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Instructor Trainers

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.

Vichael Mak
VIM Pilates Studio
Hong Kong, China

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

Additional credentials and designations
BBA, Masters Sports Medicine & Health Science; Master of Osteopathy in Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunctions

Bio

Vichael is the proud co-owner of VIM Pilates Studio, a Merrithew® Host Training Center in Hong Kong. In 2010, he became the first Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® in Greater China region. Awarded the Rookie IT in 2012 and is a Lead IT currently.

Being able to teach bilingually in English and Chinese, Vichael has trained students in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan, Thailand. His courses and workshops always attract a wide array of students.

Vichael is passionate about teaching, He tries to keep his client teaching despite his busy schedule of instructor trainings.

Vichael also enthuses about learning. He finished his Master study in Osteopathy after another one in Sports Medicines. He also gets trained by gurus in fascial sciences such as Thomas Myers and Robert Schleip.

Vichael’s extensive experience makes his teaching unique and practical. Students from different backgrounds all find it easy to learn from his classes.

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Vita Jin
Go Pilates
Shenyang, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor of Economics; NASM-CPT

Bio

Vita's journey in Pilates began through her own need for rehabilitation. After diligently studying the STOTT PILATES® professional courses, she developed a deeper appreciation and understanding of its scientific nature and how it could impact the reshaping of her mental outlook. In 2020, Vita became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, and she became a Certified Instructor Trainer in Matwork & Reformer in 2022.

Her enthusiasm for teaching and guidance is contagious, enabling hundreds of students - ranging from athletes to dancers to those recovering from illness - to better understand their bodies. She now operates a dedicated Pilates studio in Shenyang, China to spread internationally-recognized high-quality Pilates practices.

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Vivian Zapanta
Vivian Zapanta Pilates
Makati City, Philippines

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, SPX; Total Barre®; CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
BSE, MA, ACE GOLD Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, Franklin Method Movement Educator Level 3, Les Mills - BODYFLOW® Certified

Bio

Vivian is a well-known fitness professional in the Philippines. She has taught aerobics and personal training for more than 40 years. Vivian won the Ms. Philippines title in Body Building in 1988, and was a television fitness program host in the 1980s. She became a Merrithew® Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® in 2003 and is passionate about teaching students across Asia and Hawaii. Vivian is also a Level 3 Franklin Method Movement Educator. She takes a special interest in mentoring prospective Instructor Trainers and enjoys sharing business knowledge she has gained from owning a Merrithew Licensed Training Center since 2004. Vivian graduated "Cum Laude" with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in Physical Education from The University of Santo Tomas, and also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Physical Education from Centro Escolar University. She is an ACE GOLD Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Vivian considers herself to be a lifelong student, and loves to integrate FUN as she shares what she has learned with others. It is from passion that Vivian has learned to be the first IT that has earned all 9 Specialty Tracks that Merrithew has offered to its STOTT PILATES Graduates.

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Wataru Kamiizumi
Bcube Pilates & Fitness
Osaka , Japan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP, Rehab; CORE™; Halo® Training; Merrithew® Fascial Movement

Additional credentials and designations
Physical Therapy

Bio

Wataru’s background as a physical therapist is a complement to his work as a STOTT PILATES® instructor. He is a Merrithew® Lead Instructor Trainer who also trains a range of clientele – from domestic injuries to elite athletes. Wataru travels extensively, helping certify Merrithew Instructors around the world and in the Asia-Pacific region in particular. He is the President and Founder of Bcube LTC in Osaka, Japan where he is recognized as a leading expert.

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Wayne Seeto
Merrithew Corporate Training Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Additional credentials and designations
BOccThy, MSc(PT)

Bio

Wayne Seeto is a Merrithew® Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the programming, education and presenting team specializing in STOTT PILATES®, STOTT PILATES Rehab and Halo® Training.

Wayne has been based at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center in Toronto since 2003 and is a recognized leader in his field.

This high-energy Australian native received his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland, Australia, and his Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) at McMaster University, Canada.

Wayne has overseen numerous Merrithew teaching manuals as a senior editor, and has presented on behalf of the company at symposia and industry trade events throughout North America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. He’s also featured in several Merrithew DVD titles.

In addition to working at the Merrithew Corporate Training Center, Wayne also works as a physiotherapist at a busy sports medicine private practice clinic in Toronto where he uses Pilates for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.

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Wei Vern Lee
Pilatique Pilates and Physiotherapy Studio
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
PT (Physiotherapist)

Bio

Wei Vern has always harboured an intense passion for movement and sports which led her to ultimately pursuing a degree in Physiotherapy with MAHSA University, under the programme of Anglia Ruskin, United Kingdom.

She has constantly engaged herself throughout her tertiary studies with various clinical placements to gain a diverse experience in her clinical practice. This further enhanced her interest in movements being integrated as a functional system.

Wei Vern then kick-started her STOTT PILATES® training upon joining Pilatique Pilates & Physiotherapy studio in Malaysia in 2018. An ardent believer in active rehabilitation and holistic wellness, she has been helping clients achieve their goals to be pain free through incorporating STOTT&njbsp;PILATES into her treatment approach.

This fueled her further to complete her full certification in 2021 and eventually becoming a Merrithew® Instructor Tra­iner specializing in Matwork & Reformer in 2022.

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Wenqi Hao
Floating
Beijing, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Marathon National Level 2 Athlete, ACE-CPT, Sport Nutrition Consultant, DNS clinical series, Franklin Method Professional Training Course

Bio

After graduating with a Masters Degree in Architecture, Wenqi decided to turn her passion for Yoga into her profession. Wenqi also has also qualified as a marathon National Level 2 Athlete. After being introduced to Pilates in 2016, she became interested in this training method and started learning STOTT PILATES® in early 2017. She was deeply impressed by its logic and scientific nature and decided to become an Instructor Trainer of STOTT PILATES, to influence more people with this method. She has always maintained a strong interest in yoga, physical fitness training, rehabilitation, mind-body science, philosophy, art, and other aspects. She became a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in September 2022 and now enjoys sharing mindful movement knowledge with her students.

Xi Zhang
Qing Jing Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio
Jinan, China

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Bachelor’s degree in Sports Training; STOTT PILATES® Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist; Halo® Qualified Instructor; Movement Science Practitioner

Bio

Zhang Xi is the Co-founder of Qing Jing Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio in Jinan, China. Before opening his Pilates studio, Zhang worked for a large corporate investment firm for seven years.

His passion for sports, exercise and movement led him to pursue a Bachelor’s of Education in Sports Training with a focus on the analytical method and technology of special exercises.

After graduating, he devoted himself to finding a more scientific and effective method of movement. He soon discovered STOTT PILATES® and was impressed by its well-rounded, incredibly detailed and thorough curriculum. Studying the method helped him develop a new way of thinking about exercise and movement. He became a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor in 2017.

Zhang became a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer in 2021 specializing in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer.

He looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and experience with other people who wish to develop a career in mindful movement.

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Ya-Chu (Judy) Yang
Alignment Fitness Studio
Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Judy’s passion for exercise led to a range of injuries. Pilates enhanced Judy’s recovery and inspired her to become a Merrithew® Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. In 2016, with two other STOTT PILATES Instructors, Judy co-founded Triangle Pilates Studios in Taiwan. As one of the few Pilates studios in the city, they’re excited to be sharing the benefits of Pilates with more people, helping them learn how to take good care of their bodies on a daily basis.

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Ya-Cyuan (Quawa) Chen
Alignment
Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
Physical therapy from Redcord, Neurac Instructor, ZEN•GA® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Ya-Cyuan Chen’s interest in Pilates stems from receiving orthopedic physical therapy after an ankle injury in high school. The success in her recovery inspired her to obtain her license in physical therapy in 2007; and it was not long after she began exploring mind and body exercises such as yoga and Pilates.

The mat exercises from Merrithew®'s STOTT PILATES® program convinced Ya-Cyuan Chen of the benefits of Pilates, and she completed her certification in STOTT PILATES and STOTT PILATES Rehab in 2011/2012.

In 2015, she co-founded Triangle Pilates Studio in Kaohsiung to inspire others in moving well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She also teaches at Merrithew Licensed Training Center, Alignment Fitness Studio.

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