SweatShop Fitness Health Club
167 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

t: 651-646-8418

Kelly Dormady
Lead 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
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Debra Hunt
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Cheryl Cote Alden
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Melanie Byford-Young
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Sheri Aggarwal
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SweatShop Fitness Health Club


The SweatShop has 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 MERRITHEW™ 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 pro-shop. 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 2016 | June 13-17, 20-24
Monday-Friday 11am-3:30pm
Fall 2016 | September 23-25, October 7-9, November 4-6
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 9am-1pm

Intensive Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Summer 2016 | July 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
Monday-Thursday 12pm-4:30pm
​Fall 2016 | September 30-October 1, 21-22, November 18-19, December 9-10, January 6-7
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm

Intensive Stability Chair™ (ICHR)

LEVEL: 1      15 hours
Spring 2016 | May 20-22
Friday 12pm-5:30pm | Saturday 11am-4:30pm | Sunday 10am-3:30pm

Intensive Barrels (IBRL)

LEVEL: 1      10 hours
Spring 2016 | June 4-5
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
​Fall 2016 | starts September 9
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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 2016 | June 25
Saturday 11am-6pm
​Fall 2016 | November 19
Saturday 11am-6pm

Advanced Reformer (AR)

LEVEL: 2      18 hours
Summer 2016 | August 4-7
Thursday-Friday 12pm4:30pm | Saturday-Sunday 11am-3:30pm

Advanced Cadillac (ACAD)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Fall 2016 | December 2
Friday 12pm-6:30pm

Advanced Stability Chair™ (ACHR)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Fall 2016 | December 11
Sunday 11am-2:30pm

Advanced Barrels (ABRL)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
​Fall 2016 | December 11
Sunday 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
​Fall 2016 | November 10-13
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 2016 | June 24-26
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 8am-3pm

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Reformer (RR1)

      18 hours
Summer 2016 | July 29-31
Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm | Sunday 8am-3pm

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

      24 hours
Dates TBD


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™ is currently not scheduled at this location.  To find another location that works for you, click here

CORE™ Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training – developed exclusively by MERRITHEW™ 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™ is currently not scheduled at this location.  To find another location that works for you, click here.

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™ is currently not scheduled at this location.  To find another location that works for you, click here.


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

September 17-18 Workshop Weekend TBD TBD
December 3-4 Workshop Weekend TBD 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.