A scholarship student to the University of Utah, Michele earned her BFA in Ballet. Having experienced pilates as a young dancer and recognizing its significance to strenghten and rehabilitate the body Michele trained extensively and earned certificates with numerous prestigious pilates programs. Her studio became recognized as a significant training center for students and mentoring programs. Michele's desire to learn the roots of the work led her to seek out the study and practice of Classical Pilates. Michele's first mentorship was an extensive training and study with Jennifer Kries. She continued her practice under the suberb guidance of Andrea Maida and considers it one of her greatest privleges to have attended many workshops and trainings with Jay Grimes and Sandy Shimoda. Michele continues to seek out and study with gifted classical practitioners and her greatest desire is to share her passion, love and belief in the benefits and results of this incredible system.
Ethan Carter is a classic Pilates instructor and personal trainer with over 13-years of full-time professional experience in the fitness industry and 35-years of athletic training. He has been certified by NASM, ACE, AFAA, PMA, and Power Pilates. Originally from New York, Ethan relocated to California in 2008.
Ethan has worked for some of the top fitness companies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. In addition to working with private clients he also teaches group fitness classes including indoor cycling, BOSU, TRX, and various conditioning formats.
Although Ethan worked in the music and investment banking industries after college, he has been an athlete all his life. As a child he was a competitive swimmer and tennis player. By high school he was participating in team sports like soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Ethan was the varsity team captain for all three sports, president of the student body athletic association, and elected "most valuable player" for both his junior and senior years.
Ethan discovered Pilates mat classes at his corporate fitness center. He was looking for a way to cross-train and increase flexibility but did not enjoy yoga. He immediately liked the dynamic and fluid movement of Pilates.
After his first Pilates Mat certification Ethan took a leap of faith and invested in a "Comprehensive" certification and 6-month apprenticeship program. It was a good move for many reasons and the timing could not have been better. Ethan was experiencing acute back pain and chronic sciatica from an L4/L5 compression.
After 2-months in the Pilates program and taking 3-lessons a week Ethan's back pain and sciatica were gone and never came back!
Pilates has changed Ethan Carter's life. Now he wants to share his love and passion for Pilates. Ethan knows the Pilates method can uniformly develop a beautiful body but more importantly it heals the mind, body, and spirit.