Atop the Wallingford Steps at 34th Street, tucked beneath a new condo, rests Studio Evolve -- the new Pilates haven. As someone who has previously enjoyed Pilates, my goal was to find an inviting studio staffed with well-trained, intuitive experts. Finding an inviting establishment was an interesting exercise in and of itself. Before discovering Studio Evolve, I looked into more pretentious places on Capital Hill and upper Queen Anne. I figured, if it's good enough for ballerinas and fitness trend-a-holics, then it's good enough for me. But those places lacked something. A welcoming vibe, perhaps? At Studio Evolve, owner Adrin Stauffer and Martine Dedek offer personalized programs and workshops that work with your body. It's not about you passively doing some exercise. It's about your body flowing beyond its limitations with the help of a caring staff that utilize proven techniques including Pilates, massage, Yamuna Body Rolling (fun!), and SPRe Bodywork. I know it's easy to be intimidated by things you've never tried. But if you're ready to see amazing changes in your body and shape, then try a class or 1:1 session at Studio Evolve. It's a place that feels like it belongs to us everyday people -- who are looking for core strength and the stretch of our lives. I go twice a week -- and can't wait to get there.