Two Pilates Principles

We got the scoop on what it really takes to be a Pilates powerhouse.

Photo by Andrea Carlotto.

Think you have what it takes to run a Pilates studio? Hint: It’s not all deep-breaths and stretches. We got the scoop on what it really takes to be a Pilates powerhouse from Elizabeth Dewey and Mora
Babineau, co-owners and instructors at studio47 Pilates in Warren.

Elizabeth Dewey


What she does: Dewey teaches reformer classes, arm and ab barre classes and also sees private clients. She completes her own personal workouts at home.

How often she does Pilates/works out: Dewey teaches about ten classes per week and sees private clients about twenty-five hours per week. Her personal workouts at home consist of at least thirty minutes of cardio per day followed by some aspect of Pilates, whether it be foam rolling or stretching. When she can, she sneaks in ten minute workouts between clients.

Her training schedule: She wakes up at 5:30 a.m., goes to work and is in the studio until about 1:30 p.m. Her personal workouts are done in the late afternoon or early evening, and depending on her personal schedule, she also works out on the weekend.

What she eats: Dewey begins every day with a glass of warm water mixed with fresh lemon juice as well as something that she can grab on the go, like an apple or banana. She munches on protein snacks and nut bars throughout the day and typically eats sprouted grain bread with avocado for a healthy and energy-fueled lunch. Dewey is a vegetarian, so her dinners typically consist of sauteed veggies and beans.

Her biggest accomplishment: Dewey opened studio47 right after college, so she considers the studio’s success to be her greatest accomplishment. She loves assisting clients with their overall wellness and feels very lucky that she gets to live this lifestyle.

Pro tip for Pilates classes: “Show up, be present, get results.
Pilates is all about commitment and consistency, so keep at it.”

Her favorite thing about Pilates: “Pilates practice is a lifestyle and when practicing pilates, you become stronger from the inside out, both mentally and physically.”

What she would tell someone who is intimidated to try Pilates: “We all started in the same place; we all went to our first class as beginners and we all got our butts kicked. Find one person to be your point of contact. They can watch your form and are a good resource.”


Mora Babineau


What she does: Babineau trains and teaches both classes and
private client sessions. In her free time, she likes to run and take spin classes.

How often she does pilates/works out: Babineau teaches roughly twenty-five hours per week and runs three to five miles, three to four days a week. She also squeezes in Pilates workouts while at home and in between clients.

Her training schedule: She wakes up at 6:30 a.m., heads to work and teaches until about 1:30 p.m. Babineau will do her own Pilates workouts whenever she can in between clients, but she also joins classes and takes part in staff workouts, too. Weekends are her days off and consist of no training,

What she eats: Babineau has a very regimented diet. She starts her day off with lemon water, coffee and oatmeal with peanut butter and blueberries. She doesn’t typically eat lunch because she grazes throughout the day on protein drinks, egg whites, soup and smoothies made with bananas, kale and blueberries. At about 3 p.m. she typically eats something with more substance like an
apple with almond butter, a cheese stick and yogurt. She also constantly keeps her body hydrated throughout the day.

Her biggest accomplishment: Staying on top of cutting-edge programming and keeping the studio innovative enough so that
clients continue to come back.

Pro tip for Pilates classes: “Be patient, book a private session and come regularly. You gotta stick with it because Pilates is a specialized exercise program.”

Her favorite thing about Pilates: “Each result you see after a workout and that the centering effect of movement gets you into a totally different space.”

What she would tell someone who is intimidated by Pilates: “Everyone has to start somewhere and you have to look at Pilates like it’s a sport. Let people help you, because you won’t get better if you don’t try.”

Check out studio47 Pilates: 99 Main St., Warren, 289-2787,