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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.

Sam Hoops

ONE Pilates
Denver, Colorado, USA

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

Additional credentials and designations
TRX Suspension Trainer Level 1 & 2


Sam stumbled upon Pilates years ago at a local gym in Texas. He quickly realized the efficacy of the Reformer and fully immersed himself into the method. His interest in Pilates subsequently yielded a passion for dance, specifically ballet. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, Sam embarked on a new journey: STOTT PILATES® Instructor. Soon after he acquired his full STOTT PILATES® Certification through ONE Pilates Studio, he received the honor of becoming an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and Halo® Training. He believes that working from a strong stabilized core will facilitate fluid, efficient, and intentional movement. Sam also holds an interest in TRX Suspension Trainers noting that the simplistic design helped to expose imbalances in his own body.

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