Hello! I am Jill Hamm, and I am the owner of Plank Pilates Studio. Ever since my first Pilates class I knew I wanted to be an instructor. I fell in love with Pilates and knew that I wanted to share the great benefits of Pilates with others. Because of a very gracious Christmas gift, I completed a 16 week Pilates Fitness Program at a Classical Pilates Studio in the Florida Keys. Through this training I was exposed to all the Pilates equipment as well as the full classical mat sequence. I returned to Central IL and realized there were no Pilates studios in the Peoria area. After much thought and consideration I decided to take the plunge and open Plank Pilates Studio in Morton.
I have a Certificate of Completion in Anatomy, Mat 1 & 2, Reformer 1, 2, & 3, and Apparatus 1, 2, & 3 through Balanced Body. I am also continuing my Pilates instructor training by working toward a 500 hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Balanced Body. Balanced body provides a well-rounded and in-depth training program that explores the Pilates principles and how to adapt these principles to modern day clients. I am also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
I truly love Pilates, and I feel strongly that when Pilates is practiced consistently and correctly you will see results and will start feeling better, sleeping better, and having a better overall outlook on life.
Pilates is a specific series of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen muscles, improve core strength, increase flexibility and stability, and improve overall health. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or specially designed equipment (i.e. reformer, Cadillac trapeze table, Wunda Chair, Barrel Ladder, Tower, etc.)
Although Contrology: the art of controlled movements as it was originally called was created in the early part of the 20th century it has only started to develop recognition and a high following in the 21st century. It is estimated that over 10 million people are now practicing Pilates in the United States alone.