Balance Pilates has been family-owned and operated and part of the Bradenton community for more than 10 years!
Balance Pilates is family-owned and operated by mother/daughter team, Connie and Carly Borho. Our space is a welcoming, friendly, boutique-style studio with an energetic, yet soothing environment. We encourage meeting goals, yet staying within reach of comfort zones; we empower our students and clients to push themselves when they need to, yet pamper themselves when they want to! We truly embody and promote the yin and yang of fitness and life!
Balance Pilates is committed to teaching mind/body fitness as an integral part of a healthy wellness plan. We coach healthy movement and proper alignment to ensure that each workout is safe, effective, and fun! We make sure that each and every client receives a well-thought out, well-executed individualized exercise plan that will help to achieve health and wellness.
The Pilates Method of exercises focuses on building a healthy, injury-free body by encouraging controlled and concentrated movements. Developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a conditioning routine that improves muscle control, flexibility, coordination, strength and stamina. At Balance Pilates we emphasize the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness, to support efficient, healthy movement. Where necessary, modification or progression is intelligently constructed and applied to make every workout safe and challenging for any person at any age or fitness level.
Connie has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, specializing in programming, management, and teaching for special populations and mind-body fitness.
Connie has been teaching and practicing Pilates for over 25 years. Through personal experience, she found that Pilates was the best kind of therapy for a back injury she had been dealing with for years. After rehabbing her injury, she continued practicing Pilates and found that she was stronger, leaner and had greater flexibility that ever before. As a result, she committed herself to learning how to bring this movement modality to others. Her first certification was through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City, continued her education through Peak Pilates of Boulder, Colorado, and is a certified Second Generation Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master Teacher.
In her New York studio, and later in her studios in Florida, Connie has successfully trained a broad-spectrum of clients. While working with chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers she has gained extensive experience in both post-rehab training and training for elite athletes. She has specialty certification and expertise in Pre/Post Natal exercise, and has worked with OB/GYNs to physically prepare mothers for birth and beyond. Connie's passion for and expertise in mind/body fitness have helped hundreds of students develop healthier lifestyles and stronger, more efficient, bodies.
A 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a practicing yogi for over 30 years, Connie has assisted and studied with many notable yoga teachers. She has studied the Astanga Yoga tradition extensively with Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga. A certified Astanga Power Yoga teacher, Connie also studied the Anusara methodology of yoga with Todd Norian, completing an arduous 400-hour teacher training.
As a Level 4 Mentor and Teacher Trainer for Peak Pilates, Connie is dedicated to training other teachers to teach this specialized form of exercise, and mentors other teachers in their continuing education process. As part of Peak Pilates Leadership team, Connie assists in programming, educational courses and workshops, and continuing education, to train the next generation of Pilates teachers.
National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Exercise/Fitness Nutritionist, and by ACE and AFAA in Group Exercise and Personal Training, Connie is originally from New York, where she managed group ex and personal training departments in area health clubs and conducted continuing education workshops for fitness instructors nationwide, while pursuing her own passion for mind/body fitness.
Connie presents dynamic workshops, lectures, and teacher trainings nationally in pilates, yoga, and pre/post natal exercise, and is a sought after expert in her field. As a faculty member of Pilates Anytime, the online virtual Pilates studio, Connie's popular classes and tutorials may be accessed at any time, from anywhere in the world. Published in Pilates Style, American Health, Shape, Self, SCW FitnessEdge and Fitness magazines, Connie is dedicated to inspiring healthy movement and exercise philosophies through mind/body fitness.
Peak Pilates® Teacher Trainer
Comprehensively Certified Peak Pilates Trainer
Carly has been practicing Pilates since she was 12 years old. At this early age, Pilates helped her to rehabilitate from a debilitating accident and then continued to develop her strength and flexibility as a dancer through college.
Having had personal transformation from practicing Pilates, Carly became a Certified Peak Pilates Trainer at age 17. She completed her Comprehensive Certification from Peak Pilates, and has continued her education in advanced workshops with Rebecca Leone, Liz Koch, and many others.
Carly has worked with clients ranging from a 12-year old dancer with scoliosis to an 84-year with Alzheimer's; clients with hip and knee replacements to professional athletes. As a passionate Corrective Exercise Specialist, Carly has an intuitive touch and teaching technique, and guides her students gently to more healthy movement patterns as part of an overall wellness plan.
As a Peak Pilates® Teacher Trainer, Carly's experience and education contribute to her ability to convey the intricacies of The Pilates Method to another generation of Pilates teachers.
Balance Pilates Testimonial:
"Carly's intuitive teaching and patient cueing has allowed me to very effectively recover from a recent major surgery. She alleviated my fears of pain, instilled confidence in moving again, and made my trip back to "normal" a lot more fun!" - Michael Z. Balance Pilates Student