Pilates 212 Degrees



Premier Pilates Studio in the Libertyville and surrounding Chicago, Illinois Area



Our Vision

We are the premier Pilates studio in the Chicagoland area
empowering our clients’ core fitness for life.

Our Mission

To create a warm educational environment that
achieves the fitness, sport and rehabilitative goals of our clients
while maintaining the highest standards of certification in all modalities we practice.

What our clients say about Fascial Stretch....

Unreal...I can actually turn my neck further than a 1/4 turn!!! Thank you. Driving to look over my shoulder - so much better! Life is good. I can turn and do more than I have in 8 years...you are an incredibly kind person. Thank you for the relief and direction to take care of me.....Margaret

What our clients say about Pilates at 212...

I wouldn't have been able to lift the Uhaul trailer onto the hitch without the work I do at your studio! Ray

I have never felt more accepted, there are no judgements....Debra

The classes are small and intimate, instructors make you feel like you can be successful and accomplish exactly what you'd like to! Lisa


Would you like to get started? Call us at: 224-610-6212, or email at: Pilates212@icloud.com

Our Story

Owner - Michelle Austin

Comprehensive Pilates Instructor - Pilates Method Alliance

Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor

Anatomy Trains

NKT Neuro Kinetic Therapy 1

Core Align

RedCord FEX 


Bodhi Suspension

Pilates for Golfers

Nutrition Coach - Precision Nutrition

Fascial Stretch Specialist Level 3 - Stretch to Win

Personal Trainer - PTA Global


212° Pilates Difference

Michelle credits the practice of Pilates with giving her the quality of life she enjoys with her family. While pregnant with her second child, Michelle was the victim of a hit and run accident.  She suffered chronic hip and back pain, and elected to pursue Pilates as a means of rehabilitation.  The focused exercises of Pilates helped to realign and strengthen her hips, significantly decreased the pain, and allowed Michelle to reclaim her active lifestyle.

Michelle was truly transformed by this experience, and turned a physical injury and setback into a passion for helping others.  Through extensive training and experience spanning well over a decade, Michelle’s knowledge of the human body and advanced certifications in Pilates are now enabling her clients to achieve such goals as strengthening their core, improving posture, and increasing flexibility.  Michelle is passionate about understanding each client’s health and wellness, and his or her desired fitness goals.  Clients trust Michelle to create a custom program tailored to fitness, sport, and rehabilitation.

“I’ve spent 14 years sharing my knowledge through other studios, now I’ve decided to turn up the heat with Pilates 212°”

Michelle’s early work spanned a variety of healthcare and fitness establishments, and exposed her to practices and members whose methods and goals were oftentimes not aligned or, even worse, counterproductive.  Although such “clubs” offered certain benefits to their members, invariably they fell short of consistently delivering the personal, holistic level of instruction and encouragement to see client outcomes fulfilled.  Pilates 212° was established to achieve this very objective by specifically combining Pilates, FST, and Nutrition.  Pilates 212° represents unparalleled care, quality, and fitness oversight.





Class Schedule

Schedule Private Fascial Stretch Therapy Appointment or Private Pilates Instruction.

2018 Apprentice Program

Now accepting applications for our Full Pilates Certification Program. This program is limited to the ten students; we keep classes small so each student receives the personalized attention needed to become a successful Pilates Instructor

Our program was developed by Pilates 212 Degree owner, Michelle Austin, an elite Pilates instructor with more than 18 years experience training and teaching. 

Whether you are looking to expand your practice, or are ready to begin a new career, our Apprentice Program is the perfect step. We look forward to being a collaborative part of your Pilates journey. 

The aim of this program is to help develop highly trained and educated Pilates instructors.  This is a comprehensive Pilates program that includes: mat work, beginner, intermediate and advanced reformer, trapeze, chair and barrel.  Your journey will include mandatory readings, lecture hours, observation hours, self practice and teaching hours.  Upon completion of this course, participants receive a certificate of completion and meet the requirements to take the PMA certification exam.

When you join our apprenticeship, we are committed to your success as a trainer.  


Meet Our Instructors


Michelle Austin


Cindy H

B.S. Exercise Science

ACSM Personal Trainer

ACE Group Fitness

Peak Pilates Certified Instructor

PMA Apprentice

Fascial Stretch Therapist - Stretch to Win - Level 1

Cindy entered the fitness industry in 1997 as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. In 2008, Cindy expanded her education with a Pilates Reformer Certification. Cindy believes that Pilates is a lifelong practice, and enjoys sharing this unique form of exercise and benefits with her clients.

Cindy believes that in many situations the body can heal itself with the right therapy. In the pursuit to find therapies that will help her clients Cindy recently completed her FST Certification. She loved the fact that with Fascial Stretching she can help alleviate symptoms from her clients ailments, medical conditions, and muscle tightness due to the previous conditioning of those muscles.

Julie W.

Adam W.

Marina B.

Debi L.






Pilates is a form of exercise, or method of body conditioning developed by Joseph H Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, Pilates’ exercises train you to become acutely in tune with your body. You learn how to control your movement.

Pilates can help re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal fitness.

Many workouts tend to emphasize quick, dynamic, repetitive movements, or lifting heavy weights, which tend to focus on large muscle groups neglecting the small foundational muscles. A lot of these same conventional workouts tend to work the same large muscle groups. This tends to lead weak muscles to get weaker and strong muscles to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.

Pilates elongates and strengthens, resulting in long lean flexible muscles. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates conditions the whole body, down to the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned; helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.


Ready to get started? Call us at 224-610-6212 or email us at Pilates212@icloud.com

Pilates 212 Degrees     1590 S Milwaukee Ave. Suite 101     Libertyville, Illinios 60048-3748