The first Black-owned Pilates studio in Canada

Toronto-based Brittitt Mallon has opened the first Black-owned Pilates studio in Canada – the Pilates By Britt. The opening of the studio comes on the heels of the controversy in the US over Jane…

The first Black-owned Pilates studio in Canada

Toronto-based Brittitt Mallon has opened the first Black-owned Pilates studio in Canada – the Pilates By Britt.

The opening of the studio comes on the heels of the controversy in the US over Jane Fonda’s apparent lack of self-care at age 80.

Mallon’s Pilates By Britt is multi-generational, and women, men and children of all ages are welcome to get in and groove on the studios’ signature Pilates classes.

Cathy Pollard is more likely to use Pilates training for her upper body muscle development than her legs and arms.

“But there’s just no question, it’s a great strength training machine. It helps with everything,” she says.

Pilates by Britt embodies a meaningful business model: Black professionals who decided to learn this family-friendly form of fitness have opened their studios.

My best friend was just about to graduate college and she needed a certification that would prepare her for the training required for a master’s.

As Mallon tells Capital Content Package, it was one of the reasons she first realized to persevere in a well-paying field that was dominated by white men. She became a trainer; then a partner in the gym; then ran her own Pilates studio; and now, Mallon believes she is leading in the Black-owned Pilates fitness industry.

Mallon says Pilates’s is an inclusive medium for Black women, and that is not a given for Black businesses.

Mallon began teaching Pilates in 2013 and was soon mentored by a white trainer named Brittany Stack.

Stack is now a doctoral student at Mount Allison University.

“I get to help with her master’s program and she gets to benefit from my training,” says Stack.

Stack, who has been practicing Pilates since 2008, regularly teaches Pilates at two of Brittitt Mallon’s Pilates By Britt studios, one in North York and one in Yorkville.

“There are very few female trainers as it relates to Pilates and Britt does a really good job of training all generations,” she says.

At one age spectrum, many of the students at Mallon’s Pilates By Britt studios are young Black women. They come in all shapes and sizes, all colourfully covered in sweat from their vigorous Pilates exercises.

“They work with no equipment,” says Mallon. “They are working with weights, but they are also using other ways to strengthen their bodies, that’s part of what we do as well.”

Pilates is a family affair for Britton. Her husband, John, is one of the principal investors in the business.

She is also focused on offering important self-care to her students and share her knowledge with others.

“I have a technique called meridians. Basically, when I see a person doing something the same way over and over again, I will ask them how it feels,” she says.

The Meridians by Britt (MYBR) technique stretches and strengthens the bones, muscles and joints, as well as the core and spine.

The Endeavour Learning Institute in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is called one of the top-15 training companies in the world based on the Meridians by Britt method.

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