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Instructor Trainer bios

The members of our esteemed team of Pilates Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance, and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Elizabeth Ulseth
SweatShop Fitness Health Club
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.S. in Dance, Minnesota State University, Mankato; TRX, Kettlebell, Schwinn; RYT® 200; Total Barre® Qualified Instructor, and Halo® Training Qualified Instructor

Bio

Elizabeth Ulseth was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® in 2003 as a method of cross-training for dance and skating. After her first few classes, she was hooked! Fitness has always blended with Elizabeth’s passion for movement of all kinds, from high level athletic performance to regaining strength after injuries and physiotherapy.

After earning a B.S. in Dance from MNSU, Mankato in 2011, Elizabeth knew that Pilates was the next step of her career. She began the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus and Intensive Reformer courses at the SweatShop in 2011; became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2016 and a Merrithew Instructor Trainer in 2017. Elizabeth encourages clients to tune into their bodies to move effectively and efficiently. She’ll help you maximize your potential and meet your goals in a safe and intelligent way.

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Elizebeth Ellison
Floating
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
NASM CPT, CES

Bio

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 a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. In 2009, Elizebeth received the distinction of Merrithew IT Rookie of the Year. Her fascination and dedication to continuing education inspires her to continuously learn more about the discipline.

Emine Canan Cemali
Taxim Pilates
Istanbul, Turkey

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
TRX, IYN Yoga

Bio

Canan Cemali is the co-founder and owner of Taxim Pilates Taksim, Nisantasi and FLEX by Taxim Pilates Levent studios in Istanbul, Turkey. She discovered Pilates as a method of rehabilitation after having neck surgery and it quickly turned into a passion and lifestyle. Canan has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and has organized STOTT PILATES® training and workshops in Istanbul since 2011. She studied political science at Rennes University in France. In 2015, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; specializing in STOTT PILATES. Canan has a basketball, classical ballet and gymnastics background. She also practises kitesurfing and yoga.

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Eric Clothier
Floating
New York City, New York, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
Yamuna Foot Fitness All Levels, The GYROTONIC® Expansion System, The GYROKINESIS® Method, Gardua Matwork

Bio

Eric is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew; who specializes in STOTT PILATES®. With a 15+ year addiction to Pilates and 20+ year devotion to yoga, Eric loves to help people reach their full potential. Eric own/operates an intimate, private studio in the Battery Park City/Tribeca area of Manhattan New York City called Nucleus Strength. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life, regardless of their starting points, find the inner chutzpah needed to make lasting positive change.

Eric Wei
The Orange Room Wellness Center
Shanghai, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
ZEN•GA® and Halo® Training Qualified Instructor; ACE

Bio

Eric was very much into fitness and sports throughout his time in high school and university. When he started working, his body became very rigid which regular fitness workout could not help improve. He came across STOTT PILATES® in 2013, and right from the beginning he was hooked to the method, which brought changes in his body that he could not have dreamt for. Most prominently was the correction on his bow-leggedness within a year, which had bothered him for over 20 years. That fascination led him to serious Pilates practice and the decision to take up training, starting with Intensive Matwork in 2014.

He kept on pursuing STOTT PILATES certification and in 2019 the completed the Merrithew Matwork and Reformer Instructor Trainer courses in Merrithew Corporate Training Centre in Canada to become a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer.

Along this path of learning Eric also came across Iyengar Yoga. He was drawn to it because of its emphasis on detail, precision and alignment that was similar to Pilates. He is particularly intrigued with the biomechanics behind the STOTT PILATES method, and strives to incorporate it into yoga, fitness or any movement modality. Eric has been teaching Pilates privates and group classes for years before becoming a STOTT PILATES IT.

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