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Lead Instructor Trainers

The designation of Lead Instructor Trainer is awarded to an individual who inspires others through leadership and the Merrithew Community of Excellence philosophy. These Instructor trainers have a strong sense of team and demonstrated commitment to ensuring consistency and continual growth across Merrithew branded programs. A Lead IT has recognized experience teaching both teachers-in-training as well as private and group clients, and has been empowered with educating our worldwide network of instructors in valuable repertoire and curriculum additions.

Vichael Mak
VIM Pilates Studio
Wanchai, Hong Kong

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. He started teaching the STOTT PILATES® method in 2006 and became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2010. Ambitious and passionate about teaching, Vichael completed three IT courses in less than two years and was awarded Instructor Trainer Rookie of the Year in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Science and thrives on teaching both clients and students. In 2020, he became a Merrithew Lead IT.

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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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Wendy Andersen
Victory Pilates
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
MS Exercise Science, BS in Education, Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist

Bio

A former collegiate athlete and coach, Wendy Andersen, has been a professional educator for more than ten years. As owner of Victory Pilates, Wendy serves as an adjunct instructor and consultant to universities, professional schools and private studios and institutions around the Midwest, and has given presentations at conferences around the nation on the basic principles of Pilates and Pilates for Kids. Wendy also hosts a daily Pilates show on channel 5 CITY-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. Wendy is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE. She is also a Certified Post-Operative Breast Cancer Rehabilitative Specialist. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University.

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