Welcome to Pinnacle Pilates!

You will experience a customized approach. Whether you are looking to get in shape, learn how to exercise with an injury or want to stay in shape; Pinnacle Pilates in Franklin can help. It’s not just Pilates, it’s an education. You will learn tips on how to avoid back injuries, stretch properly, find and maintain correct form, have fun exercising and more. Decide what type of class that you are interested in from the following options.

Private session

  • assists you with specific goals
  • need modifications with an injury
  • prefer 1 on 1
  • enjoy constant supervision
  • love personal customization
  • prefer your own pace vs a class pace
  • like knowing I have a 24 hour change/cancel policy

Duet or trio

  • enjoy working out with others
  • like semi customized class
  • don’t need many modifications
  • don’t have injuries that put me at risk
  • able to schedule one month out and commit to class
  • fits my budget

Virtual online

  • don’t need to live near the studio
  • prefer to workout at home
  • don’t have time to drive to a studio
  • can set up device/computer for proper viewing
  • don’t mind that the instructor can’t give me hands on instruction
  • can understand verbal cues and get into position
  • don’t have injuries that put me at risk

STEP ONE: call the studio or schedule online. You can also email questions that you have right here.

STEP TWO: Once scheduled for a class in studio, print and fill out the client form. Email or bring it with you on your first session.

STEP THREE: Prepay for your session on Classes & Fees page, grab your socks and enjoy your first Pilates session.

See how Pinnacle Pilates has made an impact on other clients

I worked with Dawn for years and she is fantastic. I knew by our
very first session that Pinnacle Pilates was exactly what I was looking
for. Shortly after starting our sessions, I began noticing improvement
in my muscle definition, and soon after that, my balance and flexibility
improved as well. Dawn has a way of gently coaxing things out of you
that you would never believe you were capable of doing. She carefully
monitors your progress and learns your strengths and weaknesses, so she
knows just what your capabilities are. She has also helped me through
injuries with incredible insight and expertise. She has always been
very pleasant and accommodating and she’s a true professional. I would
highly recommend her as an instructor.


Dawn is very knowledgeable, careful and flexible teacher directly helping me to become physically stronger and self reliant. Most importantly working with Dawn has led to a better quality of life for which my family especially has benefited!
I highly recommend Dawn. She is top knotch in every way!


A friend told me to go see Dawn at Pinnacle Pilates after an injury. I have learned and gained so much from Dawn. A life threatening injury left me in a situation wondering how I would ever exercise again.   My injury happened during exercise and it could again. Dawn researched my situation to understand what I went through and started me slowly at my comfort level. I am grateful for Pinnacle Pilates as Dawn has me doing more than I ever could have imagined. I love Pilates and what it has done for my mind and body. I have worked through severe muscle imbalances due to the injury and have increased overall tone and strength. I understand my body and how to engage and stabilize before I lift items. I understand what my limits are and what I can and should not do to keep me injury free. My husband has seen enormous positive changes in me and says Pilates will always be a part of my life.



What is the STOTT PILATES Method?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent more than a decade refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.

Pilates can emphasize movement awareness and efficient body mechanics; helping you gain strength where weak, flexibility where tight, and stability to your core musculature to provide ease of movement.

Pilates is a non-impact technique for those who need to avoid compression of the knee’s, ankles, or the spine.

How are you different from other Pilates studios?

Pinnacle Pilates truly wants you to be happy with your workout. Communication is the key to our success. We always strive to provide a lot of variation to your workout so you enjoy yourself and don’t get bored. We utilize all the equipment from the jumpboard, cardio tramp (to add cardio to your workout), small and large stability balls, arc barrel, Cadillac, Pilates chair, Reformer, Pilates Edge, flexband, hand weights, TRX and bosu.

Why is STOTT PILATES touted as the "Professional’s Choice"?

Since its inception over 20 years ago, STOTT PILATES has grown from a small studio into the world’s most respected Pilates brand. While much has changed since we first opened our doors in 1988, our mission of promoting the ongoing benefits of mind-body fitness worldwide remains a constant. Our full-service company provides all the training, equipment and ongoing support you need to build a strong and successful Pilates business. Whether your goal is to establish Pilates group exercise programs, take your personal training to the next level, set up a fully equipped studio, or train to become a certified instructor – we go the distance to help you succeed. STOTT PILATES’ mission is to fulfill the needs of Pilates enthusiasts everywhere and that’s why we’re the number one source for everything Pilates – spanning equipment, education and media.

What is the difference between the STOTT PILATES Method and other Pilates techniques?

STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.

What kind of results can I expect from doing STOTT PILATES?

You can expect an increase in strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains.

How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?

The average active person doing 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries. It is also important to work with a well trained Certified Instructor.

I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates?

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. It is therefore more important that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?

Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment will place more emphasis on your outer limbs and add variety and intensity to your program.

If I'm doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?

STOTT PILATES exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program. It’s ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness etc.), and a great complement to your weight training program.

How can STOTT PILATES be different than weight training or other resistance exercise?

  • Pilates is three-dimensional
    (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes)
  • spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction
  • emphasis on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention
  • STOTT PILATES exercise is customizable for special needs
  • in Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints
  • Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury

Is STOTT PILATES exercise like yoga?

In some respects Pilates is like Yoga. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically-based incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES Method?

STOTT PILATES exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The Five Basic Principles focus on:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic placement
  • Rib cage placement
  • Scapular movement
  • Head & cervical spine placement

What are the benefits of STOTT PILATES?

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • helps prevent injury
  • enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • heightens body awareness
  • no-impact, easy on the joints
  • can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation

What do I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that will allow the instructor to observe your alignment.

Socks are required in the studio. It can be helpful to wear socks with grips on the bottom but they are not required.

Do I wear shoes?

In Pilates we do not wear shoes but socks are required in the studio.

How long are the classes?

All classes are 55 minutes long.

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Pinnacle Pilates Studio
5029 Montelena Dr
Franklin, TN 37067


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