Customized Resistance Training for Every Body.

In our daily lives, we tend to be habitual in the way we use our bodies - sitting at the computer, driving the car, even sleeping. Many of us become off-balance which can eventually lead to discomfort.

At Novato Pilates, we strive to restore balance and strength as you move. Whether you use your body a lot, or would like to use it more, we are here to help. We create a unique exercise and stretching program just for you based on an initial physical assessment and conversation. We offer private instruction and small group classes on the mat and reformer. We have a variety of certified trainers and classes to choose from. Our trainers are ready to help you post-surgically for shoulders, knees, and hips, and are also skilled with working with chronic pain.

We invite you to come be a part of our supportive community, some of whom have been coming here for over 12 years!

To our health!

Rose and Gretchen

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a blend of strength and flexibility exercises that engages the mind and conditions the entire body.

Pilates is a balanced approach to exercise in which no muscle group or joint is overworked, and your body develops the means to move as an efficient, holistic system in sport and in daily life.

Pilates serves as the foundation for other activities in life by training those elusive core muscles found deep in the pelvis and trunk.

Pilates is an effective way to improve the poor posture and improves your balance, coordination and alignment.

Pilates is for every body and is a gentle and safe way to reintroduce your body to movement after a long break from exercise, after an illness or surgery, or if you suffer from chronic pain or stiffness.

How to reach us

We look forward to speaking with you about how Pilates can help you!


1769B Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
Near 7th St. in the same center as Lucky supermarket.


Private and semi-private duet sessions by appointment.

Available for purchase in single, 5 or 10-packs.

Group Classes
Available for purchase in single, 5, 10, 15 or 20-packs.

Our online system Mindbody is ready for you to use from anywhere you have access to a computer, phone, tablet/iPad or other device. You are able to view our schedule, sign up for classes, reschedule and make payment whenever it is convenient for you.

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New to Novato Pilates? We offer special intro rates and packages to get you started, prepare your body and learn the apparatus. Give us a call.

Studio Policies
24-hour cancellation notice.
Instructor subject to change without prior notice.
Class length is 55 minutes.
Classes are pre-paid, sales are final. No refunds.
If you have serious injuries, please check with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

Instructor Bios

Gretchen Turzo is co-owner of Novato Pilates and is an ITT certified Master Pilates instructor who trained with some of the leading Pilates professionals in the Bay Area including Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, Jorg Chabowski and Leah Putnam.

At a young age, Gretchen was a serious gymnast later moving on to dance, yoga, and competitive sports. She has found her calling as a Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor in the Bay Area.

Gretchen truly enjoys working with others as they learn mind-body awareness and integrated movement and use it to further their health and life endeavors. Since becoming a Mama, Gretchen has added a specialty in working with Pregnant and Postpartum Mamas to strengthen and heal our mama bellies and bodies.
Rose Thomas is co-owner of Novato Pilates and has been a student of Pilates since 2002, earning certifications through San Francisco-based ITT Pilates in 2005 and 2008 (Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, Jorge Chabowski, and Leah Putnam). She continued her studies and in 2013 earned her ITT Master Trainer certification with Jean Sullivan. Rose has advanced training in scoliosis, completing her Scolio-Pilates Practitioner certification in 2016 through a mentorship with Karina Thek. She recently attended a rehab series addressing asymmetries in the body with Jean-Claude West and is a certified MELT Method for hands and feet practitioner.

Rose believes in a team approach to healing, working collaboratively with clients of all ages and fitness levels, tailoring and custom-building each private session to address not only immediate/acute issues but long-term fitness and rehabilitation goals. With continuing education in myofascial release, Rose is able to incorporate releases into client sessions when stuck tissue prevents desired movement. She has experience working with clients post-surgically for shoulders, knees, hips, and feet (including total knee and hip replacement), and extensive experience working with clients with osteoporosis.

She is a keen observer and strives to provide clear cueing to help her clients connect with and strengthen their inner "sleeve" of spinal core, abdominal core, and breathing muscles. Rose's overall goal is to provide her clients with the tools and training to move confidently, freely, and pain-free in their day-to-day life.
Kathy Lou Kronenberger discovered Pilates in 2005 while recuperating from a back injury. It was no less than miraculous. After experiencing pain for over 5 years, she was able to regain the strength she’d lost and start doing the activities she’d always enjoyed doing.

Pilates changed her life so much she decided to become an instructor and eventually purchased the studio where she started as a client. Pilates has become her life path and she loves helping people. She recommends Pilates to literally everyone, no matter their age or physical capabilities. Anyone can do it and it can change your life as it did hers.
Christina Gere was introduced to Pilates in 1995 in Del Mar, California, and used it as an athletic performance enhancement while training for a marathon.

Years of studying Eastern healing traditions as well as many non traditional esoteric modalities such as Thai massage, Scaravelli yoga, Tai-Chi & QiGong, Vipassana meditation and‘Optimum Health’ nutritional studies cultivated her personal philosophy on health: Pilates and Yoga is a high-energy partnership of physical and spiritual exercise techniques to revitalize the mind and body.

She received her Pilates certification in summer 2004 from Susan Branum and Mercy Sidbury through Yoga in Motion Studio in Napa, California. Susan Branum was certified by Physical Mind Institute under the direction of Michele Larsson and Madeleine Black in San Francisco.
Debbie Abell brings over 20 years of passion and training in fitness, mind-body exercise and wellness. Debbie’s diverse background as a comprehensive Pilates trainer, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and Integrative Corrective Exercise Specialist feed into her interdisciplinary training approach.

"I believe that mobility is the key to quality of life. I enjoy working with people of all ages and movement abilities, and take an active role in helping my clients reach their goals, whether it is improved performance or rehabilitation."
Sharman Maher trained to a professional level of ballet, teaching for 15 years. She has a strong background in the medical field as an x-ray technician and medical administrator and has worked in sports medicine and orthopedic offices. With her love of dance and studying Pilates for years, Sharman decided to combine all by becoming certified through Pilates Academy International on 5th Avenue in New York.

Sharman's goal is to bring a strong mastery of dance, functional anatomy, biomechanics and Pilates exercise repertoire to all levels of fitness. She wishes to inspire and motivate students to discover healthier movement patterns and more freedom for all body types and fitness levels. This can be achieved by using the Pilates principles to seek a balance in training with a creative, positive and fun atmosphere.
Cindy Herzog is an certified APPI Pilates mat instructor. Cindy specializes in chronic back pain, geriatric strengthening and balance, osteoporosis and SI joint pain. She enjoys the challenges of helping people regain pain free movement through Pilates. Cindy enjoys sailing, hiking, and traveling.