e Studio strives to educate, inspire, and transform our members through the power of movement. Our culture for members is one of support, community, and inclusiveness, meeting each individual wherever they may be on their fitness journey. With education and experience, we integrate tradition and modern innovation in our goal to build a healthier body, mind, and spirit.
Elizabeth Schmutzer is a Stott certified Pilates master instructor and ACE personal trainer with 20 years of experience. As a Southern California native, she began her fitness career as a professional ballet dancer where she was on partial contract at the age of 15 and began dancing on full contract at 18 years old with companies such as State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara and Inland Pacific Ballet of Montclair. She completed her comprehensive Stott Pilates certification in 2003 with John Garey at the John Garey Pilates Studio in Long Beach, CA.
In her Pilates career, Elizabeth has worked with a number of small, boutique Pilates studios as well as large fitness gyms and assisted in building and growing the Pilates departments in several of these facilities. She has also had the experience of working with a number of celebrity and high-profile clients. In 2009, Elizabeth co-starred in a Pilates DVD that was sold worldwide.
Prior to getting married, Elizabeth received her ACE personal trainer certification in 2011. She then moved down to Oceanside, CA where she currently resides today with her husband, Eric and two daughters, Katherine (9) and Natalie (6). Since moving to the San Diego area, she has had the opportunity to work in both personal training and Pilates with clients of all ages and physical abilities.
Elizabeth was introduced to the Encompass machine made by Total Gym Commercial while brainstorming the equipment that would be used in a Pilates studio that she was managing. She knew right away that the Encompass gave a unique and modern twist to the traditional Pilates method and she began working right away to reformat the traditional exercises done on a Pilates Reformer onto the Encompass Gravity machine.
In 2019, Elizabeth authored a full manual for Beginner, Intermediate, and Jumpboard curriculum on the Total Gym Encompass. This curriculum continues to evolve!
Elizabeth was hired in 2019 by Total Gym Commercial as their Education Director where she developed more Pilates repertoire, created exercise video content, trained studio owners, distributors, and Total Gym Commercial equipment owners for both the strength and Pilates curriculum on the equipment.
Now, after 20 years of teaching experience and managing and operating Pilates and Yoga studios, Elizabeth gets to experience the most exciting venture yet…her own studio. e Studio Pilates + Yoga is a blend of traditional Pilates (using wall spring boards and wunderchairs) and the innovative, modern gravity Reformer.
There’s also a wide variety of Yoga classes, including Aerial Yoga. There’s something for everyone!