About Us

Our Mission

Life can take us out of balance. We spend endless hours sitting, driving, typing at a computer, and staring down at our phones. When we are out of balance, our bodies simply cannot function properly. Tension in our neck and shoulders, rounded spine, and poor posture lead to additional problems and injuries. Finding your balance is about so much more than losing weight and having a toned body. It’s about standing taller, feeling energized, making healthier decisions, and being confident in the skin you’re in. We aren’t promising extreme weight loss or body transformations. What we are promising is that you will be stronger, you will minimize your risk for injury, and you will have a clearer mind when you leave the studio. At Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio, we strive to provide a friendly and encouraging environment where every client receives individualized attention. Our instructors are able to give modifications and variations to each individual client to ensure a safe and effective workout.

Meet Our Staff

Martina Sprague | Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio | Newtown, CT

Martina Sprague

Martina Sprague is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor, certified Autism Movement Therapy instructor, certified 305 Fitness instructor, and owner of Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio. After working in the biotech industry for several years, Martina realized that health, fitness, and helping others was her true calling and decided to pursue her passion for Pilates. She trained at the world renowned Equilibrium Pilates Studio and is STOTT certified in Matwork and Reformer. Martina is currently working towards her level 2 advanced certification and has completed Injuries and Special Populations, Advanced Reformer, Advanced Matwork, Cadillac, Stability Chair, and Barrel training. She brings a positive energy, motivational attitude, and extensive knowledge to every class and session. She loves working with all ages and fitness levels; especially those who are new to Pilates! Martina lives in Newtown with her husband Kevin, their two daughters, Charlotte and Jacqueline, and their dog Chula.

Ellen Serino

Ellen is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She is a former gymnast and has been teaching Pilates for 15 years. Ellen is passionate about health and fitness and says Pilates is her “fountain of youth!” With her detailed instruction, you will achieve strength, flexibility, and knowledge about your postural alignment that will carry into your everyday life. She’s a mom of three and lives in Brookfield with her husband and cat, Bootsie. Ellen is in the studio every Saturday and is excited to be part of the Balanced family!

Ellen Serino | Balanced Pilates and Barre Studio | Newtown, CT

Mary Beth Doolan

Mary Beth is certified in Physical Mind Pilates and Balanced Body and has been teaching for 16 years. 

After years of constant exercise without much change, she found Pilates and was blown away by the changes she saw in her body. This motivated her to become a Pilates instructor so that she could help others reap the benefits of Pilates. 

When she’s not teaching Pilates, she is an avid runner. She ran the NYC marathon and loves teaching Pilates to fellow runners. Her classes are always energetic and challenging, leaving you wanting more!