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Authentic Pilates Stillwater offers a comfortable and non-competitive environment that nurtures the growth and success of each student. The studio encourages the achievement of individual fitness goals, which ultimately will lead to an improved quality of life and an increased sense of overall wellbeing. Every Authentic Pilates Stillwater session is taught in private or semi private for ultimate efficiency and results.

There is nothing formulaic about Authentic Pilates Stillwater, nor factory-like about the studio. All sessions are tailored to your individual body using the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning principals to further enhance your fitness and weight loss goals.

Authentic Pilates Stillwater's goal is to create a Pilates practice that focuses on personalized attention in an intimate setting.




Michelle M. Utin, Founder/Owner
Authentic Pilates Stillwater


Michelle M. Utin first came into contact with Romana when she was dancing and working part time as a waitress on the upper west side of New York City.  Every day when going to work Michelle would pass a beautiful woman sitting at an outside cafe table.  When passing, the woman would look up and smile and say "hello dear."    This went on for over a year.  Then one day Michelle was asked to visit Drago's Gym on 57th street (now known as True Pilates), the Pilates studio.  She had no idea where she was going or who she was about to meet.  She entered the studio, and there was the beautiful woman from the cafe.  She greeted Michelle once again with "hello dear,"  but this time she added "I have been waiting for you."   And there Michelle's training began under the watchful eye of Romana Kryzanowska.

Authentic Pilates Stillwater is dedicated to teaching the authentic Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. The studio offers private and semi-private Pilates instruction with Michelle Utin, who was certified in 1996 under Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia-Santo, and Bob Liekens at the Pilates Studio of New York. Michelle has been teaching Pilates for 12 years on the upper east side of New York City, and at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. After being away for 17 years, Michelle is back in her native home and brings her dedication to teaching the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning to Stillwater, Minnesota.  Authentic Pilates Stillwater opened its door January of 2007.





Katie Haslam, Instructor



Katie Haslam began teaching at Authentic Pilates Stillwater in July 2011. She relocated to Minnesota with her husband after residing for 7 1/2 years in Auckland, New Zealand, where she taught at Pilates Unlimited in Takapuna.

Originally from Virginia, she trained as a professional ballet dancer from a young age and discovered Pilates for herself at age 16 as a form of rehabilitation after ankle surgery. The method helped improve her stretch, strength and control so much that she continued with it throughout her dancing career and eventually became a Certified Authentic Pilates Instructor in 2003, under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo at Drago's Gymnasium (now True Pilates West) in New York City.

Katie is excited to be back in her home country and teaching beside owner Michelle Utin at Authentic Pilates Stillwater. She completes Continuing Pilates Education each year, as well as observes other training seminars to further develop her teaching skills.

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