Testimonials

“You and your team of highly qualified instructors have truly improved my life.”

You and your team of highly qualified instructors have truly improved my life. I’ve gained strength and flexibility though their thoughtful instruction. They know when I should protect my back and always give me alternative moves so that I get the benefit of the exercise but don’t hurt myself.

~ Doug Heine

“At 68, I am amazed at the joint flexibility and strength that I enjoy from doing Pilates.”

I have used the El Cerrito Fitness Center since it first opened over a year ago. My motivation to do Pilates started with several episodes of sciatica over 20 years ago.  I believe that I have avoided back surgery from this work. I worked at UCSF Medical Center and have reviewed many medical records for all types of diseases in research projects. Although retired, I still tend to sit at a computer for too long. Pilates is the only exercise that I have been able to stick with and it’s been about 15 years in total!!!

I recently had another incident of nerve involvement from repetitive movements and poor posture in computer work. Again, it was extremely painful—-this time involving my shoulder, back and tingling in my hand. June has an arsenal of terrific outside practioners to refer to when the need goes beyond Pilates.  So, three of us worked together to heal the acute phase of my condition and I continue with June to  strengthen the remaining weak muscles. I am thrilled to report that this recent episode was alleviated in less than a third the time of the first sciatic events and with almost no pain medication. It’s more than resolving the pain, it’s correcting the body mechanics.

June is extremely flexible and enjoyable to work with.  June’s skill with Neurokinetic Therapy helps to specifically identify imbalanced muscle and movement patterns of inhibition and overcompensation. She created an exercise plan specific to my needs that I can do on my own or with  her at the studio.  At 68, I am amazed at the joint flexibility and strength that I enjoy from doing Pilates.

~ Sally Stewart

“She is so thorough, making sure that I have the right form and that I integrate the feel of that form into the exercises”. 

If you want specific, individualized guidance in creating a fitness program you can take home with you, go see June Kamerling.  I am awed by her astute eye and professional care with each exercise we did.  She is so thorough, making sure that I have the right form and that I integrate the feel of that form into the exercises.  June made the program specific to my goals and accessible to my current fitness level.  The studio is a sweet space, right on San Pablo above Schmidt in El Cerrito.

~Nori Hudson~

“The instructors are fantastic: they keep me challenged and interested in every class”.

This is a great, no-nonsense Pilates studio! The instructors are fantastic: they keep me challenged and interested in every class. I have been a customer at this studio since the opening and highly recommend it to people of all levels. June, the owner, is wonderful to work with and very welcoming. Give it a try!

~Trisha Colton~

“If you just had a baby and need to get your confidence back or just want to get into great shape definitely give El Cerrito Fitness a try.”

I started attending Pilates  at El Cerrito Fitness after I had my baby.  My abs were a mess, and I had done some research that Pilates can help bring everything back together literally:)  I was excited to see that El Cerrito Fitness offered a post natal course with an instructor that was educated in diastatis recti repair.  In all I attended Pilates for 6 months 1 time per week and my stomach no longer has a separation.  My trainer, Christina was so knowledgeable, and I am so lucky to have worked with her.  After having a baby you really feel like things are never going to go back the way it was before, and Christina cheered me on every step of the way.  My only regret is that I wish I would have attended their prenatal Pilates.  If you just had a baby and need to get your confidence back or just want to get into great shape definitely give El Cerrito Fitness a try.

~Katie K. ~

“Nathan is particularly good with rehabilitating injuries and reducing pain through re-training proper form and function.”

I’ve been having private sessions (with Nathan) and taking classes at the studio over a year and a half.  June runs a wonderfully friendly, well-organized studio with a great variety of classes and trainers, all centered around solid Pilates and good technique.  Which is important: not all Pilates is done equally well or with the care and attention to detail that is necessary to get the real benefits of Pilates.  Nathan is particularly good with rehabilitating injuries and reducing pain through re-training proper form and function.  Easy location, lots of parking, fun place to do Pilates!

-Jenny M-

“I had an excellent experience at this gem of a studio”.  

Very personalized instruction from June, who wasn’t afraid to push me, but could see where I had my limits.  I felt amazing afterward, stronger in a very deep way.
They offer an awesome intro pack, which is a lot of bang for the buck, and have classes as well.  I really recommend Pilates, and this place, as it has given me a whole new feeling and perspective on my body.

-Kelly N-

“I met June through a friend when I was asking around for Pilates recommendations”.

I’ve been working with June for about a month, and after a 2 week break (vacation), I’m looking forward to going back! I got a pre-paid personal training package (which I highly recommend – good value) with June, and she’s been amazing. I’m totally new to Pilates, and was motivated after having a particularly bad episode of back muscle spasms. June gets on the floor with me and does the stretches/mat exercises with me, which is fun, and has guided me through the reformer stuff expertly. She pays close attention to my feedback, making adjustments where necessary, gives me “homework” (nice!) and takes notes. I’ve discovered, thanks to June, whole problem areas that I didn’t even know, and I feel much better. She absolutely teaches proper form, and it’s emphasized, which I appreciate very much. She’s happy to tell you the anatomical details and reasons why we’re doing what we do, which I also like a lot. PLUS, June is really sweet, personable and a great teacher! The whole experience has been eye-opening, and more of a workout than I realized it could be, even having to go gently, in my case. It’s a small but very nice studio, with all the equipment you could possibly need. I look forward to more personal attention, and I look forward to trying the group mat classes as well. BIG thumbs up!

-Jennifer S-

“So comforting to find a quality workout in your ‘hood”.

I found El Cerrito Personal Traning and Pilates quite by accident, right near my local shopping spots on San Pablo near Moeser.  Even better, it is quiet and respectful at instructor as well as user level.
I was fortunate that my Pilates teacher Anna had an open spot in her schedule this Spring.
Now, after 3 months, I can really feel the benefit of getting my body in tune at age 60 after a lifetime of too much driving and entrained stress; so ready now for my next arc of life.  Anna is both experienced and very well informed. Her knowledge of the body, and the value of patience in correcting long-time habits, have in turn made me more patient with my own exercise program.

-Richard S-

“Nathan is amazing”.

I have been taking private Pilates lessons from him for about two years. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the body and Pilates. I highly recommend him.

-Emily B-