"I can’t recommend Elizabeth Smith more highly. I began taking private Pilates sessions with her six weeks after having surgery on my right hip–having injured it running. I was limping, in pain, and frightened that I’d never be active again. (I’d been a long-time runner.) Elizabeth was amazing: she helped me gain strength and flexibility, and taught me how to understand my own body and make corrections. Each session was tailored specifically to my needs at that moment. She has an unerring ability to figure out what’s going on with you, and she always goes the extra mile. She even watched a video of the kind of surgery I’d had, to help us both understand what was going on. A year and a half later, I’m stronger than I ever was, and more balanced–and when my doctor took my height last month, I had grown an inch taller. I look forward to Pilates every week!" ~Meghan O’Rourke, writer

 

"I can’t recommend Elizabeth Smith more highly. I began taking private Pilates sessions with her six weeks after having surgery on my right hip–having injured it running. I was limping, in pain, and frightened that I’d never be active again. (I’d been a long-time runner.) Elizabeth was amazing: she helped me gain strength and flexibility, and taught me how to understand my own body and make corrections. Each session was tailored specifically to my needs at that moment. She has an unerring ability to figure out what’s going on with you, and she always goes the extra mile. She even watched a video of the kind of surgery I’d had, to help us both understand what was going on. A year and a half later, I’m stronger than I ever was, and more balanced–and when my doctor took my height last month, I had grown an inch taller. I look forward to Pilates every week!"
~Meghan O’Rourke, writer

 

Liz Smith Pilates is a fitness studio located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.  With a focus on alignment and core stability, Liz Smith guides her clients through thoughtful and  challenging workouts.


If one word could describe Elizabeth Smith it would be movement.  As a dancer for over 20 years, a marathon runner, and a fitness and holistic nutrition expert, Elizabeth is always in motion.  She is a passionate advocate for a healthy lifestyle and finds joy in inspiring action in others. As a health and fitness professional Elizabeth’s mission is to help her clients develop a deeper connection to their bodies through personalized training regimens and nutritional counseling.  Her clients develop a sense of empowerment that transcends exercise and carries into their personal and work relationships.

Elizabeth’s love for movement began with dance training at the age of five, a focus which continued through study at the University of California at Irvine where she received her BFA in Dance, and onto a professional dance career in New York City. For the last sixteen years, alongside dancing, Elizabeth has trained using Pilates as a way to deepen her understanding of anatomy and kinesiology and to remain in shape for the rigorous demands that dance puts on her body.

Elizabeth’s constant connection between movement and fitness led her to formally study Pilates.  She practiced and deepened her skills through thousands of hours of experience and became one of the most sought after instructors in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 2013.  With the desire to work with and help as many people as she can, Elizabeth has completed extensive continuing education courses.  They include classes in pre- and post-natal pilates, osteoporosis, scoliosis, muscular and postural imbalances, and more.