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John Garey

John Garey Pilates
Los Angeles, California USA

As a Master Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, John is an integral part of the programming team specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and has starred in over 60 Fitness and Pilates DVDs, mostly for MH&F.  John is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA, a Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise, and earned his MS in Physical Education from New York University.  A STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor since 2001, John is an accomplished Pilates and Fitness Presenter currently representing Merrithew Health & Fitness and has presented workshops and lectures in more than 14 countries internationally and throughout the USA. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Men’s Fitness, Shape, ePregnancy, Pilates Style and the LA Times.  John is the President and Founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates where he serves as the Executive Program Director. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, SPX, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
MS, NSCA CSCS

Josefin Ekström

Stockholm Pilates Center | Movement Studio Malmo
Malmö, Sweden

Josefin has been working full time with Pilates and movement for nearly ten years. She was born in Sweden where she actively trained in gymnastics until her mid-teens. While living in London in her early 20's she began suffering from back pain. It was then that she discovered Pilates and its amazing power to heal and strengthen the body. In 2005 she moved to the US and became a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. Two years later, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009 she opened her own studio in Malmö, Sweden: Movement Studio Malmö. Her studio is flourishing, and she enjoys training clients at all levels as well as running STOTT PILATES instructor Trainer courses. 

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Mat, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Joseph McCarthy

Complete Body Movement
Dublin, Ireland

Joseph McCarthy is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor in Mat and all equipment; who has trained in Ireland, the UK, and Canada. He is also an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer as well as STOTT PILATES Rehab Mat and Reformer. Joe came to the health & fitness industry in 1998 and since then has qualified as a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer and holds a diploma in Nutrition. Along with his work at the studio, Joe trains Pilates instructors around Ireland as well as in the UK. He is a lecturer for Litton Lane Training in Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition for ITEC and FETAC courses.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Rehabilitation
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Judy Amira


Harare, Zimbabwe

Judy began her active lifestyle as a competitive ballroom dancer in Zimbabwe, and also as a member of the Zimbabwe National Aerobics team.  She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008.   Judy draws on her degree in applied nutrition, as well as her experience with personal training, therapeutic massage and injury rehabilitation when working with her Pilates clients.  She particularly enjoys working with students as they prepare for their examinations, and considers Postural Analysis and correction to be her passion.   

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Julia Bourne

John Garey Fitness & Pilates
Long Beach, California USA

Originally from England, Julia is a certified dance teacher with the Royal Academy and worked as a professional dancer for 12 years before discovering Pilates. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003 and an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008 and currently teaches at John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach, California. Julia is also a certified personal trainer with ACE and is the owner of Bourne Pilates and Fitness in Upland, California.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE