Pilates Digest Website Launch Press Release
Orlando, FL – February 2008 – The founders of Pilates Digest, announce the official launch of www.PilatesDigest.com, an online community resource for Pilates professionals and enthusiasts.
Co-founders Kelley Ranaudo and Beth Begelman recognized the need for an online community resource in the Pilates industry in which information would be readily available regarding all aspects of Pilates. Whether you are a certified instructor, desire to teach Pilates or want to continue to enjoy Pilates as a practitioner, you will find articles and videos of interest.
Every month Pilates Digest will post articles including: interviews with Pilates professionals, owners and industry insiders called Industry Insider, Sports-Specific articles for serious sports enthusiasts and professionals related to Pilates training, a Feature Spotlight article from our team of contributors and finally Product Reviews on equipment, DVD’s, apparel and more.
In addition, our instructional videos from Kelley and Beth demonstrate basic exercises and best practices using Pilates, that’s a combined 25 years of experience from our co-founders!
Finally, as a partner of Amazon.com our customers will benefit purchasing from our store because of the large inventory of Pilates products available, simple to use navigation, reliable technology backed by Amazon.com, products recommendations, customer reviews, recently viewed items and secure checkout using Amazon’s fraud protection technology.
Our Co-Founders backgrounds are very diversified and talented. Their professional experience includes certifications and knowlege from the top Pilates training, Pilates for golf training, golf-specific fitness training and personal training industries. Also, our team has over a decade of business experience with marketing, consulting, business ownership and more.
Beth Begelman has been working in the fitness industry for the last 10 years. Fitness and athletics have always been part of her life. Growing up in the Miami area, she was a competitive swimmer and water polo player. She was a high school All-American water polo player and she played on a women’s team that competed on a national level.After spending several years in the airline industry and in the corporate world, Beth began her fitness career as an aerobics instructor. She continued her career and interest by being trained and/or certified to teach yoga and Pilates; two mind-body disciplines in which she also enjoys participating. Always wanting to learn more, Beth pursued a career as a personal trainer because she enjoys working one-on-one with clients.
While doing personal training Beth met a client who aspired to be a professional golfer. She began research on golf-specific fitness training and found that while golf-specific trainers do exist, they are not easy to find; particularly ones who are qualified to do high level sport-specific training. Out of desire to learn more about golf-specific training and to provide clients with the best and most accurate information, Beth researched and found the most-desired certification in the golf fitness industry. Advantage Golf offers three levels of golf-specific fitness training. It was run by Dr. Greg Rose who is a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute and is a notable figure on the Golf Channel’s Golf Fitness Academy.
Beth has obtained the highest level certification with Advantage Golf and is a Master Golf Fitness Instructor and she is a level 3 Golf Fitness Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute. She uses these qualification as well as her knowledge in Pilates and Yoga to train local golf enthusiasts and players preparing for professional golf careers. Beth is certified as a Pilates apparatus instructor with the PhysicalMind Institute; her mat training was completed with Stott Pilates. Additionally she holds a certification with Mike Wright’s Golf Pilates as a Pilates for Golf trainer.
Kelley Ranaudo has been in the fitness industry for 15 years and has been active her entire life. She started dancing when she was 4 and enjoyed the discipline until she graduated from high school. She received an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and a graduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. Kelley also received her MBA from Webster University. She received her aerobic and personal training certification from AFAA while in college and also received her ACSM certification during graduate school. She realized her passion for fitness while teaching for the College of Health and Human Performance and for the University of Florida Recreation Center during college.
Her experience includes running the Women’s Wellness Center, a hospital based fitness center and managing the private spa and fitness center at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. She has received certifications in Spinning, Kickboxing, and level 1 Golf Fitness Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute. She is fully certified through Stott Pilates and is trained on the MVe chair through Peak Pilates.
Kelley and her husband started The Fitness Studio of Orlando in March of 2003 as a personal training, golf-specific training and Pilates studio. So much has been learned through the development and ongoing growth of the Studio. Kelley continually works to educate herself and help others entering the fitness industry. She believes if you have the passion for fitness and helping others, you should be working in the field. She does her best to help those with the passion to succeed in this industry.
John Ranaudo has 12 years of a diversified background in information technology with experience in information architecture, web usability, web design, programming and Internet marketing. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida and an AS in Computer Aided Design from Florida Metropolitan University.
He is the owner of InternetFramework a web design, development and Internet marketing company. John is responsible for the management, business strategies, marketing and customer relations of the Pilate Digest website.
In March 2003, John and his wife Kelley, opened The Fitness Studio of Orlando in March of 2003 as a personal training, golf-specific training and Pilates studio. John is a certified level 1 Golf Fitness Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute.
By John Ranaudo