About Studio Hargett
Our Studio opened in 2008 on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh in a 2,800 sq foot space that was described as an artists
loft... full of rich history and flooded with natural light and beauty. Because of our growth and desire to offer a wider variety of
programming, the former Studio @ Hargett (now "Studio Hargett") moved to a new, larger location off Glenwood Avenue (in
Glenwood South) November 2011. This new space allows us to bring even more programs, workshops and opportunities to
At Studio Hargett, each and every client receives high quality training by skilled and caring professionals in a tranquil
environment that promotes stress reduction, strength, flexibility, injury prevention, and rehabilitative body conditioning.
Methods taught by our exceptional staff come from the finest that the Pilates world can offer.
Classes are available
through Saturday, with times ranging from
am to 7:30pm.
For clients interested in learning pilates in a more personalized setting, we offer private and semi private instruction available
by appointment 7 days a week.
Come and explore the rich experience that Studio Hargett has to offer. We are proud to offer classes with our talented
instructors that have been trained in a variety of practices. Learn Pilates classically as Joseph Pilates himself instructed or
learn from the many other Pilates disciplines we offer, all of which will challenge and enlighten your Pilates training.
Ballet Burn I Yoga
Margot K. Martin has been immersed in the art of movement for 22yrs. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop with
numerous well known teachers throughout her career. Her professional career has carried her to stages across America,
Europe, and the Pacific rim.
Most recently, Margot retired from the stage after performing with the Carolina Ballet as a soloist for 13 seasons. Her innate
understanding of the mind-body connection led her to become a certified Yoga instructor in 2005. Through her 5 years of
teaching Yoga locally, she has earned her reputation as both a challenging and compassionate instructor. Margot has also
been teaching ballet nationally and locally to children, teens, and adults for nearly 10yrs.
Her love of movement, music, and good old fashioned hard work led to the creation of "The Ballet Burn." Throughout her
years in the fitness world, Margot has come to understand the lack of recovery most athletes allow their bodies. She believes
through a consistent practice of Yoga and proper stretching, an athlete's abilities are amplified. Injuries are reduced and
muscle recovery is quick.
Marideth Stiller, Studio Owner
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Marideth has been involved in the fitness industry for over 18 years. With her Pilates knowledge, she also brings to the table
a group fitness, personal training, cycling, yoga and aquatic exercise background. Her certifications include AFAA group
fitness, ACE personal trainer, IFTA Cycle, Aqua and Senior Fitness, YogaFit Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Pilates Certification
Center Mat, as well as apparatus cerfifications and training from Body and Soul Studios and Balanced Body University. In
2004, Marideth was invited to join IFTA (Interactive Fitness Trainers of America) as a certification and continuing education
specialist, giving her the opportunity to travel the country and share her knowledge and love of fitness.
In 2010, Marideth officially stepped into the role as Owner of Studio Hargett Pilates. In addition to running the studio, she also
teaches aqua therapy fitness at WakeMed Hospital. When not at the studio, she enjoys keeping up with her husband, Tony,
also a fitness instructor and trainer, and her three girls.
Leslie was introduced to Pilates while earning her B.A. in Studio Art from Meredith College. Frustrated with group mat
instruction and limited exposure, Leslie sought individualized instruction as a client. With continued immersion, Leslie.
developed a more profound awareness of her own physical fitness and a more acute appreciation of the Pilates method’s
numerous benefits to people of all ages, genders and fitness levels. The success of her own personal practice and
experience with Pilates instilled in her a desire to teach and help others. Ready to take her next step toward becoming a
certified Pilates Instructor, Leslie enrolled in the Body Arts and Science International teacher training course in 2011. Leslie
instantly connected to the BASI philosophy, methodology and approach to teaching. With over 500 combined hours of
practice, observation, and apprenticeship, she is a proud graduate of the Body Arts and Science International Pilates method.
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Since the age of 3, Katy has had a love of movement, studying pilates, yoga, Kung Fu and Capoiera. After two abdominal
surgeries, she began taking pilates regularly to help restore her strength, core support & balance. In 2012, Katy completed
her comprehensive pilates training program through Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI). Her struggle to maintain
mental and physical control over her own body has inspired Katy to help others to find awareness, strength and freedom of
movement in their own bodies.
About Joseph Pilates
A Brief History of Joseph H. Pilates and the Development of Contrology
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany around 1880. He had rheumatic fever, asthma and rickets as a child and
was plagued by a weak respiratory system. In order to improve his own health he began exploring ways to strengthen his
body and his mind. In pursuit of this goal he participated in boxing, fencing, wrestling and qymnastics. as well as exploring
yoga and zen meditation.
Joe was in England touring with a boxer when World War 1 broke out. He was held as a resident alien in an internment
camp near Lancaster for the duration of the war. While in the camp he took it upon himself to lead his fellow detainees in a
daily exercise program. According to Joe, when the influenza epidemic of 1918 - 1919 broke out, none of the inmates who
followed his regimen got sick.
Based on his success, Joe was given the job of an orderly at a hospital on the Isle of Man. His exercises helped his patients
get better faster and helped them to fend off muscular atrophy, loss of aerobic capacity, and a weakened immune system,
all consequences of the extended bed rest required for their treatment. During his time as an orderly, Joe came up with the
idea of attaching springs to the patient's bed frames and thus the first Cadillac was born! Now the patients could exercise
themselves under Joe's supervision.
After the war ended, Joe returned to Germany but soon fled to America after being approached by the Nazis to train their
police force. On the boat passage over he met his soon-to-be-wife Clara. Clara was a nurse who became a true partner for
Joe, working beside him in the studio everyday.
When Joe and Clara arrived in New York in 1926, they rented a small studio in the same building as the New York City Ballet
on 8th Ave. and started teaching what Joe named "Contrology." Joe worked with clients from all walks of life but he made an
especially strong impression on the dance community working with Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, George Balanchine and
many others who sent their injured dancers to Joe's for rehabilitation following injuries.
Joe was an inventor who was always working on developing new exercise equipment. He designed the Universal Reformer,
the Wunda Chair, the Cadillac, the Ladder Barrel, the Spine Corrector and many other wonderful inventions during his
Joe had dream of introducing his vision of mind-body fitness into every aspect of life, from elementary schools to military
training, and, had he not been so far ahead of his time, it might have happened. Instead he taught a small group of
devoted teachers and students, a few of whom went on to continue the work and keep it alive until the rest of the world
caught up with his revolutionary thinking.
Joe's studio was destroyed by fire in 1967 and he died soon after that from complications of smoke inhalation. His wife
Clara carried on the work until her death in 1977.