For as long as I can remember, I have been following my passion for health and fitness. Previous to teaching Pilates I taught Health and PE in public school, coached soccer, and helped people achieve their fitness goals through Personal Training. Even though I was fit, something was missing; a strong foundation. While searching for the missing link, I discovered and fell deeply in love with the mind/body connection that Pilates teaches. For the first time in my life I felt strong, grounded, and flexible. It radically transformed all aspects of my life and I had to share that feeling with others. I am passionate about helping you reach what I believe to be the ultimate goal of Pilates - finding that whole body connection that will help you carry yourself with ease through your Pilates practice and LIFE!
Meredith Gabriel is a certified Pilates, Yoga and Spinning instructor. Meredith’s training includes comprehensive Pilates Apparatus and mat through Balanced Body University, registered yoga teacher (RYT) and spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics with over 15 years of teaching experience.
Her journey to become an instructor started when she was in college. She found exercise in college to manage stress. To balance her workouts she started taking Yoga and Pilates classes in Wilmington, NC. Quickly she learned one of the benefits of both practices was an increased awareness of the breath and mind/body connection. Her passion now is teaching her clients preventative and post-rehabilitation movement to maintain and improve functional mobility for a lifetime. She has 8 years of experience working in outpatient and inpatient Physical Therapy settings with a variety of populations.
She has lived in the Charleston area for 15 years with her husband Henri, son Noah and pets French bulldog, Annabelle and German Shorthaired Pointer, Bohicket "Bo". In her free time she enjoys jumping on the trampoline with her son, paddle boarding with her husband and running with her GSP.
Meredith is originally from North Carolina and attended UNC-Wilmington where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2001. She additionally holds an Associate of Health Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2008.
Marla Mullinax is a registered nurse (R.N.) with expertise in rehabilitation and sports medicine. She is also certified as an instructor at all levels by Power Pilates (for over 20 years), V Barre, Wharton Active Isolated Stretch, and Schwinn Power Performance Cycling. She became interested in teaching Pilates while taking classes herself, and soon saw the wellness and rehabilitative benefits, and made Pilates instruction her primary focus. Marla is an accomplished professional personal fitness trainer and a published author. She lives in Johns Island, SC with her husband Pete and has 5 wonderful grown children and 4 beautiful grandbabies.
Hi-Dee is a 2002 graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology. She has been coaching gymnastics for 17 years (13 years as Head Coach of East Cooper Gymnastics). Hi-Dee grew up in Charleston, SC where she competed for both LowCountry Gymnastics and East Cooper Gymnastics. She has been involved with both dance and gymnastics since the age of 3. Hi-Dee competed in gymnastics until the age of 17, where she finished her competitive career as a SC State Champion. She then went on to compete at Nationals winning 6th in the Nation. She has been a USA Gymnastics Professional for boys and girls and has been Safety Certified since 1998 and a NAWGJ Judge since 2007. Since coaching at ECG, she has coached may athletes to the State and National level.
Hannah Bangel graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management. After graduating in 2010 she lived abroad in Australia where she worked at a hotel and traveled for about a year. Upon returning to the US, she discovered Pilates while living home in Norfolk, VA. She instantly fell in love with learning how the body moves and wanted to expand her knowledge and experience. In 2014 she completed a comprehensive Pilates teacher training with Polestar Pilates, which is a more therapy-based training. During her training she was introduced to Physical Therapy and decided to go back to school full-time to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist. She is currently a student at MUSC completing the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Kari found her passion for Pilates through her dance background. She loved what Pilates did for her body and mind, and it quickly became part of her everyday routine. She decided to make it her career in 2010, through Balanced Body Pilates. Kari trained in Cleveland, OH with Troy McCarty and in Asheville, NC with Jennifer Gianni. Kari likes to focus on personalizing each individuals experience with Pilates, directing clients to listen to their body as the key for their practice. Kari holds a degree in Business Management and recently just took her Yoga Teacher Training in India. In her spare time, she enjoys being in nature, reading and crafting.
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