I have a framed picture on my wall of a little red headed girl wearing a tutu doing an impressive arabesque. I drew it when I was five and recently rediscovered it while going through old photos and memorabilia. While I didn’t come close to finding a career as a ballet dancer, I spent many years in the dance world (contemporary) achieving a Minor in dance and a Degree in PE and Recreation. I am still involved in the dance community and sit on the board for a local dance company.
Despite some enlightening starts in other areas I believe my life plan was somehow connected to creativity and movement. Like many of my peers, I started teaching “aerobics” when I was 16 with minimal training but lots of enthusiasm! After extensive training I continued on my journey in the fitness industry teaching, presenting, opening fitness clubs and teaching courses to certify fitness, aqua and personal trainers. During that time I competed in body building and competitive aerobics and triathlons. Pursuits that were, in hindsight, poor choices for the longevity of my joints. I am currently waiting for a new knee but am working hard to hang on to the one I have – I am kind of attached to it and will hate to see it go!
I found a calling for Pilates in the 80’s after giving up my legwarmers and pursued training and teaching in a variety of schools of Pilates. Having been exposed to the classical approach to Pilates and respectful of the principles, I chose to add education and training that I found to be more user friendly and functionally useful to my participants. I believe our evolving lifestyles of sitting too much, computers and lack of exercise requires a more broadened approach to Pilates training. Incorporating my expertise in Yoga Therapy and a variety of other disciplines ensures my clients are offered a well-rounded and unique movement and flexibility experience.
STOTT Pilates Systems Comprehensive Certified Instructor
I am a STOTT certified Pilates Instructor, BCRPA Certified Supervisor of Fitness Leaders, Certified Trigger Point Bodyworker BASI Pilates Injury and Pathologies Certification, Certified Yoga Instructor.
I have been actively studying health and fitness for more than 25 years and teaching Pilates for 16 years.
I have drawn from my knowledge of anatomy, movement and fitness skills to provide Pilates programs to suit any age or level of ability. I also teach a diverse clientele ranging from athletes (runners, tennis players, golfers, equestrians, soccer players etc) to clients who have post rehab injuries, physical limitations or movement dysfunctions.
My passion for Pilates is demonstrated though an encouraging teaching style, a keen eye for movement and attention to detail. These qualities help my clients improve their body awareness and alignment and get better and stronger! I am dedicated to personalizing Pilates programs to help each client reach their full potential in the studio and carry those skills over to everyday activities and sports.
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in." - Jim Rohn
STOTT Certified Instructor; BCRPA Personal Trainer & Third Age Instructor.
Brenda has many years of experience in the fitness industry both as a Group Fitness Leader and Personal Trainer and is BCRPA Third Age certified. Her passion for health and wellness caused her to pursue a career in teaching Pilates. She received her training and certification through STOTT Pilates®, Vancouver, in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. Brenda has also completed the Advanced Education Certificate Course in Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies through BASI Pilates®.
When she is not teaching, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and her very active granddaughters. “As the years go by, I have personally realized the benefits of a physically active lifestyle; let me help you reap the same rewards and benefits”.
“You are never too old to become younger” – Mae West
Michele is a Body Arts and Science International Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor. Modified Pre/Postnatal Pilates Matwork; Qualified on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Ped-a-Pul, Avalon, Various Auxiliary Equipment and Pilates for the Mature Client Certification. Level 1 NCCP coaching certificate, taught various children’s equestrian camps and volunteered in the “Delta Steps out Program” mentoring former co-workers. Michele continues to further her knowledge through advanced workshops and personal practice.
Michele has always had a passion for being active and is often heard saying, “movement is freedom”. Her life is centered, around working and playing outdoors. Michele wanted to avoid recurring back and shoulder pain, which initially drew her to Pilates where she discovered Pilate’s parallels all the same principles as riding horses. She takes this awareness to the arena when schooling her own horse. “As an equestrian, I truly believe Pilates has helped not only my wellbeing, but that of my horses’.
Michele has a special interest in working with her equestrian based clients to either expedite their recovery, or find a way to prevent future related injuries, developing a stronger, confident rider.
Michele understands that reaching fitness goals can strengthen people’s lives, both mentally and physically and she enjoys teaching and witnessing these positive results with her clients, as she truly cares about her clients’ best interests, hoping to see them all exceed in various ways. Eliminating injury, keeping people happy and motivated is what makes Michele thrive and truly love being a Pilates Instructor.