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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.

Marshall Eklund
Floating
San Diego, California, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MA

Bio

Known for his clinical knowledge, endless humor, and abundant energy, Marshall earned his first fitness certification and began training clients in 1986. He holds a Masters degree with a special emphasis in Biomechanics and Athletic Training and is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing in STOTT PILATES®. Marshall presents on behalf of Merrithew® and divides his time between client assessment, staff development, instructor training, and writing.

Marta Yuste Vaquerizo
Floating
Toledo, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Rehab; Halo® Training

Bio

Marta began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2005 and became a Certified Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® in 2007. She was granted Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer status in 2018.

Martha Kittle
Floating
Brunswick, Maine, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
B.S., ACE, TRX, SPINNING Level 2

Bio

Martha has been teaching fitness since 1984 (over 30 yrs!). Martha began studying Pilates in 2001, earned her Full STOTT PILATES® Certification in September 2004 and soon after became certified as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew®, specializing in STOTT PILATES®, (the only Pilates instructor in Maine to earn this status!) She has trained at the Merrithew Training Center in Toronto, and at Northeast Pilates Certification Center in Massachusetts. Martha holds national certifications for both group fitness and personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a TRX Qualified Instructor (Oct 2010) and is also a certified STAR LEVEL 2 SPINNING® instructor. Her cycling adventures include Trek Across Maine (1997 & 1998), Dempsey Challenge 50 miles (2009 & 2010) and many of the Maine Bike Coalition sponsored rides. She has a love for learning and has taken several courses in anatomy and is continually staying updated of the latest research in the fitness industry. With a strong desire to help clients improve their fitness levels, she strives to make a healthy lifestyle enjoyable.

Mary Jo Ketterhagen-Ida
LiveMetta Pilates
Long Beach, California, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, ISP; ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
ACE, PMA, Gyrotonic Certified, Gyrokinesis Certified, Bachelors of Science / Microbiology

Bio

Mary Jo has had a long history in the fitness industry, beginning in 1993 as an Aerobics Instructor. She first received her certification as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2002, and quickly moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew® specializing ZEN•GA® in 2013, Total Barre® in 2013 and is a Lead IT in STOTT PILATES®. Since becoming certified, Mary Jo has taught courses throughout the Unites States, and internationally as well. In addition to her STOTT PILATES® Certification, Mary Jo is also a certified White Lotus Yoga Instructor and a Mad Dogg® Spinning Instructor. She specializes in creating workouts for all fitness levels and helping each of her clients to reach their fitness goals.

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Matilda Ljung Lundqvist
Stockholm Pilates Center
Stockholm, Sweden

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Matilda has been working as a Pilates instructor for over 14 years. She became a fully Certified Instructor in 2004 at the Merrithew® training center in Toronto, and went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2011, joining three others in Sweden. Besides her education in Pilates she is a trained classical dancer from The Royal Swedish School of Ballet and freelanced as a dancer before critically injuring her neck on stage. "The best part about my work is that I get to work with both people and training" says Matilda.

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