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Life & Work with Simon Sliva of Coral Gables

Hi Simon, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
Why did I start Elev8 Pilates Studios? Very Simple!! We Love What We Do!!! We strongly believe in giving each and every one of our clients a unique and special experience the second they enter our doors. We love it when we see our clients getting stronger and when they conquer that move, they been trying so hard to get. Seeing a client who has had back pain for years and then trains with us and is able to compete in athletic competitions pain free is unbelievably rewarding. We are lucky to have amazing clients who make us smile and challenge us to push not only them but ourselves! What is something customers may not know about me and my staff? What sets us apart is that both myself and my lead instructor are professional dancers. We bring our knowledge, creativity and dynamic energy to all of our classes. In addition to this we also have two different types of classes. Our signature Elev8 class combines our gravity machine, cardio and stability chair for a high energy circuit type workout. In the other room we have our reformer classes, where we utilize the reformer, tower and jump board. There really is something for everyone here, from beginner to professional athletes and everyone in between!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We open our doors for the first time on June 2019 and we never anticipated our country coming down with a worldwide pandemic. Having said that, it’s being a very challenging 2020 but our work ethics and perseverance has kept my business afloat, and now that this year is coming to an end, I believe our country is turning the corner and it will recover. We need to keep vigilant and follow regulations posted by our medical experts, but we should also keep our optimism alive!!!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about you’re your work?
I was very fortunate to have had a very gratifying 25-year professional Classical Ballet carrier. Throughout my training as a young man to be Classical Ballet Dancer I was introduced to the wonderful world of Pilates. I learned that the Pilates method is not only use to rehabilitate injuries, but is also use to prevent them from ever happening. Pilates became my cross training to my Dance training. This type of influence was engrained in me very early and is still influencing the way I teach now. I am always amaze when I get new clients (Women or Men that have not heard about the Pilates Method of fitness or they are skeptical of the results you can achieve with it. But by far the most proud moments is when you convert that skeptical client to a devoted Pilates enthusiast, to get those smiles when a client just achieves their long-term goals or when they have finally conquered that challenging move they could do at the beginning. I am extremely grateful and humble to all my peers and clients throughout Miami and around the United States for creating for me a great reputation, a reputation that I am very proud of. In my humble opinion, I believe what sets me apart from other instructors out there is my adaptability, I can adapt to different client’s levels and their specific needs, and it also helps that I have a great sense of humor 😉

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I see the change to go virtual with your teachings, I see the possibility on that front. But I truly believe with all my heart that there will be no substitute to the in-person training, the power to share and communicate between one another will never be outdated, we as human beings crave in person contact.

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