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Dec 22, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and educator Nico Gonzalez about his experiences of being a minority in the Pilates industry and his strategies for combining Pilates and traditional fitness in his studio fitness physiques by Nico G. 

They cover:

  • How being male and minority opens certain professional doors and closes others
  • How different people can get away with using different words and styles of cuing
  • Strategies for making Pilates feel more accessible to male clients
  • Ways to introduce mind body work to clients who are more interested in exercises that feel "hard" 
  • How teaching Pilates in an instructor education setting is different than creating a tailored session for clients

About Nico Gonzalez

Nico Gonzalez is the studio owner of Fitness Physiques by Nico G, an international fitness educator, trainer, and motivational speaker. Certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for group fitness and personal training and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) for Pilates training.

Nico was the Director of Fitness for a regional hospital based wellness facility for over 8 years where he created their Pilates program from the ground up. Nico was an integral manager in developing their wellness programs for post rehabilitation patients. 

Nico travels across the country and beyond training Pilates instructors in the Balanced Body Pilates teacher trainer program. In this regard, he is able to deliver certificates and trainings in all aspects of Pilates. He travels extensively delivering trainings in fitness facilities and studios alike.

Nico has presented internationally, including being a presenter at IDEA World Convention (USA), Can-Fit-Pro (Canada), Fitnesslandia (Italy), World Class (Moscow, Russia) and in Chile, South America. He presents workshops in Pilates, Program Management, Cardio / Strength Training and delivers Choreography Master Classes. Many trainers continue to ask for his practical approach to instruction and easy to follow formulas of success. 

Nico is featured in multiple Pilates videos and podcasts that showcase his creativity in movement and inspiration. He has been credited as a contributing creative editor of the following Pilates instructor manuals: EXO Chair, Pilates ARC, and the Mat with Toys workshop manuals.

Nov 10, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with Katie Santos, co-owner of the Absolute Center, Pilates educator and consultant for MindBodyOnline about how to master the business side of being a Pilates teacher or studio owner.

They cover:

  • Katie's experience transitioning into the Pilates industry as a teacher and business owner
  • Why it's important to have a business model when you start a business
  • Strategies for having uncomfortable conversations around money
  • Tips for creating a sustainable business
  • How the division of roles can help your business be more successful if you have business partners
  • Applying primal movement to sessions with active aging adults

About Katie Santos

✔ Master Pilates Teacher
✔ Mindbody Certified Consultant
✔ International presenter
✔ Evernote Certified Consultant
✔ Serial Entrepreneur 
Through her partnership in Absolute Center Katie has leveraged valuable insights in business management and found a love for coaching other business owners. She believes in a non-competitive and innovative approach and she enjoys imparting her knowledge and expertise while playing an important role in driving client business success. 
To connect with Katie, send her an email at or visit
Nov 2, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with movement educator and co-founder of the Absolute center, Louise Johns about how to use cues to get better results for your clients and how primal movement can be integrated into your practice.

They cover:

  • Cuing for embodiment versus cuing for biomechanics (and why these cues aren't mutually exclusive)
  • Why sometimes saying less is more effective
  • How to sequence and incorporate primal movement into a Pilates class or private session
  • Why primal movement and less structured movement experiences are an ideal complement to more structured fitness modalities like Pilates
  • Why it's beneficial to have a foundation for teaching before branching out into other modalities like primal movement

About Louise Johns

Louise’s dedication to helping people feel better shows through her clientele, some of whom have been working with her for over 17 years. Louise finds herself drawn towards a broad section of clients from all different walks of life and abilities. At Absolute Center, the studio she co-owns, her day-to-day practice includes one-on-one sessions, small group classes, and large group instruction, including Franklin Imagery, Pilates, Primal Pilates, TRX, and more. She also mentors her staff and student Pilates teachers, and participates in the Balanced Body Pilates Teacher Training her studio hosts.  

When not at her studio, you can find Louise on the road with Balanced Body, presenting at the world-renowned Pilates on Tour conferences and at the Pilates Method Alliance conference (PMA). At these events, she shares continuing education material as well as Primal Movement WORKS!, a movement brand she co-founded. You can also find her online on Pilates Anytime, teaching Pilates and Primal classes. Louise furthers her own growth as well, studying under distinguished teachers like Cara Reeser, Tom McCook, Lesley Powell, Elizabeth Larkham, Nora St John, Madeline Black, Benjamin Dagenhart, Trent, and many more.  

To learn more about Primal Movement Works! and the Absolute center, visit or, or say hello on Facebook or Instagram

Oct 26, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Claudia Moose, founder of Primal Movement Works about how to apply primal movements to post rehab, Pilates and fitness.

They cover:

  • The theory behind primal movement and why it's beneficial
  • Different styles of and applications for crawling
  • How crawling and other primal movements can help us recover from injury and improve gait patterns and performance.
  • How to integrate primal movement explorations into a Pilates or fitness setting
  • The difference between increasing tolerance to novel movement and physical pain that could lead to injury
  • Claudia's  journey in using primal movement to come back from a traumatic ankle injury

About Claudia Moose

Claudia Moose, ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES, PMA-CPT, Movement and Manual Therapist: B.A. Movement and Exercise Science emphasis Sports Medicine (Exercise Science and Athletic Training) Chapman University.  Balance Body Master Instructor (Anatomy & Movement, Pilates, MOTR, Bodhi), Partner of Absolute Center and Founder of Primal Movement Works!.

As an Athletic Trainer, working in the industry since 1985, she shares the dual role of a movement educator and a manual therapist. Her manual therapy studies including myofascial release, PNF, joint mobilization, muscle energy, positional release, active release, and acupressure.  Her movement studies include functional movement training, Olympic lifting, power lifting, suspension training, plyometrics, sports specific training, integrated movement, rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation, corrective exercise, Pilates, yoga and CoreAlign.

To learn more about Primal Movement Works visit or To connect with Claudia, say hello on Facebook or Instagram

Oct 19, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and movement educator Jennifer Gianni about how to work with pre and postnatal women in a Pilates and fitness setting:

They cover:

- Basic recommendations for working with pre and postnatal clients

- How to assess for common issues related to pregnancy, such as pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis rect

- Stretching considerations and contraindications 

- Strategies and exercises to train the pelvic floor and the abdominals during and after pregnancy

- How women can tell if an exercise is right for their body during or after pregnancy

- Exercise myths related to pregnancy

- What the recovery period might look like after having a baby and how to progress back to regular exercise

About Jennifer Gianni

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the mind/body field. She began her formal Pilates training in Los Angeles at Performing Arts Physical Therapy under the direction of Melinda Bryan (certified and ordained by 1st generation Pilates Master Romana Kryzanowska). Jennifer’s training during these years included workshops, testing and continuing education seminars with Romana Kryzanowska as well as other Classical Pilates greats like Siri Darma, Jillian Hessel and Jay Grimes. 

Jennifer was chosen to be one of the first Master Teacher Trainers in the United States by Balanced Body in 2007. Jennifer brings her own style and passion to the Balanced Body program and many students chose Balanced Body in order to work with her.

Jennifer discovered her passion for Pilates for pre & post natal women when she was pregnant with her first child which sparked the creation of her own method in 2001 and has been honing it ever since. She has presented her Fusion Fusion Pilates Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training program around the world since 2003 – from the United States to Japan to Russia and more…

Jennifer is the owner and director of Fusion Pilates DVD’s, which specialize in DVD programs for women’s fitness. Jennifer released her original Pre & Post Pregnancy series in 2001, two DVD’s for the Pilates Professional in 2009, and a Pilates Birth Ball series in 2011.

Jennifer is based in Asheville, NC at her Fusion studio, but travels to present her courses across the country and around the world. She is the owner and director of – a website dedicated to bringing the best online continuing education to Pilates professionals.

Oct 13, 2017

Trina Altman about why people get hurt doing yoga and her new online course Yoga Deconstructed™

They cover: 

  • Common causes of pain and injury in yoga
  • The movements that are missing in yoga that can contribute to muscle imbalances and pain
  • Why stretching isn't always the answer
  • How people who are both too stiff or too mobile can benefit from adding strength and stability training to their routine
  • How breaking down a pose into smaller movements can reduce the risk of injury and increase the longevity in your yoga practice
  • Why Trina created Yoga Deconstructed ™ and how the exercises she teaches can be used to balance out a regular yoga practice

Links Mentioned:

Hips Don't Lie Online Course

Yoga Deconstructed®

About Trina Altman, E-RYT 500, PMA®-CPT

Trina leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and Rx Series for Equinox locally and internationally. She is the creator of Yoga Deconstructed™ an innovative interdisciplinary approach that fosters an embodied understanding of Yoga and its relationship to modern movement science.

While at Brown University, Trina took a Kripalu yoga class which ignited her passion for the practice. Emphasizing the importance of inner focus, she teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings across the country. She has presented at Kripalu, PURE YOGA® NYC, Cal-a-Vie Spa, SYTAR, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, ECA, UCLA and multiple yoga conferences.

Her teaching fosters body cognition and self-discovery, firmly grounded in anatomical awareness. Trina builds bridges between the mystical and the pragmatic, and specializes in helping others to access their body’s tissues and their heart’s purpose. Trina works out of Los Angeles at Equinox and The Moving Joint. Find her at or say hello on Facebook or Instagram.

Sep 28, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Rebekah Rotstein, movement + Pilates educator and creator of Buff Bones about applications for Pilates and movement to osteoporosis.

They discuss:

  • The process of being diagnosed for osteoporosis and what it means
  • How to acknowledge the fear that can come with diagnosis and how to create a safe space to move through it
  • The importance of looking at multiple movement systems when creating a holistic movement or fitness practice
  • Rebekah's personal experience with osteoporosis and how it inspired her to create buff bones and contribute to research on how to use movement to help osteoporosis
  • What the current research is finding in regards to movement and osteoporosis
  • Exercise and movement recommendations and contraindications for osteoporosis (e.g. how to add load, beneficial types of exercises, ect)
  • Spinal flexion and posture in relationship to osteoporosis
  • General tips for bone health and longevity
About Rebekah Rotstein
Rebekah is an industry leader in exercise, Pilates and movement education. She is the creator of the medically-endorsed Buff Bones® system, with trained instructors in more than 25 countries and offered at Hartford Hospital's Bone and Joint Institute.
She has presented throughout the U.S. and internationally, and at conferences including the Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour, the International Osteoporosis Foundation Worldwide Conference and the Smith College Women's Leadership Conference. Rebekah began her anatomy training in the sports medicine department of Smith College and served as a Senior Expert Instructor at the Kane School in New York City where she was a member of the teacher training faculty. Her ongoing study of the body includes seven annual cadaver dissections, somatic studies, fascia research education and visceral manipulation. Rebekah has been a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and is a visiting instructor at Pilates Anytime.
For more information, visit and
Sep 21, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Kelly Uygan, co-Owner of Konnect Pilates and Faculty with American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast William J Gillespie School about conditioning and injury prevention strategies for dancers.

They cover:

  • Common causes of injury in dancers and how that relates to their technique
  • Key elements of a dance conditioning program
  • Technical things that dancers can work on to both improve their technique and balance out their body for more resiliency (e.g. working in parallel, dorsiflexion, quad strength)
  • The issue with using cues for technique that aren't technically accurate and why this can contribute to movement dysfunction
  • The role of Pilates in dance conditioning
  • Safe strategies for stretching and what to be mindful of with dancers who have hypermobility

About Kelly Uygan

Kelly, is a former ballet professional ballet dancer and Co-Owner of Konnect Pilates Studio, she is a certified PMA [Pilates method Alliance] certified instructor and her teaching experience as a pilates instructor exceeds over 30 years. She trained originally with renowned Pilates instructor Diane Diefenderfer 2nd generation Pilates.

Kelly is also an active faculty member with the Balanced Body Education, instructing teacher trainers in all 8 Pilates Modules plus Anatomy and Balanced Body Barre. She is also on Faculty with American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast William J Gillespie School at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts training pre- professional levels 4,5 and 6.

She holds certifications with: The Pilates method Alliance, American Ballet Theater’s National training Curriculum for young dancers; Resistance Flexibility and Strength training with the Ki-Hara technique used by Olympic swimmer Dara; The Pink Ribbon Program, a Post-Operative workout enhancing recovery for breast cancer survivors; CoreAlign, BBBarre, BODHI and the entire BodyCode system in which she is a Master Teacher of training under Mr. Carbone Master Gyrotonics teacher and inventor of the BodyCode system for 10years.

To connect with Kelly, visit her website

Sep 14, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Benjamin Degenhardt about his perspective and research of the traditional Pilates work and how it fits into the modern movement world.

They cover:

  • How we can apply modern science and innovation, while staying true to the traditional work
  • What Joe Pilates intention may have been with the work and how to define Pilates in relationship to other forms of movement and fitness
  • Why it’s important to remember that Pilates is a system and how to understand when to apply the order and when to deviate from it based on the needs of the body in front of you
  • Some of the differences between Joe’s philosophy around teaching and how Pilates is marketed today
  • The power in creating a culture for people to feel successful in and curious about their Pilates experience and movement exploration
  • A discussion around fear based movement and how Joe Pilates was somewhat fearless
  • Why Benjamin created #MarchMatness and how it has evolved in the past few years
  • Benjamin's work with 360° Pilates

About Benjamin Degenhardt

Benjamin Degenhardt has been involved in Pilates and movement training for more than 15 years and is the founder of 360° Pilates, an educational resource and program synthesizing the original Pilates method with modern knowledge on movement, health, and fitness training.

Benjamin presents his work at conferences and training facilities around the world and is the mastermind behind the annual March MATness social media campaign. He is currently in the process of finishing and publishing 360° Pilates Mat, a smartphone app for matwork practitioners. To learn more about Benjamin, visit

Sep 7, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with Pilates teacher Carrie Russo about working with different populations using the authentic Pilates method as a framework.

They cover:

  • Carrie’s experience coming back to Pilates after abdominal surgery and how it’s informed her current teaching practice
  • Myths about Classical Pilates (e.g. no modifications, always pointed toes, ect)
  • Examples of how to work with special populations while still staying in the “Classical Pilates box”
  • Similarities of the approaches between Classical and Contemporary Pilates
  • Elements of what makes a good instructor

About Carrie Russo

Carrie first began studying Pilates as part of her curriculum as a dance minor.  Years later she decided to pursue teaching Pilates as a career. After a rigorous year and a half long program, she earned her certification from the prestigious Romana’s Pilates in 2005.  While in training, Carrie studied under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska.  She continues to study with the Master Teachers of Romana’s Pilates to ensure she is always challenging herself and growing, both as a practitioner and a teacher. Carrie’s unique style of teaching combines her expert knowledge of the craft and genuine enthusiasm for helping people transform their bodies.  Her clients will tell you that although she can be tough, there is guaranteed laughter to be had in every session.  She takes to heart what Romana always said, “If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?”

Carrie is a sought after instructor and teaches workshops for both teachers and Pilates enthusiasts.  She takes great joy in sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates. To learn more about Carrie, visit her website or say hello on Instagram

Aug 31, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with health coach Courtney Townley about how to set meaningful goals.

They cover:

  • Why knowing your why is important for setting a goal that you'll actually follow through on
  • Strategies to identify your why
  • Why most women struggle to reach their health and fitness goals
  • How to combat overwhelm
  • Why consistency gets you better results than drastic action
  • The role of self compassion in reaching your gals and achieving better health
  • Why self awareness and tracking can make the difference in creating progress
  • How to find the balance between grace and grit

About Courtney Townley:

Courtney began working in the fitness industry over two decades ago when she transitioned from the professional dance world. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and is fully certified as a STOTT PILATES® instructor, National Strength and Conditioning personal trainer (NSCA-CPT), ACE Health Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach. She is also a very proud student of the Ido Portal Method.

Courtney has owned 2 fitness facilities and was so blown away by the results that clients got from her health coaching services, she decided to commit fully to developing that aspect of her business. She’s driven to learn everything she can about her field to help her clients get the results they desire and to be sure they have fun along the way.

Courtney is passionate about a multi-dimensional approach to health and fitness, and integrates the practices of clean eating, functional movement and stress management. She loves to move and share her love of movement with others while also introducing them to optimal health through healthy living practices.

To connect with Courtney, visit her website

Aug 24, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Joe Hook, CSCS and Director of Human Performance, about the science of stress and how stress can affect your workouts.

They cover:

  • A brief overview of how our bodies regulate stress
  • The relationship between breathing and stress
  • The differences between chronic stress and acute stress
  • How lifestyle factors like sleep, nutrition and recovery can reduce or increase stress
  • The effects of stress when you don't get enough recovery
  • How your body responds to different kids of workouts and how that relates to stress


Links Mentioned:

Ep 21: Joe Hook | Best strength training practices (part 1)

Ep 22: Joe Hook | Barefoot training, footwear and recovery (part 2)

About Joe Hook, CSCS, USAW

Joe is the Director of Human Performance for Real Human Performance (Cincinnati, Ohio). His background is in sports performance training, and he works with clients ranging from professional athletes to the average person. His training philosophy is rooted in improving movement patterns and stress resiliency.

For more information, visit his website at or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

Aug 18, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher Ashlee Carignan about how she build her following on Instagram.

They cover:

  • Why it's important to have a goal before your choose your Instagram strategy
  • How to use Instagram to build brand awareness
  • What Instagram is useful (and not useful for) when it comes to building your business
  • The basics of Instagram (how to use hashtags, put music to video and gain followers)
  • The importance of relationship building on and offline
  • How to pitch yourself to other companies and people who you want to collaborate with

About Ashlee Carignan

Ashlee’s Pilates career began 10 years ago when she completed an intense certification program of the Ivan Dahl Method. She was quickly addicted to the practices of Pilates and became excited by the idea of building a career centered on teaching people Joseph’s theory of complete coordination between the body, mind, and spirit.

After a series of residencies at some of LA’s most popular studios with a desire to empower individuals through Pilates, Ashlee opened her own space in the Beverlywood neighborhood of LA, appropriately called “Pilates with Ashlee” where she works with everyone from beginners to professional Olympic Athletes.

Ashlee’s had the pleasure to work with and be sponsored by many companies including Alo Yoga, All The Tiny Pieces, The 3B Shop, RESE Activewear, Bare Girl Socks, and Outdoor Voices. Additionally, she is an ambassador for Fré Skincare, The 3B Shop and Bare Girl Sock and was recently been featured in Voyage LA, LA Weekly, and Focus Magazine.

To connect with Ashlee, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.

Aug 10, 2017

In this episode, which originally aired October 13, 2016, Nikki chats with Kyria Sabin Waugaman, director of Fletcher Pilates.

They discuss the history of Fletcher Pilates, Ron Fletcher's philosophy of movement and how the Fletcher Towelwork® can be used in post rehab and performance settings.

Who was Ron Fletcher?

Ron Fletcher studied directly under Joe and Clara Pilates and is responsible for introducing and popularizing the Pilates Method in the West Coast.

He is known for having evolved the Pilates Method while maintaining the intention of the work. With Clara Pilates permission, Ron brought the work to standing and added elements of barre to enhance the function of the exercises. He also developed the Fletcher Towelwork® to improve integrity strength and balance in the upper body.

Using the Towelwork® to improve performance

The Towelwork® progresses movement from basic to complicated patterns. It starts with stabilization exercises to teach clients how to move from their backs and from a place of symmetry.

Depending on the activity, the application of the Towelwork® will vary, but it gives everyone a sense of strength, flexibility, ease of movement and taking the Pilates principles all the way up through the body.

For many people who play a one sided sport like tennis or baseball, there's an instability or imbalance in the body that can be corrected with the Towelwork®. Additionally, it can teach dancers how to perform upper body movement from a place of strength and ease.

Fletcher Towelwork® for breast cancer

One of the applications of the work is opening the front of the body. In the case of chest wall surgeries like mastectomies, lumpectomies and open heart surgery, there's a tendency to close down in the chest particularly when there is scar tissue or pain involved.

This causes changes in upper body posture and compromises the stability of the shoulder girdle. The Towelwork® helps expand the chest wall, improve shoulder stability and correct upper body posture.

Ron Fletcher's teaching philosophy

Ron approached every body from an idea of movement potential - not limitations.

He was all about helping people embody their bodies and he often talked about how we have this give or take, 70 trillion cells that we get to move through life with. He believed that we should treat each person, no matter where they are in their lives as a whole being, not just as someone who is recovering from something.

Links Mentioned

Fletcher Pilates Website:

Fletcher Pilates in Seattle with Teresa Chikoore:

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet talk with David Nolan, founder of human performance advancement, about what it means to have an evidence based training program and how to interpret a research study.

They cover:

  • Why you shouldn't take sound bite references to research at face value
  • Why it's important to look at the methods behind the research when interpreting the results
  • The limitations of research both within the lab and when applying it to real life
  • Common mistakes made when reading a study
  • What sources you should look to for accurate information
  • The impacts of placebo effect and confirmation bias

About David Nolan

David is the founder and director of Human Performance Advancement, a team of highly motivated coaches with sports science backgrounds who have experience in both the practical applications of strength and conditioning and research of sports science. He is also the host of the Human Performance Advancement Podcast.
David graduated with 1st class honours degree in sport and exercise sciences from the University of Limerick and is currently working on carrying out a research project in University College Dublin examining the effects of different foods on hunger & satiety hormones.
He takes an evidence based approach to education of health and fitness and works with a variety of athletes, general populations & sports teams. To learn more about David, visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.


Jul 27, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with personal trainer and Ayurvedic practitioner Andrea Claassen about how to use Ayureveda to enhance health and fitness.  

They cover: 

  • What Ayureveda is and how it’s more than just a physical yoga practice
  • The three types doshas
  • How to identify your personal dosha(s) and how to know if your dosha is in balance
  • Simple ways to apply Ayurvedic principles to your life, even if you’re new to it (e.g. determining how to time meals, when to go to bed, ect)
  • How to use Ayurveda to practice mindfulness and to listen to your body
  • How to adjust Ayurvedic concepts to meet you where you’re at if the recommendations are overwhelming or don’t feel achievable

Links mentioned: 

About Andrea:

Andrea Claassen is a certified personal trainer, 200 hour registered yoga instructor and mindset shifter.  Her mission is to help women learn to lift heavy, incorporate yoga, and find their favorite form of movement. She does this by teaching her Peaceful Power Practices centered around fitness, yoga and Ayurveda.

Andrea believes training is so much more than working out it truly is about helping you evolve your identity. To connect with Andrea, visit her website or say hello on Instagram

Jul 20, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with host of the Fitness Candor Podcast and personal trainer Eric Feigl about how to get the most out of your strength training without having to live in the gym.

They discuss:

  • What a full body workout looks like and how that might differ between a 30 minute and 1 hour workout
  • Why a longer workout isn't always a more effective workout
  • How to find time for strength training even when you're really busy
  • The role of recovery in building strength and seeing results
  • If you need traditional cardio as part of a well rounded program
  • Other considerations for programming when working with an athlete, such as sport specific programming

Links Mentioned:

Nikki's interview with Eric on the Fitness Candor Podcast

Click here to get your FREE full body workout + cheat sheet to better mobility and less pain.

About Eric Feigl

Eric Feigl is the owner of Eric Feigl Personal Training located in Cincinnati, OH.  Eric has helped individuals of all physical levels from NCAA athletes to the weekend warrior achieve their specific training goals. Backed by Mission 5 Fitness, Cincinnati's most knowledgeable, professional and respected training facility, Eric has established himself as a go-to fitness professional.

Feigl, Kentucky and Ohio President of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (OHASEP 2013-present), received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science at Eastern Illinois University. Eric was involved with the Assessment Testing and Prescription Lab and a Graduate Assistant with EIU's athletic department and has been personal training since graduating in 2007.

Although well-versed in a spectrum of knowledge, Eric specializes in applied kinesiology and exercise science as they relate to exercise program design and injury prevention; strength development, fat loss, and physical enhancement/performance. He is also published on and hosts the podcast Fitness Candor.

To connect with Eric, say hello on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or send him an email at

Jul 13, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with personal trainer and virtual coach Kourtney Thomas about the benefits, science and mindset of hypertrophy training and her program The Bigness Project.

They cover:

  • What hypertrophy training is and why it’s not just for bros
  • The difference in mindset when training to get “big” versus training to get smaller
  • The science and application of hypertrophy training
  • How long it takes to see a physical difference and beginner “gains”
  • The role of rest and recovery in growing bigger muscles
  • How hypertrophy training can fit into a fitness program if you also want to train for an endurance sport or work on strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Body image, the culture of smallness for women and how the message is changing
  • Myths and misconceptions behind body building (e.g. it’s not functional or it will get your injured)

About Kourtney Thomas, CSCS

B.A. Hospitality Business, Michigan State University

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Owner, Kourtney Thomas Fitness

A former avoider of gym class, Kourtney stumbled her way into the fitness world via TV infomercials and never looked back. Within a couple of years, she’d made the career transition from desk to gym.

With that decision, Kourtney completed her personal training certification through ACSM, followed that up with her running coaching certification through the RRCA, and then became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Kourtney also holds certifications in Concurrent Hybrid Performance Coaching, Spinning, TRX, and ViPR Training. Her business, Kourtney Thomas Fitness, focuses on empowering people to not only master movement, but mindset and choices, too, in order to build a big, beautiful life.

Her passion for endurance running (Kourtney has completed numerous 5k and 10k races, many half marathons, and four marathons to date) evolved into strength training and eventually bodybuilding, and Kourtney believes that there is a style of movement that will ignite a fire in anyone.

When she’s not at the gym doing some variation of biceps curls (seriously, it’s a lot of the time), Kourtney rides her Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe anytime the weather is above 50 degrees, travels to national parks, stays up too late reading copious amounts of science fiction and fantasy, and bake elaborates cakes and cookies. Her motto is “Big Arms, Big Life,” and she lives that daily alongside her husband, Marty, miniature dachshund Boudreaux, and orange tabby cat, Brewer, outside of Colorado Springs, CO.

To connect with Kourtney, visit her site or say hello on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Jul 6, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and Movement Coach James Crader about how the core is more than just the "abs" and how to use this idea for whole body movement.

They cover:

  • Why you might want to rethink how you use common fitness cues like brace and squeeze (and when you should use those words)
  • The difference between finding your core through the action of squeezing and engaging it through dynamic movement
  • How core became a fitness buzzword and why it's more than just training the abdominals
  • Finding a balance between abdominal exercises like planks and crunches and building awareness around the abs through movement exploration
  • The role of muscle timing and the nervous system in efficient movement
  • The potential issues with living + training in a posterior pelvic tilt and the potential correlation with intestinal distress
  • Tips for creating more exploration and ease in your movement and Pilates practice

About James Crader: 

James is a Movement Coach specializing in Pilates and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy, a CoreAlign Faculty Member, co-host of the Thinking Pilates Podcast, and owner of Evolved Body Studio in Sacramento, CA.

Growing up he never thought anything fitness would be his calling. He was nerdy, enjoyed listening to and telling stories, and loved to experiment, create, and play with the shapes he could make while rolling around on the floor. He and his sister even practiced writing with their toes (just in case). All that made for a really weird kid, but an innovative movement educator. James began his Pilates training with Balanced Body, but has gone on to study with numerous teachers from many lineages of Pilates and beyond. James has contributed to movement and lifestyle conversations on podcasts, diverse blogs, Pilates Style magazine, the documentary A Movement of Movement, and now Pilates Anytime.

You can find out more about James and EB Studio at, or follow his movement musings through Project Movement University (project_Move.U.) on Facebook and Instagram

Jun 29, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with strength and conditioning coach Charlie Reid about how to create a movement practice to match your fitness goals and why this can be difficult to do.

They cover:

  • Training to get tired versus training to get better
  • Why focusing on only one thing at a time (e.g. improving strength or increasing cardiovascular endurance) can get you better results
  • The difference between training to improve a skill and training to maintain a skill
  • Why everyone needs a baseline of fitness before working towards performance
  • How to fill in the gap between where our training models have come from (athletic training + body building) and where most people are when they start a fitness program
  • The psychological aspects of why we're attracted to certain fitness modalities and how that relates to our goals

Upcoming workshops with Charlie:

Intro to Resistance Stretching-LIVE Course

Sunday, July 23rd 2017 in San Francisco, Ca


  • $235 early registration (includes complete digital course) before July 1st
  • $175 early regsitration (live course only) before July 1st
  • $285 late registration w/digital course starting July 1st
  • $225 later registration w/o digital course starting July 1st

Registration Link:

Jules Mitchell and Charlie Reid offer this introductory course to resistance stretching designed for yoga teachers and other movement professionals interested in adding assisted stretching techniques to their repertoire. Get plenty of hands-on practical training, enabling you to apply these methods immediately after the course.

Additionally, Jules and Charlie troubleshoot mobility issues as they arise, providing you with insight into their talent for assessment and protocol selection. Course includes manual with instructions and photos for each exercise, a 1-hour lecture accompanied by a slideshow investigating the biomechanical and neuromechanical theory behind resistance stretching, a detailed tutorial on the art of compassionate touch and safe body mechanics, and tons of fun.

About Charlie Reid:

Charlie Reid, CSCS, CMT, is a Movement Educator, Coach, and Massage therapist based in San Francisco, CA. His mission is to help cultivate stronger, more resilient humans. When he's not coaching one-on-one, teaching workshops, or hosting seminars in the Bay Area, he is most likely drinking too much espresso whilst torturing a bass guitar. 

To learn more about Charlie, you can visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram

Jun 22, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with LA based yoga teacher and movement educator Trina Altman about why people get hurt doing yoga and her new online course Yoga Deconstructed™

They cover: 

  • Common causes of pain and injury in yoga
  • The movements that are missing in yoga that can contribute to muscle imbalances and pain
  • Why stretching isn't always the answer
  • How people who are both too stiff or too mobile can benefit from adding strength and stability training to their routine
  • How breaking down a pose into smaller movements can reduce the risk of injury and increase the longevity in your yoga practice
  • Why Trina created Yoga Deconstructed ™ and how the exercises she teaches can be used to balance out a regular yoga practice

Links Mentioned:

Yoga Deconstructed™ Online Course

About Trina Altman:

Trina leads teacher trainings in Yoga Tune Up®, the Roll Model® Method and Rx Series for Equinox locally and internationally. She is the creator of Yoga Deconstructed™ an innovative interdisciplinary approach that fosters an embodied understanding of Yoga and its relationship to modern movement science.

While at Brown University, Trina took a Kripalu yoga class which ignited her passion for the practice. Emphasizing the importance of inner focus, she teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings across the country. She has presented at Kripalu, PURE YOGA® NYC, Cal-a-Vie Spa, SYTAR, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, ECA, UCLA and multiple yoga conferences.

Her teaching fosters body cognition and self-discovery, firmly grounded in anatomical awareness. Trina builds bridges between the mystical and the pragmatic, and specializes in helping others to access their body’s tissues and their heart’s purpose. Trina works out of Los Angeles at Equinox and The Moving Joint. Find her at or say hello on Facebook or Instagram.

Jun 15, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Pilates teacher and mentor Chantill Lopez about how to help our students find greater autonomy and take ownership for the work that they do with us.

They discuss:

  • The paradigm shift of moving from the "fixing" mentality to one of exploration and discovery
  • How asking deeper questions can help us find intrinsic motivation beyond the boilerplate reasons why a lot of people come to Pilates and how these questions can better help us meet our or our students needs
  • How to help our students set goals and take ownership for their choices and experiences
  • The different stages of competency and teaching strategies to increase competency
  • Top down versus bottom up processing

Links Mentioned:

Skillful Teaching Mentorship Program

About Chantill Lopez

"Be real. Don't fake it. Be able to say I don't know. Laugh at myself. Extend compassion to myself and my students. Enter in fully, every time, ready or not."

After more than 20 years of teaching, 15 of which have been spent teaching Pilates, yoga, dance, meditation and other movement modalities to a complex variety of folks, Chantill Lopez is proud to be a teacher of teachers. Building relationships with teachers who want to be unabashedly amazing at what they do — teachers who want to move beyond the clockwork pieces of technique and blow the top off their potential – is what excites her most about her work and keeps her inspired, creating continuing education and working with teachers world-wide.

She holds Pilates certifications from the PhysicalMind Institute and Body Kinetics with Master Teacher Carol Appel, is certified in Yamuna Body Rolling and Vinyasa yoga, and has extensively studied the work of Philip Beach, Feldenkrais, the Franklin Method, Authentic Movement, and the Halprin Life/Art Process, as well as Vipasana meditation, Buddhist psychology and The Work by Byran Katie. Chantill is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) and CYT.

She is the founder of Skillful Teaching - an international live and online educational company for Pilates and yoga teachers and is the author of "Moving Beyond Technique: How To Nurture Your Passion, Master Your Craft, and Create a Thriving Pilates Business."

You can learn more about her at or say hello on Facebook

Jun 8, 2017

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Pilates expert and educator, Jenna Zaffino about her experiences and how to address anxiety and burnout as a Pilates teacher or fitness professional.

They discuss:

  • Constructive strategies to handle teaching burnout and anxiety
  • The role of mindset in how we feel about ourselves, our actions and our teaching
  • How anxiety is more common than we realize and not feeling alone in it can make a difference
  • The different motivations for sharing work online and in social media
  • How we can harness positivity in an authentic way
  • Ways to incorporate a meditation practice into your day
  • Why everything counts

Self-care experts and mindset resources + links mentioned:

About Jenna Zaffino:

Jenna Zaffino is a Pilates expert who's star is rising to the top of the industry.  She has been teaching for 16 yrs, owned her successful studio, Helios 3.0 in Chicago for 10 and is the author of the celebrated Pilates children's book, Horatio Moves! 

Jenna is the producer, writer and host of the wildly popular podcast, Pilates Unfiltered.  She is also the creator of multiple online support courses that help movement teachers find their purpose and remember their passion.

Jenna received comprehensive Pilates teacher training through both Movement Education LLC and The Ron Fletcher Program of Study, respectively.  As a professional educator, she has served as a faculty member for Fletcher Pilates Intl for a decade, presenting courses and professional teacher training for the company internationally.  She is also an Arcus Educator and course contributor through McEntire Pilates. 

Jenna recently became a certified meditation teacher, expanding her offerings to include an integrated and mindful approach to movement. Jenna's passion for supporting movement professionals is realized through providing professional mentorship as well as life coaching.  She is a facilitator for Gabrielle Bernstein's May Cause Miracle's 40 Day Program and will complete her education in NLP in 2017.

To learn more about Jenna, you can visit her site or say hello on Facebook or Instagram

Jun 1, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Anula Maiberg, Pilates teacher and co-owner of Sixth Street Pilates in NYC about body image and Pilates culture.

They discuss: 

  • Why showing diverse body types performing Pilates is important
  • Possible reasons why Pilates isn't easily defined by the general public and fitness community 
  • What we can do as Pilates instructors to help define Pilates culture in and out of the studio
  • The impact of marketing on Pilates culture and how to appeal to younger generations
  • How we can make the studio a more welcoming place where people feel empowered to move and not self-critical of how they move
  • How to handle criticism when putting yourself out there

About Anula

You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you. - Isadora Duncan

Pilates is about finding success in movement its not about making ideal shapes. That's my approach to teaching. I try to bring that across by finding joy in the practice and not taking it all too seriously.

I have a major leggings obsession and now that American Apparel is out of business I am not totally sure what I'm going to do with my life.

In my studio we like to have a little background music playing. Currently its the XX all day every day. They are just mellow enough to not be distracting but still really beautiful.

I go to the ballet more times than my budget will allow... the perks of living in NYC and I take full advantage of it. Romeo and Juliet makes me cry every time.

Favorite TV show of all time: Twin Peaks or My So Called Life

Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind or St. Elmo's Fire

Favorite Song: Freebird
To connect with Anula, say hello on Instagram.
May 18, 2017

In this episode, Janet and Nikki talk with Medical Exercise Specialist Brian Richey about how to work with a client with knee pain.

They cover:

  • Common causes of knee pain and how to know when to refer out
  • Exercise protocols and contraindications for arthritis, ACL tears, patellofemoral syndrome meniscal tears and general knee pain
  • How to use a foam roller to address knee pain
  • Corrective exercises to decrease knee discomfort and improve alignment
  • What muscle groups to target when you have knee pain
  • The background on the study that found surgery wasn't effective for addressing pain from meniscal tears
  • Exercise recommendations for knee health

About Brian Richey

Brian, the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, was born in Kailua, Hawai‘i, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.

While Brian is a personal trainer, he isn’t your typical one. Brian is a Medical Exercise Specialist and Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist, meaning that his level of understanding and working with and managing medical conditions with exercise is far beyond that of your typical trainer.

“My goal is to bridge the gap between the medicine and movement.”

While Brian might have been born in paradise, his childhood wasn’t all fun in the sun. He was an obese child, tipping the scales at over 420lbs by his 18 th birthday. His journey of weight loss ultimately led him to pursuit a career in personal training and help people not only in losing weight but also regaining and improving their quality of life.

To connect with Brian, you can visit his website, follow him on Facebook or send him an email at

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