In order to live by the code of life, one must live a balanced lifestyle. The owner of Code of Life Pilates Studio strongly believes in this, hence the name. The trendy Pilates studio, located in the heart of Key Biscayne, recently had its grand reopening, celebrating a new business venture for the new owner, Francine Acevedo-McCaughan, also known as Perfectly Pilates on social media.
In other words, "Code of Life means an opportunity to start anew every day and achieve balance in your mind, body, and spirit,” says Acevedo-McCaughan. She points out that the code of life is not about perfection but about trying your best at anything you do with patience, acceptance, and peace.
Acevedo-McCaughan has always been passionate about the fitness world. She grew up as an athlete, playing soccer and cheerleading through college. Although Acevedo-McCaughan took on a career as an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, her passion for fitness led her to continue cheerleading and playing recreational soccer.
When she tore her ACL, Acevedo-McCaughan started rehab for her knee and Pilates was incorporated as part of her rehab, which reminded her of her love for Pilates. She later decided to go to Spain to rediscover herself. When she moved to Miami afterward, Acevedo-McCaughan started working for both Code of Life and Pilates ProWorks, she eventually completed her comprehensive teacher training, worked her way up at Code of Life until she became its owner.
“Anyone who tries Code of Life will gain peace of mind, a happy body, and an elevated spirit," said Acevedo-McCaughan.
In order to take a class, one must be present to achieve awareness and coordination of one’s breathing with movement, which leads to decrease stress and an elevated spirit. Following along the instructor’s cues and playing uplifting tunes brings positive energy into the room, allowing clients to disconnect from the outside world and focus on the task at hand. This also teaches the client to live a more focused and intentional life outside of the studio.
As beneficial as it is to the mind, clients also benefit physically from Pilates, a low-impact workout that is safe for everyone and one that is sure to strengthen and lengthen your muscles making you feel longer, stronger, and confident. It is safe for anyone to try and highly recommended to those suffering from chronic low back pain or any other injuries.
At Code of Life, the instructors emphasize moving with awareness, intention, and control, always following the Principles of Pilates while adding “creative and challenging variations to original exercises”. Code of Life offers private sessions and group Pilates classes, involving traditional Pilates, “Cardio” Pilates on the CoreAlign Machine, and “Hardcore” Pilates, which is an athletic type of Pilates and the most popular class.
Having a solid Pilates background and experience has helped Acevedo-McCaughan promote Pilates any way she can. She has taught in different cities around the US, and has appeared on TV shows such as, “Live It Up With Donna Drake”, “Entertainment Tonight”, and “Off The Wire”. She is also an Instagram ambassador for Tavi Noir grip socks and Carbon38 Activewear, which has allowed her to partner up with them to host events at Code of Life, including Bro-lates for men and a Back-To-School Teen class. She is planning to host a Mat Pilates class and Beach Clean-Up in partnership with Fill-A-Bag in Key Biscayne, along with other events happening in the near future.
As the community in Key Biscayne is very strong, the studio wants to be known to all, including those living right outside of the island and tourists outside of Miami looking to check off the top places to visit when they come to the city. In fact, Code of Life has been acclaimed as a must-go-to studio by clients from all over the world. Being located in the Key makes the drive over the bridge from Miami into the island an enjoyable one full of contentment and relaxation.
As Acevedo-McCaughan put it, “Code of Life is a destination! It’s Pilates in paradise!”
Ultimately, Acevedo-McCaughan wants to share her love for Pilates and its benefits with the world. “This life is analogous to Pilates itself, where every exercise is trial and error to achieve, but persistence and determination help you to achieve your goal.”
This is what Code of Life provides to all who have tried it and continue to attend. Check their schedule on Mindbody, ClassPass, or the Code of Life app, or for more information, check out the studio on Instagram @code.of.life, and @perfectlypilates to learn more about Francine Acevedo-McCaughan.