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Practice Fitness
5575 Far Hills Avenue 
Dayton, OH 45429

Joy Karl, Director of Education

Melissa McNamara

Melissa McNamara
Lead Instructor Trainer
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Patrick Przyborowski
Instructor Trainer
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Laureen Dubeau

Laureen DuBeau
Master Instructor Trainer
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Practice Fitness

ABOUT: Practice Fitness, located in Dayton, Ohio, is a full-service Pilates studio, offering private, semi-private, and small and large group instruction utilizing the full range of equipment manufactured by Merrithew™. Additionally, we offer personal training and private as well as group instruction in Hatha yoga. Practice Fitness is a Merrithew Hosting Facility and offers Merrithew courses and workshops throughout the year.
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The Intensive Program

The STOTT PILATES Intensive program is for fitness and health professionals. This program prepares you to teach STOTT PILATES Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence.

Functional Anatomy  (FA)

      30 hours
Winter 2017 | January 5-8, 12-15
Thursday-Saturday 12pm-4pm | Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm
except January 15 | 10:30am-12:30pm

Intensive Mat-Plus™ (IMP)

LEVEL: 1      40 hours
Winter 2017 | January 20-22, February 3-5, 18-19
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 10:30am-4pm

Intensive Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Winter 2017 | March 2-5, 16-19, 24-25
Thursday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 10:30am-4pm

Intensive Cadillac (ICAD)

LEVEL: 1      25 hours
Summer 2017 | August 18-20, 26-27
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 10:30am-4pm

Intensive Stability Chair™ (ICHR)

LEVEL: 1      15 hours
Summer 2017 | September 15-17
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm | Sunday 10:30am-4pm

Intensive Barrels (IBRL)

LEVEL: 1      10 hours
Summer 2017 | September 29-30
Friday-Saturday 12pm-5:30pm

The Comprehensive Program

Designed for those with some movement training and exposure to Pilates, Comprehensive courses cover functional anatomy and the practical skills needed to develop effective and motivating Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based programs.

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The Advanced Program

The Advanced program consists of Level 2 courses in Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. Completion of the Advanced program is required for full certification.

Advanced Matwork (AM)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
​Fall 2016 | November 12
Saturday 12pm-7pm
​Fall 2017 | November 11
Saturday 12pm-7pm

Advanced Reformer (AR)

LEVEL: 2      18 hours
Fall 2016 | November 4-6
Friday-Saturday 12pm-7pm | Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm
Fall 2017 | November 3-5
Friday-Saturday 12pm-7pm | Sunday 10;30am-5:30pm

Advanced Cadillac (ACAD)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Spring 2017 | April 8
Saturday 12pm-7pm

Advanced Stability Chair™ (ACHR)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Spring 2017 | April 9
Sunday 9am-12pm

Advanced Barrels (ABRL)

LEVEL: 2      3 hours
Spring 2017 | April 9
Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm

Injuries & Special Populations

The STOTT PILATES Injuries & Special Populations course equips you with the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. Completion of ISP is required for full certification.

There are currently no ISP courses scheduled at this location

The Rehabilitation Program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals and chiropractors wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices.

Rehab courses are available at many of our training locations worldwide.  Please click here for a complete listing of training options worldwide.  Currently, training isn’t offered at this location, but and check back regularly for updates.

ZEN•GA Courses

ZEN•GA is an innovative fusion of exercise science and mindful movement that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the benefits of improved strength, clarity and overall fitness.

ZEN•GA™ is currently not scheduled at this location. To find another location that works for you, click here

CORE Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training – developed exclusively by Merrithew experts. This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novice and high-level athletes.

CORE™ is currently not scheduled at this location. To find another location that works for you, click here.

Total Barre Courses

Total Barre is a high-energy program that focuses on strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability by combining elements from Pilates, dance, cardio and strength training. Programming is driven by music which increases coordination, motivation and improve movement quality. Incorporating the Total Barre Foundational Principles, this program teaches choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movements as well as how to cue effectively and safely to music.

Total Barre™ is currently not scheduled at this location. To find another location that works for you, click here.


This area may include upcoming Continuing Education workshops, Exam Preparation workshops and Practical & Written Exam dates. Please note only Continuing Education workshops qualify for CECs. No prerequisites required.

Continuing Education Workshops

Saturday December 3 Athletic Conditioning on the Reformer, Level 3 10am-12pm
Saturday December 3 Flexion-Free Workshop 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday December 3 Pilates with the Medicine Ball 3pm-5pm
Sunday April 16 3 workshops TBD 9am-4pm
Sunday October 1 3 workshops TBD