Donna has been doing Pilates for 20 years! She recently relocated to New York after spending her entire life in Rhode Island, where she owned and operated her own studio for 14 years. Having somewhat of a type "A" personality she started practicing Pilates for health and well being. She left the corporate world in 2000 and began her love affair with Pilates. Donna trained in the Stott Method of Pilates in NY and is certified in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel. Her greatest joys have come from working with clients from all aspects of life, young and old to learn the physical and emotional benefits of doing Pilates. She believes "you can either walk through life or have life walk through you". She is excited to begin her new journey in NY and growing old gracefully as she continues in her love for Pilates. We are thrilled to have Donna as part of the Club Pilates Scarsdale team!
Amanda began practicing Pilates in college when she needed to add a new workout to her weekly regimen. She had been experiencing inexplicable back pain and from everything she had heard about Pilates, it seemed like the best option. She saw positive changes in the way her body both looked and felt almost immediately. After one month into her practice, she scheduled her first Teacher Training course. Amanda has certifications on the Mat and Apparatus through Power Pilates, Balanced Body, and Core Pilates NYC. She has now been teaching for 7 years, and has found the most rewarding part of her job is knowing how much better her clients feel. "It makes my heart so happy when I hear my clients - who all have different bodies and physical capabilities - tell me how much stronger their entire body feels; how their improved flexibility and posture lets them enjoy their favorite sports and activities better." She is excited to have finally made the transition into teaching Pilates full time and to share her Pilates knowledge with the world!
Hadley grew up on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina playing tennis, basketball and soccer year round. After high school she moved to Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia and found herself with a gym membership for the first time. Completely bored by the elliptical and treadmill routine, and discouraged by the lack of results, her mom talked her into taking a Pilates class. Thirty minutes into her first session she was hooked! She loved the way Pilates changed and challenged her body, but also relaxed and focused her mind. Inspired and motivated by seeing the numerous benefits of Pilates firsthand, she became mat certified in 2009 and in 2010 she completed the 600 hour comprehensive training certification from Power Pilates in Atlanta, GA and has been teaching ever since. She loves helping her clients reach their fitness goals through Pilates and can't wait to start teaching at Club Pilates Scarsdale.
Lauren fell in love with dynamic movement as a child and hasn't stopped moving since! In fact, her first job ever was at a gym, as a towel girl, at the age of 15. She took every kind of fitness class that was offered there, from Kickboxing to Yoga, to.. dare to say.. Step! Lauren always observed the instructors as they worked. She was filled with inspiration while watching the reactions from the participants after class. There was sweat, but more importantly.. smiles! While getting her BA in Psychology, it was in 2008 when she began to study the classic method of Pilates. Fascinated by the clarity and lightness in her body that Pilates helped her discover, she developed a deep appreciation for mindful movement and eagerly began her teacher training through Power Pilates. In 2011, she finished the Apparatus Based Program Intro-Advanced Level. Since then, Lauren has acquired many teaching certifications such as Yoga, TRX, Barre, Mega-former, H.I.I.T, BOSU and Water Resistance TX. She utilizes this variety of training while embracing Joseph Pilates's technique seamlessly. Lauren has worked with a variety of people ranging from marathon runners and professional athletes to clients with severe spinal issues. "To me, nothing is more rewarding than to help another individual become aware of their true strength and potential." Warmly welcoming people from all walks of life, she teaches with enthusiasm! As your instructor, she will create an invigorating experience which will increase strength and flexibility of the body & of the mind. We are thrilled to have Lauren join the Club Pilates Scarsdale team!
Patricia is a 500 hour Certified Club Pilates Instructor and a Certified Barre Above Trainer. The rewards of Pilates are limitless and produce solid results. Patricia enjoys sharing Pilates with everyone, everywhere! We all come to Pilates with a variety of reasons or goals. She takes time to assess every client's needs and wishes and is dedicated to supporting them in their own Pilates regimen. Her careful attention to every individual shows in her attitude to make a difference in their day and keep everyone motivated and committed to moving with body awareness and practice a healthy lifestyle with Pilates. Patricia is passionate about living artfully, living well and living a fit life. Pilates offers incredible results which Patricia witnesses daily. Patricia excels in training individuals, be it in a private lesson or in a class. She approaches every person and believes that "When you know your strengths, you know who you are deeply!" In addition to teaching Pilates, Patricia is an artist, a Mother of three adult children and an avid skier, traveler and loves Pilates with deep deep passion.
Alex grew up in Odessa, Ukraine and then moved to New York in 1996. Having a solid background in martial arts, he found Pilates as a unique and universal health, fitness and athletic workout that made him a Pilates enthusiast from the beginning! Alex went on to get certified in 2003 through IM=X Pilates with a 450-hour certification program. He has taught Pilates for the last 15 years at various gyms and studios including Equinox and the Pilates Studio of Rye and truly believes in its power and grace and a total mind-body workout. We are so excited to have Alex on the Club Pilates Scarsdale team!
Jen has practiced various forms of movement throughout her adult life & loves keeping her mind active while exercising! Of course, she naturally gravitated toward Pilates as she found the mind & body connection a true example of moving meditation while strengthening her body. She’s studied dance for 13 years before graduating from college and worked professionally in the Fashion Industry as a product developer before becoming certified through the Club Pilates 500 hour program. She understands how to work with someone towards their goals & developing their Pilates practice to fit into their own lifestyle. She looks forward to teaching you Pilates at Club Pilates!
Ann Marie Polchinski has 20 years' experience working in the health and wellness community. Her concentration lies in advanced pilates practice with two certifications. She obtained her first certification in pilates reformer at IM=X in 2003 and advanced pilates training through Physical Mind Institute in 2007. Ann Marie is experienced in pre and post rehabilitation techniques, pre-post natal and special populations. She has over 20 years' working for major health clubs in the New York area in both private and group training.
Jean discovered Pilates in 2003, shortly after the birth of her son as a means to gain back her pre-pregnancy body specifically as a means to strengthen her core and back muscles. After practicing for many years, in studios across New York City and Westchester, NY, Jean decided make the leap from her corporate life in Advertising and pursue her love of Pilates by becoming a Pilates Instructor. She has been teaching reformer, tower and mat classes since December, 2016. An avid animal lover (a close second to her love for Pilates), Jean spends her non-Pilates time working with various rescue shelters helping to rescue and foster homeless kittens and cats. Jean resides in Scarsdale, NY with her husband, three children, 4 cats and 3 dogs.
Born in Poland, Dorothy graduated from Hotel Management College. She grew up doing Callanetics – an exercise program based on Pilates. During her hotel work, she developed shoulder and lower back problems. In order to relieve this pain and stress she was experiencing, she began taking lessons at the Mindful Moves Pilates Center in Mount Kisco, NY. After several months she was amazed with the results. She was feeling more energized, stronger and free from pain. This experience made her decide to change her career. She is fully certified on Mat and Apparatus through Power Pilates (all levels). She continues to improve her Pilates skills with Continuing Education classes and Personal Training. Dorothy enjoys working with people and seeing her clients look and feel their best.
Diane has been teaching fitness for over 35 years, starting at a fitness boutique in NYC called Body Design by Gilda. “Joseph Pilates studio was one of the studios where we attended classes and borrowed ideas from”. In 2003, Diane had 3 foot operations due to the damage she had from many years of dancing. The operations left her with a collapsed ankle and no recognition of balance and agility. “Frankly, I thought my teaching days were over”. She was sent to The Harkness Pavilion for dancer rehabilitation and it was there that she was introduced to the Pilates Apparatus. After months of therapy 3 times a week, she was able to teach once again and decided that Pilates was going to be another tool in her teaching tool-box. She is certified through Power Pilates in NYC as well as United States Pilates Association at one of Joseph Pilates original studios at Purchase College. She also holds certifications by AFAA, ACE, NSCA, ACSM, MADDOG Spinning, SCHWINN Cycle, and is a 200 hour Registered YOGA Instructor. She is an accomplished vocalist and has a BS in Psychology. Diane’s main goal as a Pilates/Group Fitness Instructor/Personal trainer is to EMPOWER her students with the tools to help them go deep and to find more strength, endurance and power both physically and mentally…… Anything is possible, reach for the stars. Diane will be teaching Sundays.
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