About GHITA

Ghita was born and raised in South Africa.  From a young age she was picked to compete in gymnastics which sparked her love for being fit and strong. After an injury at six years old she chose a less taxing form of fitness and expression – ballet! Starting her journey as a ballet dancer proved harder than she knew.  The injury had robbed her of  her hip extension as well having a spinal spur that stopped her back flexibility in the lower lumbar.  Pushing through knowing the stage as being one of the best would not be hers as she was being prepped for an associate’s degree in ballet. She achieved her degree in 1990 with distinction which resulted in a new found love for teaching. 


"As an out-of-shape housewife after two children in 2002, I took a day to see what the local health expo was all about, having no idea I would find my calling that day. I came across the pilates reformer.  “Jump on!” my pilates teacher said, “Don't be afraid, it's for every shape, size, and age.” I fell in love in seconds. I took a few very pricey classes and realized I wanted to do this for life, but my budget would not allow me to. My instructor never corrected me and when I asked her why she answered, “you have perfect form” and right there and then my idea was born--to study the method and make it affordable for the public.  This is when my first studio in Big Bear was started in 2003; hence, the name  Pilates with an 'Altitude.' "


Her teacher of ballet, Patricia Lamond, was a well-read and published author of the Pilates method and was Ghita's guide for two decades.  Ghita holds a high regard for form and freedom of expression all due to her classical training. Ghita’s training was completed at the John Garey Fitness and Pilates school in San Diego.  This school is well known and respected in the Stott method. Ghita continues her education to bring things as she calls it to the buffet table of smart, safe, and educated exercise.


​Over a decade of teaching resulted in amazing results from doing rehab to personal training with many clients which included the young and more mature bodies.  Ghita is in love with her calling and the love of receiving back from her clients. She will never be a franchise or the client just a number; it stays personal.