It took just 5 weeks to prove my sister was right. After months of trying to convince me that "her" work-out place, Energy Pilates & Fitness was better than mine, she outsmarted me and gave me a trial membership for Christmas. While I don't like to be outsmarted by my little sister, there are some things she knew that I had forgotten.
So what did my sister know?
- Sometimes you have to shake it up. My 4 year exercise program had gotten a little stale and had lost is effectiveness. The weight gain was obvious.
- There's more to fitness than weight. Pilates is incredibly effective approach to build core strength, increase flexibility and improve muscle tone. Energy, Pilates and Fitness focus on energy creates a more engaging Pilates class than other programs I have tried.
- Time is too precious to waste on a mediocre fitness program. The instructors at Energy, Pilates & Fitness are the best in the business in terms of knowledge of physiology, technique, energy level, interest in students, and welcoming attitude.
- It has to be fun. The instructors at Energy, Pilates & Fitness take creatively use music, a vast variety of exercises, and movement to create a class program that pushes me just a little harder and challenges me to do a little more. A 60 minute class at Energy, Pilates & Fitness is over before I know it.
And the proof that my sister was right???
In just 5 weeks, I have:
- Lost 15 pounds
- Reduced inches on key areas of my body
- Fit back into all those "too small" pants in the back of my closet it's a whole new wardrobe!
- And have developed a whole new energy, enthusiasm and approach to my fitness routine.
Mary, full-time professional, mother of 2
You and Energy Pilates & Fitness are one of my favorite things of 2009. You helped give me my body back. I have more energy and self-confidence. I feel the benefits in volleyball, home life, work life, body image, etc. I love the instructors you have. The other members at the gym are wonderful. I look forward to seeing the different faces in class each week. I like the way my clothes fit but I could care less what the numbers say on the scale as I know I have muscle. My father-in-law complemented me on losing weight 3 weeks after I started. Within the first month, friends were asking what I was doing.
I also can't stress how lovely it is to find a gym where the instructors understand that some days we just have to eat cake...lots and lots of cake. You don't berate us...you just understand we need PUSH a bit more the following day. ;)
Sacrifice is a big part of being mom. Though I love my boys more than anything, babies take their toll on the body. Perhaps more than the carrying of the baby itself, is the fact that kids want and need so much of our time. After the birth of my second son, I faced the reality that my pre-baby fitness routine of a daily run was just not realistic. I was tired of waking up every morning with the intention of exercising and then ending the day feeling like I had broken a promise to myself. A good friend suggested I try Energy Pilates and Fitness. She raved about the instructors and the personal attention they offered. I was a skeptic. I have never been one to join the fitness club or exercise in a group. I have tried classes before, without much success and hate feeling like just another face in the crowd.
After a few weeks, I finally caved. I attended PUSH class on a Tuesday morning. I forced myself in the door, preparing myself mentally for the possibility of leaving in a pool of tears and shame, if necessary. I could not have been more wrong. After one hour of intense instruction, I was hooked.
Over the last 7 weeks, I have made it my goal to attend two classes a week. In that short time, combined with healthy eating, I have lost 14lbs. Pilates boosted my energy level and has helped me achieve a leaner (not bulkier) frame. Let me tell you why this actually works. I have never entered Energy Pilates and Fitness without being greeted by name. The instructors are genuinely friendly, uplifting, and most importantly, understand my fitness goals. Whether the class has 5 or 25 people, I feel like I have a private trainer. The instructor closely watches everyone, encourages you personally and helps you to correct your form. I truly believe the staff at Energy Pilates and Fitness want to work with you to make your life better. When I go to class I have 3 goals: Listen to what my instructor tells me, forget about everything I had on my mind before I came in, and give every last ounce of effort into every move. When I am done, even though I am exhausted, I feel better. In less than two months, two hours a week has resulted in a happier, healthier mother, wife and friend.
Amy Poppinga, Mom & Co-Owner of City Kids
I love working out at Energy Pilates! I am stronger, my balance and posture have improved and I feel healthy. I have gained energy and feel younger and beautiful! As a mom to four children, I did not think I had time to work out and certainly did not have the energy. The classes at Energy Pilates are so powerful and uplifting that I could feel the results right away. The instructors and members are so positive and encouraging that I find working out to be tons of fun! I have received so many compliments from family and friends about how healthy I look and how much I am transforming my body. I feel great and I look forward to the next class! Thanks Debra Tourek and everyone at Energy Pilates!
Ann, mom to 3
I have been exercising my entire life but nothing has changed my body like pilates. After having twins I could not lose those last ten pounds but then I found Debra Tourek. Her style of pilates is energizing and upbeat. I am happy to say I have lost those pounds plus feel very fit and toned. Pilates is great for any age and that is why I recommend it to my family, friends and patients.
Julie Ceno-England, M.D. and mom to 4
Whether you are a mom or working a full time job, or are working around someone else's' schedule, it's hard to fit it in, and when you do finally fit it in, to feel like you've done a good enough job to bring on the results you seek is so very hard to do!!! I know that when I come to the studio Debra Tourek opened, Energy Pilates and Fitness, I don't have to worry about making my body get results, cause that is what you are there for, and to be able to just enjoy myself, push myself hard and feel continually pleased with the results and realize how strong I am getting or just am, it is so purely rewarding... and it's not just a physical thing either, it is so mentally satisfying and serious comfort for the soul. I've never felt this way about any other class or gym... it feels like coming home, or a great glass of wine with a best friend, or a wonderful book. You change people's body, minds and ultimately lives and I know I never say it enough so Thank you for being you and doing what you do!
Caroline, full-time professional
Football has been good and bad to me recently. I have reached a lot of my goals, but injuries have been delaying a lot of my opportunities hopefully classes like yours and doing some of the little things I have been doing will help prevent them.
Louis, Professional Football Player
I am a stay at home mother with three children. Previous to Energy Pilates, my workouts at home had "not" been very effective and I found myself doing the same old thing without any drive and had very little results. I was getting frustrated and I knew I needed to make a change and change is not easy for some. However, I was turning 40 and I wanted to look and feel my best, which helped to kick me in gear!
After a lot of research, I made my decision to try a 1 hour "PUSH" class at Energy Pilates and Fitness Wow! I knew when I walked out of that class that I found exactly what I was looking for!! Energy Pilates has a positive energy that fills the room and the enthusiasm is contagious. I was amazed at the time and care the instructors put into ensuring I do things correctly and get the most value from the exercise. I am consistently and constantly challenged by the workouts and am pleased with the strength, balance and flexibility I have gained but more importantly for the fact that exercise has become a ritual for me. No longer is it a chore but something I look forward too.
I attend two classes a week at Energy Pilates and Fitness a "PUSH" class and "ENERGY Sculpt. I feel really good about myself. I have more energy, more confidence and much better posture. Just remember that a fitness program comes with aches and pains but the instructors at Energy Pilates and Fitness will work with you to get to the next level. I "whole heartedly recommend" Energy Pilates and Fitness for all they have done for me and for their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm.
Julie Dolan, mom to 2
Being a dance instructor and former Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader I thought I was in good shape but Energy Pilates has completely changed my body. I was really looking for an enthusiastic and challenging work out to keep me motivated and I was disappointed in other gyms run of the mill group-fitness programs. I am never bored with the work outs at Energy Pilates because the instructors are energetic and constantly switching up their routines. They always have a way of finding new muscles to work that leaves you with that "hurts so good" feeling the next day! On top of the great work-outs the instructors are genuinely interested in helping you achieve your fitness goals and they cheer you on during the process. Another reason I rave about Energy Pilates is that I never feel like a number, the instructors remember your name and make you feel like a friend.
Kim, professional dance instructor
I have been hearing about Debra Tourek and her fitness classes since I moved to Woodbury 4 years ago and discovered in May of 08 that the "infamous" Debra opened up the Energy Pilates & Fitness studio a mile from my home. The first day I popped in to grab a schedule, she was teaching a class and stopped to talk to me with the microphone still going. She even ran onto the sidewalk to make sure some other window-shoppers also grabbed schedules. Her energy and enthusiasm were immediately contagious. I'm a life-long runner and thought that I was in pretty good shape before I joined. Ha Ha. I couldn't walk for a week after my first PUSH class, but was hooked. I spent the 1st month surviving classes, but gradually noticed major changes in both my core strength and flexibility. It is the perfect counterbalance to running for me and I am the strongest and fittest that I have ever been in my life. I've never been much of a group-fitness person, but I LOVE these classes - I am always welcome, have made great friends and am continually challenged. Debra and her team are phenomenal and it is an investment that you will never regret.
Justine, mom of 4
I love the personal attention that I get every time I take a class! The energy and motivation are fantastic and exactly what I need to keep coming back. And the results I have seen in only 2-3 times per week of classes is amazing! My entire body has changed, and I owe it all to Debra Tourek's fitness studio.
Rebecca Wall, full time professional and mom to 2
I used to work out four- five days a week at Lifetime Fitness. Three days a week I would run 3 miles on the treadmill during the winter months and outside during the warmer months. Two days a week I lifted weights and did abs workout. Week after week, this became "my schedule- my routine", which was becoming monotonous and ultimately un-challenging! I was literally using the same muscles every day, every week, every month, and soon . EVERY YEAR!!
I was picking up my dry cleaning one day in Woodbury, and saw a new PURPLE sign "Energy Pilates & Fitness". I walked up to the window to peak in and saw they had a schedule of classes. I was interested, however, was skeptical, as I had never been one to enjoy the over choreographed group classes at larger fitness centers. However, I remembered when I bought "Windsor Pilates" DVD and saw an amazing change in my core strength, so I was intrigued. (Plus the first class was FREE so what did I have to loose?!)
What a great marketing plan .. The first class is free so of course you come try it out, but after you try it you are hooked! My first class was Pilates Cardio & Core. I woke up the next day and stood up, I had never been so sore in my life! What an awesome feeling after not having felt that "sweet soreness" in so long! You know, the feeling you feel when you know you got a good work. The classes were challenging and different every week, the epitome of muscle confusion, which is the best way to get results! Soon, I was adding more and more classes to my new "routine". A few months later I had seen such incredible changes in my body - I was so proud of my accomplishment! I felt strong and healthy. I thought what a great combo, because not only are the workouts addicting but the staff is addicting themselves! Seriously, Debra Tourek and Barbara Klas have been such an inspiration for me. I believe that working out is fun and I look forward to coming to class, to workout and to see them.
Six months after joining Energy, I received a promotion at work, which would include average 3-4 days a week travel. Two months into the job I found myself having lost some of the strength I had built in addition to putting on a few lbs. Because I was traveling so much I was eating most meals out, having less sleep, and less time to workout. I was so frustrated and depressed I was in tears one night, not knowing what to do with my new job scenario. I needed a healthy balance between work and personal time in my life. So, I made a decision, I went straight to Debra one day and told her my situation and asked her to take my measurements and help me over this hurdle. I knew she would be the positive influence I needed, the energy and support to get me moving again. Every class I was able to make there she was, smiling, with her endless supply of terms of endearment, yelling "NICE JOB JENNIFER!" in the microphone! One time I missed a class and she called my cell phone (mic on!) and woke me up to get my butt in there, because she knew I would have been upset with myself if I missed it! That is the kind of motivation and positive support I needed to get myself back into shape. I feel healthy, strong, and most importantly happy. I can't express the beautiful person she is both inside and out and the difference she has made in my life. I feel better knowing that she is there to support my journey in being the best I can be!
Thank you Debra for brining your staff and Energy Pilates & Fitness into my life!
Jennifer, full-time professional
Recently I was reading a training article that suggested finding a place to work out that would bring intensity to your fitness regimen. Boy was I relieved to know I had already accomplished this! Debra and the staff of instructors at Energy Pilates & Fitness, will do just that! I've worked out for a long time - much of it on my own. I joined Energy in July and the classes have boosted my workouts.
I've noticed a visible change in my body and health. The added bonus - the atmosphere is fun and supportive. Once you join you have a built in comradery with fellow members.
Ann Johnson, Injury Operations Manager
Energy Pilates and Fitness is a unique place because not only can you get a great workout but you can enjoy yourself while doing it!
Debra Tourek and the phenomenal staff she's hired brings not only their expertise and passion to classes but also their engaging personalities. There is never a dull moment while you share fitness and laughter.
I have lost about 60 pounds over the past 5 years and no matter what my size or fitness level has been during those years or how long it has been since I have been to class Debra has always welcomed me, educated me, challenged me and most importantly made me laugh!
People of all ages and backgrounds come together at Energy Pilates and Fitness to squat together, sweat together, laugh together and support each other. It makes coming to class a delight.
This summer, my daughter starting working out with me and truly enjoyed all of the classes. However there was one drawback-once she got to college and stated taking classes there she informed me that Debra had spoiled her for other instructors!
And that may be the only reason you wouldn't want to come to Energy Pilates and Fitness the staff and classes are so wonderful that you are sure to be disappointed in anything else!
Susan M., full-time professional, mom of 3
Energy Pilates and Fitness has changed my body. I am 29 years old and although I have always been an active person, I had never been able to achieve the lean toned body that I wanted. I had always had a hard time putting on muscle, which was really frustrating since I was working out 4-5 times per week with no real results. I had heard from a friend about Energy Pilates and Fitness from one of my girlfriends, and decided to stop in to pick up some info on the classes offered. I was welcomed in by Debra Tourek who has literally changed my body and my mind about Pilates and group fitness! The classes are made up of Pilates, sculpting, yoga, and kickboxing classes, I take a different combination of classes depending on my schedule each week. This studio is a place where I can not only get a great workout in but also is a fantastic place to both laugh with friends and get out the days frustrations and stresses. The staff and clientele is like a group of friends that call one another by name from day one, this is something that brings me a sense of comfort and excitement for my classes each week! I can't thank Debra and the staff at Energy Pilates and Fitness enough for what I have been able to achieve!
Jonnelle, full-time professional
I have been working out with Debra since 1991. I have followed her to three different health clubs over the last 13 years. Her workouts have helped get me through; law school, lawyering, career changes, general times of crises, multiple beach/swim-suit vacations, getting married, pregnancy and now my latest adventure motherhood.
I was initially drawn to Debra's teaching style because of her energy, self-deprecating humor and let's face it she's a great role model. Over the years, I have followed her because of the lasting effects of her ability to motivate me to live a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. When I'm in her classes, I'm motivated in the moment by her intensity and style. But her motivational style runs deeper then that. Debra has become the voice inside my head for all things relating to health and fitness. She is my real-world example of how to have a great body and be healthy and fit in the process. Her example to me over the years has been traditional hard work. There are no short-cuts or gimmicks or cosmetic surgeries to her philosophy. Her philosophy is all about working hard, making the right nutritional choices and finding workouts that are fun for you to keep you going. She is a real person, a wife and a working mother of two and it is her realness and consistency over the years that has inspired me and kept me motivated to continue to challenge myself to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. I firmly believe she is the best at what she does.
Ann, mom & attorney
I love working out at Energy Pilates and Fitness! Let me count the ways...
The variety of classes is exactly what I need to work all parts of our mind, body and soul. The Pilates Cardio & Core class is such a great workout; it will totally reshape your body. Debra changes it up all the time so you never get bored. It is also about your form and not how hard you do everything, so it is perfect for me. I have a bad back and so having a teacher who shows you the proper way to do things and knows your strengths and weaknesses makes you feel like your personal trainer is teaching you each time. The Total Body Yoga class with Wayne is so wonderful for stretching, strengthening and lengthening your muscles. Every time I am done with yoga, I feel the benefits all day long. It feels like you just got a massage and a workout all in one. Plus, you will sleep like a baby that night! Denise's Pilates Mat class works your core, but you don't even realize how much you use other parts of your body. My arms have changed so much! Her welcoming and warm personality makes you feel comfortable to ask any questions and try new things.
The times for the classes are perfect. I love to just drop off the kids at school and go right to my workout.
Debra and ALL the instructors are there to make you feel good, but push you to where you didn't know you could go to. I remember starting to workout with Debra years ago and I thought I would never be able to do all the moves and keep up with her classes. By the second class, I could already feel myself improving. I became so addicted to her style and workouts, that I have made it a must in my life. I have changed the shape of my body and increased my strength and endurance. I no longer need to go to the Chiropractor on a regular basis. My diet has changed because my body is craving the right fuel now to keep up with the workouts. I have so much more energy. I was never a big fan of working out, but now I want to do it. It makes me feel good and it is a social outlet as well. My friends and I will joke that in our busy lives we constantly need to multitask. So, if we can get a workout in, catch up with friends and take time for just us, why wouldn't we? It doesn't get much better than that. Where else can you be doing squats, feeling the burn in your legs, dripping in sweat and laughing your head off?!
The clientele is really fun, nice people. No one looks down on anyone and you never feel in competition with anyone else. In fact, usually we are all moaning about the extra 10 "Dancing with the Stars ala Debra" moves that we are headed for- so it keeps you going.
I don't need the daycare, but a couple of my close friends do. I am so happy Energy Pilates and Fitness provides it because that ultimately helps me. Then I get to work out with my friends. Plus, we count on each other being there which helps keep you motivated to show up, even on those busy days.
I am just coming back from surgery and I can't wait to get back into my routine at Energy Pilates and Fitness! I was feeling so sluggish and cranky while I was recovering. Debra has kept in touch with me throughout. She is great about keeping you on her radar but never pushing you until you feel ready.
The crazy part ~ I will actually thank everyone at Energy Pilates and Fitness for kicking my butt and making my quads so sore I will make strange noises as I walk down the stairs!
I know that after just one week, I was hooked and felt better. I started to make changes naturally and easily. However, I still reserve the right to get a Starbucks hot cocoa after workouts every now and then. But now I can do that without the guilt.
Thank you to everyone at Energy Pilates and Fitness for making me, a better me!
Michelle, mom of 3
I love working out at Energy Pilates and Fitness! I am stronger, my balance and posture have improved and I feel healthy. I have gained energy and feel younger and beautiful! As a mom to four children, I did not think I had time to workout and certainly did not have the energy. The classes at Energy are so powerful and uplifting that I could feel the results right away. The instructors and members are so positive and encouraging that I find working out to be tons of fun! I have received so many compliments from family and friends about how healthy I look and how much I am transforming my body. I feel great and I look forward to the next class! Thanks Debra and everyone at Energy!
Ann M., mom of 3
Energy Pilates and Fitness has changed the quality of my life. Before I joined, I never really wanted to exercise. I forced myself to go to the gym or go for a run. I knew that it was important, but I dreaded it. The instructors at Energy are so energetic and caring that they have changed my attitude towards exercise. Everyday I am excited to go to class because I have so much fun and feel so good when I am finished. The personal attention and encouragement from all of the instructors challenges me and motivates me to work harder. Over the past six months, I have seen huge physical and mental results. My body is so much stronger now than it ever has been. My overall mood has improved. I am more relaxed and confident now. After attending a class, the positive energy stays with me all day long. I am so fortunate that I found Energy Pilates and Fitness.
Diana, mom of 2
Main reasons I love Energy Pilates & Fitness:
I have been running and doing the elliptical trainer for over 20 years. For the first time, I have seen noticeable results in just 2 months from taking classes at Energy. Debra entertains you with her story telling as you are working out. My kids love to attend the daycare because they are consistent with the same teachers, they get to exercise and there are only a handful of kids.
Beth, mom of 2
Energy Pilates & Fitness is a wonderful place. They make you feel like you are a member of their family. It does not matter what your fitness level is! They will welcome you and encourage you as you work toward your personal goal. It seems that just when you feel like you are ready to give up, they come over and tell you how much progress you have made. You will not find that experience any place else!! Debra has a wonderful staff and she is so knowledgeable. I feel blessed to have found them and to be a part of their family! Thanks Energy Pilates & Fitness!
Mary Jo, mom of 2
Energy Pilates and Fitness has the best classes in the U.S. After moving from 4 different cities I have finally found the best classes right here in Woodbury. Energy always provides classes for all levels. There are so many classes to choose from. I love the Push and kickboxing classes.
Debbie, mom of 2
I am so happy to have found such an inspirational place to improve my body's health. Your experience and personality are such a unique mix of characteristics that truly make your studio one of a kind, all because of you. You are addictive, and people are "hooked" the moment they walk in the door!
Thank you for being such an inspiring woman in my life- and so many others that look forward to your classes!
Lori, full-time professional
Second, I know it's probably sappy as hell, and I'm sure you hear it all the time, but I just went out and bought a scale for the first time in my life (I tend to monitor my body composition by what I call my "benchmark pants"), and I was floored to see 190 lbs. staring back at me when I stepped on. The first time I came to push and got my ass handed to me, I was just shy of 220 and had been diagnosed by a U of MN physician with a rare balance disorder linked to untreatable compression in my cervical spine that compromised my balance nerves. His recommendation was for me to quit my job, draw disability (he would write me a note) and spend the rest of my days on valium; trying to remain still. Instead, I self referred to physician's neck and back clinics -- did some serious weightlifting for my upper back and neck to strengthen the muscles and take some pressure off the joints and I am able to maintain about a 95% improvement from where I was. The second big part of "the comeback" has been PUSH. The balance work, the approach towards a workout and fitness in general have gotten me healthier than I was in college. I can't' tell you how many times in your classes there has come a point where it felt like the floor was moving under my feet, but if I can concentrate through it and hold the pose, it only makes my mind and body stronger and better able to deal with the little quirk that I have. Thank you for helping me find a path back to good health. So just in case you've ever wondered why I keep showing up sometimes being the only dude in class, you have your answer.
Chris, Vice President of some big company
I joined Energy Pilates and Fitness in December of '08 and I love it! It has been just the push I needed to get back into exercising. I had been trying to work out on my own at home, but it had become too easy to skip workouts or make them shorter than what they should be. Since I've joined, I actually look forward to working out and love the fact that I am getting in a great workout each time! The instructors are wonderful and make you feel so welcome and at ease. There is a great variety of classes so you don't get bored, and each time you leave class feeling like you've really accomplished something. I highly recommend Energy Pilates and Fitness to everyone!
Stacy, Mom of 2
I am writing to describe for you what a great exercise experience Debra Tourek has provided for me over the last several years.
Debra has been an aerobics instructor for 20+ years, has directed other aerobics instructors, and now directs the aerobics activities of LifeTime Fitness nationwide. She has done all of this while still being a wife and mother. Clearly, all of this takes great energy and that is what Debra is all about-ENERGY. She brings the same energy to her classes that she brings to her life. Her classes are among the most popular at LifeTime Fitness and draw large numbers of members, often at or near the maximum. Her Saturday morning class at 8am(!) is commonly filled to capacity. This type of loyalty and interest comes from what we gain in her class as she transfers to us the energy and enthusiasm that she brings.
It is no surprise that she has the energy to expand her activities beyond the studio into other areas and with other groups or individuals.
Patrick J. Parks M.D., Ph.D.
Division Scientist, Medical Division
Thank you for the shot of energy that I need to work out! Your encouragement and support goes a lot farther than you really know. I thank you so much for that. I love your class sooooo much I can feel I am getting stronger.
Love ya and God Bless your smile is a God given gift that you give to each woman you meet.
In all of my years of working out and club hopping I have never seen anyone inspire a group the way you do. You have a gift and we are so lucky you're willing to share it. I will definitely be front and center at the new club (unless someone else already has that spot) and wishing you well on this new adventure. I know you're going to be very successful....you already are. Thanks again for everything Debra.
Ann, mom to 3
My attraction to Energy Pilates & Fitness is 3-fold:
- The staff's realistic caring of her clients. When I come into class I feel so welcome and loved. This peaceful, caring feeling I see and feel from all of Debra's Staff.
- Different class's variations which keeps me from getting bored and not wanting to come to class.
- Debra's energy is contagious.
I've attended Debra Tourek's group fitness classes for the past five years. Debra's classes have helped me to feel healthier, stronger and better toned and I'm always in a great mood when I leave the gym.
For me, Debra's cardio classes are just the right blend: creative choreography, cueing that is clear and easy to follow, inspiring music and a lot of fun! Debra's choreography is inventive and challenging, but not so difficult that I can't pick it up in a few repetitions. It engages my mind I have to think about what I'm doing and that makes the time fly by. Debra's expert cueing allows me to follow her steps and means that I get a better workout because I can keep moving. The music that she selects for class is perfect -- the right blend of contemporary tracks along with music that I know and like. It's energizing stuff, not a monotonous techno-beat.
I also take the ENERGY Sculpt classes that include toning and weights. Even though I've been taking these classes for five years, they continue to be fresh and challenging for me. My muscles are obviously not bored because they are sore the day after class (the good kind of sore!) I truly believe that ENERGY Sculpt has made a real difference in my body shape.
What really brings Debra's classes to the next level is her personality. She knows most of us by our first names, but she is always respectful of those participants that want to be more private. She shares fun stories about herself that make me laugh. I can tell that she really loves what she is doing and is having a good time her genuine enthusiasm is infectious!
Debra K., full-time professional and mom of 3
I used to work out at some of the most popular fitness centers in downtown Minneapolis but never really saw any change in my body no matter how many cardio or strength classes I took! I was amazed at the difference in my own strength and body that I got from working out at Energy doing Pilates in just a few classes! Energy studio is a fun and motivating atmosphere to workout in and the classes are challenging and energetic with fabulous instructors! I highly recommend Energy to all who want to see themselves improve and have a great time doing it! Kristina Bunger
I have truly never felt better about myself and this is a statement to make at age 45! Thanks to Energy Pilates and Fitness for keeping me young!
I ALWAYS look forward getting my workout in at Energy Pilates and Fitness! It is so fun & energy-educed.
Classes that are offered cover every area of my physical and mental well-being. I have developed muscles I didn't even know I had!
Jill, full-time professional & mom of 2 and classmate
of Debra's from Alexander Ramsey, Class of 1981!
I have been taking classes for the last 3 years and have never felt stronger in my life. I am 45 and more fit then when I was 20. I am addicted to the classes!!! I look forward to the classes. Not only do I get a fantastic workout but also have fun!!
Troy V., Sr. Account Manager and mom of 2
Debra Tourek is an amazing fitness instructor!!!
I have absolutely love working out with Debra! She has challenged my fitness level, encouraged me to work harder and keeps me coming back for more. When taking her classes I know that I am getting an intense work out that will get me the results I want in the time frame I have available. I also know that her method and form are safe, deliberate and strong. She uses compound moves that work multiple body parts getting great results and requiring less time per work-out. She works well with all fitness levels and doesn't push people to work harder in a negative fashion. Her personality is magnetic and inviting. She's a great story teller! She takes the time to connect with each person attending her classes utilizing their names and encouraging them to work their hardest. It is evident she loves what she does!
What a fun class! I don't think I have ever taken a workout class from anyone where I felt so comfortable and relaxed and laughed so much. You are an absolutely phenomenal teacher! Your class was perfect with just the right amount of everything for the entire body. Every muscle in my body has had a "wake up call" and it feels fabulous. I have always left a step or aerobics class feeling very "ho-hum" about the whole thing. But your class is not boring at all. The hour just flew by for me!
The Pilates Cardio & Core class is so perfectly designed, especially for people my age. In the second half century of our lives, where everything is wearing out, spreading out, and falling out, your class provides the spark of motivation that we middle-aged folks need to stay optimistic about our level of fitness.
I am just SO impressed, and you will see me in class every weekend (maybe forever, which is why you can't stop teaching the class). It was the most fun I have ever had.
Now I'm off to go grocery shopping with all the energy I feel in my body (and I'll be sure to pick up that Advil). You are SO funny! I love it!!!
A new and dedicated follower,
This letter is long overdue. My experience and the results I have had with the group fitness program at Energy Pilates & Fitness has been so positive, that I feel absolutely compelled to share it. As a 41 year old mother of four and a small business owner, I need to make a concerted effort to fit my work outs into my schedule each week, and I've had to become very selective about how and where I spend my work out time. I've taken many group fitness classes over the last 15 years or so, from California to N.Y. and even in Europe and I've enjoyed many types of classes, but none have had the impact that the classes at Energy have had on my life.
Whether it is Pilates mat, gentle yoga or PUSH, this studio covers all of the bases. At Energy Pilates & Fitness, I have received the most effective strength training, core building, flexibility training and cardio workouts that I have ever experienced. All in a highly motivating and fun setting. This past winter, I took two nasty spills on the ice, while wearing less than practical footwear, and I am convinced that months of Pilates and Yoga classes were the ONLY reason that I did not seriously injure my back, or any other part of my body. Additionally, I notice a tremendous difference when doing the simplest household chores, which often involve bending, lifting or just standing for long periods of time. I can put a long, active and often strenuous day in without the back strain that I would have experienced before taking class at Energy Pilates & Fitness.
The program at Energy Pilates & Fitness is truly innovative in its approach and content. Debra Tourek has developed a schedule of classes that are unlike any I've seen. Her use of a standing Pilates format and barefoot cardio training are prime examples of this, and all of the instructors at Energy are extremely knowledgeable and share Debra's passion for these amazing group fitness formats.
Over the last year, I have seen my flexibility and core strength improve tremendously, and I can say without a doubt, that I'm in better condition now than I was 10 years ago, when I was probably working out harder. And for me that is the key. At Energy Pilates & Fitness the workouts are extremely challenging, smart and efficient, but not hard. Years ago, I believed that in order to get a good work out, I had to work out until I nearly dropped. And if I had to punish my body and joints in the process, so be it. At Energy, I've learned what practitioners of Pilates and Yoga have known for many years, and that is to work with, not against the natural physiology of your body to achieve results. Since taking classes at Energy Pilates & Fitness, I feel so much stronger and flexible than I ever have, and I'm thrilled to say that I've found a fitness program that I can stick with (and enjoy) into old age.
2110 Eagle Creek Lane, Suite 200
Woodbury, MN 55129