‘Come as you are’: Alexandria fitness instructor welcomes all

New Pilates studio opens on Sixth Avenue East

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Four Pilates Reformer machines and one Trapeze Table are available for anyone to use at Cutting Edge Pilates in Alexandria. Appointments may be booked online or over the phone. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

Lisa Olson officially opened Cutting Edge Pilates to the public on Monday, Dec. 21.

Olson started purchasing Pilates equipment this summer, but the opening was delayed because of remodeling work in the space, a 10-week backorder with the machines she needed and the statewide pause on gyms and fitness centers.

Pilates emphasizes core strength in order to support the rest of a person’s body. People may group Pilates with yoga because both have mind and body approaches. Olson said she distinguishes them by categorizing yoga with stillness and Pilates with movement.

“Pilates is for everybody,” she said. “Everything can be modified and adapted to meet an individual where their body is.”

Located on the top floor of Vital Fit Club, there’s 12 feet of space between each Pilates machine in line with the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for fitness spaces.


Whether people haven’t worked out in years or just had a baby, Olson emphasized she wants everyone to feel welcome and “come as you are.”

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 320-762-2639.

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A bottle of hand sanitizer sits on the front desk at Cutting Edge Pilates, which is located above Vital Fit Club on Sixth Avenue East in Alexandria. The business officially opened to the public on Monday, Dec. 21. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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