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BUSINESS PROFILE: The Body Alchemist creates a transformational fitness experience

SAN DIEGO – Bruno Bosardi advocates that people can achieve stronger bodies from the inside out.

Pilates is one technique he said helps clients reach most of their fitness goals and also relieve their physical ailments.

As owner of Body Alchemist, a Hillcrest Pilates and Gyrotonics studio, Bosardi creates a “transformational fitness” experience for his clients, who are called, "fitness partners."

In fact, his numerous client testimonials profess that as a true body alchemist, he has done just that – changed their lives:

“Bruno’s alchemy has transformed my body so that it is toned and youthful. My posture is much more erect than it was when I started, and I carry myself like a women much younger than 60. I guess I could say Bruno’s alchemy is sort of like Botox for the body.” – Margaret M.

“Bruno's one-on-one training has been instrumental in improving my overall health. Specifically, I no longer have back pain. I'm feeling the muscles in my abs deeper than ever. And, I'm seeing definite results.” – Barron

While many people often think of Pilates as a form of yoga, which is a mind-body technique that originated in ancient India, Pilates was “invented” during World War I by a man named Joseph Pilate.

The two concepts are very similar, but use a different approach.

“Pilates is mostly done in the prone position or on the back, so it becomes a little more user-friendly,” explained Bosardi, who has taught Pilates for 21-years.

Those who do Pilates, will gain muscle strength, heightened coordination and balance, a sharpened mental focus, an improved posture, and restored proper body function.

Bosardi was an “instant believer” in Pilates when first introduced to it, over 20 years ago.

“I danced professionally for 12 years but had to leave it because of back problems,” recalled Bosardi. “I looked for all sorts of things to relieve it, chiropractors and the like, but nothing worked. I took a Pilates class and it made the pain go away!”

Besides just practicing Pilates, Bosardi decided he wanted to take it a step further by sharing it with others and became a trainer, himself. He was part of the first group of 44 certified Pilates trainers when it was introduced.

Because of his experience and teaching style, most of his clients stick with him. Bosardi thinks it's also because he teaches in a relaxed and fun environment, where people are comfortable and want to participate.

“It’s a pretty relaxed environment in my studio,” he said. “I want my clients to be able to express themselves and have a good time – if not, what’s the point?”

Bosardi encourages his fitness partners to ask questions and laugh while in class, which is a change from some trainers who frown upon such disruptions.

"My clients have become familiar with my sharing of movie reviews during class,” he laughed.

Bosardi said that one of the most noticeable benefits of Pilates is that it sculpts a fit, lean body for its participants.

“Many men tend to not understand this benefit, but they do know that they feel better and move better,” he said.


Even less well known than Pilates, is another technique taught in Bosardi’s studio: Gyrotonic™. This technique has been around for 25-30 years and is “one of the best movement routines you can do.”

Gyrotonic training is a three-dimensional exercise taught on unique weight and pulley-based equipment. Founded by Juliu Horvath, in the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming, Gyrotonic training is a series of circular and fluid exercises that work the entire body through muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular stimulation.

Horvath has kept the circle of people who are certified to teach Gyrotonic small, with only a handful of people in San Diego having been accredited, and just two of them located in the greater Hillcrest-North Park area.

“Gyrotonic is a strengthening technique,” explained Bosardi. “Participants use cables with weights and other tools to open up the body. While Pilates will change the way your body looks, creating a nice svelt body, Gyrotonic works internally.

Whether it be in a one-on-one setting or larger group, Bosardi is certain that clients will be able to achieve their goals working with him or one of his talented trainers.

What to expect

Those who wish to give the Body Alchemist a try can get a free class and assessment to start. Bosardi meets with all new clients individually, to craft a unique training program and decide which of his instructors would be the best fit.

To schedule an appointment, call (619) 542-1321. The Body Alchemist is located at 1253 University Ave. in Hillcrest.

To view class schedules or get more information, click HERE.

Above left photo- Bruno Bosardi.