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The SweatShop
167 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

t: 651-646-8418

Kelly Dormady
Instructor Trainer
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Danica Larson
Instructor Trainer
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Jill Winegar
Lead Instructor Trainer
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Tresa Sauer
Instructor Trainer
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Debra Hunt
Instructor Trainer
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Cheryl Cote Alden
Lead Instructor Trainer
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Melanie Byford-Young
Master Instructor Trainer
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The SweatShop

ABOUT:      The SweatShop ha provided quality training for Pilates, fitness & health professionals for over 30 years, delivered by a team of experienced, credentialed Instructor Trainers under the leadership of SweatShop owner Gayle Winegar.  Students are provided everything from functional anatomy and personal training basics to complete STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA™, CORE™ & Total Barre™ training, certification and CECs. The SweatShop also offers the STOTT PILATES Rehab Program for medical professionals.
     As one of the first STOTT PILATES LTCs, the SweatShop began with training taught by Moira in the early 1990's and currently offers over 100 courses and workshops each year.  THe SweatShop proudly serves fitness students throughout the midwest at its 15,000 square foot health club, which includes fully-equipped Reformer, Mat, Barre & TRX studios, along with a gym and proshop. Accommodations are available nearby for out of town students. SweatShop Instructor Trainers have taught hosted courses throughout the Midwest and around the globe.
     Gayle Winegar shares the STOTT PILATES Lifetime Achievement Award with Lead Instructor Trainer Jill Winegar and the entire SweatShop team THe SweatShop is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Education as a private institute of education.


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The Intensive Program

The STOTT PILATES Intensive program is for fitness and health professionals. This program prepares you to teach STOTT PILATES Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence.

Intensive Mat-Plus™ (IMP)

LEVEL: 1      40 hours
Summer 2015 | June 15-19, 22-26
Monday-Friday 11am-3:30pm
​Fall 2015 | September 25-27, October 9-11, November 6-8
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 9am-1pm

Intensive Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Summer 2015 | July 13-16 20-23, 27-30
Monday-Thursday 12pm-4:30pm
Fall 2015 | October 2-3, 23-24, November 13-14, December 11-12, January 8-9
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm

Intensive Cadillac (ICAD)

LEVEL: 1      25 hours
Spring 2015 | April 17-19, May 2-3
Friday 12pm-5:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-4:30pm
​except April 19 | 8am-1pm

Intensive Stability Chair™ (ICHR)

LEVEL: 1      15 hours
Spring 2015 | May 15-17
Friday 12pm-5:30pm | Saturday 11am-4:30pm | Sunday 10am-3:30pm

Intensive Barrels (IBRL)

LEVEL: 1      10 hours
Spring 2015 | June 6-7
Saturday 11am-4:30pm | Sunday 9am-2:30pm

The Comprehensive Program

Designed for those with some movement training and exposure to Pilates, Comprehensive courses cover functional anatomy and the practical skills needed to develop effective and motivating Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based programs.

Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer (CMR)

LEVEL: 1      120 hours
Winter 2015 | starts February 13
call for full schedule
Fall 2015 | starts September 11
call for full schedule

The Advanced Program

The Advanced program consists of Level 2 courses in Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. Completion of the Advanced program is required for full certification.

Advanced Matwork (AM)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Summer 2015 | June 27
Saturday 11am-6pm
​Fall 2015 | November 21
Saturday 11am-6pm

Advanced Reformer (AR)

LEVEL: 2      18 hours
​Summer 2015 | August 6-9
Thursday-Friday 12pm-4:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-3:30pm

Advanced Cadillac (ACAD)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Fall 2015 | December 4
Friday 12pm-6:30pm

Advanced Stability Chair™ (ACHR)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Fall 2015 | December 12
Saturday 11am-2:30pm

Advanced Barrels (ABRL)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Fall 2015 | December 12
Saturday 3pm-6:30pm

Injuries & Special Populations

The STOTT PILATES Injuries & Special Populations course equips you with the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. Completion of ISP is required for full certification.

Injuries & Special Populations (ISP)

      24 hours
Spring 2015 | May 1-2, 8-9
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm
​Fall 2015 | November 12-15
Thursday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 9am-4pm

The Rehabilitation Program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals and chiropractors wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices.

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Matwork (RM1)

      18 hours
Summer 2015 | June 19-21
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 8am-3pm

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Matwork (RM2)

      18 hours
Fall 2015 | November 20-22
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 9am-3pm

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Reformer (RR1)

      18 hours
Summer 2015 | July 10-12
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 8am-3pm

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Reformer (RR2)

      18 hours
Fall 2015 | November 6-8
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 8am-3pm

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels (RCCB1)

      24 hours
Dates TBD


Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels (RCCB2)

      18 hours
Spring 2015 | May 29-31

ZEN•GA Courses

ZEN•GA™ is an innovative fusion of exercise science and mindful movement that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the benefits of improved strength, clarity and overall fitness.

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Mat

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Summer 2015 | July 18
Saturday 10am-6pm

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Equipment

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Spring 2015 | March 29
Sunday 8am-4pm
Summer 2015 | July 17
Friday 10am-6pm

CORE™ Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training– developed exclusively by Merrithew Health & Fitness™ experts.  This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novice and high-level athletes.

CORE™ Instructor Foundation Course

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Spring 2015 | March 22
Sunday 8am-4pm
Summer 2015 | September 12
Saturday 10am-6pm

Total Barre™ Courses

Total Barre™ is a high-energy program that focuses on strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability by combining elements from Pilates, dance, cardio and strength training. Programming is driven by music which increases coordination, motivation and improve movement quality. Incorporating the Total Barre Foundational Principles, this program teaches choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movements as well as how to cue effectively and safely to music.

Total Barre™ Instructor Foundation Course

LEVEL: 2      7 hours
Spring 2015 | April 26
Sunday 9am-5pm
Summer 2015 | July 19
Sunday 9am-5pm
​Fall 2015 | October 25
Sunday 9am-5pm


This area may include upcoming Continuing Education workshops, Exam Preparation workshops and Practical & Written Exam dates. Please note only Continuing Education workshops qualify for CECs. No prerequisites required.

Continuing Education Workshops

March 21-22 Workshop weekend Times TBD
June 20-21 Workshop weekend Times TBD 
September 19-20 Workshop weekend Times TBD 
December 5-6 Workshop weekend  Times TBD 
The intensive courses are recommended for certified fitness instructors, personal trainers, and other fitness & health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and enhance their business. Applicants must have, at least three years experience teaching fitness, dance or movement, familiarity with the works of Joseph Pilates, formal anatomy training and a working knowledge of muscle origins, insertions and functions, in order to attend the course.
A Note Regarding Exams:
You are not obliged to write (and pay for) two exams if you are planning to take both courses. You may choose to wait until completion of the second course to write your exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam). If you prefer to pause between courses, you may choose to take an exam to become certified in Matwork only, and another exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam) after completing the second course to become certified in Reformer work. In this case two exam fees would apply.