About Lift Pilates

Founded in 2003 by 2nd-generation Pilates professional Laura Shearer, Lift Pilates is a boutique studio in downtown Davis, California. We offer private lessons and small group classes, catering to individuals of all fitness levels. We help clients recover from injuries and improve their health and well-being. We stand out by offering innovative Open Studio Pilates sessions, a transformative experience where clients can learn and practice at their own pace. As Laura learned to teach from Jay Grimes at Vintage Pilates in Los Angeles, this approach, rooted in tradition, fosters self-practice habits and mindset and empowers clients to build resilience, consistency, and mastery over the Pilates system. In line with Joseph Pilates' original vision, this method is more than just exercising; it's a fundamental path to understanding Pilates in our fun and dynamic, community-oriented space. Come train with us!


    • Our Lift Pilates Class in our Open Studio session is not just a way to practice Pilates - it's a unique opportunity to embark on a journey toward long-term success and wellness tailored to your needs.
    • Just like in a private Pilates lesson, my Lift Pilates Class in Open Studio offers a custom workout designed just for you.
    • Unlike most group Pilates classes where everyone does the same exercises on the same equipment, you will have a customized workout for your unique body and your individual needs, which will grow with you as needed as you move along your wellness journey.
    • Since introducing this format, our clients have experienced remarkable physical and mental progress in their Pilates practice in months, a level of achievement that would have taken years to reach in traditional methods. Imagine the possibilities for your own Pilates journey with this accelerated progress potential.
    • Pilates is a journey that requires consistency and patience, but the results are truly rewarding. At Lift Pilates, we create a supportive and fun environment and offer personalized programs tailored to each client's needs.
    • Our Open Studio sessions encourage you to take your time, make mistakes, celebrate successes, and learn from mistakes - it is all part of the journey.
    • Join us in pursuing better health and becoming a valued member of our dynamic, community-oriented space, where we foster a supportive and inclusive environment for all.
    • Lift Pilates also runs as a hybrid practice, where our clients can join open studio practice virtually. The virtual option is popular when clients travel or can't get into the studio.

Workouts Custom-Tailored For You on the Original Pilates Apparatus

Join us at our studio and experience the magic of Contrology by Balanced Body apparatus and Original Gratz Pilates apparatus. Our state-of-the-art equipment is designed to help you build a stronger, more flexible, and toned body that moves with ease and grace. Our Pilates program is customized to meet you where you are on your fitness journey, so you can work at your own pace. Our warm and supportive environment will make you feel right at home. Come and join us today, and let's work together to make you feel healthier and stronger than ever before!

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Lift Pilates named Best Pilates Studio in Davis 2024


  • Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates, called his new form of exercise and rehabilitation “Contrology.” This is what he said about it in 1945, "Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."

    Contrology is the original and most authentic Pilates method and is a proven way to enhance your physical ability, strength, stretch, and posture. It closely follows Joseph Pilates' guidelines, ensuring that you're getting the most effective workout possible.

    At Lift Pilates, we understand that each person is unique, with their own set of needs and goals. That's why my primary focus is working with those with chronic pain and injuries and lower back pain. I work around my clients' injuries while they strengthen their bodies as a whole, ensuring that each person gets an invigorating, full-body workout, custom-tailored to your individual needs, meeting you where you are. No matter your fitness level or past injuries, we're here to support and guide you on your journey to improved physical ability, strength, stretch, and posture.

    The original classical Pilates method focuses on strengthening, stretching, and toning the entire body rather than individual parts. At Lift Pilates we use Contrology by Balanced Body and Original Gratz Pilates apparatus, The original Pilates equipment assists in building a strong body and flexible body for efficient movement and overall health. With regular practice, you will become both stronger and more flexible.