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Classical Pilates

I completed a 600 hour training program with Randi Whitman at Frog Temple in Chicago in early 2009 after a year of study. Randi studied with Cara Reeser (who studied under Kathy Grant, a first generation Pilates "elder" master teacher) and teaches 'classical' Pilates. This means the Pilates I practice and teach adheres closely to the original principals taught by Joseph and Clara Pilates, with a minimum of changes except as modern science and anatomy dictate.

My training consisted of intensive monthly weekend workshops equalling 150 hours of lecture and demonstrations, 150 hours of observing other experienced instructors, 150 hours of practice teaching with volunteer students in 1-on-1 hourly sessions, and 150 hours (plus many, many more!) working out to get each of the exercises into my own body, understanding them from the inside as well as the outside. In addition to the above hours, I spent time studying notes on individual exercises for mat, reformer, cadillac, low chair, ped-i-pole, foot corrector, spine corrector, barrel, and the use of props such as resistance bands, circles, and foam roller. My training also included a lengthy written exam, performance exams on both mat and reformer, and both written and practical anatomy exams.

While there are many reputable studios which certify Pilates instructors in the USA, at this current point in time there is currently no organization which can actually do so according to the legal definition of "certification." I feel strongly that anyone looking to practice Pilates for fun, for exercise, or anyone interested in studying it seriously should educate him or herself on the many and varied methods available as well as the history and education of the instructors and organizations offering certification programs. I feel strongly that any Pilates practitioner should only work with instructors who have completed a training program with a minimum of 600 hours, including anatomy training, and knowledge of all equipment.

Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates

In August of 2010 I had the great pleasure of completing a program in both Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates with Carolyne Anthony of The Center for Women's Fitness in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Carolyne has been teaching Pilates with a natal specification for almost 20 years and is widely considered the foremost Pre and Postnatal Pilates instructor in the US. I have been working weekly with both Pre and Postnatal clients ever since, helping pregnant clients get a healthy workout, tune in to and be at peace with their mercurial bodies during pregnancy, alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as helping them to recover strength and energy after the birth. I am proud to have been a small part of the healthy delivery of over 30 babies by the end of 2010, with many clients reporting relatively short active labor times (average 12 minutes of "pushing"). I am always thrilled when a client sends me a text reporting a healthy birth and thanks me for helping them get there.