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Balance: Pilates Training Center
2123 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, Virginia, 23230

t: 804-340-1203

Lesley Spalding
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Christine Heckel
Instructor Trainer

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Kimber McQueen
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LeeAnn Silvey
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Balance: Pilates Training Center

ABOUT: Located in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, the studio is 1,800 square feet and features a complete line of STOTT PILATES equipment as well as a fully-equipped yoga studio.


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STOTT PILATES Available  ZENGA AvailableTotal Barre Available

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 Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Fall 2014 | September 19-21, October 3-5, 18-19, November 1-2
Friday 2pm-7:30pm | Saturday 12pm-6pm | Sunday 10am-4pm

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.

There are currently no Comprehensive courses scheduled at this location.

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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 Reformer (AR)

LEVEL: 2      18 hours
Summer 2014 | July 25-27
Friday 1pm-7:30pm | Saturday 12pm-7pm | Sunday 9am-4pm

Advanced Cadillac (ACAD)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Fall 2014 | November 15
Saturday 12pm-7pm

Advanced Stability Chair™ (ACHR)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Fall 2014 | November 16
Sunday 9am-12pm

Advanced Barrels (ABRL)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Fall 2014 | November 16
Sunday 1pm-4pm

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.

There are currently no ISP courses scheduled at this location

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.

Rehab courses are available at many of our training locations worldwide.  Please click here for a complete listing of training options worldwide.  Currently, training isn’t offered at this location, but and check back regularly for updates.

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, Matwork

LEVEL: 1     7 hours
Fall 2014 | November 8
Saturday 12pm-8pm

ZEN•GA™ Continuing Education Workshops

Sunday November 9 ZEN•GA™ Fluid Conditioning with the Mini Stability Ball™ 10am-12pm
Sunday November 9 ZEN•GA™ Power & Strength  12:30pm-2:30pm 

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.

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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: 1     7 hours
Fall 2014 | October 11
Saturday 12pm-8pm

Total Barre™ Continuing Education Workshops

Sunday October 12 Total Barre™ Edurance 1 10am-2pm


STOTT PILATES workshops designed for Pilates instructors and fitness professionals, are ideal as an introduction into the method or as continuing education. All workshops qualify for Continuing Education Credits through both STOTT PILATES and ACE and none have prerequisites.

Continuing Education Workshops

Saturday July 19 Matwork Flow with Weights  9am-11am 
Saturday July 19 Pilates with the Medicine Ball  11:30am-1:30pm 
Saturday July 19 Reformer & Cardio-Tramp™ Barre Workout  2pm-4pm 
Sunday July 20 Programming for Scoliosis Management 9am-12pm 
Sunday July 20 Programming for Osteoporosis Mangement  1pm-4pm 
Saturday September 6 Anatomy Review Workshop
Sunday October 12 Total Barre™ Endurance 1 10am-2pm
Sunday November 9 ZEN•GA™ Fluid Conditioning with the Mini Stability Ball™ 10am-12pm 
Sunday November 9 ZEN•GA™ Power & Strength 12:30pm-2:30pm 

Next Scheduled Exams

We are now taking appointments for Summer 2014 exams.
August 22 Written  3pm-5pm
August 23-24 Practical (by appt only)  9am-5pm 
We are now taking appointments for Fall 2014 exams.
December 5 Written  3pm-5pm 
December 6 Practical (by appt only)  9am-5pm 

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.