About Pure

As Asheville's largest Authentic Pilates studio, Pure offers the most comprehensive Pilates program directed by 2nd generation instructor (certified by Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates protege), Penelope Wyer Barrow. Pure is a classical Pilates studio that still believes in Joseph Pilates’ original work. We are dedicated to the perpetuation of the Authentic method and use only Gratz equipment, the original manufacturer of Pilates equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. At Pure, you have the largest collection of Gratz in Asheville to ensure that your workout is as Joe himself intended.  All of our teachers undergo a 700 hour teacher certification program in the Authentic method and uphold Joseph’s belief that "physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness." Our studio offers a unique program of group, small group and private settings to ensure that Pilates is affordable, accessible, and above all…a workout!

In addition to Pilates, Pure offers a comprehensive program of TRX Suspension Training®, a leveraged bodyweight workout program designed by a Navy SEAL for Navy SEALs, that incorporates core stabilization with strength, balance and range of motion. TRX is a great cardiovascular workout and works as a wonderful complement to Pilates.

Pure is pleased to be an Authentic Pilates training facility. We offer a comprehensive 700 hour classical training program with exclusive apprenticing locations in the Southeast along with continuing education by world renowned authentic Pilates instructors.

Penelope Wyer Barrow

Penelope Wyer Barrow has over 28 years of teaching experience and 14 years of teacher training experience, most notably as an assistant to Romana Kryzanowska in the development of the first certified national training center in the Southeast. Her instructors teach all over the metropolitan Atlanta area, as well as throughout the state of Georgia, the Carolinas, Nevada, Oregon, New York and Florida. Her strength as a teacher trainer lies in her ability to closely mentor each student, offering a hands-on approach to the entire certification process.

Penelope began her Pilates studies during her dance career in New York City over twenty-five years ago. Although she taught throughout her years of performing modern and classical ballet, Penelope decided to pursue a formal certification through the Pilates Studio in New York City to work with world renowned Pilates master teacher Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protegee, and her staff at Drago including Sari Mejia Santo, Bob Liekins and Juanita Lopez. Immediately following her certification, she was chosen by the Pilates Studio to direct the first national certifying program in the southeast at the Atlanta Ballet in Atlanta.

As the first certified instructor in the state of Georgia, Penelope launched Atlanta as a top Pilates destination. In 1999, she opened Body Central, in Atlanta, where she trained and directed a staff of over 20 Pilates instructors. At Body Central, she began her own certification program in 2002 to train teachers traditionally as she was trained in New York. Penelope joined the staff of Urban Body Fitness in the spring of 2004 where she avidly helped with the creation of Urban Body Studios, a 17,500 square foot state of the art Pilates and Yoga Studio. Penelope served as the Director of the Pilates Program for Urban Body Studios and once again began a classical training teacher training program to provide classical Pilates instruction for the Atlanta area. She has written her own 300 page teacher training manual, and is now at work on a book for teachers on classical matwork and the art of the transition.

Penelope's work has been featured in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta magazine, Fox News (both local and national) and CNN's Healthwatch, and has been quoted in Time Magazine, among others. She specializes in core training for athletes and has instructed members of the NBA, NFL, the Olympic Rhythmic team, the Olympic Basketball team, the WWF and the Atlanta Ballet, as well as competitive runners, triathletes, golfers, cyclists and divers. Her background includes a BA from Middlebury College and a MFA in dance performance from the University of Arizona. Her 20 year dance career includes professional work as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in both modern and classical ballet. Most notably, Penelope served as Director of the Professional Dance Program for Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York City.

Penelope is pleased to join the Asheville community and to open Pure with her husband, Hunter, her step-daughter Hannah and their three Boykin spaniels, Belle, Boone and Roscoe.