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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various 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.

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Pilar Escusa Andres

Akrostudio Training
Barcelona, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer, STOTT PILATES Rehab

Additional credentials and designations
Senior sports instructor Rhythmic gymnastic, Artistic gymnastic, National Trainer, Sport Manager, Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip, Halo® Training

Bio

Pilar worked for more than 18 years in high performance sports as a gymnast trainer and coordinator of technical programs that develop efficiency and safety for competitive gymnasts. In 2003, she first experienced Pilates, and saw how it could improve athletic performance. She decided to certify in classic Pilates, and began applying what she learned to gymnasts as a complement to their workouts with excellent results.

Years later, she was working in a fitness club and spa as a personal trainer, and focused on injury prevention and post-rehab using Pilates. She chose to obtain STOTT PILATES® Certification in order to add to her knowledge base and learn a more efficient and intelligent method of movement. STOTT PILATES provided her with a full and complete understanding of the biomechanics involved in all forms of exercise. As a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, Pilar is part of the Merrithew Licensed Training Center Akrostudio training team, and teaches courses in Spain and Portuga®

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Pilar Zuñiga Valero

Akrostudio
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
Matwork and 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 Master’s degree in Health and Exercise. Pilar was introduced to Pilates in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. She is an Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer and has been working for Akrostudio since 2016. She owns a studio in Ibiza, Spain.

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PJ O'Clair

PJ O’Clair

Northeast Pilates Education Centers
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

IT qualifications
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

Merrithew Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair has been a leader and consultant in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. A valuable member of the programming team, PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre® and ZEN•GA® Mindful Movement and is the owner, president and educational director of New England-based Northeast Pilates, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center. She is a featured performer and instructor in numerous fitness videos including over 30 titles with Merrithew. PJ won the prestigious IDEA Program Director of the Year Award in 2008 and was a finalist in 2007. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant at fitness conferences and spas worldwide – and has written numerous articles for industry publications. No matter where she goes, PJ takes her trademark enthusiasm, and dynamic personality with her.

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Rebecca Beckler

Dana Point, California, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Total Barre®, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
BA, ACE, AFAA

Bio

Rebecca has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2000 and has her BA in Adult Fitness from Marshall University in West Virginia.  She has been an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® since 2010 and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and Total Barre® since 2013. She is also a certified ACE Personal Trainer and an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor.  Rebecca is the proud owner of Be Buff Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio that incorporates Pilates and Functional Training.

Rebecca Lee

Floating
Kailua, Hawaii, United States

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Bio

Prior to her life as a Pilates instructor, Rebecca had careers in radio broadcasting as a disc jockey & traffic reporter and in cable television advertising amongst others. She was first exposed to the Pilates method as a young dancer.  Many years later, and looking for a "complete 180" career change, she was exposed to STOTT PILATES®. She began her training in 2001 and is now a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES in 2012 and has been teaching & training ever since. Rebecca relishes in the good Pilates has done her and absolutely loves sharing knowledge with her students.