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Kim Novotny, co-owner of Pilates EQ, lies down on a piece of equipment in the pilates gym where she conducts classes. It’s a beautiful space in the Roots on Whyte building — several large windows line a few of the walls, providing plenty of natural light. The space is full of many different types of equipment, from mats on the floor to large, spring-filled machines.

The piece of equipment that she’s currently lying on looks like something you’d find in a regular gym. Springs hang from one side and a bar from the other. At the end of the springs are loops to put your hands or feet in. Laying on her side, Kim slips on of the loops around her foot, and gently pulls her leg back, and then forward, explaining that these simple movements can help with muscle imbalances in the hips. Muscles are strengthened and stretched through the various movements with the challenge of the spring. It can help those with injuries to recover movement and potentially heal old wounds.

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Edmonton studios to stretch it out

Edmonton studios to stretch it out

This second-floor studio is located in the Roots on Whyte building, which conveniently has a grocery store, diner and cappuccino bar in it (you know, for post-Pilates parties). The instructors/owners are fabulous women who believe in putting the client first. There’s a variety of classes, ranging from mat classes to gentle restoration classes ideal for injured or recovering Pilates students.

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Edmonton stores with new kinds of workout equipment to try

Edmonton stores with new kinds of workout equipment to try

When you can't make it to the Pilates EQ studio for your workout, you can bring your workout home with their cool supplies, like Dunlop sport squash balls. These little balls come in handy for more than just squash – they’re used by practisers of Pilates to relieve tension in hands and feet. Pilates EQ sells these balls because they are just the right size and firmness for massaging pressure points along hands and feet, plus they are inexpensive.

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