at TreePeople in Coldwater Canyon. It’s important for me to help create a more climate resilient Los Angeles.
My biggest lesson in going back to school was how much teaching Pilates actually means to me. As amazing as my scholarly endeavors have been it has ultimately led me to a deeper commitment to my Pilates practice.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I offer a personalized boutique Pilates experience focused on each individual’s needs. My classes are 100% private. I teach classical Pilates, beginning through advanced routines and mat work. I also do restorative physical therapy based exercises to help build strength and speed up recovery from injury.
I really believe Pilates is for everyone and has the ability to improve strength regardless of your current physical condition or past activities. I am always pursuing new learning opportunities to expand my knowledge of the Pilates method and the human body while staying grounded in the classical approach. I believe Pilates is for everyone regardless of age, gender, fitness level or ability and that your body wants to move and grow stronger.
I also believe you gotta have a good time and have a laugh while you’re at it. My clients and I have fun.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles was built for dreamers. I think it’s a great place to do business but I know rents have gone up considerably, I started my clothing store years ago in Silverlake for practically pennies. Those days are gone but I would like to think you can always find deals in up and coming neighborhoods or jump right into a thriving area if you have the means. There is a place for everyone to start.
I built Pilates With Britta somewhat slowly, it just grew as my business did, Los Angeles is a great place for Pilates… it’s a showbiz town and everyone wants to look their best and feel strong and capable.
As far as how Los Angeles could be better for businesses, I think walkable neighborhoods, increased public transportation and an increase in the urban forest canopy would all help create a more vibrant greener and more climate resilient Los Angeles. Did you know that the greening of business districts increases foot traffic and improves the areas economic viability? Healthy body and healthy ecosystem!
- New client special, $100 for 2 private 55 minute private sessions
- $100 off your first package of ten 55 minute private sessions
- Address: 5116 Raleigh St Los Angeles Ca 90004
- Website: www.pilateswithbritta.com
- Phone: 323-229-0496
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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