Owner, Senior Pilates Teacher, Personal Trainer
… was in corporate America for 15 years (and teaching aerobics for fun!) After being laid off in the late 90’s, she spent 2 months in Maui earning a Personal Training Certification. She lost 30 pounds, discovered a new passion, and never looked back!
She’s been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years in a variety of settings including big and small gyms, private studios, physical therapy offices, and in-home training. She holds over 10 certifications and has worked with athletes, dancers, singers, celebrities, and kids. She has experience with pre & post natal clients; and those with a wide range of injuries and chronic diseases.
Maria moved to RI in 2010 to get married and opened Mind 2 Body Fitness studio in 2012. In addition to teaching her long-time clients Maria has become the “Teacher’s Teacher”… Instructors seek her out to pass on her unique skills to them and improve their success with clients. She assists annually in the writing of the Pilates Method Alliance exam for certifying teachers, and provides mentoring and post-graduate continuing education workshops for newly certified and experienced teachers. She is an approved PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and ACE Continuing Education Provider. She continues to successfully integrate Pilates and Personal Training into every workout!
Certifications: NCPT (National Certified Pilates Teacher), ACE Personal Trainer
Articles and Press:
- TV Appearance on The Road Show, RI’s local morning show
- Providence Monthly Magazine: “Stretching It: a New Pilates Studio Works the Body and Mind”
- IdeaFit Fitness Library” “What Characteristics Define Good or Mediocre Pilates Instruction”
- IdeaFit Feedback from the Field
From the clients:
“Being both a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor gives her a great toolkit – and she knows how to use it!”
“I learn something new every time I work with Maria that I then pass on to my clients. She makes me a better teacher.”
“It’s always fun and interesting because she mixes things up. Every workout is different. That’s why I’ve been with her for years!“
“I didn’t get Pilates until I started working with Maria. After one session my body felt tighter!”
“Maria has a way of explaining things… she took my pilates practice to new levels.”
Now that’s what it’s like to have a session with the Master!
Senior Pilates Teacher
…has been practicing Pilates since 2005 and completed her original Teacher Training Certification from Jen McWalters Studio Teacher Training Program in 2007. She received her Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification in 2009 and maintains her Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher designation through the PMA.
Like many Pilates instructors, Clary is an education junkie and has continued her studies with Master Teachers all over the country including Cara Reeser, Kelly Kane, and Irene Dowd. She has particular expertise in helping clients recover from Diastasis Recti and other postnatal issues.
Clary graduated from RISD in 1985 with a BFA in photography. She worked as a fine art printer until beginning her successful career in Pilates. She lives with her family in Providence, RI; and spends time restoring her Victorian home and walking her Irish Wolfhound named Grace.
Certifications: NCPT (National Certified Pilates Teacher)
Amy first fell in love with Pilates as a kid while studying classical and contemporary ballet in Orange County, California. She spent her summers training with the American Ballet Theatre and was on track to become a professional dancer before a severe injury ended her dance career. After surgery, it was Pilates that aided in her recovery and allowed her to remain actively involved in fitness. After college Amy became a certified Personal Trainer, Zumba, and POUND Pro instructor, but it’s Pilates that continues to be her professional passion.
Amy is a Certified Pilates Instructor through Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) and has previously worked at several studios in New York and Providence. Her personal and professional experience has given her a deep understanding and appreciation for the benefits of Pilates. And becoming a new mom, has given her a whole new set of knowledge and skills. She aims to help clients work hard and have fun while increasing strength, flexibility and most importantly — learning how to be in-tune with their bodies!
…is a Rhode Island native who calls herself a “late bloomer” when it comes to fitness. For her prior career, Wendy worked in the Culinary Arts as a private chef aboard yachts; at ski chalets in the Alps; and on English Estates. She and her husband worked as a Captain and Cook team on charters cruising the East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.
After 16 years of taking care of everyone else, Wendy retired from her culinary career in 2006. She had her first taste of Pilates, Barre, and Lagree studying in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl and Seattle, WA and was quickly hooked by the way it changed her body.
Wendy moved cross-country again to Rhode Island, and completed her Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Master Trainer Zayna Gold at Boston Body Pilates in 2018.
Wendy is a breast cancer survivor — twice — which makes her a great resource for post-mastectomy clients (particularly with lat flap.) Having only one lat can be challenging at times but it doesn’t seem to stop her — and puts her at a great advantage in working with these clients!
Wendy lives in Little Compton with her husband Lenny and their two Shiba Inus, Sushi and Cosmo.
Wendy says: “Pilates makes me feel strong and has dramatically improved my posture … while Barre has brought muscles back to my legs and lifted my booty off the floor!”
Certifications: Balanced Body