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Meet Susann Clifford and Claudia Steiding of Prima Pilates in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susann Clifford and Claudia Steiding. Prima Pilates was formed by sisters Susann and Claudia approximately 3 years ago.

Please kick things off for us, we’d love to hear the story.
In 2014, both of us were struggling with health complications partially due to unsuccessful surgeries and seemingly endless and painful physical therapy sessions. Then, thankfully, Pilates was suggested to us by a Chiropractor as an alternative to conventional physical therapy methods imposed on us by our insurance carriers. So we tried it.

After experiencing the healing benefits of Pilates, we came to believe that we could reach others with similar difficulties, by opening our own Pilates studio. If Pilates could work for us, it could certainly work for others as well. We wanted to “pay the gift of Pilates forward”.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As with most anything worthwhile, our start-up year was difficult. We scraped together enough money to sign a lease, complete the badly needed tentative improvements to our space, purchase equipment, and hired two instructors to start. We opened our doors in early 2015. Mistakes were made and lessons were learned, but in 2 ½ years, we now have a long list of loyal clients and exceptional instructors. In fact, we were voted the Best Pilates Studio in the City of Anaheim this year!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Prima Pilates aspires to partner with our clients in their commitment and desire to be a healthier individual inside and out while working the mind and body together. Our classes are small in size and our friendly and professional instructors are welcoming and highly trained to teach individuals of all levels. We offer classical Pilates movement with a fusion of modern techniques and adaptations to offer a fresh and fun fitness experience. Whether it’s group classes, private or semi-private sessions, we cater to everyone, even if you’re a first time Pilates student or a seasoned Pilates veteran. Our goal is to expose our clients to all of the unique pieces of equipment and assure a dynamic workout every time they visit. Our Pilates equipment includes Balanced Body studio reformers, springsboards, TRX and a variety of other apparatus. Our exceptional trainers come from diverse backgrounds and experience and we offer an array of classes for different fitness levels that will cater to particular needs.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
We define success by the number of our repeat customers, their loyalty and positive feedback. With 8 sets of reformers, we are still a relevantly small studio. Our size allows us to have an intimate setting with personalized, one-on-one attention. Our clients aren’t a face in a crowd or just a number; they are individuals who will get the best help and support from our fabulous instructors. Our success is also measured by our instructor retention. From our first instructors who helped us open our doors like Sarah W., Erin, Sarah Marie, and Michelle to our most recent Prima Pilates family members, Augustine and Ashley. They love our clients as much as we do and give 150% to make Prima Pilates the best Pilates studio in Orange County.

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