Simply Pilates offers the best pilates instruction in the valley. We provide the highest standard of classical pilates training and are proud to provide clients with a safe, fun, and challenging way to experience pilates. It is our mission to help people achieve the happiness that comes along with a strong body and healthy lifestyle.
Amanda’s career as a pilates instructor began after years of traditional weight training. With a true love of fitness, but a desire to get more out of her repetitive “gym workouts,” Amanda decided to try out a pilates mat class. She was immediately hooked! The rapid results and changes that occurred in her body were unlike anything she had ever experienced. She became fascinated with this form of exercise and dedicated much of her time over the next few years to improving her own skills and learning more about the classical pilates method. With a background in education, Amanda decided to transfer her love of teaching into the fitness world. In 2006, she received her comprehensive certification through a Power Pilates program in Scottsdale, AZ. She has been trained to work with clients of all ages and also with those suffering from pain caused by either injury or muscular imbalances. Over the course of the last 10 years, Amanda has worked with professional athletes and bodybuilders, expectant mothers, seniors, teenagers, and everyone in between!
Amanda has received specialized training in the following areas:
- pregnancy and pilates
- working with individuals with a wide range of special needs (i.e osteoporosis and hip, neck, knee, lower back, and shoulder issues)
- advanced work on the mat, tower, and wunda chair
- pilates work on the jumpboard
- pilates bootcamp classes
In 2010, Amanda was honored to be selected as an ambassador, or community representative, for lululemon athletica. Lululemon is an athletic clothing store that specializes in yoga/pilates wear and other athletic apparel for men and women. As a result of her ambassadorship with lululemon, Amanda participates in community athletic events across the valley and is able to bring pilates to people outside of the studio.
Rebecca Sirkel has over 14 years experience in the mind/ body industry including personal training, yoga and pilates. She holds a degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University and received her 600 hour Comprehensive Pilates training with Power Pilates under the guidance of Bob Liekens and Susan Moran in 2006. She earned the gold standard pilates certification with the Pilates Method Alliance in 2011. Her desire to share pilates led her to become a teacher trainer for Power Pilates in 2012. Now, she shares her passion for pilates by mentoring and offering certifications for those who wish to make teaching pilates a career.
Rebecca has gained expertise with her time, experience and continuing education in Spinal Pathology, How to Better Communicate, Spotting and Touch technique, How to Incorporate Props, Neuromuscular Conditions, and Super Advanced Pilates for Athletes. She believes in a holistic lifestyle which led her to obtain a certification with eCornell in Plant Based Nutrition. Additionally, she is a writer for a Pilates & Nutrition blog called www.Pilates123.com aimed at informing and connecting Pilates teachers and clients.
Gabbie Rife was introduced to pilates in 2009. After a couple of different injuries, she found pilates to offer the best results in becoming stronger, pain free and in the best shape of her life! With exercise always being part of her life and experiencing various exercise methods and practices, the realization of how she felt and how her body changed with pilates was why she became such a strong believer in pilates. This led to Gabbie’s decision to become a Classical Pilates Instructor, first with her Certification with Power Pilates Mat in 2013 and then on to completing the Comprehensive Certification in 2014. Gabbie is enthusiastic to assist clients in achieving their individual goals in their practice of pilates!
Gretchen May has been in involved in fitness her entire life. She studied ballet for over 10 years and as an adult, took up figure skating before discovering a love for tennis. In 2012, Gretchen took an intro to pilates class at her gym. After a few classes, she discovered a love for pilates. In 2013, Gretchen began her pilates instructor training with the Power Pilates Core Mat 1 and 2 training and began teaching pilates mat classes. Finding a love for teaching and seeing her clients progress, she continued her training and in 2016 completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification covering beginner to advanced systems on all pieces of equipment as well as working with special cases. Always wanting to continue her learning, Gretchen completed the Pilates Method Alliance Certification, the gold standard of pilates certifications, in 2017. Still working a full-time office job during the day, Gretchen believes in the benefits of pilates and the strength pilates can give everyone. Outside of the studio, Gretchen enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and two French bulldogs.
Lauren was first certified in New York City through Romana Kryanowska in 1995. Romana was one of Joe’s elders to pass on the method of study. In 2005, Lauren received another certification from Power Pilates. She has also studied through the IMX method of Pilates. Lauren enjoys teaching people and seeing the progress they can make through this method. She also still enjoys studying ballet, hiking and learning any new method of movement.
Jennifer has been a fitness enthusiast for most of her life. She spent her younger years playing sports, and later transitioned into traditional weight training, hiking and running. Jennifer was first introduced to Pilates in 2006. She became a strong believer in the method when she noted the differences and changes in the way her body felt after doing pilates. After 15 years as an elementary school teacher, Jennifer decided to switch gears and pursue a career in the fitness industry teaching pilates. She first became certified to teach mat pilates. She enjoyed it so much that she made the decision to deepen her education further, and became comprehensively certified through Power Pilates. Jennifer finds such joy teaching others and sharing the benefits of Pilates. It’s so rewarding for Jennifer to see her clients experience themselves the benefits that pilates brings to both the mind and the body.