Marlena Eger

Marlena Eger

Business: Breathe Studio Pilates

Location: Central Square, No. 15, Linwood

Owner: Marlena Eger, 45, of Margate

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Employees: 3

Phone: 609-788-0900

Breathe Studio Pilates is a dedicated Pilates studio, which means we’re fully equipped with all the specialized equipment. That’s our base.

We offer private Pilates training as well as group classes, on the mat, the Reformer, the Cadillac, chairs, and barrels — all classics created by Joseph Pilates.

In February, we’ll be introducing a Pilates-based bar training program as well.

We are very wellness-focused, so we also have client- and teacher-focused workshops, for example on meditation or back issues. We’re going to go forward with the Pink Ribbon program again, which teaches instructors how to train breast cancer patients.

We are also going to have a Breathe-style boutique in the front of the studio. That will have active work clothing, accessories and wellness products. It’s all going to be studio-to-street style.

Most clients will layer sweaters, jackets and scarves on their Pilates clothes, so they can look good and then go out and do their errands. It’s lifestyle clothing you can wear all day, looking stylish while you do your work.

Pilates is a proven exercise technique that is safe and effective for all age and fitness levels. After physical therapy, Pilates is a wonderful next step. I’ve seen people get to strong, healthy places doing the method. It’s total body conditioning that focuses on a stronger body core and a longer, leaner body that is more balanced.

Breathe Studio Pilates was in Margate for six years. We thought Central Square would be a wonderful place to start the retail side of our business. The new space is slightly bigger, which allows us to add the bar training as well.

Entry: I started doing Pilates as a client many years ago because of a running injury. I knew I’d want to do it forever.

I did all my training at Pilates on Fifth at the Pilates Academy International in New York City, and I’m fully certified and experienced. I worked at another Pilates studio for two years before opening my own studio in Margate.

The future: We’re having an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with classes, refreshments and a trunk show. Our retail offerings will be coming in the next six weeks and will be ready for spring.

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