Instructors

After teaching Pilates for 15 years Tara Ritchie founded Pilates Vitale in 2017. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Massage Therapist. She teaches therapeutic Pilates for those who have had injuries or high-intensity fitness for those ready to take their body to the next level. She believes that Pilates is the best way to achieve grace in your body without having to endure the years of dance choreography classes and performances that she did.

With her unique style she creates a perfect balance of strength and flexibility to fit the needs of her clients. Tara grew up skiing and weight training with her parents in Boulder, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico. As a result, she developed a passion and knowledge for the fitness industry that continues to motivate her to instill a healthier and active lifestyle in everyone she meets.

 

  • 15 Years Teaching Experience
  • 20 Certifications including Pilates for Rehabilitation, Personal Training, Holistic Nutrition and Fitness Yoga
  • ​Hamline University, BA Exercise Science

Christie Hadad has been loving Pilates for 15 years and gracefully switched to teaching in 2017. She is passionate about mind-body awareness, fitness/movement, nature and how incorporating simple practices into our busy lives can help tremendously with physical/mental health and wellbeing. She loves sharing the gentle alignment and strength of Pilates with others. Her goal in teaching is empowering others to thrive in a balanced wellness lifestyle. She is a Denver Native and Colorado School of Mines Graduate.

 

  • 15 Years Pilates Experience
  • Can modify any exercise to any level
  • Passionate about mind-body awareness

Christie Hadad has been loving Pilates for 15 years and gracefully switched to teaching in 2017. She is passionate about mind-body awareness, fitness/movement, nature and how incorporating simple practices into our busy lives can help tremendously with physical/mental health and wellbeing. She loves sharing the gentle alignment and strength of Pilates with others. Her goal in teaching is empowering others to thrive in a balanced wellness lifestyle. She is a Denver Native and Colorado School of Mines Graduate.

 

  • 15 Years Pilates Experience
  • Can modify any exercise to any level
  • Available Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Passionate about mind-body awareness

FAQ

Why Pilates Vitale?
At Pilates Vitale we specialize in rehabilitative and fitness pilates. Pilates was originally created for its powerful rehabilative qualities, however it spread like wildfire across the country as fitness for dancers. It is now all over the world in several countries. When I studied Pilates from an instructor in her eighties and then taught several older clients, I realized this was something that people could enjoy at any age or ability. Pilates prolongs the life of your joints and tissues by addressing muscle imbalances, improving posture, and being low -impact. It is very dynamic and is also the best approach to whole body fitness and inner strength.
Why now?
You can truly do Pilates at any age. We have worked with clients aged 5-95. Most of our older clients express that they wish they would have started it a decade ago! The spine can be quite malleable even through your 50-70s so don’t wait! Pilates is like no other exercise program. It has the potential to reverse the effects of aging by decompressing your spine, strengthening your core and postural muscles, and balancing length and strength in every muscle fiber.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a mind-body exercise system that recruits every muscle in your body. It teaches you how to effectively use your core to stabilize every movement pattern. It meets you where you are and takes you on a discovery of untapped movement potential. Our clients frequently tell us that they are doing things both in class and in life that they never thought they would be able to do.
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is intended for almost everybody if appropriate precautions are taken. The original work started as rehabilitative but eventually became tailored to its New York clientele which included many dancers. Joseph Pilates’ published work is currently known as classical Pilates and is not appropriate for the general population who do not have the flexibility of a dancer. The Pilates we teach has modifications for people who have or are looking to prevent injuries. It is based on current rehabilitative research that physical therapists and doctors have done.
How is this different than other workouts?
It works eccentrically instead of concentrically meaning that the muscles are strengthened while in a lengthened position. This gives you an increased range of movement combined with strength but without strain and pain. Workouts that concentrate on specific muscles instead of movement patterns are not very functional for everyday movement. With that approach, the harder you work one area, the more another is strained. With Pilates, the more you recruit the core, the less the rest of your body has to strain to perform any given movement whether it is housework or skiing.
Why is it that Pilates classes do not feel vigorous at first?
We are isolating small muscle groups that are needed to stabilize larger muscle groups. Injuries become less common and you’ll be surprised how much easier other workouts and movements become.
Is Pilates for men?
Yes, Pilates has been known to help men get the rotation they need for a better golf and racquet game, an increased performance in sports and a decreased incidence of injuries and back pain. It also makes any other exercise routine become more meaningful; once stabilzing and core muscles are trained they will activate during many activities.