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PJ O'Clair

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Boston, Massachusetts USA

Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair has been a leader and consultant in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. A valuable member of the programming team, PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement and is the owner, president and educational director of New England-based Northeast Pilates, a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center. She is a featured performer and instructor in numerous fitness videos including over 30 titles with Merrithew Health & Fitness. PJ won the prestigious IDEA Program Director of the Year Award in 2008 and was a finalist in 2007. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant at fitness conferences and spas worldwide – and has written numerous articles for industry publications. No matter where she goes, PJ takes her trademark enthusiasm and dynamic personality with her.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE Certified, Programming Director Board Member for IDEA Health & Fitness, TRX Senior Master Instructor

Rebecca Beckler


Dana Point, California USA

Rebecca has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2000 and has her BA in Adult Fitness from Marshall University in West Virginia.  She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2010 and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and Total Barre™ since 2013. She is also a certified ACE Personal Trainer and an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor.  Rebecca is the proud owner of Be Buff Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio that incorporates Pilates and Functional Training.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre™, CORE™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
BA, ACE, AFAA

Rene̒ Craig

The Pilates Edge, INC
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

Rene̒ has been active in the fitness industry for the last 16 years.  In her early fitness career she was a group exercise instructor and personal trainer for the YMCA.  She was introduced to pilates in 2004 and began applying the stability principles of pilates to her personal training clients.  In 2009 she received her STOTT PILATES® certification and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health and Fitness® in 2013.

Rene̒ is the owner of The Pilates Edge, INC and is working towards becoming a LTC in Oklahoma.  She enjoys helping her clients achieve their fitness goals regardless of their fitness level and working with those who have special needs because of health issues or injuries.  She continually strives to increase her skills and knowledge of the human body and movement so her clients will receive the highest quality training available.  

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:
ACE certified Personal Trainer, MAT Jumpstart Upper Extremities, Lower Extremities, Spine and Trunk, PMA Certified

Ricardo Cuellar Barrios

Pilates body harmony
Nicosia , Cyprus

Ricardo received his STOTT PILATES® certification in 2007 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2013. He is the Manager of Pilates BodyHarmony, a STOTT PILATES Host Training Center in Cyprus. Ricardo teaches group and private classes and works with elite and amateur athletes for performance enhancement and rehabilitation. His work is distinguished by his ability to motivate and inspire his students and clients to reach beyond their capabilities and comfort zone. Moreover, his portfolio includes a series of training and therapeutic courses, including Sensory Motor Learning, Muscle Activation, Trigger Point and fascia release.   Ricardo hails from Bogota, Colombia. He began his career as a ballet dancer, and through dance, he ultimately discovered Pilates - a decisive turning point in his life. Ricardo was the first STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in Cyprus.

IT QUALIFICATIONS:
Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre™
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS & DESIGNATIONS:

Rie Sakamoto

Toronto Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario Canada

After finishing university in Japan and being actively involved in dance, Rie avidly pursued her interest in the human body and moved to Toronto, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2006, excelling further and becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2008. Rie is currently the Programming Coordinator of Education for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ at the Toronto Head Office, while continually providing valuable sessions and high quality education as an Instructor Trainer for students from around the world. Additionally, she is adding new expertise to her qualifications, by actively pursuing her designation as a Health Professional at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

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