Jacqueline Latour Bio

I began practicing Pilates nearly a decade ago, when I discovered it was a great complement to my marathon training and interest in fitness and nutrition. I'm originally from the beautiful coastal area of Encinitas, California, where I have always led an active and healthy lifestyle; running marathons, traveling the world, hiking mountains and walking countless city miles.  

After moving to San Francisco, I discovered the classical method of Pilates, which was challenging and beneficial for me, and that's how I deepened my love of Pilates. I then sought out an in-depth classical training program to become an instructor. Under the guidance of my trainer Martt Lawrence, and master teacher trainer, Dorothee VandeWalle, I spent a year as an apprentice in the Metropolitan Pilates Authentic Training program where I earned my classical Pilates certification.

I always credit Pilates with strengthening my body, as well as my mind. I am now stronger, with much improved posture, flexibility, and a stronger body. Pilates leaves me clear headed with the ability to sharpen my focus on the things that lie in front of me.  I teach with passion and enthusiasm and am an active supporter of those seeking healthy changes in their lives. I want my students to progress with their goals and enjoy their workouts. 

When I'm not working with clients or refining my own Pilates technique, I can be found walking with my dogs, hiking with my husband, or just trying to find my own sweet spot in life. 

INSPIRATION

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

FITNESS Philosophy

Keep moving. Work to get stronger and keep challenging yourself. Stay consistent. Most importantly stay positive, even if you have a set back. When you're not doing Pilates, what else can you do? Plenty! The Bay Area is a great place to be outdoors in between your Pilates sessions. 

My Mission

To help each and every one of my clients reach their fitness goals by developing balanced, consistent patterns and behaviors in their exercise routines.

My Method

I teach classical Pilates. This means I adhere to the authentic exercises developed by Joseph Pilates, and progress students through a system. I don't teach a Pilates-based exercise or a hybrid method, and I don't use a lot of props. My goal is to help you master each system (basic, intermediate and advanced), before moving onto the next system. Learning the system of exercises will help you develop a consistent, energetic and flowing workout. Every exercise involves strength, as well as stretch and you will learn how to move using correct alignment, precision, breathing, rhythm and flow, control, and concentration. I was trained and certified by a classical Pilates master trainer, and I love teaching the classical method.

Continuing Education

I am a life long student of almost everything I am passionate about, and I will always seek to learn more, and more, whenever I can. I have taken workshops and sessions from some of the best such as Peter Fiasco, MeJo Wiggin, Lori-Coleman Brown, Alycea Ungaro, Titziana Travati, Moses Urbano, Chris Robinson, Alisa Wyatt, Jennifer Kries, Chris Blackburn, Rachel Taylor Segal, Bob Liekens, and Dana Santi. I can't forget to mention all the countless sessions from my teachers Dorothee Vandewalle and Martt Lawrence. I thank each and every one of them for the inspiration and motivation that keeps me working hard, and striving to improve. For me, the work never ends.