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      Bodyworks changed my life. My pain is gone. In my 60s, I feel better than I did in my 20s. Kim is warmhearted and funny, and she has an eagle's eye for the ways a body can get off kilter. Her classes perform miracles.
      Erin M.
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      Kim is knowledgeable, positive, and kind. Her classes move in an organized pattern to maximize each person’s potential. They are challenging but supportive, but I look forward to her wisdom, expertise, and her charming personality each week.
      Anne S.
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      I have severe scoliosis, and one leg is an inch shorter than the other. After a lot of pain, I had visions of ending up in a wheelchair. With Kim's help, I've "grown" 1/2 inch; I can ride a bike, garden, and hike. After every injury or new ache, Kim has taught me how to strengthen joints and improve balance, so I can heal and keep going.
      Kathy S.
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      The YouFit class with instructor Betsy Miller is exactly what I was looking for here on the mountain! This class is as good as any class I’ve taken at a big city YMCA. The hour long class works every muscle group and at the end you have more energy than when you started. I have seen improvement in my strength and muscle tone since I began the class. Best of all, it’s fun with good music and great people! Betsy makes sure everyone works at the fitness level that’s best for them.
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      Pippa’s yoga class was great! I don’t remember ever feeling so relaxed after a yoga class!
      Teresa M.

OUR MISSION is to educate people—from collegiate students to those well into their twilight years—about how the body works and to enable them to move with ease and strength.

Located on the beautiful 13,000-acre campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Bodyworks Youniversity is a perfect setting for our restorative work. We want your experience to be a “tiny vacation” from your busy life, to learn how to destress and unwind your body and soul.

We offer private and duet sessions that use heat and stretching on Pilates equipment to release and align your body before taking you to core strengthening exercises. We also offer Pilates mat classes to strengthen and tone your body, as well as to educate you about what each exercise is designed to achieve.

Exercise With Friends

Exercising with friends can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable ways to stay active. Working out with a buddy not only adds a social aspect to your fitness routine but also provides motivation, accountability, and support. 

The Benefits of Exercising with Friends

  1. Accountability and Motivation:
    • When you have a workout buddy, you're more likely to stick to your exercise routine. Knowing someone is counting on you can keep you committed to your fitness goals.
  2. Social Connection:
    • Exercising with friends allows you to catch up and socialize while staying active. It's a great way to strengthen relationships and make new friends who share similar interests.
  3. Healthy Competition:
    • A little friendly competition can push you to perform better and achieve more in your workouts. Challenging each other can make exercising more engaging and exciting.
  4. Safety and Support:
    • Having a friend with you during your workouts can provide an extra layer of safety, especially when trying new activities or using equipment. They can also offer encouragement and support.
  5. Variety and Fun:
    • Exercising with friends opens up new possibilities for activities and workouts you might not try on your own. Trying new fitness classes or sports together can keep your routine fresh and exciting.

Tips for Exercising with Friends

  1. Find Like-Minded Friends:
    • Look for friends who have similar fitness goals and interests. This way, you can choose activities and workouts that everyone enjoys.
  2. Set Shared Goals:
    • Setting mutual fitness goals can help keep everyone motivated and on track. Celebrate each other's achievements and milestones along the way.
  3. Plan Regular Workouts:
    • Schedule regular workout sessions with your friends. Consistency is key to making exercise a habit, and having a set schedule can help everyone stay committed.
  4. Mix Up Your Activities:
    • Keep your workouts exciting by trying different activities together. From hiking and cycling to dance classes and team sports, there's a wide range of options to explore.
  5. Communicate and Respect Boundaries:
    • Open communication is important when exercising with friends. Make sure to discuss everyone's comfort levels and preferences, and respect each other's boundaries.
  6. Support Each Other:
    • Offer encouragement and support to your friends during workouts. Celebrate each other's successes and lift each other up during challenging moments.
  7. Be Flexible and Adaptable:
    • Life can get busy, so be flexible with your workout plans. If a friend can't make it to a session, adjust your plans accordingly and reschedule if needed.
  8. Celebrate Together:
    • Celebrate your achievements and progress with your friends. Treat yourselves to a healthy meal or a fun outing after a workout to strengthen your bond.

Exercising with friends can transform your fitness routine into a social and enjoyable experience. Whether you're working out in a small group or with just one buddy, the shared motivation and support can make a significant difference in your fitness journey. So, gather your friends, set your goals, and embark on an active and fulfilling journey together!

Spring is Springing!

Welcome to March everyone! 

Spring is definitely "springing"! I hope you enjoyed your extra leap day in February. The month seemed to just fly by with Valentine flowers, surprise snow and beautiful days for hiking such as to Machine Falls near Tullahoma.

How are you progressing on your wellness goals as we enter the third month of 2024? I achieved a real milestone last weekend on mine as I completed a 6.2 mile hike into and out of Lost Cove! It has been several years since I was able to do a hike of that magnitude. Matthew expertly dug deep into my left hip on my last massage and got my pelvis straight again. That has enabled me to really gain strength and cardio abilities in Betsy's You Fit class, and Pippa's Kundalini and Easy Flow Yoga blend has helped greatly in loosening up my back and hips as well each week. It is amazing how much a difference in alignment will make, both in ease in your body and the ability to strengthen! I am starting to feel like my old, pre-covid self again!! All that to make a point that if I can do it, you can too! Let our Bodyworks team know how we can help you make 2024 your best year!

Goodbye 2023 & Hello 2024!

2023 was a good year for Bodyworks. We had two new instructors join us, Pippa Browne teaching Yoga and Hannah Van Buren doing Personal Training. Bruce Manuel completed his Master's degree at Sewanee, Betsy completed a Senior Fitness Specialist Certification, Matthew achieved his Personal Trainers Certification and Hannah completed her PNF Stretching Certification. We added our beautiful new doors to allow multiple activities to take place at the same time in the studio, and we had a very successful collaboration with Folks at Home on Pilates, Chair aerobics and Balance and Strength classes. The Bodyworks staff plan to continue to add to our offerings to better serve the community in seeking health and wellness in 2024. We thank you all for being a part of the Bodyworks family and look forward to having you grow with us in 2024!

What is Your Most Important goal in 2024?
Good health should be at the top of your list because without it everything else in your life is compromised, including your ability to take care of others! Most of us have a job, kids and often elderly parents that all need our best energy and focus. The YOU in Bodyworks YOUniversity is about helping you to be your best self in every aspect of your life.

Bodyworks, together with Mountain Massage offers everything you need to achieve better health and vitality. We would like to help you get a jump start on making this goal a reality by introducing the “Sampler Package” of all our offerings!

The Sampler Package includes:
1 Pilates class with Bruce or Kim,
1 Yoga class with Pippa,
1 You Fit class with Betsy,
1 hour Pilates private session with Kim or Bruce,
1 hour Personal Training session with Hannah
1 hour massage with Matthew!
Normally these services would total $240 but are being offered for $200!

To help keep you motivated to reach your goals this package will only be available for purchase January 1st -March 31st. You must use the services in your package within 90 days of purchase or they will expire. No putting these on the back burner and letting another year pass by without improving your health! Happy New Year!

Meet Hannah VanBuren!

Bodyworks Youniversity is thrilled to announce that Hannah VanBuren, a certified personal trainer through the National Council on Strength & Fitness, will be scheduling appointments for personal training on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bodyworks Studio, 293 Ball Park Road, Sewanee, TN 37375.

Hannah embarked on her personal training journey back in 2017, driven by her passion for fitness and her desire to help others achieve their health and wellness goals. She took the first step towards her career by becoming a certified personal trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Her initial experience was in a one-on-one personal training studio, where she honed her skills in tailoring workout programs to meet the unique needs and objectives of each individual client. Whether her clients sought to build strength, improve balance, enhance endurance, or undergo a total body transformation, Hannah was there to guide them on their fitness journey. Her clients ranged in age, showcasing her versatility in training people of all generations.

During her time at the personal training studio, one of Hannah's clients recommended she explore the opportunities at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation. Recognizing the potential to merge her medical assisting background with her personal training expertise to make a meaningful impact on patients and members, Hannah made the leap to join the Siskin team. At Siskin, she continued her role as a personal trainer, working with both hospital patients and fitness enthusiasts.

It was at Siskin Hospital that Hannah expanded her knowledge and experience in training special populations, including those with unique medical needs and challenges. She also worked with individuals who simply desired greater comfort and confidence in a fitness and wellness environment. One of Hannah's true passions is transforming something intimidating into an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for anyone willing to try. She specifically focuses on empowering women to feel at ease in a weightlifting setting, allowing them to witness and feel the positive changes in their bodies while nurturing a wellness-focused mindset, rather than solely emphasizing aesthetics. This dedication to women's fitness and well-being is a core aspect of Hannah's life, and she warmly welcomes individuals of all experience levels, whether they are newcomers to the gym or seasoned fitness enthusiasts. Hannah is committed to helping everyone achieve their health and fitness goals while enjoying the journey along the way.

Pilates as a Recognized Profession (from

Following is a blog post written by Joy Puleo who is the Director of Education for Balanced Body. Joy has been teaching Pilates since 2002 and has been in the health and wellness industry since 1996. She shares the vision with Balanced Body to elevate mindful movement as a component to long term health and wellbeing. 

I have been in this business long enough to remember when I avoided saying I was a Pilates instructor. For the few who knew what Pilates was, I did not look like one of those celebrity Pilates instructors but for most people Pilates was mysterious and I was ill-equipped, and insecure in my abilities, to stand strong in space of clarity. “It’s a little like fitness” “ a little like Yoga…”

Now, Pilates itself stands strong in a space of clarity and as a wellness modality unto itself. A modality that optimizes movement potential and helps clients do all the things they love to do well, do longer, and with physical proficiency. The value proposition to the client is now well understood, which makes the need for instructors, qualified instructors, who see the potential of Pilates as a profession greater than ever.

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In a prior blog, we explored the earning potential of a Pilates instructor. Here, let’s discuss what it means to be a fully recognized profession. Our student population is growing, diversifying, and expanding the boundaries of practice. Prior to the pandemic the average student taking Pilates teacher training coursework was 35-57, mostly women, and were returning to the workforce post children or exploring training as a second/third career. There was very little diversity in persons and socioeconomic status, and the aspirations ranged from being able to teach clients inside a small home studio, to teaching inside a studio part-time, to becoming a studio owner of a physical space.

Today, the age has skewed younger, between 25-45, still largely women. We are seeing more diversity in the student makeup in both persons, bodies, and also in professional aspirations. There is a rise of Pilates professionals, for whom teaching Pilates is the goal. Practices are not only limited to in-person inside a physical space, but with virtual options, all manner of client interaction, classes, and teacher training can now be found online.

During the pandemic, we all wondered and feared this would negatively impact in-person teaching, conferences, and studios. The opposite has been happening. The virtual is fueling independent instructors, studios are thriving and growing, conferences are sought after, and the client is asking for Pilates. Many studios are also being opened by business forward operators seeking to leverage the professional gains and create business opportunities and strategies around the brand that is Pilates. Like-minded health professionals are joining in the ‘movement’ and seeking various avenues of education including physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths.

This is a moment, an opportunity, for the whole of the Pilates community. The past is meeting the present and the future is open to possibilities. We can all now stand solidly in the space that is Pilates and own the space we stand in!

With all this growth comes a word of caution. Pilates is sought after not because it is like…fitness, yoga, tai-chi, or anything else. It is sought after for what it uniquely brings to the mind-body training environment. So as we all grow into our professional persona, let’s make sure we bring with us the essence that is Pilates, we root in the foundations of sound practice, we place value in the education process, and above all, we infuse the love of movement into the world.

Being a profession means we can be heart forward in practice and make a very good living doing so. It means we can make a difference to our client’s lives and be good businesses in our communities. It means we can continue to drive the positivity around Pilates and grow personally and intellectually through our chosen profession and practice, Pilates.

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