Ellen is a fully certified Pilates instructor on both apparatus and mat at all levels. She has been teaching for over twenty years in New York City, the Hamptons and North Fork of Long Island, Boca Grande, FLA and now here in Sarasota.
Before teaching Pilates, Ellen was a professional Broadway dancer, then a talent agent and principal of her own NYC agency.
Over the years I have been involved in many different athletic activities. I have played football, baseball, golf, bowling and softball. During this time, I have been lucky enough to acquire many injuries, sore joints and pain throughout my body that affected the way I moved and the way I lived my life.
Twenty years ago I decided to start working out in a gym with weights. My ego got the better of me from time to time, and I came away with a few more injuries and more sore joints. Come to find out, I was not lifting weights in the correct manor. I wasn’t paying attention to the proper body alignment, correct weight, amount of reps, and my mobility. All in all, I was making poor posture even worse. Even with all the pain I still loved working out. In order for me to continue to push my body, I had to figure out how to fix all the pains and stiffness I was having to deal with each day. I decided to look into fitness training. I learned the correct ways to exercise and push the body without causing the injuries and sore joints. It was like a light bulb came on in my head. Not only did I see improvements in my body, I was able to fix almost all the pain and mobility problems I was having from years past. That was it, I decided to become a fitness trainer so that I could help other people meet their goals with fitness related activities.
I became a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the National Federation of personal Trainers (NFPT). I am also certified for the TRX suspension brainer. TRX is a strap assisted body weight training program designed for anybody at any experience level. It is great for mobility, stability and strengthening of joints. I have seen what a professionally designed fitness program can do for the quality of life of an individual who so desires to feel better, move efficiently, and get stronger.
Having been a competitive bodybuilder and a corrective exercise specialist I strive to bring balance to the body by softening what is tight and strengthening what is weak. I love to research things about the body, how it works physically, what foods affect it and how; herbal remedies, and how your personal energy and positivity or negativity and stress levels affect your body..and those around you!
I love to share all of my knowledge and my experience as well as new research I find and information from experts in holistic practices. I am a Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, a great cook and I know the struggle. I’ve had the crazy job with the awful hours, I’ve gotten in amazing shape while raising a small child and a teenager...and experienced how my body has changed as I’ve aged. I’ve also seen how different foods affected my body by using them together. I use herbs and food to heal myself and most importantly I use my MIND to heal my body and my spirit, and my life... And so can you. It’s small shifts and they have an enormous impact. I am skilled at finding ways to make healthy changes fit your life...as long as you’ll meet me halfway. Join me for yoga and see what bringing your body into balance does for you.
Adria was born and raised in Miami, FL, she comes from an office background in Management, Human Resources and Bookkeeping. She has been passionate about fitness for the last 5 years and decided to gain her certification as a Personal Trainer through World Fitness Association. Immediately after receiving her certification she started working as a Group Fitness Instructor specializing with seniors. Adria has experience with strength training, weight training, group fitness, stretching, balance, injuries, limitations and more. She has created a unique career where she has combined both her passion in fitness, her passion to help others and has lead her to be a unique trainer where she focuses and teaches mind muscle connection. She is motivational and carters to your needs.