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Victoria Scaffino
Victoria Scaffino
Mar del Plata, Argentina

"Merrithew Health & Fitness™ stands out for its scientific base and the systematic approach towards the method. Every exercise, transition, breath pattern and modification has a purpose, an explanation, a foundation."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat & Reformer, L2

In 2005 I started dancing and was very fit and strong, but lacked flexibility and grace. Pilates was recommended by a dancer friend and since then I haven’t stopped practicing it. I realized it is the perfect complement for any other physical activity. Finally, after two years of taking Pilates classes, I realized I wanted to make a career in it.

It changed my life completely. Before doing Pilates I was trying different trainings without getting the desired results. Now I can do whatever I want: I achieved the level of fitness I always wished for and have a healthier life in general. It also gave me lots of opportunities around the world for me to learn and work, which I didn’t expect. I love traveling and I was thrilled with all the possibilities STOTT PILATES® had to offer including working in Hawaii, Australia, Egypt, and in Argentina.

STOTT PILATES stands out for its scientific base and the systematic approach towards the method. Every exercise, transition, breath pattern and modification has a purpose, an explanation, a foundation. I believe in what I teach and feel backed up by serious professionals.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Maria Ochakovsky-Gomez
Maria Ochakovsky-Gomez
New York, USA

"If I were ever to relocate, not only could I practice and teach as a
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, I know I can continue furthering my education in this method."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat & Reformer, L1

I was attracted to STOTT PILATES® training with
Merrithew Health & Fitness™ because of their approach to modern biomechanics of the body, the principles and its flexibility to offer exercises and variations specific to the needs of clients. In addition, STOTT PILATES offers more training hours, a hands-on approach to working with others who have the same passion, and a plethora of training.

Merrithew also offers STOTT PILATES courses on a consistent basis all year round in addition to providing training sites in all major cities. Therefore, if I were ever to relocate not only could I practice and teach as a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, I know I can continue furthering my education in this method.

The Intensive course and practice teaching working with different postures has improved my confidence and ability to put together an effective training regime that will be successful for my clients. I have found a form of exercise I can practice and teach safely until I grow old and encourage others to do the same. Hearing and seeing the success of my clients is an accomplishment.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Elizabeth Skwiot
Elizabeth Skwiot
Minneapolis, USA

"One thing that separates STOTT PILATES® from others is the rigor of the curriculum. One cannot become certified without a solid knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, posture, and the exercises themselves; I was surprised at how much I felt I needed to learn and study in order to become certified!."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat & Reformer, L1

I have always been athletically inclined and have worked as a professional aerialist, but a shoulder injury in my late 20s forced me to focus personally on mindful movement for a sustainable way of exercising and living. When I discovered how well-reputed Merrithew Health & Fitness™ training is, the choice was obvious. I love that the STOTT PILATES® programming offered by Merrithew makes the exercises so accessible to such a wide population.

One thing that separates STOTT PILATES from others is the rigor of the curriculum. One cannot become certified without a solid knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, posture, and the exercises themselves; I was surprised at how much I felt I needed to learn and study in order to become certified!

I also like that the education is scalable. If you’re getting started, you don’t have to spend thousands and become trained in every piece of equipment. You can get trained in Intensive Mat-Plus™ and offer courses at your local community center, or you can get fully trained and invest in equipment and a private studio. Either way, if the person is certified by Merrithew Health & Fitness, the client knows the instructor is well-trained.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Arielle Strub-Farber
Arielle Strub-Farber
Toronto, Canada

"Merrithew Health & Fitness™ is an internationally recognized brand that employs people in the Health and Exercise Science world. Having so many skilled teachers teach you the STOTT PILATES® method has only helped me with my goal to become a great instructor."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification

I studied health and physical education at McGill University. My commitment to helping others improve their personal health and fitness complements my love for Pilates and fuelled my passion to become a Pilates instructor.

I trained in the STOTT PILATES® comprehensive stream through Merrithew Health & Fitness™. The STOTT PILATES method appealed to me most because it is the foundation of all the other mindful movement modality options of Merrithew. Even though I have a strong background in anatomy, exercise science and biomechanics, I chose the comprehensive stream, because of the incredible detail and time that is spent on understanding how the STOTT PILATES method complements every body type; from post-rehabilitation to elite athlete clients.

Merrithew Health & Fitness is an internationally recognized brand that employs people in the health and exercise science world. I appreciate that the company constantly strives to integrate modern exercise science and improve the STOTT PILATES method based on proper research and technique.

I was very attracted to the apprenticeship program that is offered through the comprehensive stream. I have been able to create my own client base, and have met many of Merrithew clients through the apprenticeship program. I can now appreciate the amazing experiences and knowledge I have gained through teaching clients, and feel confident to train others having just passed my certification exam!

Merrithew Health & Fitness has incredible Instructor Trainers who dedicate themselves to professional education. They have been so helpful to me and my peers, and are always there to give us advice and help us become great instructors.

I truly love my career choice and what I am doing – what could be better than that? I also feel so much healthier, stronger, and more energized than I have felt in a long time. My husband is particularly happy as well because he gets the benefits of taking Pilates classes with me!

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
David Taylor
David Taylor
Toronto, Canada

"I wanted to learn from the best so the choice was obvious. It would be impossible to complete this course and not feel like you’re ready to take on the world."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification

I started doing pilates almost 10 years ago to accompany my triathlon training. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d one day become an instructor myself. I attended weekly sessions with my STOTT PILATES® certified instructor and loved the process of learning the repertoire and progressing to an intermediate / advanced level. At the end of 2012 I had the opportunity to change careers, and with my instructor’s support, I decided to enroll in the full certification program.

The comprehensive program appealed to me because of the depth of coverage. From functional anatomy, to postural analysis, the program provided me with all the relevant information I’ll need to satisfy my client’s needs.

I wanted to learn from the best so the choice was obvious. My instructor was trained in the STOTT PILATES method and I wanted to have the same experience.

It would be impossible to complete this course and not feel like you’re ready to take on the world. After completing the program the students are so well prepared to interact with clients. Upon completion of my training, I’m looking forward to starting my second career as a fully certified Pilates instructor.

My experience was enhanced by the relationships I formed with my fellow students and the instructors. The thoughtfulness and genuine compassion of the staff at Merrithew Health & Fitness™ was astounding. I’m honoured to be able to call them my friends.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Erica Muller
Erica Muller
Royal Oak, USA

"The well-rounded curriculum has allowed me to approach teaching more holistically, instead of focusing specifically on just one type of client. This makes me a more versatile teacher and I feel prepared to design effective workouts for a wide variety of clients and body types."

STOTT PILATES® Trained

My local gym offered a mat Pilates class and I decided to try it out. I was hooked after my first class. After a few months of going to classes weekly, I felt a difference in my body and noticed myself using the principals I had learned in class while participating in other fitness activities. It really helped me learn how to use my body more efficiently and become more aware of each movement, in and out of the classroom. After seeing the benefits myself, I was eager to learn more about the method so that I could share this wonderful knowledge with others!

The comprehensive program is perfect for me because I didn’t have any prior fitness or movement training. The anatomy component is helping me to understand the methodology behind the exercises and the specific functions of each individual muscle in the body.

The fact that the STOTT PILATES® method is based on the latest research in exercise science and biomechanics was what attracted me most. It gives a credibility and safety element to the method that other educators are lacking. The five basic principles that are the core of the method also allow students to form a solid fundamental understanding of alignment and how to modify exercises for any body type, which is extremely important for the safety of clients.

The whole purpose of Pilates is to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, while helping clients become more aware of their bodies and forming connections they may not from other forms of exercise. The educational materials in all of the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ courses is designed in such a way that it makes it much easier for students to understand the reasoning behind the exercises and the modifications which allows them to become better teachers.

The well-rounded curriculum has allowed me to approach teaching more holistically, instead of focusing specifically on just one type of client. This makes me a more versatile teacher and I feel prepared to design effective workouts for a wide variety of clients and body types.

My goals are to keep learning new material to challenge myself and my clients. I want to ensure my practice is continually evolving so that I can keep a fresh perspective and design exciting workouts for my clients.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Erin Brennan
Erin Brennan
Toronto, Canada

"The most helpful aspect in learning to interact with clients was the Apprenticeship Program. I was required to fulfill 100 hours of apprenticing that gave me the opportunity to find my teaching style. I learned so much about myself as an instructor."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification

After personally experiencing the benefits of
STOTT PILATES® practice, I was drawn to becoming an instructor for a deeper understanding. The mind-body approach to exercise has always appealed to me; after a chronic injury motivated a change in career, becoming an instructor was an easy choice.

Education through Merrithew Health & Fitness™ appealed to me because of its well-rounded nature. The repertoire really covers all the bases of strengthening and re-aligning the body, while keeping the movements functional. Every exercise has a focus, yet uses the entire body. It’s simply the best way to get a total body workout, each and every time!

The most helpful aspect in learning to interact with clients was the Apprenticeship Program. Upon completion of my course material, I was required to fulfill 100 hours of apprenticing. Being on my own, and working with both individual clients as well as group classes, gave me the opportunity to find my teaching style. I learned so much about myself as an instructor and also what to expect when taking on new clients, as well as progressing with returning ones. The experience helped me feel more confident in my instruction and ability to build rapport with clients.

I was pleasantly surprised with the sense of community. I was excited to absorb all that the instructors had to offer each day and was always impressed with their nurturing attitude. My classmates and I became very close after spending five days a week together for six months and they truly became a support network. I’m excited to work in an environment where everyone is family. Instructors, students and clients alike share a sense of working and growing together. My time during the course allowed me to build new friendships, a strong career network, and a new place to come home to.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Marina Buntovskikh
Marina Buntovskikh
Brussels, Belgium

"Not only as a student first, but now also as a teacher, I find this method has very good structure, supported by books and videos of very high quality."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification, Instructor Trainer Mat & Reformer, ZEN•GA™ Qualified Mat & Equipment

I got in touch with Pilates already more than 10 years ago. At that moment I was an aerobic instructor and fitness trainer. I was missing an intelligent approach to the movement. Pilates gave me a lot of answers and STOTT PILATES® was just a best school for me.

I am convinced that STOTT PILATES is the most complete and best-adapted approach to exercising the human body, and it allows for an infinite number of different exercises. It is a method that fundamentally improves posture and balance by working the muscles that uphold the spine and joints. It is adapted both to high level athletes and amateurs.

Not only as a student first, but now also as a teacher, I find this method has very good structure, supported by books and videos of very high quality. STOTT PILATES teaches you to think about the structure of the class, how and why to give modifications to an exercise, and the ability to see and correct what is going with someone’s body.

STOTT PILATES is a part of my life; it is my job and my business - I get so many benefits from it and it’s very important for me to share it.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Sandra Vaughan
Sandra Vaughan
Bridgetown, Barbados

"As a physiotherapist, I do not want to be perceived as only being able to mend the injured, but to help individuals seek and explore safe exercise options."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat, L1

I wanted the challenge for both myself and my patients to provide a form of exercise that would be beneficial to all fitness levels - a movement modality that could be incorporated into my day-to-day physiotherapy practice.

The STOTT PILATES® method seemed to compliment what I was already teaching my patients in the clinic as a physiotherapist. This was essentially, that it was important to have a strong core in the management of lower back pain.

My interaction with clients is different as I am even more confident that I can assist them in injury prevention, treatment and to achieve their long term goals of fitness. This program has enabled me to meet my clients at whatever fitness level they are at and offer them an opportunity to excel. That knowledge alone continues to ignite my passion for STOTT PILATES.

My next personal goals are to complete the Rehab Course and to eventually have a studio of my own where I can work with clients on the larger equipment, such as the Reformer, one-on-one. I am a firm believer in practising what I preach so it has made me more aware of my fitness, body and posture. As a physiotherapist, I do not only want to be perceived as being able only to mend the injured but to help individuals seek and explore safe exercise options.

Choose Merrithew Health & Fitness - it was the best decision that I made. A commitment to excellence.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Shawna Cleland
Shawna Cleland
Hamilton, Canada

"I tell anyone who wants to start Pilates training they need to go to study STOTT PILATES® with Merrithew, for they are the best. Be prepared for some hard work ahead, but it’s worth every minute!"

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification, Total Barre™ Qualified, CORE™ Qualified

I decided to become an instructor because Merrithew Health & Fitness™ education is about intelligent exercise and is the perfect complement to enhance my therapeutic massage practice and mindful movement modality growth.

In 2001 I started my training in the STOTT PILATES® Intensive Program, and eventually became a fully certified
STOTT PILATES instructor. The full certification streamed appealed to me because I had planned on opening up my own studio. I opened Knead to Balance Massage & Pilates Clinic in 2006. I have completed many continuing education credits to maintain my certification. I have broadened my repertoire with CORE™ Foundations course, and I’m soon to start training in the Total Barre™ Foundation course.

I was attracted to Merrithew Health & Fitness and
STOTT PILATES, over other educators, because of the high calibre of training, specifically anatomy and the understanding of body movement. I was impressed with the other health professionals that were becoming trained in the program like Chiropractors and Physiotherapists

I tell anyone who wants to start Pilates training they need to go to study STOTT PILATES with Merrithew, for they are the best. Be prepared for some hard work ahead, but it’s worth every minute!

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Patrick Przyborowski
Patrick Przyborowski
Dayton, USA

"Working with clients on the Halo over the course of 30 minutes takes them up and down off the mat repeatedly and puts them in so many positions that challenge balance, flexibility, core stability and strength, making it a wonderful tool for hitting multiple training targets."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification, Instructor Trainer Mat & Reformer, ZEN•GA™ Qualified Mat & Equipment, Halo® Training

Patrick Przyborowski began teaching Pilates in Ohio in 2003, shortly after which he met his first STOTT PILATES® instructors and was so wowed by them that he started his training anew, beginning with Intensive Mat-Plus™ in 2004. In 2008 he opened his own Pilates, yoga and personal training studio in Dayton, Ohio. Patrick became a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2010, and in 2012 became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer. He also holds a BS in Communication, an MFA in Playwriting, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Patrick teaches courses at his studio, Practice Fitness, which is now a Merrithew Health & Fitness™ hosting facility. In addition to teaching Pilates and running his studio, Patrick loves strength training, running, meditation and yoga, when there is enough time to squeeze in a class!

Featured: Halo® Training
Abbey Bartasavich
Abbey Bartasavich
Buffalo, USA

"I appreciated that ZEN•GA™ training focuses on the background, reasoning, and facts behind each movement rather than just teaching movements and certain exercises."

ZEN•GA™ Qualified, Mat

At the time I was in search of a new Pilates certification when I went to the Merrithew Health & Fitness (MH&F) website and came across an interesting new Mat-based course called ZEN•GA™.

Compared to other fitness training programs I have been through, I like MH&F the best because it is a very motivating atmosphere where people love to share new ideas and their thoughts, rather than just focusing on the material and trying to get through the course. It is very interesting to hear from other instructors from around the world and what works and doesn't work.  I appreciated that ZEN•GA training focuses on the background, reasoning, and facts behind each movement rather than just teaching movements and certain exercises. 

All of my clients thank me after every class. They love ZEN•GA because they feel the results in their balance and stability along with improved tone in their muscles. Each person who's been through the class that had a previous injury tells me they are absolutely shocked and love it because incorporating the Stability Ball™ gives them support while making them feel safe and confident as they workout, which makes them feel good

Featured: ZEN•GA™
Amanda Wynne-Jones
Amanda Wynne-Jones
Tunbridge Wells, UK

"Merrithew Health & Fitness has influenced my life in many ways, including being able to train the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi and spread my passion for Pilates and mindful movement, with the skills I have gained."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat & Reformer, L2, Total Barre™ Qualified

A few of my clients had read about Pilates using a barre and were keen to try it. Having been certified with
STOTT PILATES® I felt it would be an interesting adjunct to my teaching, and with the STOTT PILATES principles as a basis, that the Total Barre program would reinforce these in a functional and equally mindful way of moving. Total Barre was a natural next step for both me and my clients and I was not disappointed. It was another fantastic challenging Merrithew Health & Fitness™ course.

After I completed Total Barre, my goal was to incorporate it with all of my Mat classes, so I could give my clients this new challenging workout! Another goal was to also add segments into my cardio Reformer sessions. I made sure that modifications were made for each level of class, so not only did my clients feel that they had achieved the eleven segments, but it was done in a safe manner and equally important, a great fun workout achieved!

Merrithew Health & Fitness has given me so much passion for Pilates, and my clients tell me how in the past they have been to other fitness classes but with the excellent training and my passion, they keep coming back to my studio. I was even able to train the Royal family in Abu Dhabi and spread my passion for Pilates, with the skills I have gained.

Featured: Total Barre™
Anke Fruehman
Anke Fruehman
Oakville, Canada

"I started teaching Total Barre and my clients loved it and now I teach it on a regular basis. My training ensured that I got an instructing job right away."

Total Barre™ Qualified

I did an online search for barre training and when I read about Total Barre™ and Merrithew Health & Fitness™, I knew I could trust it to be a great program.

I enjoyed how well put together the course was and especially liked that the choreographed aspect of it as it was easy to learn and to follow. The training was well rounded and very intense. All faculty was very knowledgeable and I had no problem following along. Since completing the course, I started teaching Total Barre right away and my clients loved it and now I teach it on a regular basis. My training ensured that I got an instructing job right away.

I would definitely recommend Total Barre and Merrithew Health & Fitness to anyone seeking training. In fact, I am planning on taking the STOTT PILATES® Reformer course in the near future!

Featured: Total Barre™
Erin Jones
Erin Jones
Wheaton, USA

"The technical aspects of my STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ allow me to work from post-rehabilitation to fine tuning muscle rebalancing to training an athlete to improve their performance from beginning to end."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification, Athletic Conditioning Specialist, CORE™ Qualified

Growing up as a competitive athlete, I had to become aware that there was not only joy in movement, but a purpose. This pattern of thinking was integrated into my personality and I have overcome many of life's obstacles understanding the mind-body connection.

I had heard great things about Merrithew Health & Fitness™and started with STOTT PILATES®. I was very impressed at the detail of the program; the technical and biomechanical aspects of each exercise. The learning process drew me deeper into each movement and into myself. The most confident instructors are those who truly understand what a movement is supposed to feel like. I related to that very much.

The technical aspects of my STOTT PILATES® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ allow me to work from post-rehabilitation to fine tuning muscle rebalancing to training an athlete to improve their performance from beginning to end. Additionally, mindful movement is truly for everybody, which makes my training very rewarding. It's a privilege to feel equipped to help any population move more efficiently & stay injury free for an active life.

Featured: CORE™
Julie Gamble
Julie Gamble
Kitchener/Waterloo, Canada

"I was really surprised that every exercise is really full-body. In fitness, the focus is usually on a specific muscle group and Total Barre™ works your entire body for the full class while distracting you with fun."

Total Barre™ Qualified

I really enjoy Pilates and have always been a dancer, so loved the idea of helping others find the joy of dance and movement whether they are a dancer, have never danced, or used to dance. The Total Barre routines are so universal that everyone can challenge and enjoy themselves equally.

I was really surprised that every exercise is really full-body. In fitness, the focus is usually on a specific muscle group and Total Barre works your entire body for the full class while distracting you with fun.  I am also able to focus more on the biomechanics, and the class appeals to a more diverse group of students than other dance classes. Since the exercises are easy on the joints and build stabilization, my students enjoy the full hour, challenge themselves and don't need to worry about injury.

Everyone at Merrithew Health & Fitness™ was full of energy and enthusiasm. This team is really dynamic and inviting and I felt comfortable right away and was immediately lifted by the positive energy.  It's clear that they love the lifestyle and really want to share it.

I would definitely recommend this training to others, and already have. I also plan on attending, and possibly bringing others along, to upcoming training sessions.  Many other instructors at my studio have asked about the Total Barre training!

Featured: Total Barre™
Kathleen Zickel
Kathleen Zickel
Whitehall, USA

"What separates a Merrithew Health & Fitness education from other similar training programs is their commitment to excellence in teaching. When I complete one of their courses or workshops, I feel confident that I have the information, tools and resources to become an exceptional instructor in that specific area."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat , L1, ZEN•GA™ Qualified Mat & Reformer, Total Barre™ Qualified

I have always been interested and very involved in health and fitness. About five years ago I read an article in SHAPE Magazine about the benefits of Pilates. After researching it further, I decided to get certified.

I was attracted to STOTT PILATES® by
Merrithew Health & Fitness™ (MH&F) after learning about their respected reputation from a local health & fitness organization.   Once I had completed the Intensive Mat Plus, reviewed several MH&F DVDs and worked with many of their instructors, I was confident that I had chosen an excellent path for furthering my education in fitness.

What separates a MH&F education from other similar training programs is their commitment to excellence in teaching.  When I complete one of their courses or workshops, I feel confident that I have the information, tools and resources to become an exceptional instructor in that specific area. 

Since training with MH&F I feel confident that my clients are learning the purpose of the movement they are doing, what they should be feeling and why they should focus on proper alignment when performing the movement. They tell me they find themselves adjusting their posture now when they are doing normal life activities such as driving, gardening and lifting.  I have even received thank-you cards from my clients for inspiring them in fitness with my teaching. I credit MH&F for being the source of my education, giving me the tools to learn and grow, and for the excellence and professionalism they inspire.

If you are looking for a program of which you can be proud, a community of educators that are both professional and supportive, an education that will inspire you as well as the clients you teach...then I would advise you to become a Merrithew Health & Fitness trained professional.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Katie King
Katie King
Horsham, UK

"Taking this course would mean that I have the very top level of training for Triathletes and seriously sporty people. In the back of my mind, if a fitness fanatic asks ‘Can you throw me more of a challenge?’ I feel confident that I can now."

CORE™ Qualified

I heard about CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ from the Administration Manager at YMCAfit in London, who couldn’t say enough about it and so I took a chance based off her enthusiasm and signed up.

Taking this course would mean that I have the very top level of training for triathletes and seriously sporty people. In the back of my mind, if a fitness fanatic asks “Can you throw me more of a challenge?” I feel confident that I can now.

I enjoyed the friendly approach whereby the course instructor made an effort to involve everyone so the group integrated with each other right from the start. Seeing how hard everyone was working inspired me to do my best.

I would definitely recommend this course to other fitness professionals, it’s really challenging, and they’ll love it. I personally will be signing up for a few more courses too.

Featured: CORE™
Leslie Berni
Leslie Berni
Stamford, USA

"Total Barre™ training from Merrithew Health & Fitness™ is very well-researched and the teaching is comprehensive and clear. The online videos are great for refreshing my memory regarding the choreography and proper technique."

Total Barre™ Qualified

I am a passionate professional with a strong background in dance, gymnastics, yoga, Pilates and sports/fitness conditioning. With a holistic approach, grounded in the latest exercise science, I work to help those I teach and train to feel fit and fulfilled—body, mind and soul. I learned about Total Barre while searching online for a fun (and safe) barre training program in the New York area and really liked the way Total Barre stressed creative choreography along with movements that are safe, yet effective.

I liked that it was grounded in Pilates principles, and I also liked the way it incorporated lots of core, back and arm work, in addition to the typical glute and thigh work you see in most barre programs. The Corporate Training Center in New York City was lovely, the teachers were very accessible, and the classes packed a lot in. I left with good training and ideas for programming.

Total Barre™ training from Merrithew Health & Fitness™ is very well-researched and the teaching is comprehensive and clear. Program materials and music suggestions make it easy to program and progress classes. I was pleasantly surprised about the amount and level of fun and challenging choreography presented. Including suggested music selections and beats per minute was also very helpful. The online videos are great for refreshing my memory regarding the choreography and proper technique.

Since my training with Total Barre, I’ve incorporated more ballet-inspired and Pilates programming into my personal training. The clients think it’s a lot of fun and are pleased with the results they are seeing—especially in their core and glutes. Class participants love the music and choreography and are so happy to have a “different” low-impact workout that gives them results. They also appreciate that it’s adaptable to most fitness levels.

Featured: Total Barre™
Leslie St. Amant
Leslie St. Amant
West Hartford, USA

"The Total Barre™ training through Merrithew Health & Fitness™ is extremely thorough. Other courses may teach the material, but sometimes you lose the purpose or intent of the class while you are learning."

Total Barre™ Qualified

After reviewing a number of barre classes and having been a former dancer and gymnast, I was looking for a class that could challenge individuals safely while maintaining the Pilates foundation principles. Total Barre™ appeals to the masses while also appealing to former athletes, which is always a tough combination to find.

The Total Barre training through Merrithew Health & Fitness is extremely thorough. They have thought out counts, rhythms, basic movements and have provided trainers and instructors with a course that can be taught for years to come. The material is well written and easily explained. Other courses may teach the material, but sometimes you lose the purpose or intent of the class while you are learning. With Total Barre you are always referred back to why we are here, the purpose of the move, why the muscles are moving a certain way and why they will be counter-balanced in another segment.

It is always fun to form new relationships and connections with those attending class. In subsequent trainings like Total Barre Endurance with Music™, you are afforded the opportunity to reunite with those who took the Foundation Course. It's like a college reunion; it's fun, you learn what is happening in others' lives, and you have something inspirational in common with one another.

Featured: Total Barre™
Lorna Golombick
Lorna Golombick
Brisbane, Australia

"Training with Merrithew Health & Fitness™ has made me passionate about getting people to move, no matter what their disability, there is always a modification that can be made to allow this to happen."

STOTT PILATES® Certified Mat, L2, ZEN•GA™ Qualified, Mat & Equipment

In preparing for my wedding I was introduced to Pilates from a wonderful teacher who helped change my body like never before. In addition, as a physiotherapist the research regarding core stability and assisting with rehabilitation of injuries meant it would be a fantastic tool to use with my patients.

Getting the basics through STOTT PILATES® programming and applying it in a rehab environment was what I was looking for. Fast forward to 2013 and the Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour – ZEN•GA was fantastic to address my interest in other mindful movement practices.

The thoroughness of Merrithew Health & Fitness™ education is the background in anatomy. The teaching, observation and cueing skills taught are outstanding and I am confident prescribing exercises that are functional and appropriate for my patients including the ZEN•GA method of breathing which is fantastic.

I have set up a cancer rehabilitation facility and I am utilising my 20 years of physiotherapy experience combined with my 15 years of Pilates to empower my patients to live life to the fullest. Training with Merrithew Health & Fitness has made me passionate about getting people to move, no matter what their disability, there is always a modification that can be made to allow this to happen.

Featured: ZEN•GA™
Olivier Coste Renoult
Olivier Coste Renoult
Montpellier-Vendargues, France

"This training has changed my life from the inside out. It gave me direction, it gave me hope, and more importantly it helped me realize that I want to help others."

STOTT PILATES® Full Certification, CORE™ Qualified, Halo® Training

At the beginning of my Pilates journey, I was simply eager to know more about the modality, learn more and practice even more. I decided upon undertaking the Mat training two months later and ended up taking my full certification.

I was lucky to take the CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance and Halo Training courses in Toronto in 2014. I honestly didn’t anticipate the intensity of both courses. The kind of ‘good intense’ where you feel every part of your body solicited towards a common goal. Furthermore, when you feel that you are being challenged along with so many other instructors, and everyone trying to achieve the same thing at the same time. And it all happened with smiles and laughter, which made the whole experience so delightful.

The knowledge that comes with Merrithew Health & Fitness™ training led me to choose them over other programs. Every time I talked with one of their Instructors or Instructor Trainers, they appeared to know so much about the body and its function. As an Instructor I quickly realized that the way we are trained makes us want to know more and understand more, whether it be about the Pilates method or the body and its biomechanics.

My goal now is to become an Instructor Trainer. I want to share all that knowledge and, the same way my mentors were there for me, and to be useful to others and give their paths a new meaning. This training has changed my life from the inside out. It gave me direction, it gave me hope, and more importantly it helped me realize that I want to help others.

Featured: CORE™
Patricia Rothman
Patricia Rothman
Unionville, USA

"I have found no other organization over my 25 plus years to be comparable to Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in their approach to teach the student how to organize a proper barre workout."

Total Barre™ Qualified

I have been looking for programs that I could introduce to non-dancers that are safe and effective and give all age groups a positive reinforcement of structure and efficiency, and it had to be FUN!  I attended many of the barre classes that are out there and noticed most were generic in form and structure. I started looking into Merrithew Health & Fitness™ (MH&F) since I had formal training in Pilates and thought that I would like to someday be certified with them in the STOTT PILATES® method. I noticed they were hosting their New York stop of the Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour at the Baryshnikov Center of Performing Arts and decided to attend.  

The first thing that appealed to me was their professional setting. It gave me the confidence that I was in professional hands and the training was completely organized and effective. The instructors were amazing in all aspects and were willing to give individual attention, kindness, gentleness and were approachable and delightful to work under.

I specifically liked the fact that they taught me how to design effective workouts, with every movement having a purpose and breath pattern and easy to understand templates. I have incorporated Total Barre into my classes along with ZEN•GA™.  I find my clients want more that generic barre classes and the choreography is fun and challenging and my music is creative and upbeat. An hour class and they still want more!

I have found no other organization over my 25 plus years to be comparable to MH&F, in their approach to teach the student how to organize a proper barre workout. Foundation work is the groundwork for all instructors especially non-dancers.  When I acquired my equipment from MH&F and set up in my location my clients felt the same way as I did when I walked into the Baryshnikov Center, professional equipment that was absolutely beautiful and sturdy to work on.

I would highly recommend this training program to all instructors looking for a place to get the foundation work and fully understand the method of barre to the non-dancer client.

Featured: Total Barre™
Bianca Bolissian
Bianca Bolissian
Toronto, ON

Bianca Bolissian has been a devoted dancer since the young age of four. This is exemplified by her graduation in 2004 from the Dance University in Campinas, Brazil where she expanded her knowledge of classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2006 Bianca moved from Brazil to Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor by 2007. She then moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in Total Barre™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. Her passion for teaching and body movement is displayed by her outgoing and caring demeanor, always putting her clients first and providing them with an enjoyable and productive workout.

Featured: Total Barre™
Monique Lavoie
Monique Lavoie
Winnipeg, Canada

An Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ since 1997, Monique specializes ZEN•GA™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES®. She is the owner and director of 3 Pilates studios and a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of The National Ballet School and a former owner of a fitness studio in Toronto, Monique combines over 20 years of teaching experience in dance and fitness with her knowledge of Pilates to ensure that clients and students experience the best in Mind-Body exercise. She is a past presenter for both the Ontario and Manitoba Fitness Counsels and can teach certification courses, evaluate or examine for certification in the French language.

Featured: Total Barre™
Paulina Vasquez
Paulina Vasquez
Houston, USA

Paulina first became certified as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004 and later became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES, Total Barre™ and ZEN•GA™ Mat. Prior to her career in the fitness industry, Paulina was a dancer, having graduated with a degree in Dance Kinesiology at the National Dance School of Mexico. Paulina has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for over a decade both nationally and internationally. She has taught and presented at numerous venues throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia. Based at Pilates South Texas, a MH&F Licensed Training Center, she enjoys teaching group and personal classes, as well as working with clients with injuries and special requirements.

Featured: Total Barre™
Bob Andersen
Bob Andersen
Omaha, USA

Dr. Bob Andersen has been in the performance coaching field for nearly 20 years and brings with him a vast array of knowledge and experience. He has expertise in performance training and functional movement as well as planning and implementing performance / strength and conditioning programs for all levels from aspiring youth to elite Olympic and professional athletes. He was Head Performance/Strength Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Director of Performance Victory Human Performance, Director of the Sports Medicine Institute of Nebraska, and as performance consultant for numerous Universities, teams, clubs and academies. Bob is now an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. He has earned a reputation as a dynamic presenter, expert instructor, and engaging mentor. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science as well as Psychology then received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Featured: CORE™
Tim Fleisher
Tim Fleisher
Austin, USA

Tim became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2007 and moved to Brazil as a Lead IT shortly thereafter to train instructors in the STOTT PILATES method at Pilates Studio Fit; a Licensed Training Center in Sao Paulo. He moved back to the United States in 2011 and now is pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuromuscular Physiology with an emphasis on Low Back Pain Research. Tim is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, a Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider, and an Active Isolated Stretching Therapist. In addition to his schoolwork and training Pilates instructors, Tim acts as the massage therapist for the University of Texas Women's Diving and Swim teams, is a USA Cycling certified coach, and coaches individuals for triathlons.

Featured: CORE™
Elizebeth Ellison
Elizebeth Ellison
Altanta, USA

Elizebeth’s career in the fitness industry began as an ACE certified personal trainer and her interest in Pilates initially began as a pursuit to discover how Pilates could help improve her father’s golf game. Elizebeth became fascinated by the STOTT PILATES® approach and its accessibility for all levels. She then expanded on her fitness education to include becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2004 and then an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2007. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of MH&F IT Rookie of the Year. Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.

Featured: CORE™
Cindy Hung
Cindy Hung
West Bloomfield, USA

Cindy has been a board-certified family physician since 1995 and active in her practice of STOTT PILATES® for 18 years. Her professional career has ranged from traditional family medicine, telemedicine, home visits, school based pediatric mobile clinics, urgent care, and occupational medicine. Always physically active and health proactive, Cindy has sought all the latest approaches to health and fitness, including Pilates, yoga, suspension training, barre, aerial arts, and all forms of dance. She has been a dancer for 34 years, primarily ballet in the early years and contemporary/jazz in her adult years, with a love of movement and science-based exercise. It is her strong belief that tapping into the myofascial and neurofascial connective tissue systems are the main portal of achieving graceful and limitless aging and longevity, and that it is definitely not from traditional medicine, medications or diet alone. She believes that STOTT PILATES® provides the tools for developing and maintaining core and overall strength, self-rehabilitation, and mind-body control.

Featured: STOTT PILATES®
Kristi Milner Quinn
Kristi Milner Quinn
Seattle, USA

Kristi received her MA in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, and choreography. She has danced professionally throughout the U.S and across Europe before becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES® in 2002. Kristi realizes her passion for training new Pilates Instructors at Bodycenter Studios, her studio and a Licensed Training Center for the STOTT PILATES method in Seattle, Washington.

Featured: ZEN•GA™
Noémie Jane Bull
Noémie Jane Bull
Montreal, Canada

Noémie Jane Bull started training in Pilates in 1991 while she was studying in dance at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She received her STOTT PILATES® certification in 2010 and became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012. Noémie Jane is the owner of KINEXIS PILATES studio in Montreal and compliments her Pilates teaching with a number of other modalities. She obtained her certification as a massage therapist at the GUIJEK INSTITUTE and KINE CONCEPT schools in Montreal, her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance and Music from the University of Quebec in Montreal and her credential in the Osteodynamie technique. Noemie enjoys working with a variety of clientele from different physical backgrounds but her main focus lies with Special Populations, clients with injuries and functional anatomy for movement.

Featured: ZEN•GA™
Daniela Gonzalez Ares
Daniela Gonzalez Ares
Dublin, Ireland

Daniela González Ares is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZEN•GA™ and is owner of Complete Body Movement in Ireland a MH&F Licensed Training Center. Residing in Dublin since 1994, Daniela (called Dani by friends and family), was born to Spanish parents in the Netherlands and is a fluent speaker in various languages. She has always been interested in sport, particularly in swimming, karate, gymnastics and horse riding. Unfortunately Daniela suffered a horse-riding accident in her early twenties, which indirectly led her back to the gym, and a move to Ireland led her to STOTT PILATES. Daniela owns a personal training and Pilates Studio called AJNA in Dublin, is a certified gyrotonic instructor, certified yoga instructor, massage therapist and pink ribbon instructor. In 2012 Daniela received the award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by Merrithew Health & Fitness.

Featured: ZEN•GA™