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Erin Haagerin b haag
Studio Owner
Power Pilates Regional Director & teacher trainer

Erin Haag is a Power Pilates certified instructor, Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. With a background in dance, Erin studied with Ballet Florida, Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr, School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Webster University’s Conservatory for Theatre & Dance. Erin is also an alumnus of The Broadway Theatre Project where she had the privilege to study dance under Ann Reinking, Gwen Verdon, Gregory Hines, and Debra McWaters. Erin’s love for dance led her to Pilates in 2000, and soon after, she created the Yoga & Pilates Organization at Webster University. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Erin began working as a certified weight loss counselor and helped hundreds of clients lose thousands of pounds. It was Erin’s experience as a weight loss counselor that inspired her to open Pilates of Palm Beach. “I believe that EVERYONE can be fit. This is why I am so passionate about Pilates. Pilates allows people of all ages and sizes to transform their bodies & improve their health.” Now as a new mom to a baby girl named Stevie, Erin is relying on Pilates and the Pilates of Palm Beach Weight Loss Plan to help her regain her pre-pregnancy strength and physique.

Training and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Certified Teacher Trainer, Power Pilates
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Minor in Music, Webster University, St. Louis
  • Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA)
  • Weight Loss Counseling Certification, LA Weight Loss

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Jennifer AlexanderJennifer Alexander (power Pilates teacher Trainer)

Jennifer Alexander is a certified Power Pilates instructor and Power Pilates Teacher Trainer which means that she certifies inspiring instructors to teach Pilates! After years of reaping the benefits and pleasures of practicing Pilates as a client, Jennifer began her journey as a Pilates instructor in 2005. Originally from Long Island, NY, where she spent years training clients in the Classical Pilates Method, Jennifer is new to the South Florida area and is excited to join the Pilates of Palm Beach team. She values her time with her clients and gives each client an individualized session based on their specific needs. Her goal is to challenge and excite her clients in their workouts helping them to meet their personal fitness goals. Jennifer also prides herself in teaching and inspiring the next generation of Pilates instructors as a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Certified Teacher Trainer, Power Pilates

 

 
 
Anne nebenzahl (Pilates)

Anne Nebenzahl is a certified Power Pilates and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) instructor. Anne was drawn to Pilates in 1998 after taking a demo class at a studio with an instructor who studied under Romana Kryzanowska, a protege of Joesph Pilates. She began taking three apparatus classes a week and has been hooked ever since. After spending 15 years in the corporate world, she decided to follow her passion and completed the Power Pilates teacher training program. She enjoys working with clients to help them overcome injuries, imbalances, and weaknesses which leads to more efficient performance in their day-to-day activities. "There's nothing like the feeling you get after a Pilates workout; strength, length, stamina, and zest! "

Training and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Aquatics Exercise Instructor Certification, AEA
  • Group Exercise Instructor Certification, AFAA
  • Personal Trainer Certification, AFAA
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations & Marketing, University of Maryland, College Park

 

 
babs freeman (Pilates)

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Cathy Backensto (Pilates)

Cathy BackenstoCathy Backensto is a Power Pilates and All American certified instructor. With a passion for exercise, Cathy specializes in helping her clients shift into a method of mind-body connection. Cathy has over 18 years of functional and practical training experience. She is a National Certified Personal Trainer with AFAA. Over the past 10  years, Cathy has been designing exercise programs based on an individual's needs as well as instructing group Aerobic classes. She is dedicated to helping others achieve a happier, healthier lifestyle regardless of age.

Training and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Pilates Mat & Apparatus Certifications, All American Pilates
  • National Personal Training Certification, AFAA
  • Aerobic Certification, National Dance Exercise Instructor Training Association

Diana Gonzalez (Pilates)

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erica johnson (yoga)

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Florencia Rodriguez

Florencia RodriguezFlorencia Rodriguez is a Power Pilates certified instructor and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Florencia initially came to Pilates of Palm Beach in January 2009 as a client. Training 4 times a week, she quickly realized what an impact Pilates had on her self esteem & confidence. She felt stronger and more flexible, and her body completely transformed (see Florencia’s Before & After pictures). Inspired to make others feel the same way, Florencia completed the Power Pilates teacher training program. "My ultimate goal is to make others feel as good about themselves as Pilates of Palm Beach has made me feel about myself.”

Trainings and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Xtend Barre, Xtend

 

 

 

 

Holly Montes (pilates)

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Jessica Underwood (Pilates)

Jessica UnderwoodJessica Underwood, a Power Pilates certified instructor, began dancing at the age of three training in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, and tap.  After graduating with a business degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Jessica returned home to South Florida. Looking for a physically challenging outlet, Jessica came to Pilates of Palm Beach as a client where she quickly developed a passion for Pilates.  Embracing the similarities between Dance and Pilates, Jessica decided to turn her new found passion for Pilates into a career by becoming a Power Pilates certified instructor. She is eager to share and help develop the mind-body benefits of Pilates with her clients.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, The George Washington University

 


 
Mary Sheffieldmary sheffield (Yoga)

Mary Sheffield fell in love with yoga when she turned to P90X to become more fit. Soon, Tony Horton's single yoga day a week was not enough. She began to seek out yoga classes and fell in love all the more deeply. Making the decision to become a yoga teacher this year, she completed her 200 hour certification with James Kiger and Judy Weaver at Yoga South in Boca Raton. An English Instructor at FAU, Mary continues to seek ways to bring balance and peace to the lives of her students. She has found yoga and English classes to be surprisingly similar - both require courage, patience, and creativity.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • 200 hour level Yoga Teacher Training 2013
  • Yoga Alliance Certified
  • MFA Creative Writing: Fiction 2009

Megan Brady (Pilates)

Megan BradyMegan Brady, is a certified Power Pilates Mat instructor. Growing up in the Theatre, she studied jazz, tap, stage acting, and voice, but after moving from New York to Florida when she was 19, she discovered her passion for exercise. After many years of working out in the traditional gym environment, she finally discovered Pilates, and it was life changing. She loves the strength that Pilates has given her; both physically and mentally. Megan believes that her personal practice and professional training in the Classical Pilates Method have given her a true “mind-body” connection. Megan started at Pilates of Palm Beach as a client and immediately knew it was something that she needed to keep in her life. "My goal in every class is to help clients feel centered and to empower all of them with the knowledge that they are so much stronger than they think they are!"

Trainings and Certifications:

  • Pilates Beginner & Intermediate Mat Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Xtend Barre, Xtend

 

 
 
nitza goetz (pilates)

Nitza GoetzBio Coming Soon!

                 
Shelley Sweat (Pilates)

Shelley SweatShelley Sweat began dancing in her early childhood and fell in love with the art of ballet. A Georgia native, she danced with LaGrange Ballet Theater, Brenau Dance Ensemble, and the Gainesville Ballet. After injuries prompted her to change her career path, she attended Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Shelley continued to dance and exercise as a hobby while working in marketing and direct sales. The experience she gained in motivating others while working in the corporate world easily transfers to an enthusiasm for teaching and training in the Pilates world. Shelley believes that Pilates and ballet are perfect companions for transforming the body. Shelley received her Mat & Comprehensive (Apparatus) certifications through Power Pilates.

Training and Certifications:

  • Pilates Mat and Comprehensive (Apparatus) Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Florida State University
  • Xtend Barre, Xtend

Stefany allongo (Pilates)

Stefany AllongoStefany Allongo is a certified Power Pilates Mat instructor. Stefany began her Pilates journey as a Pilates of Palm Beach private client in 2009 post reconstructive knee surgery. Training 3-4 days a week for more than 3 years, Stefany regained her strength and then some. The transformation in her body is remarkable (see Stefany’s Before & After pictures). Wanting to introduce others to the benefits of Pilates, Stefany obtained her Pilates Mat Certification. “Your starting point doesn't matter as long as you try! Pilates of Palm Beach helped me to realize this.” Stefany is also a certified Zumba® instructor and is excited to bring the energy of Zumba® to the Pilates of Palm Beach family.  

Training and Certifications:

  • Pilates Beginner & Intermediate Mat Certifications, Power Pilates
  • Zumba Basic 1® Certification, ZUMBA®
  • Master of Business Administration, Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Master of Science in Marketing, Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Art in Music & Theatre, University of Miami

 

 

Yveatte Rothermel (Yoga)

Yveatte RothermelYveatte Rothermel took her first yoga class in 1996 while attending graduate school. After settling down in Florida in 1999, she was able to start a regular yoga practice and never looked back!  She learned how healing yoga is after being injured in a car accident which brought her to a Restorative Yoga practice.  Yveatte completed her yoga teacher training with Aura Wellness Center in Massachusetts and received her certification with an emphasis in Restorative Yoga in June 2012.  She also participated in Restorative Yoga Teacher trainings locally with Lisa Pumper and Michele Santom.  Yveatte is a bit of a silly yogi and brings lots of love, light, and laughter to her teaching.

Training and Certifications:

  • Hatha and Restorative Yoga Certification, Aura Wellness Center

  • Chair Yoga and Restorative Yoga training, Off The Grid Yoga

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Schiller International University

  • Master’s in International and Intercultural Management, School for International Training


 

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