Bridging the Gap between Pilates and Fitness

Bridging the Gap between Pilates and Fitness

June Kahn is one of the pioneers of the fitness industry. She began working in fitness when it first took off in the late 1970s, early 80s. She also is a trained dancer and Pilates instructor (PhysicalMind Institute) and has been instrumental in bridging the gap between fitness and Pilates. Kahn has seen the evolution of the fitness industry from the inside. As a Master Trainer for Reebok University, June saw the changes occur from floor aerobics to Step aerobics (with hand weights no less—anyone remember Heavy Hands?), to Spinning, to Kickboxing to Functional training and then the shift to Core training. Quite a metamorphosis the industry has undergone! It wasn’t until Functional and Core training came into focus that... Continue ...

Posted on August 18, 2009 By

On the Run with Sara Kooperman

On the Run with Sara Kooperman

With a lady this unique, I should have known this would be no ordinary interview! In order to squeeze in all that she had to do one April day, she literally granted me an interview while taking her afternoon run. She was in Virginia, but I was half way around the world. She was on her cell phone and I was figuratively racing along! This was, after all, a business trip for her. I was happy to oblige her need to multi-task! For those of you who don’t know Sara Kooperman, she is the “Sara” of Sara’s City Workout now known as SCW Fitness Education. She founded the organization nearly 30 years ago in a small studio in Chicago. Today, SCW Fitness Education provides education and training to fitness instructors... Continue ...

Posted on September 29, 2008 By

Interview with Lindsay and Moira Merrithew

Interview with Lindsay and Moira Merrithew

Lindsay and Moira Merrithew have been positively influencing the Pilates industry for over 20 years since founding STOTT PILATES®. Their passion and energy for this amazing form of exercise continues on a journey to make it more accessible and mainstream. They both agree that there is still a lot of awareness needed for Pilates. They have truly taken Pilates to all aspects of the community through their many programs. There are 210 STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers, 55 Licensed Training Centers and 17,000 trained instructors world-wide. Not only have they created a Professional Series of DVDs, but they also have an At Home series included in their collection of over 120 titles. STOTT PILATES attends 35 trade shows each year,... Continue ...

Posted on July 23, 2008 By

Interview with Joan Breibart

Interview with Joan Breibart

Through the magic of technology and teleconferencing I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Joan Breibart, president and co-founder of the PhysicalMind Institute. We had met a few weeks earlier for the first time when she came to a Pilates Mat class I teach at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, FL. That was sort of intimidating—the president of the organization I had certified with showed up, unexpectedly, in my class. Although she didn’t say it when she came in, I knew who she was within a few minutes. As you might imagine I was a bit nervous! Joan was in Orlando for some R&R and to visit her friend and Diet Directives business associate, Meredith Luce. After class I introduced myself and we had a... Continue ...

Posted on June 10, 2008 By

Interview with Alison Bodi from Peak Pilates

Interview with Alison Bodi from Peak Pilates

Like many of us in the Pilates industry, Alison Bodi is driven by an intense passion for doing what she loves. The impact she has on other people’s lives motivates her and the energy she receives from teaching Pilates professionals recharges her. She found Pilates when looking to cross train while playing soccer. A physician helping her with back problems encouraged her to strengthen the muscles around the spine. Of course, Pilates was the answer that not only helped her back, but also changed her life. After being a participant in Pilates for six years, Alison found Peak Pilates and became an instructor herself. She trained under a physical therapist for three years to complete her comprehensive program. Since becoming... Continue ...

Posted on April 1, 2008 By

Interview with Erin Douglass of we Pilates

Interview with Erin Douglass of we Pilates

Be Balanced…Be Mindful…Be Beautiful… This was Erin Douglass’s first phrase created for her we pilates clothing line as she sat on a beach sketching designs dreaming of leaving her successful career in software sales to start her own apparel company. This is also a description of her outlook on life. She juggles her company, family, children, Pilates sessions, tradeshows and seems to love every bit of it. She won’t say it is easy, she says you just do it. She has found her passion and balances it with her lifestyle and family. Her love of fashion and design started a long time ago when she designed her own prom dress and tagged along with her father, who was in the business. Rather than follow the creative track... Continue ...

Posted on February 14, 2008 By