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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.

Pilar Zuniga Valero
Floating
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
Degree in Physical Education, Masters Degree in Health and Exercise

Bio

Pilar has been involved with movement from an early age. She began competing in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 8, and later trained in professional ballet. Pilar abandoned her ballet career due to a knee injury and enrolled at university. She has a degree in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Health and Exercise. Pilar was introduced to Pilates in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. She is a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer. She owns a studio in Ibiza, Spain.

PJ O’Clair
Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Manchester, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, ISP, Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®; Merrithew® Fascial Movement; Halo® Training

Additional credentials and designations
ACE Certified, Programming Director Board Member for IDEA Health & Fitness, TRX Senior Master Instructor

Bio

PJ is a highly sought after, internationally recognized, award-winning health and fitness icon. She has published numerous fitness and therapeutic programs spanning many disciplines, including Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Fascia and Movement, and Athletic Performance for Cyclists. In addition to being a leader in the mindful movement field since the 1980s, PJ is also a local of Beverly who has trained generations of North Shore residents and their families for decades.

She is well known in both the consumer and professional markets as a movement innovator and Merrithew® Master Instructor Trainer, inspiring her local clients and fitness professionals from around the world. PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES® and TRX®, and has appeared in well over 80 fitness DVDs and digital platforms. She is highly driven, extremely passionate, and committed to all aspects of health and wellness. In her spare time, PJ, along with her husband, is an avid cyclist and participates in many charitable events.

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Rachel Gleason
Over Fifty Fitness
Dayton, Ohio, United States

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

Additional credentials and designations
Physical therapist

Bio

Rachel Gleason is a physical therapist and professor at the University of Cincinnati's DPT program. Over the last several years, Rachel has completed her Full Certification with Merrithew® becoming an Instructor Trainer in 2020 specializing in STOTT PILATES®. Rachel is an IT for Over Fifty Fitness, where she offers courses and workshops. She also teaches Merrithew courses at the University of Cincinnati.

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Rachel Whorton
Pointe Ahead Pilates
Edinburgh, Scotland

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA

Bio

Rachel originally trained as a classical ballet dancer and worked in the profession from the age of nine. She started Pilates at the age of 14 as part of her rehabilitation for a prolapsed disc. After undergoing two back operations in 1996 and 2010, Pilates has enabled her to regain strength and control. It was only natural that she would end up becoming a Pilates instructor after understanding how beneficial this way of working is. Following her second back operation she became a personal trainer, a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and then a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer. She has worked with many clients from all backgrounds and abilities, helping them achieve strength, control and flexibility. She thrives training clients and instructors to reach levels that they never thought possible. Her enthusiasm and dedication has helped many people improve their fitness and take control of their own health.

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Rebecca (Bec) Andrews
Pilates Utopia
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®

Additional credentials and designations
Anatomy Trains 1&2, Anatomy Trains Slings Essential, Slings in Motion, TRX, Full Teaching Diploma C.S.T.D (Dancing)

Bio

Bec has over 30 years of experience in the dancing industry, specializing in theatrical dance and acrobatics. After a career change and five children later, Bec completed the STOTT PILATES® Full Certification. She has been teaching the STOTT PILATES method for five years now, along with Total Barre®, ZEN•GA®, and CORE.

Bec has always been passionate about teaching others, so becoming a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer was a natural next step. She is impressed by the STOTT PILATES method as it develops strength, flexibility, and mobility, all while allowing people to have fun. She is fascinated by fascial movement and will continue to broaden her knowledge in this field.

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