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  At its new Uptown location, Salire Fitness, Pilates and Life Coaching (4209 Magazine St., 821-4896;, helps clients maintain New Year's health resolutions with an approach to exercise and general wellness that includes Pilates, boot camps and personal training.

  "I wanted to create a company that did more than just assist clients with weight loss," says Nolan Ferraro, who founded Salire in 2005 after working in the fitness industry for more than a decade. "What Salire creates is a lifestyle change that is invigorating, inviting and intentional."

  Physical activity is at the center of that lifestyle change. The studio offers an array of exercise programs, classes and health and nutrition seminars designed to promote both inner and outer well-being. Options for diversifying clients' exercise routines include personal training, private equipment Pilates sessions as well as Pilates mat classes, TRX suspension classes and fitness boot camps that meet in City Park and Audubon Park.

  "My clients range in age from 15 to 80, all across the fitness spectrum," Ferraro says. "Our motto is 100 percent movement, 100 percent of the time, but we allow all clients to take the workout at their own pace, through various modifications. We serve clients who are in high school, clients who are recovering from surgery, clients who are pregnant. ... All people need a safe, well-rounded health and wellness plan."

  Ferraro chose the Italian word "salire" as the studio's name because of its meaning ("to ascend") and connection to his cultural roots. He found its translation useful when, confronted with a flooded studio following the levee failures of 2005, he chose to rise to the challenge of rebuilding. "I wanted to be a partner in helping to rebuild our community by offering people an opportunity to de-stress and stay physically fit," he says. To that end, Ferraro has donated more than $27,000 to organizations including the Louisiana SPCA, the Desire Street Ministries and City Park. Salire charges no monthly membership fees, charging per session instead, and prioritizes the relationship between the client and the studio above all else.

  "'Holistic' and 'accountability' are more than just buzz words at Salire," Ferraro says.

Owner Nolan Ferraro offers customers a custom fitness plan that addresses both their mental and physical health.


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