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Jeanette PalmerJeanette Palmer has over thirty years of teaching experience in the field of movement, dance and fitness.  Ballet trained at Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts and the Boston Conservatory of Music, Jeanette has had a distinguished performing career, including the Broadway theatre, New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall.

Jeanette found her way to Pilates when chronic pain threatened to bring her performing career to a premature end.  Through Pilates (and stretching) she was rehabilitated and continued to dance professionally for another 13 years.  (Given her triumph over her injuries and her lifelong passion for movement and dance, becoming a certified Pilates teacher was the logical next step.)

Ms. Palmer is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Center at CUNY, is the Pilates instructor to the Women’s Swim Team at Columbia University, has been teaching pilates for over at eleven years at Body Strength and the New Dance Group. She has also been invited by the Cirque du Soleil to teach Pilates workshops to their “Quidam” company in Philadelphia.  Jeanette also has a thriving private practice working with clients in their own homes, many of whom have physical challenges and limitations, requiring unique, personalized programming. 

Originally certified in Pilates through IMX in the mid 90’s, Jeanette discovered the LindaFit program in 2004.  She was so pleased with the program she asked Linda Farrell if she could assist at a future training and five years later is the senior teaching assistant for LindaFit.

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Jenn Seracuse attended the November 2008 training session and was officially certified in May of 2009. She currently teaches group mat classes at both Boom Fitness locations in Manhattan and at Evolution Sports Club in Astoria. She subs at the Alvin Ailey Extension and London Terrace- a private residence building in Chelsea. She has her own training business called Lean Body Pilates which provides private and semi-private in home Pilates training, and currently has clients in Manhattan and Queens. She completed workshops in stretch band and mini ball with Linda, which she utilizes in her classes and private sessions.  Email Jenn now or visit her blog.

I can't say enough about Linda Farrell or her mat certification program.  I chose her program because two teachers I respected and admired- and who inspired me to teach myself- had gotten their mat certifications through LindaFit.  I took a few classes from Linda and knew right away that I wanted to learn to teach from her.  I am so glad I did!  The sizes of the trainings are small, enabling Linda to provide each aspiring teacher with more than enough individual attention.   With Linda you are not just a number but a name and face.  Also, her apprentice teaching program is so valuable for new teachers to gain the confidence and experience they need to get work in studios and gyms.  It is because of her, and her commitment to the success of her trainees, that I have been a working Pilates instructor ever since I made the decision to get certified.  She is an excellent resource and mentor.  I continue to study with Linda, both in class, and through her workshops.  I would highly recommend the Lindafit Mat Certification Program to anyone beginning the journey to becoming a Pilates teacher. - Jenn

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Kirsten HoKirsten Ho attended the August-2008 Training with the Lindafit Pilates Cerification Program and was certified in March 2009. Kirsten currently does privates and works at Chen Dance Center in New York City. She has previous work experience at The Loft Dance and Fitness, Broadway Dance Center, Boom Fitness, The Brittany Private Residence, and Barclay Tower Apartments, all in New York and The Yoga Room in Hong Kong. Email Kirsten now!

I full-heartedly recommend attending the LindaFit Pilates Mat certification program. My certification has provided me with a continuous flow of work teaching at gyms and studios across New York. I first met Linda at one of her classes and since then I have received her undivided attention and support throughout my training and transition from student to teacher. I don’t believe any other program offers her level of support and individual attention, for that I am eternally grateful. I continue to take Linda’s classes as often as I can, honing my skills and gaining a better understanding of my own body. - Kirsten

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Joanna SienkiewiczJoanna Sienkiewicz attended the September-October 2009 Lindafit Pilates Cerification Program. She completed the program January 15, 2010. She is currently an instructor for Linda Farrell at Barclay Tower, Boom Fitness Gym, Arias Dance NYC and also gives privates, duets, and trio mat sessions. Joanna also incorporates a resistance band and the magic circle in to her pilates classes. Email Joanna now!

I truly believe that Linda's training program for aspiring Pilates instructors is the most real, beneficial, enjoyable, and rewarding program in the Pilates world. The classes and trainings are small in number so you can have personal attention and thoroughly understand the material and exercises. It gives you the most broad understanding and instruction on how to be an excellent teacher. I believe it is a wonderful journey becoming a certified Pilates instructor. You complete the program and feel a sense of accomplishment and feel prepared to go out there and make a difference in your classes and for clients. You also get opportunities to continue your education by attending Linda's workshops for different props and more repetory to enhance your workouts for your clients. Linda gives you her encouragement and guidance to be the Pilates instructor you want to become and helps you get right into the world of teaching. - Joanna

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Anna MorejonAnna Morejon attended the LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification, Nov-Dec 2009, and mini-ball workshop, March 2010. She completed her certification in Feb. 2010. She currently teachs at Ballet Arts, Hot Yoga Yonkers and Equalize FitnessAnna teaches private sessions, as well as private, closed classes, for Art of Control. (classes not open to the public).  Anna is also proud to be in Hunter's Doctor of Physical Therapy program starting this June! Email Anna now!

The main factors that caught my attention right away was the weekend format and the affordability.  I had researched various programs earlier but was discouraged by their cost. Once I started the program, I realized that the program’s main asset was Linda herself; she instantly made everyone feel comfortable, and her knowledge about teaching techniques and human anatomy amazed me.  Throughout the certification process, Linda was helping every step of the way. Through Linda, I have met many successful Pilates instructors who have inspired me and have taught me the logistics of running a private business.  I am so thankful to Linda for helping me gain the skills I need to not only teach Pilates, but to someday incorporate Pilates into a Physical Therapy practice. - Anna Morejon

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Jen Taylor attended Linda’s Summer 2007 training and was certified in January of 2009.  She currently teaches group classes at Pilates Reforming NY, The Loft Dance and Fitness, Bread and Yoga, and New York Health and Racquet Club. In addition, Jen offers private and semi private trainings in home. Her extensive list of private clients include actors, singers, stay at home moms, agents, makeup artists, stylists, sign language interpreters and models. She has furthered her training with Linda Farrell by taking her Stretchband and Advanced mat workshops and is also currently getting her certification on the Reformer through Polestar Pilates.  For more information on Jen, please visit www.pilatesbyjentaylor.com.

I can’t recommend the LindaFit mat certification program enough. Linda’s name carries a lot of weight in the Pilates world- she is highly respected and those who have gone through her Pilates certification program consistently make excellent teachers.  The biggest compliment I can give to my training with Linda is that I have been accepted at every studio I have auditioned at- a 100% success rate!  I also love the ongoing weekend workshops that Linda offers with props. . This type of training ensures that once you are a LindaFit teacher, you have countless opportunities to grow and evolve. - Jen

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Michelle N. Leach attended the February 2009 TRG was certified in October of 2009. She is currently working at: Namaste Yoga, Easton Yoga, Viva Pilates, and Villas at Whithall. Email Michelle now!

There are not enough words to express how grateful I am to Linda Farrell.  Because of Linda and her thorough training, I am confident and passionate about my practice.  Linda has an innate ability to make everyone she meets feel comfortable and at ease while encouraging you to reach your highest potential.  Her class sizes are always small and intimate, creating a perfect environment for learning.  Linda is always available and eager to help, even after you have completed your certification.   I couldn’t recommend Linda enough!  Her workshops are informative and helps one to elevate and enhance their teaching skills.   Best of all, Linda’s trainings and workshops are affordable.  She is worth every penny and you really get your money’s worth.    I call her my “Pilates Guru” because her knowledge, passion and experience are addicting!  And somehow, that rubs off on you.  Thank you Linda! - Michelle

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Holly HiltHolly Hilt has been a student of pilates for over ten years. She was first introduced to the practice while in college at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Holly came to find the true benefit of pilates while rehabilitating a major rotator cuff injury.  Unable to dance or play tennis, she found pilates allowed her to continue her active lifestyle.  Upon graduation, Holly moved to New York City and began intense private training with Aimee Savage of Aimee Pilates located in the Upper East Side. In 2006, Holly began studying pilates mat under Linda Farrell. She fell in love with Linda’s teaching methods and soon thereafter, became a certified LindaFit pilates mat instructor. Holly’s mat classes incorporate classical pilates with a modern twist. Her mat classes include the use of props, which allows one to mirror exercises on the mat that would be performed on the pilates apparatuses, such as the reformer, cadillac or barrel.  Holly has also continued her pilates training on the reformer through the Pilates Academy International She thoroughly enjoys sharing her love for pilates through teaching, enabling individuals to feel the strength that pilates offers the body. Holly teaches multiple group mat classes, private/duet reformer sessions and private-in home mat sessions on a weekly basis. Her clients range from beginner to advanced and many suffer from some degree of muscular or skeletal injury. Email Holly.

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Victoria WassermanVictoria Wasserman has been a student of pilates since 2006. She studied mat pilates under Jeanette Palmer and attended the LindaFit pilates certification program in July of 2009. She has a strong background in anatomy which she studied for eight years under the well known anatomist and artist Michael Burban at The Arts Students League in New York City. She currently resides in Cozumel, Mexico with her husband and teaches mat pilates at The Budist Center of Cozumel and
at "The Gym" of Playa Del Carmen.

"I discovered pilates almost by accident. I was looking for an exercise program that would give me fast results. I had tried several other classes and was either bored by them or injured myself. The first time I took a pilates class I knew it was a perfect fit!
In a short time I could see remarkable changes in my body and the constant lower back and shoulder pain I had all of my life disappeared! People started complimenting me on my posture. I loved the new awareness I had about my body. My fascination with how the human body works grew and before long I found myself lecturing friends and family about the benefits of doing pilates. I became increasingly more dissatisfied with my job in the corporate service industry and pilates soon became the focus of my life. I knew I wanted to teach as passionately as Jeanette and inspire others the way she inspired me. It was Jeanette who led me to Linda and again it was a perfect fit! I now have a career I am passionate about and enjoy helping others connect to their bodies and live healthier lives! I could never have imagined at that first pilates class how much it would change my life!"

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Lauren ValentineLauren Valentine started Pilates while achieving her BFA at the Ohio State University.  Incorporating Pilates in her training added longevity to her dance career and ultimately her daily life.  While dancing in New York City, she attended Jeanette Palmer’s mat class and was introduced to Linda Farrell and the LindaFit certification in 2006.  Lauren soon developed a passion to teach and help others reach their full potential.  Continuing her Pilates education, Lauren received certification for the apparatus through the Pilates Academy International and became a certifying member of their staff at Pilates on Fifth.  While living in NYC, Lauren used her Linda Fit mat certification to teach in numerous gyms, Pilates studios and apartment buildings.  Currently, Lauren lives in Los Angeles and continues to teach both privates and group classes at Align and Define in Toluca Lake. 

I’m continually flattered by students ( and Pilates instructors alike) commenting on my knowledge, understanding and ability to communicate the mat work- I owe that to a truly gracious and incredibly knowledgeable Pilate mat GODDESS named Linda Farrell!

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Gisele AssiGisele Assi was born in Sao Paulo Brazil has studied Ballet, Modern and Flamenco dance for 20 years. In 1993 in Sao Paulo studied Basic Anatomy, stretching and gymnastics. Gisele  worked as a personal trainer and had her own Dance and workout studio in Sao Paulo for five years before moving to New York in 1999. In New York, Gisele study Pilates mat technique for 8 years with Linda Farrell. In 2008 got certified as Pilates mat  teacher for beginner intermediate levels, and the Pilates Mini Ball. Since than Gisele has been teaching Pilates independently at Flamenco Latino, and Roy Arias studios.

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Stephanie MeadeStephanie Meade has been a professional dancer for over 13 years. She started practicing pilates very early in her career, at the advice of physical therapists, in order to heal from dance injuries and to prevent further ones. Over the years she has come to see the many benefits that practicing pilates provides including, relief from back pain and muscular weakness. She became certified to teach through the LindaFit  Pilates Mat certification program  in 2006 so that she could share this very important practice with others. Stephanie has been teaching both group fitness classes and private sessions for the last five years at gyms such as Club H and through residential fitness programs created by LindaFit.    She believes in strengthening safely and is very sensitive to those recovering from injuries.

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Shannon O'SullivanShannon O’Sullivan attended the January – February 2010 training session and was officially certified in May of 2010. She currently teaches group mat classes at in Chelsea and subs at Body Strength Fitness and at other studios around the city.  Following LindaFit, Shannon continued with Pilates equipment training for the reformer and chair at Pilates on Fifth.  In addition to her fast-paced career as a corporate lawyer, she has her own Pilates business, SOS Pilates, which provides private and semi-private in home Pilates mat and chair training.  Visit Shannon’s website!

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Shannon O'SullivanJenna Muller has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! She’s studied all forms of dance- ballet, jazz, tap and modern, which ignited a lifelong love of dance and fitness.  She discovered pilates while performing in the Long Island Ballet Theatre, to help strengthen her body and prevent injuries.  Jenna received her mat pilates certification by LindaFit in April 2010.  Since then she’s also become certified to teach Barre3, a Lotte Berk inspired total body workout that fuses yoga, ballet and pilates.  She enjoys teaching privates, semi-privates and group classes in both NYC and Edgewater, NJ. If you’re ever in Morristown, NJ, please check out her classes at the new Barre3 studio! She welcomes the opportunity to help you reach your fitness goals. Thank you, Linda for all of your support and knowledge! Email Jenna!

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Paola TerribiliniBorn in Italy and living now in Switzerland, Paola Terribilini has been involved in fitness for over 20 years. She has taught many disciplines including, Powerstrike Kickboxing and Impact, and Body Conditioning and  has owned a fitness and dance studio,  An encounter with Linda Farrell during a trip to New York in 2001 peaked her interest in  becoming a Pilates Mat Teacher and she was certified through the LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification program a year later.  Paola has also studied at the CovaTech Pilates School in Milan receiving further training on the pilates equipment. Paola's love for Modern Dance which she has practiced and taught for many years sparked her interest in the fluid core based Pilates method. She has also participated in various training and continuing education courses in the field of fitness, dance and Pilates. Every August, she goes to New York for a month where she continues to study with acclaimed international teachers to sharpen and perfect her technique and teaching. Paola has appeared on national TV in many sports and fitness programs and was a consultant for the Associazione Cantonale Ticinese of Physical Education (ACTG) and for various sport clubs. "I am a full time Pilates Teacher in Switzerland now, thanks to Linda who inspired me a long time ago. She was what I wanted to be. She is a fantastic mentor and friend, her knowledge about teaching techniques and human anatomy amazed me. I could listen to her talking for hours without any sign of boredom, Linda is 100% behind her teachers. I highly recommend her courses."

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Stephanie PetruccioStephanie Petruccio ~ "My love for Pilates started when I took a few classes in college (The University of the Arts) as a modern dance major, but grew even more once I started taking Linda's classes at Broadway Dance Center. I did my best to make her class at least once a week or whenever I could get down to NYC since I live in Fishkill, NY.  The way she explains the Pilates method and every exercise is so precise and her voice is so sweet and pleasant. She made me fall in love with the technique and before I knew it, Linda asked me to help her with a few of her certification programs as a model for the students.  We built a wonderful relationship and I eventually was able to get my certification. I completed my Pilates training this past summer (2013).  Linda is very careful to cover all the principles of Pilates that Joseph Pilates originally created. She gives you a history of Pilates as well as a thorough anatomy lesson and explanation of every exercise. I now work for SLT (Strengthen Lengthen & Tone) in Rye Brook, NY as a trainer. I teach the Megaformer classes and am extremely happy. Linda is a huge positive influence in my life and I appreciate everything she has done for me and for all of her support.  I highly recommend her program for anyone interested in becoming certified! "

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Elizabeth Jones is a dancer, choreographer, Pilates instructor, and fitness enthusiast. She received her mat training under LindaFit Pilates and continues to study with Linda to this day.  Her current Pilates employments in the city include: PPW New York, Ludlow Fitness, and guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center. She has produced dance and theatrical work for Roberto Cavalli, Pepsi Co., BCBS, Heineken USA, Caesars in Atlantic City, Carnival Choreographer's Ball, and Broadway at Birdland with Diana DeGarmo. Her credits as a performer include: Madonna's "Give Me All You're Luvin" music video, XBox, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, Kaskade at Roseland Ballroom, Dance War on ABC, Dos Equis present "The Most Interesting Show in the World", and more. She is currently in pre-production as the contemporary choreographer for a new book musical entitled "Enduring Love". She is also currently in training to compliment her love for Pilates with a new spin program coming to NY in December/January.

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Andrea LanzettiAndrea Lanzetti has been dancing since the early age of six.  She went on to study dance at DeSales University and earned her degree in 2010.  Dancing professionally has made Andrea extremely aware of the body and all that goes into treating it with care.  After discovering her passion for Pilates, she went on to receive her certification through LindaFit in 2012.  Her mat class is designed to help the individual find their own personal balance of strength, flexibility, breath, and body awareness.  Her teaching style stems from the classical Pilates method, the way Joe Pilates intended, while adding modern variations to please the needs of her clients.  Providing a challenging, yet well balanced experience for the body and mind is what she hopes to provide for all of her clients.  

Linda has provided Andrea with all the necessary tools in order to become a successful Pilates instructor.  Linda’s knowledge of the body and Pilates system was extremely evident throughout the program and has created a strong foundation for all of her students.  In finding a teaching job within weeks of completing her certification, Andrea owes much of her success to Linda and to the wonderful certification program she has created.  Andrea currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and teaches mat classes at Green Fitness Studio, Greenhouse Holistic, and Paris Health Club.

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Stephanie BrooksStephanie Brooks is a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast, and advocate for the American Heart Association. She is passionate about helping people live a healthy lifestyle and has taught fitness and dance for over 10 years. Stephanie holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. At the University of Arizona, Stephanie studied mat, spine corrector, and reformer for 4 years under master teachers, including Ron Fletcher.  She took the Ron Fletcher teacher-training course, and then continued her Pilates journey when she moved to NYC, under Linda Farrell, with LindaFIT Pilates. Stephanie has been a teaching artist and fitness instructor at the 92nd St Y, Westside YMCA, Ballet Academy East, and Broadway Dance Center. She is also the Co-Founder of ALMA NYC Dance Company and is certified in Zumba, AFFA Group Fitness, and The M.E.L.T. Method®. Stephanie has taught in seven different countries, and has experience working with special populations, disabilities, and injuries. Check her out at stephaniebrooks.org.

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Mary SherwinMary Sherwin received her BA degrees in Communications and Dance from the University of Washington and continued on to receive her MA in Choreography from Middlesex University in London, UK. She initially fell in love with Pilates during her rehabilitation from a dance injury and enjoyed how the discipline affected her entire well being. She completed the program October 2012 and currently teaches at Tone Pilates in Astoria. She was impressed with how the Lindafit certification program strengthened her knowledge of the body and the repertoire that Joseph Pilates created. Linda has been extremely supportive, encouraging and a great mentor throughout this process. Contact her via email.

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Kat PiolaFashionista turned fitness guru, Kat Piola is a LindaFit certified Pilates mat instructor and a Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling instructor.  After almost 5 years as an account executive, she found her personality just could not be contained behind a desk any longer!  She completed the NYC Marathon in 2011 and from the disciplined training to the race itself, she felt more in her element than ever before.  So she took the plunge, left her “cushy” job and now dedicates her career to inspiring others to live healthier, more positively energized lives every day! Aside from running, cycling, and Pilates, Kat also embraces strength training, TRX, and loves a good sweaty Hot Yoga sesh. Finding balance in her daily life has always been important to her and she strives to create fun but challenging, results-oriented classes that will both physically and mentally push you to your next level.  You can find Kat teaching all over Manhattan & Brooklyn at Equinox, the Under Armour Performance Center, Harbor Fitness (Park Slope), and Byklyn.  For updates on her whereabouts or to contact her… check out her fitness page on Facebook - Breathe & Sweat. Fit by Kat. Or start following her on Instagram (@kdp925) or Twitter (@breathesweatfit).  

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Kat PiolaElna Maria Dahlsjo was born in Sweden. She fell in love with movement at the age of 11 when she took her first dance class and has been dancing ever since. She studied jazz and ballet in Sweden, Ireland and New York. Elna attended the May-June LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification program and assisted Linda at the August Dance Teacher Summit in 2014. She completed her pilates mat certification requirements in Aug 2014, moved back to Sweden and is currently teaching dance and Pilates at Classic Pilates Studio and Forum Gym in Sweden. 

 "Wow! Linda Farell and her training program is just amazing. I am so grateful for all the knowledge and professionalism she has taught me. Her training program is very well structured and gives you just the perfect amount of time, attention and knowledge to feel secure to stand on your own legs. It gives you what you need to be an excellent teacher. I would strongly recomend you to take your pilates mat certificate with Linda Farrell ."