Client Spotlight: Linda

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a 24-year-old grad student studying Clinical Psychology and a full time cat mom of two. I grew up in Taiwan and moved to California when I was 13. I am an introvert who enjoys doing things that require minimal people and physical activity.

What brought you to Kerri Baker Pilates?

I first went to Kerri Baker Pilates after feeling unhappy about how my body was looking after training with a personal trainer (bulky). I wanted to find a private instructor who could help me strengthen and tone my muscles while tailoring the workouts to my body and my needs.

If you have any health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

I used to have lower back pains from bad posture, but Pilates has significantly helped with it.

What are some of the benefits you’ve found from your Pilates practice?

I have abs! My core strength has definitely developed from Pilates. Pilates has also been a huge stress reliever for me because it is a workout that coordinates the body and the mind. From learning to breathe to focusing on muscles that I have never noticed before, Pilates always helps me feel more centered and lifts up my mood.

How would you describe Pilates to a friend or coworker who wasn’t familiar with it?

It's like yoga but with a lot more emphasis on building core strength. (also a lot more pointed feet)

What do you like most about Pilates?

I love that Pilates makes me more self-aware of my body. I am more aware of my posture and breathing, of how I move and align my body when doing activities, of how my body has built more strength and flexibility over time.

Any last-minute thoughts for someone contemplating starting Pilates with Kerri Baker?

DO IT!

Summer Workout Playlist

Music Makes You Move

It's a Heat Wave! With temperatures averaging well above the 80s in Los Angeles, there's no better time to stay active. Whether it's running at the beach, playing a match of tennis, going for a swim, or doing pilates in a heavily air-conditioned studio (hint hint), it's time to get your summer groove on! I'm a big music person and constantly flip through playlists to keep my motivation high. Cardio is NOT my favorite thing, but when I hit the rowing machine, I love a good beat. 

Got a favorite playlist that gets you moving? Share it with me here!

Pilates Mat Work - Just the Basics

It’s summertime, which translates to vacation time. Even for me! Last year, I was in Europe for 19 whole days. Road tripping through middle America doesn’t sound quite as exciting as Europe, but it is going to be great. Filled with good friends and family time.

I put together this beginning Pilates Matwork sequence for my clients to do while I was gone last year and it stands the test of time. When you just have 10 minutes, it’s always best to stick with the classics. You'll hit all the things you need. Here’s a little secret: it’s really only 9 minutes!

Remember: always listen to your body! If your neck hurts, don't lift your head. If your back hurts, adjust your legs. If it doesn't feel right, explore until you find a way. None of this is set in stone. Think of the graphic as "Cliff Notes", just a visual reminder.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Client Spotlight

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Dana V.

Dana started coming in at the beginning of March this year at the recommendation of her brother. Here is a little about her journey.



Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 35 year-old artist and filmmaker who does social justice-focused communications work to pay the bills. I moved to LA five years ago from New York, and am still getting used to the lack of bagels and huge amount of sunshine. I've been pretty athletic for most of my life, with a love for tennis and ultimate frisbee above all else. I've really been getting into biking over the past few years, and am really enjoying getting to know LA by bike.

What brought you to Kerri Baker Pilates?

My brother told me I had to try pilates, and scoured Yelp for the right teacher. He gifted me a 3-pack with Kerri, and I didn't want to stop!

If you have any health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

I have Crohn's Disease, migraines, and a separated shoulder. I honestly feel that pilates has helped me with all of these, because, since I've started, I just feel better overall. My body feels more aligned, I have less general aches and pains, and I notice myself using different body mechanics in my normal day-to-day life.

What are some of the benefits you’ve found from your Pilates practice?

I honestly don't think I understood my own posture until doing pilates with Kerri. Something just "clicked," and I totally get it now. I've found myself approaching everything I do physically a bit differently, from biking to running to sitting on the couch.

How would you describe Pilates to a friend or coworker who wasn’t familiar with it?

It’s like yoga and strength training combined

What do you like most about Pilates?

That your body is the main tool of resistance

Any last-minute thoughts for someone contemplating starting Pilates with Kerri Baker?

Do it! Don't even think twice!

Dana, with her Ultimate Frisbee team, May 2019. They went on to win the league.

Dana, with her Ultimate Frisbee team, May 2019. They went on to win the league.

How much Pilates can you do in 12 minutes?

When I want to get a Pilates fix and don’t have time for a full workout, here’s what I do on the mat. Full disclosure, it’s probably more than 12 minutes of movement. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. I’ve even added a few images to get you going!

  • Start with the Hundred, 5 Roll Ups and 5-10 Single Leg Circles lying on your back.

  • Sit up for Rolling Like a Ball 5x, balancing on your bum after the last roll so you can do 5-10 Dips.

  • Lie back down for your Series of Five (think 5 ab exercises, 5-10 times each): Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, Single Straight Leg Stretch, Double Straight Leg Stretch and Criss Cross.

  • Flip over onto your belly for 3 Swan Preps (remember that back stretch that feels a lot like Up Dog?) and then Child’s Pose to stretch it out.

  • Return to your back for Bridges. Bridge with both feet planted 5x and then go big by raising/lowering one leg at a time.

  • Roll to your right side, with your legs at a angle in front of you for 8-10 Side Kicks (just swing your leg forward and back with control) and Leg Circles. Now repeat this on the left.

  • For the grand finale, lie flat on your back, stretching from your finger tips to your toes and roll up into a V for the Teaser. I like to do this one 3x

  • Hug your knees to your chest and viola! You are done. 

Remember, be true to your body and only do the exercises you are comfortable with. If you have any questions, please shoot me a text at 213-590-3703 or email kerri@kerribakerpilates.com.

Client Spotlight

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Bob Levinson

I first met Bob years ago, while I was training. As an apprentice, I would occasionally fill in for his regular instructor. When he moved to downtown Los Angeles, he stopped his regular sessions...until he found me. And the rest is history. Here is Bob’s story.

Tell us a little about yourself…

I am a very young 81-year-old grandfather of nine. I’ve been doing pilates with Kerri for five years.

What brought you to Kerri Baker Pilates?

I was told by my doctor that I needed to work on my core, since I was in need of hip replacement surgery. At the age of 76, I was told it would be better if I could work out and strengthen my core before the surgery was done.

What would you tell someone who said that they were too “old” to start Pilates?

I never thought I was too old to start. I was open to it because I had done pilates some 11 years earlier, and enjoyed it somewhat at that time.

If you have any health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

My hip replacement was a huge success, and I credit pilates with reducing the post-op soreness. It has helped me stay loose and flexible, and keeps me stretched and limber. I enjoy every session and find it a real challenge.

What are some of the benefits you’ve found from your Pilates practice?

The biggest benefit is that no one believes I am 81, and I have no aches and pains that others at my age suffer from.

How would you describe Pilates to a friend or coworker who wasn’t familiar with it?

Organized stretching and muscle toning and exercise that challenges but doesn’t put you in a place where you can be hurt. I believe in one on one with an instructor for best results.

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What do you like most about Pilates?   

The challenge to do each and every new exercise. It feels great when you do something that you feel is something you won’t be able to accomplish. When you do it and realize you just passed a new challenge it’s a great moment.

Any last-minute thoughts for someone contemplating starting Pilates with Kerri Baker?

Don’t think about it too long. Just try it out. You will be amazed how easy it really is and you will enjoy every minute of the session. Kerri gives you s great physical workout and a great time as well.