Have you ever taken a Pilates class? I’ve taken a couple, and they’re great. Strengthening and relaxing, all at the same time.
Folks in and around Oakdale have a new spot to practice Pilates, or just to try out a class.
Monica Harris has opened Oakdale Pilates Studio downtown, offering small classes and individual instruction.
“Athletes, fitness buffs, seniors, dancers, post-rehab patients, yogis … all people can benefit from Pilates,” Harris said in an email she sent announcing her new venture. Harris, who has been teaching Pilates for eight years, promises results and to help clients do all the moves with proper form. “If you are doing something wrong, I am going to let you know.”
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For those unfamiliar with it, she described Pilates as “a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by extensively trained instructors.”
The practice was started by German-born former gymnast and bodybuilder Joseph Pilates, who rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling the bedridden to exercise against resistance, according to Pilates.com. He did this while interned in England as an “enemy alien” in World War I. He later moved to the United States, where he opened a fitness studio in New York.
Harris is a believer in the system, and she promises to spread that belief.
“Students come to me tired and in pain,” she said. “When they leave, the pain is better, sometimes gone, and they feel better.”
Oakdale Pilates Studio is at 145 N. Second St., Suite 7. Call (209) 204-1700 or go to www.oakdalepilatesstudio.com.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: A new sandwich shop is opening in Atwater and offering freebies to introduce itself. Togo’s will open its first Atwater location Friday, the company said in a news release.
The eatery will be at 1511 Bell Road. Prior to the grand opening, the restaurant will have fundraisers that double as training for its staff on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Proceeds from sales on those evenings will go to Atwater and Buhach Colony high schools, respectively.
“I’ve had a lifelong passion for healthy, delicious food, and that is why I am excited to bring Togo’s to Atwater,” Givargis Ishaya, who owns the local franchise, said in the release. “We have a lot of free sandwiches to give away this month, and we cannot wait to open our door to guests.”
Those freebies include hot pastrami sandwiches to the first 1,000 people who “like” the local Togo’s Facebook page. In the store’s second week of operation, whoever buys every 100th sandwich will get free sandwiches for a year.
Togo’s Atwater will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offers delivery in the local area. Call (209) 358-3555.
• Katrina Rodriguez recently turned her hobby into a vocation. Rodriguez opened Katrina’s Fashion 4 Less at 2900 Standiford Ave., Suite 9.
The Modesto store offers “cute clothing and accessories for all ages,” she said in an email. The store’s Facebook page displays photos of tops, skirts, dresses, blue jeans and accessories. She carries regular and plus sizes.
Katrina’s is open Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Call (209) 491-2820.