Amanda discovered pilates as a former dancer. She found it to be the most effective way to improve her technique, lengthen and tone muscles without bulking and prevent and rehabilitate dance related injuries as a professional dancer for the NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), the MASL (Cleveland Force) and the Cleveland Barons.
Amanda is a third generation instructor directly from the line of Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates trained Eve Gentry. Eve trained Michele Larsson. Amanda trained under Michele Larsson and was certified through Core Dynamics in 2004 and has traveled the country for focused Pilates eduction, including training in a multitude of special considerations. She has vast experience working with such diagnoses as Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusions, Herrington Rods, Joint Replacements, Torn Labrums, Torn Rotator Cuffs, Pregnancy, Diastasis Recti, and Breast Cancer Post Rehabilitation. She is especially proud of two uniquely specialized programs she developed: the first to help golfers improve their swing and another to help dancers to improve proper muscle recruitment and reduce injury.
Amanda was only one of 11 instructors in the nation hand selected by PCI (Pilates Core Integration) to become an official mentor and teacher trainer for instructors obtaining certification. Additionally, she was selected as a mentor for Integrated Balance Teacher Training Program directed by Kristen Veltkamp.
As a ballerina from the age of six to twenty-one, I have always had a fascination with the human body. The way each muscle works to produce the fluid movements of ballet to the movements of everyday living astonishes me. I was first introduced to Pilates when I was about twelve as a form of cross training for ballet. It was the perfect form of exercise that would provide my muscles with the strength I needed to execute challenging ballet steps, while maintaining flexibility and leanness. Not only did I notice my ballet become better as a result of Pilates, but also my injury rate was greatly reduced.
After college and subsequently the end of ballet for me, I continued to practice Pilates as my main form of exercise. To this date, I have not found a more challenging, more satisfying way to keep my body healthy and in shape.
I hold a comprehensive certification from Integrated Balance. I enjoy sharing my love for this practice and to help people experience the numerous benefits of Pilates. Outside the studio, I work as a physician assistant and enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
Always, active and looking for a new type of workout, I found COREdination Pilates in 2011. Immediately impressed with Director, Amanda's foundational knowledge about how the body moves, I knew I had to learn more!
Doing her own research, I found that the philosophy of the Pilates Method complemented my own background as a physical therapist. Therefore, I enrolled in the 450-hour Pilates Core Integration (PCI), becoming certified in 2016. My teaching style is derived from the classical Pilates curriculum of Pilates elder, Eve Gentry. In Additional, I cue my clients to perform Pilates exercises with a focus on form and skeletal alignment.
Even though I am a full-time professor at a local university, my belief is that Pilates can enhance any person's health is what keeps me teaching in the studio. I am particularly passionate about developing health exercise habits in children, and regular practice Pilates with my two children.