LindaFit Pilates Mat Teachers
Jeanette 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.
Jenn Seracuse attended the November 2008 training and was officially certified in May of 2009 and is now the Director of Pilates at FLEX Studios.
Jenn trains a wide range of clients from top models, like Victoria's Secret Super Model Alessandra Ambrosio and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Kate Bock and Lauren Mellor; to professional athletes like Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. She also works with other film, television and Broadway stars, dancers, marathon and Ironman competitors, NYC socialites and of course new & expectant moms. Jenn loves transforming bodies by adding a modern spin to classic Pilates exercises and is a stickler for form and precision. Find out more about Jenn www.jennseracuse.com.
In addition to Linda’s training- including her mini ball and stretch band workshops- Jenn is also certified in Pilates Apparatus through Pilates Academy International, as well as TRX suspension training and Prenatal & Postnatal exercise. Jenn has been featured in several major publications including Glamour, SHAPE, Women’s Health, MAXIM, People StyleWatch, AND New York Magazine. She has appeared in segments on NBC’s TODAY, FOX News and Telemundo. She is an ambassador for Lululemon and a hydration specialist for Essential Water .
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. Now that I have moved into a Director position, I have hired many Lindafit certified instructors to teach under me at FLEX Studios, because I know I am getting quality instructors with the knowledge & training it takes to be a superstar in this industry. I would highly recommend the Lindafit Mat Certification Program to anyone beginning the journey to becoming a Pilates teacher.
Kirsten 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,
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.
Joanna 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.
Anna 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.____________________________________________________
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.____________________________________________________
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!____________________________________________________
Holly 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.
Victoria 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!___________________________________________________
Lauren 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! ___________________________________________________
Gisele 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 and got certified through the LindaFit Pilates Mat certification program in 2008 and has taken LindaFit workshops such as the miniball.
Stephanie 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.
Shannon 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!
Jenna 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!
Born 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.
Stephanie 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! ___________________________________________________
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.
Andrea 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.
Stephanie 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. __________________________________________________
Mary 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.
Fashionista 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).
Elna 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 .
Jen Pagoto has been an occupational therapist for twenty years. She works with many clients who exhibit poor core strength and various attention deficits. She has found that the tools she has learned from becoming a certified Pilates mat instructor are often utilized in her daily therapy sessions with her clients. Jen fell in love with the Pilates method right away several years ago. She was a dedicated Pilates student at her gym and various studios for several years before deciding to learn everything there is to learn about this incredibly functional and challenging form of exercise. Linda Farrell was highly recommended by a friend who recently experienced her Lindafit mat certification program. Jen wanted a boutique setting with plenty of one on one attention as a student and as she researched Linda Farrell and the Lindafit Mat Certification Program, she knew she found an excellent match. Jen received her Lindafit Mat Certification in May 2014 and quickly returned for Linda’s Stretch Band Workshop. She is looking forward to attending more Lindafit workshops as she continues her Pilates journey. Jen currently works at Yoga Haven in Westchester County where she teaches her own class weekly. She also substitute teaches at The Bronxville Fitness Club and Kinetic Sports Club in Pelham, NY.
Tara Shea has a BA in Communications and Theater Design from Hunter College. She had a successful career in the Fashion Industry and in past few years decided to pursue an alternate career path.
After years of high impact workouts she moved on to Yoga as a form of exercise and a stress relief. A few years ago after a knee injury she discovered Pilates as a wonderful strengthing tool for her body.
She wanted to become pilates certified to better understand her body and pass this amazing practice on by teaching others to strengthen their body and minds to live happier and healthier lives. Email her!
I feel blessed to have found Linda Farrell's Pilates certification program. Linda is an amazing teacher and an inspiration. She passes on her talent for Pilates as well as her thorough knowledge of anatomy. Her small boutique
certification classes and workshops allow her students to get an in-depth and hands-on training. Her infectious personality helps to bring fun into the training program. I would highly recomend to anyone that wants to become a certified Pilates teacher to take the LindaFit program. ________________________________________________
Amani Hafez took Linda Farrell's, LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification in 2013. Amani was so impressed with the program that she continued to study with Linda, and has become Linda Farrell's official, authorized representative for teaching her pilates mat certification course in Egypt.
Amani Hafez has also been certified by AFFA and ACE as a GFI (general fitness instructor). She has been teaching since 1987, later becoming the Reebok fitness consultant in Egypt, through which she had the chance of becoming an instructor trainer in Slide Reebok in Spain. Over the years she has been able to enrich her experience by attending many conventions in Europe, exposing her to top presenters; Jin Miller's master step class (the creator of step) and Jay Blahnik's Dynamic stretching workshop. Having the opportunity to attend many Pilates workshops also allowed her to inject her own mat classes with not just the classical mat work but much more. She created her own combination of pilates, yoga and dance called Piiloga, in her fitness studio, Body Works. Pilates seems to have become her obsession in the past 10 years, which made her pursue many certifications: Pilates mat certification by NESTA, Pilates Ball by ACE and finally Linda Farrell's, LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification.
Among other certifications are spinning, Zumba, TRX and the Les Mills Body Pump and Body Attack programs. Amani is owner and instructor trainer in Body Works Fitness Studio that has been operating since 1999. Amani's goal is to continue to grow as an educator to share the wealth of knowledge she has acquired in her years of teaching.
Originally from Texas Meghan Robertson grew up studying and teaching dance in her hometown of Burnet. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater from the University of Texas she bravely packed her bags and headed for the big apple. It was there that her already existing love for Pilates grew. After completing the Professional Semester Program at Broadway Dance Center, Meghan went on to receive her certification from LindaFit Pilates in 2014. She now teaches classes in New York at both private and public clubs including Boom Fitness and The Colony Club. She also gives private, duet, and small group lessons as well. She believes in executing each exercise safely and efficiently giving her students motivation and anatomical education along the way.
I first met Linda while taking her Pilates class at Broadway Dance Center. After taking her class, I realized that LindaFit Pilates was the absolute best program to go through in order to receive my Pilates mat certification. Her extensive knowledge in Anatomy helped me leave the course as a confident as instructor in the human body. The small class sizes allow you to get the personalized attention you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. ________________________________________________
Jana Sanford - After practicing Pilates for over 10 years and doing resistance and cardio training for over 20, I left my Corporate career to pursue my passion for health and fitness and helping others achieve their goals. As a business woman and former consultant who lived on the road 4-5 days a week, I am focused on providing fitness solutions for corporate wellness programs and highly time constrained individuals (professionals, frequent travelers, new mothers, etc.) who are particularly challenged to maintain fitness routines due to their demanding schedules. I also emphasize exercises that are easily portable, meaning they don’t require big or heavy equipment or a lot of space, so can be done almost anywhere, anytime. As a biomedical engineer and a sports enthusiast, I have a strong interest in the biomechanics of exercise and sports activities including golf, tennis, running and skiing in particular.
Linda Farrell's Pilates certification program provided me with all the knowledge and tools to become a top notch instructor. Her knowledge of anatomy and practical method of teaching it are unprecedented and provide a solid foundation for her students to build their Pilates practices. Because she works in small groups, her program offers the opportunity to get personalized input and lots of hands on interactive experience. Linda also helps place her students in respected studios across the city to achieve their practice hours as well as find permanent teaching assignments.
Felicia Terlecki is new to teaching pilates but has been taking pilates classes for over twenty years. She has danced with New York Theatre Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Princeton Ballet and Hamilton Ballet Theatre and now has a not for profit called Live Dance Live. These years of dancing have given her great insight of how the body works, which has been an easy transfer to Pilates. Pilates gives you core strength, greater flexibility, muscle tone, relief of back and joint pain, more energy, weight loss and just a happier you! I am looking forward to expanding my horizons into the pilates world. Currently I am teaching private lessons and group classes. Thank you to Lindafit for the introduction into what is going to be a great future!
Linda's program is an intimate and eductional program. She is well prepared and knowledgable about the content and her profession. I would highly recommend her program for pilates instructors. It has been a pleasure to learn from her and also know that she really cares about her students and their future as instructors. ________________________________________________
Kate Zak - I started to train Pilates before coming to Broadway Dance Center but it wasn't till I met Linda that I developed a deeper understanding of Pilates. I have taken her classes on a regular basis since 2010 while being a student at Broadway Dance Center. I got my LindaFit Pilates Mat Certification in 2014 and started to teach shortly after at a gym and a yoga studio. I love to push the limits and use props such as fitness balls and it makes me so happy walking out feeling I gave my students my best. I want the students to feel joy, to improve, to develop a sense of alignment all with an easy breath when walking out of my class. I want them to feel that they got the challenge they needed. Because it's through challenges that we grow. No limits. I cant thank Linda enough for the knowledge she has passed on and the belief she had in me.
Sherri Norige - has 7 years of experience in the fitness industry as a barre instructor for Phsyique 57 and as a certified LindaFit Pilates mat instructor. She is also a NASM certified personal trainer. As a dancer from the time she was 3 years old, she realizes the importance of physical fitness on mental and emotional well being as well as the obvious physical benefits. Feel free to contact her via email, follow her on twitter @shapedbysherri or instagram @shapedbysher. Check out her website www.shapedbysherri.com for more details. ________________________________________________
Sarah Lehman has been interested in movement since she can remember. In 2008, she graduated from the Ohio State University where she studied modern dance and pre-physical therapy. She moved to New York City to dance professionally with a number of independent choreographers and soon after was introduced to Linda Farrell. She finished her mat certification with LindaFit in 2012 and has been teaching private Pilates lessons ever since. Sarah recently received her Masters in Applied Exercise Physiology from Columbia University.
I had taken Pilates classes growing up as an adjunct to my dance training but it wasn't until I was introduced to Linda that my appreciation for Pilates and my desire for teaching began to grow. LindaFit's Pilates method lets the exercises (and the science behind them) speak for themselves, and her large following of both students and teachers speaks to her success. Her knowledge and application of anatomy and Joseph's original mat-work stands the test of time. Her classes are both creative and invigorating. I can't speak highly enough to the training program and to Linda herself. I loved working with her and appreciate all she has done for me in my learning process and career development. Thank you Linda!!________________________________________________
Hollis Fuller Morris started her career teaching group fitness in high school. After teaching all through college she entered the corporate world and remained a fitness enthusiast despite no longer teaching. When Hollis took her first class with Linda in 2007 she fell instantly in love with mat Pilates and knew after her first class she would get certified. A mom of three, Hollis has used her LindaFit Pilates certification teaching mat Pilates in Westchester, NY as well as other group fitness classes. She currently teaches Pure Barre in Bronxville, NY and subs mat Pilates classes whenever she can. Pilates has been an important foundation for all of her group fitness endeavors. Linda is the BEST! She changed my life, my career and my ABS!_______________________________________________
Morgana Rose Mellett grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, before moving to NYC in 2010. Upon moving to New York, Morgana completed the LindaFit Pilates Mat certification. Morgana teaches Pilates classes in private residential buildings as well as at Equinox, Broadway Dance Center, West End Health and Fitness, and Boom Fitness.
Morgana is a member of Lori Belilove and The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, as well as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Yoga Instructor through Three Sisters Yoga. Email her or visit her website.
I have only positive things to say regarding Linda Farrell and her Pilates mat certification program. The programs are small and Linda cares that each person receives the knowledge and practice to be an articulate, well-educated and successful Pilates mat instructor. Furthermore Linda has continued to support me after my certification was completed by recommending me to gym owners and potential private clients and being continuously kind and caring to me. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about Pilates and looking to grow as an instructor. _______________________________________________
Michelle Pucci-Orosz is a trained dancer, Pilates Instructor and certified personal trainer. She has always been passionate about the biomechanics of movement and the way one moves through space. Whether it is in class or private sessions, instilling proper form is a primary focus. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, AFAA certified group exercise instructor, Pilates Mat certified through Linda Fit Pilates and CPR/AED qualified. Michelle's teaching experience includes Piloxing and Dance Cardio Sculpt at Elements Fitness Studio in Manhattan, Piloxing and Zumba instructor at Shotokan Karate Studio in Queens, Fitness instructor at Simply Fit Astoria, Dance Program Director at Camp Wicosuta in New Hampshire. When helping clients achieve their personal fitness goals she always likes to remind everyone to find the JOY in that process. And to take that time to really be present and in the moment.
I have been a dancer my whole life and spent years taking her class at Broadway Dance Center. There was this "thing" about her class that made me so drawn to her and I could never pinpoint what it was until I decided to pursue Fitness as a career. As a personal trainer with an in-house training company, Linda truly gave me the tools to be able to gain new clients as well as their trust. She has instilled the importance of taking the time to really observe how students are executing each movement and not rushing the learning process for instant results. I find myself CONSTANTLY going back to her manual, which has proven to be invaluable. Some of my clients have major limitations and having that manual has given me the tools I need to make adjustments on them. And aside from how knowledgeable she is with Pilates and anatomy, Linda is such a patient, humble and kind human being who always makes the time to help her students grow and answer any question no matter how small. She is a true mentor. She most certainly is MY mentor.
Natalia Duke has been traveling and studying different healing modalities since she studied and received her Pilates Mat certification with Linda Farrell in 2009. As a certified Yoga & Pilates instructor, Health Coach and Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Natalia's classes offer you a unique opportunity to tap into your inner & outer strength and flexibility. Natalia was introduced to this world of mindful movements by Linda and she is grateful to have began this journey of health and wellness with her. Natalia’s classes offer a variety of modifications and variations to find the right movements just for you. Natalia currently teaches in Key West, Florida and leads wellness + relaxation retreats abroad. To find out more about Natalia and her schedule visit her website at nataliaduke.com_______________________________________________
Nicole Roberts, M.Ed. is a co-owner of The Center Space, LLC providing private, in-home Yoga and Pilates instruction. She is a former professional dancer with 20-yrs of training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. In 2005 she began a one-year period of training and apprenticeship and went on to receive her Pilates certification from the Sal Anthony Movement Salon in Manhattan. She completed additional certification in the classical Pilates matwork repertory with expert trainer Linda Farrell, as well as specialized training in Pilates and osteoporosis. She continues to teach several Pilates mat classes (Broadway Dance Center, STEPS, Club H, Sal Anthony Movement Salon), in addition to working privately with clients of all different levels. Nicole is proud to be a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, as well as the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, committed to a high standard of excellence in health and fitness education. Nicole holds a bachelors degree in Speech from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Education from DePaul University. Currently, she is pursuing a certificate in Nutrition Education from Bauman College. She welcomes the opportunity to advise people in various aspects of their health.
As a formally-trained ballet and tap dancer, Yvette Lenhart was drawn to the dual effectiveness of Pilates as a way to strengthen core muscles yet leave the body feeling centered and relaxed. Receiving her mat certification from LindaFit Pilates, she has quickly become a sought-after instructor teaching at major gyms in NYC including Crunch and New York Health and Racquet Club. She has also received supplemental certifications for stability ball, resistance band, magic circle, and pre-natal exercises; is a certified Zumba and Sole Power instructor; holds a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia; and helped develop a teen Pilates/Dance program at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. Yvette draws from a myriad of disciplines to constantly find new ways to teach and explain classic exercises in efficient, powerful, and varied full-body workouts. Named by RateYourBurn.com as one of NYC's Most Popular Instructors in 2014 and 2015, Yvette's students always know to expect an inclusive and inspired atmosphere where they will work hard, be surprised, and have fun.
“Linda’s program will give you all of the tools you need to go out and get work at the best studios and gyms in the city. The intimate class size and thorough curriculum are like no other program out there. In addition, Linda gives individual attention to each of her students and offers countless opportunities for practice teaching that prove invaluable when you get ready to take on your first class. She loves what she does and cares so much for everyone she teaches. She’s a gem. It’s not a surprise that she and her program are so widely respected and her teachers are some of the best.”
For information on her group fitness classes or private training sessions, go to Facebook: Yvette Lenhart Pilates+ or email her!
NYC-based Lauren Chiarello is a 2x Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer thriver. Lauren is the founder of Chi Chi Life which brings together her passions: fitness, events + fundraising + cancer advocacy. Lauren has completed multiple marathons while fundraising $55,000+ for cancer charities. Lauren graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Accounting + Marketing and has over 10 years of experience fundraising + producing events for non-profits, for-profits + agencies.
Lauren supports, motivates + teaches rockstars who value the importance of strengthening the mind + body. Lauren holds the following certifications: 200-hour Core Fusion Barre Teacher Training with the award-winning exhale spa, Pilates Mat with LindaFit Pilates, Primary Group Exercise Instruction with AFAA, AED/CPR with the American Red Cross, Fire Guard with NYPD. Follow Lauren's adventures @chichilifenyc + www.chichilifenyc.com.
Julia Schell is a ballet and fitness instructor in South Jersey who found Linda and her certification at a major crossroad in life. Linda's training changed my life and career path!
My dance classes absolutely love when I incorporate Pilates mat exercises into our class, and I have worked with several students individually to help them achieve their dance and fitness goals. I have coached several contestants in the Miss New Jersey Pageant system, and have had students accepted into some of the most prestigious ballet programs across the country. I am currently teaching several fitness formats in addition to Pilates, including kickboxing, boot camp, Les Mills Body Pump and Body Flow, and spin at Four Seasons Health Club in Glassboro, New Jersey. Of all the various fitness certifications I've obtained over the years, Linda's is by far my favorite. Her thorough, anatomy-based training has been so helpful in my journey as a health and wellness professional. By teaching I not only get to do what I love the most, I get to spend more time with the people I love the most- my two young sons! I am forever grateful to Linda for inspiring me to pursue my fitness career!
Franziska Reske started dancing at an early age. She attended a modern dance education program in Berlin, Germany and continued her dance studies at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. In 2014 Franziska received her Bachelor for Dance Education, a program by the Royal Academy of Dance associated with the University of Surrey, Great Britain. She currently dances in a musical production company in Germany.
Franziska is a member of the German Pilates Organization. She got certified through LindaFit Pilates in February 2009 and since then teaches in different schools in Berlin. Franziska incorporates the magic circle, stretchband and mini ball into her classes and comes regularly to New York City to take Linda Farrell's Pilates classes and workshops.
My first encounter with Pilates wasn’t very successful. During my dance education program in Berlin our teacher incorporated Pilates exercises without a context in our body conditioning program. I didn’t like them and I didn’t get the meaning of them due to a lack of explaining. When our teacher announced we have to take Pilates in our summer break, I wasn’t very happy. I spent my summer holidays in New York City and decided to take one Pilates class, so I could satisfy my teacher’s request, hoping she wouldn’t ask how many classes I took. That’s how it all started because in this single class I landed in Linda’s class. I fell in love with her way of teaching, her humor, which makes every class fun to take and her explaining the exercises so well. Linda is a wonderful and kind teacher and suddenly all the exercises made sense to me. One year later I moved to New York City for half a year and attended her program. I’m always looking forward to coming back to her classes.
She assisted Linda several times at the Dance Teacher Summit and The Pulse Teacher Workshop. In addition to Pilates she also teaches children’s creative dance and ballet.
Please visit her website www.pilates-pur-berlin.de or follow her on instagram under pilates_pur_berlin. For further question you can always email her: email@example.com
I always wanted to become a dancer and teacher and after meeting Linda it was clear to me that I had to take her program although we do have programs in Germany as well. At the beginning I was a little afraid because English isn’t my first language but the groups were small and I always felt safe to ask anything I needed. It felt very familiar and Linda provided a very nice learning atmosphere. She even managed to make the anatomy section interesting; my former teacher failed at this. Due to all the knowledge she taught us, I feel confident teaching my classes. Linda is always there for her students and I know I can always ask her when I have problems or difficulties. I took all her workshops, including the ones with the props and I’m happy to be able to teach in Berlin and build up my Pilates business. Linda, a big thank you for making all this possible, you are the best!
Catherine (Kit) Matthews has been teaching Pilates for over ten years. Growing up in the professional ballet world, she has always had a love of biomechanics and movement. Since certification, Kit has appeared in a GAIAM Pilates DVD (Total Body Challenge: Pilates with Linda Farrell) and Pilates Style Magazine (March 2007, Do You Believe In Magic, by Jillian Hessel), was interviewed for SHAPE Magazine, as well as developing mat Pilates programs for fitness clubs around the NYC area.
Currently, Kit is teaching at Club Pilates Edgewater in Denver, CO and as a Master Trainer for Club Pilates, she takes pride in training new Pilates instructors in their certification program around the country and helping Club Pilates studios and their clients thrive. While outside the studio, Kit continues her running and triathlon training throughout the year and hopes to continue this passion here in Denver and is excited to help you find your inner athlete.
Eleonora Aldegheri (Ellie) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and began her training in Ballet at the age of six. In New York City, Eleonora studied and trained extensively in Broadway Dance Centre among many accomplished teachers and choreographers, and had the honour of performing at Carnegie Hall.
In the UK, Ellie was selected for Dance UK’s Choreographers Observership Programme in partnership with English National Ballet in 2015. She has had the privilege to dance and teach professionally, has taught in education and community settings to all ages and abilities.
In addition to choreographing and directing Lunas Dance Project for performances in Oxford, London and abroad. Ellie is a contemporary dance freelance professional and teaches her regular classes in Oxford and abroad.
Having done the Pilates Mat Certification Program with LindaFit Pilates was a great choice. I am not only very pleased with the results but also with the process. I took Linda’s classes for many years and was very grateful to know I could attend the program through Skype. It was very interactive, convenient and incredibly useful! A decision I highly recommend if you want to train with someone who can guide you in the process!
Ashley Payne hails from Buffalo, NY where her love of dance began. After obtaining a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University, she moved to NYC where she performed in theatre, film, television, commercials and with concert dance companies. Now living in Chicago, as a choreographer and dance teacher, Ashley has added to her repertoire and has fused her love for dance with her passion for fitness and personal wellness. Ashley shares her knowledge with fun and informative classes at Lifetime Fitness including Pilates, LifeBarre, Aqua Fitness, Water Yoga, Zumba and her personally developed class “BarreStrength”. Ashley can also be found directing dance competitions, adjudicating dance competitions internationally and teaching “Strength and Foundations” for Encore Xtreme dance conventions, which is based off of her Pilates background.
I was introduced to LindaFit Pilates by Jeanette Palmer. I knew that if Jeanette was a supporter of this training and methodology of Pilates then it HAD to be good. The training with Linda was thorough, personal and inviting! I looked forward to every weekend of training! The technique of Pilates speaks for itself, but the mindful development of language, sequencing and structure is truly unique to LindaFit. If you truly listen to the phrasing she provides and the reasoning behind it, you will come out a strong teacher with a clear understanding of not only Pilates repertoire, but the kinesthetic development behind it’s effectiveness!
Rita Thompson - After I got certified through Linda's AMAZING LindaFit training program, I quickly became a very busy Pilates instructor! I love that Pilates can be for any BODY. I work to help my clients find their edge so they are stronger tomorrow than they were today. And, since I also perform and do comedy, I tend to sneak a few jokes in here and there. I currently teach at various Equinox locations and privately. Let's connect!
Sydney Duncheon is a born and bred Northern California girl with an unyielding love for the outdoors and being active. She is grateful to have been raised in a loving, athletic, and outdoorsy family, and thanks her father for imparting a zeal for all things active, especially hiking, skiing, and fitness. This appreciation naturally translated to an enthusiasm for exploring different methods of fitness, including Pilates.
Sydney spent a year studying the head, neck, and spine relationship through Alexander Technique before deciding to study Pilates. She received her Pilates Mat certification from LindaFit Pilates which gave her the experience and knowledge she needed to kickstart her career. Sydney now teaches Pilates and Barre at Flex Studios NYC. Linda's program offers in depth anatomy education, practice teaching experience, and effective cueing; skills that are necessary for a successful and meaningful fitness instruction career. Sydney finds incredible freedom of expression and personal strength through physical fitness, and obtains great joy in spreading the positive outcomes of being active to others by way of Pilates instruction.