Knowing one’s own body and understanding its signals is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.
Our body actually knows exactly what we need. Nonetheless, due to our mostly hectic everyday life, increasingly taking place sitting in front of screens, we experience more and more difficulties in correctly interpreting the signals it sends us – until they manifest in more extreme ways, for instance as pain and tension. Therefore, in my personal training, conscious body-awareness plays a central role.
In my new Pilates studio in Cologne, I help you through targeted exercises to restore the connection to your body and to stay healthy and fit in the long term. Since every person and their physical conditions are different, you can expect a very individual training program specifically tailored to you and your needs. For your session you do not need any previous knowledge or a certain fitness level, just the willingness to do something good for yourself and your body. Everything else will follow.
Pilates is all (or mostly) about your core: through the training you strengthen the deep muscles of your entire body, with a special focus on your torso, but the positive effect goes far beyond that. During Pilates Training, through conscious movement and breathing, you will bring your body and mind into balance, improving your concentration levels while reducing stress.
All of these positive effects of regular training are enhanced and supported by elements of mindfulness and meditation, which are an important part of each and every one of my Pilates classes. I want you to feel completely present in the moment and connected with yourself and your body while exercising.
That's why my studio is called “Ora”, the Italian word for “now”.
Having studied and previously worked as an engineer, I gathered firsthand experience of the typical problems everyday office life brings along.
I came to Pilates during my time as a project manager and business consultant. I discovered this holistic training not only as an effective antidote to my work-related tension and pain, but also as a way to center myself and align body and mind.
I started my first Pilates Teacher Training in 2017 and found my calling through it. From engineering to Pilates: a radical change, one might think. But maybe the development is not so far-fetched. Moving to Pilates, I have simply shifted my focus from the mechanics of machines to the mechanics of the body. I have come to find the latter significantly more fascinating.
|Silver (1 training every 2nd week)||Gold (1 training per week)||Platinum (2 trainings per week)|
|5 Weeks||-||-||890 €|
|10 Weeks||-||890 €||1.600 €|
|20 Weeks||940 €||1.600 €||2.900 €|
* Silver: 1 training every 2nd week
Gold: 1 training per week
Platinum: 2 trainings per week
A strong, flexible and balanced body, which forms a good basis for a healthy lifestyle and helps you to easily manage the small and big challenges of everyday life. In addition, Pilates brings you more energy and drive. Pilates is both preventive and rehabilitative: If you suffer from back and neck pain or similar problems, these can be alleviated and even eliminated through regular Pilates training. At the same time, the training ensures a fit, mobile and healthy body long-term. It prevents physical impairment and counteracts aging processes.
Don’t just take my word for it, visit my Ora Pilates studio in Cologne city center and experience for yourself the healing power of Pilates.
Pilates is a very special kind of full body workout. It is about concentration, control and precision rather than fast and numerous repetitions.
One of the main goals of Pilates is to train the deeper muscles through specific exercises. Through flowing movements paired with the rhythm of your breath, the focus is (re)directed to the present moment, thereby reducing stress and improving concentration.
The repertoire of Pilates exercises on all apparatus (including the mat) is diverse, which allows for very varied training. The exercise modifications and the additional use of small props also serve to tailor the program to your individual needs. In conclusion, one can say that Pilates training is just as demanding and strenuous as is necessary and desired for your goals and based on your individual needs.
I encourage you to visit my Pilates studio in Cologne for your first training session.
One training session at the Ora Pilates Studio lasts 60 minutes and is prepared based on your personal goals and starting condition. Also, every session is documented and taken into account when preparing the following one, so that your progress keeps moving forward. Therefore, regular exercise is recommended for best results. One session of 60 minutes per week is enough if you practice another activity during the week (e.g., a Pilates group course or jogging, swimming, etc.). If you are really committed and want to go all-in with Pilates personal training, 2-3 sessions per week will help you achieve your personal fitness goals effectively and in the long-term.
Generally, you will observe noticeable changes and the first successes after 5 to 10 weeks of regular training (at least 1x week).
The Ora Pilates Studio in Cologne offers you an optimal, private and familiar atmosphere to achieve your individual goals.
Your first personal Pilates training session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. When you book your first session, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a form. (You can also take a look at the form here and download it if necessary).
Please note: this step is very important! There are hundreds of exercises in the Pilates repertoire and I need to select about 10-12 exercises, which are best suited for you in your first session, mainly based on the information you provide me in this form. The same email also contains all practical information you need for your first visit to the studio.
On the day of your first training, you should ideally be at the studio 5-10 minutes before the scheduled starting time, so that you have enough time to change (if you are already wearing your training clothes, you do not need this extra time, of course).
We will start your session with an informal chat to get to know each other, where we discuss, among other things, the form you submitted. I may ask questions to get a better picture of you and your general situation.
Afterwards, we will go through some short exercises, which are considered a compact fitness test. But do not let the name put you off! They are really not about doing well or achieving a certain performance: these exercises give me an even better picture of what should be the focus of your training.
These two steps take about 15 minutes and based on the additional information and impressions I have collected; I can – if needed - adapt the training prepared in advance.
Finally, YOUR training can start! If thus far you only trained on the mat, you will have a completely new movement experience and definitely a lot of fun!
To train with me at the studio you need:
- clothes, in which you can move easily and comfortably
- a towel, if you like.
When choosing your clothes, I would ask you to refrain from clothing with pins, zippers and metal accessories and to remove any jewelry before we start. We train on the latest, very high-quality Balanced Body® equipment, whose padding could be damaged by such objects.
The devices are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use; thus, you are not required to use a towel while training on them. This is of course up to you. A towel can definitely be useful after training, though: although there are no showers available, you can freshen up in the restrooms if necessary.
You do not need to take drinking water with you either, I will provide it.
I am aware that personal training is not a viable option for everyone, mainly for cost reasons. However, I would like to give everyone the opportunity to practice Pilates with me and therefore I offer a cheaper option, too.
Every Monday at 5 p.m. I give an online live Pilates class open to all levels, which only costs 10 €. Participation is fully flexible and does not require a subscription.
This course is currently only offered in German.
You can find further information about the course here.