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. Every one of our instructors is classically certified through a minimum 600 hour comprehensive training program and undergo regular continuing education courses to further their knowledge of the pilates method.
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 began 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 14 years, Amanda has worked with professional athletes and bodybuilders, expectant mothers, seniors, teenagers, and everyone in between! In 2020, Amanda was accepted into a year long training program with mentor and world-renowned instructor Chris Robinson to deepen her knowledge and expertise in this incredible method.
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, reformer, tower, and wunda chair
- pilates work on the jumpboard
In 2010, Amanda was honored to be selected as an ambassador, or community representative, for lululemon athletica, an athletic clothing store that specializes in yoga/pilates wear and other athletic apparel for men and women.
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 National Pilates Certification Program (formerly PMA) in 2017. Gretchen is a second-generation Pilates instructor having completed the 160-hour Pilates Masters and Mentor Program with Lolita San Miguel in July 2020.
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.
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 in 2016. 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.
Amanda Zannis first discovered pilates in 2003 after a minor injury sidelined her from her traditional running and weight lifting routine. Determined to find something to keep her fit, she decided to try a mat class at her local gym and was immediately hooked! She could feel her muscles, core and spine lengthen and felt an inch taller after each class. Multiple weekly mat classes led to an expansion into pilates group equipment classes. After three weeks of group reformer classes, Amanda experienced Joe Pilates’ philosophy of pilates transforming your body firsthand. Within only nine reformer sessions in a three week span, Amanda had greater muscle definition and a stronger core than the entire two years of running 20 plus miles per week and twice weekly weight lifting sessions with a personal trainer. Encouraged and excited by the improvements she felt and inspired to help others enjoy the same benefits, the seed was planted. Amanda became certified in mat pilates in 2004 through Mind Body Institute and fully certified in the classical method through Power Pilates in 2009.
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!
BSN, RN, CPT
Alicia is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She and her husband, Doug, have been teaching pilates since 1997 and have been entrepreneurs for 18 years owning pilates studios and training facilities in Arizona (2002-2007) and Chicago (2008-2019). Alicia was originally classically trained through Romana Kryzanowska, under mentorship of Juanita Lopez. She was a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer teaching certification programs nationally and internationally from 2002-2012. Her background includes 10 years of competitive gymnastics, accomplished modern dance career with highlights of dancing at Lincoln Center, David Parsons, and Nikolais/Louis Dance Company and most recently a licensed registered nurse. Alicia holds a BFA in Dance from University of Illinois and a BSN from Resurrection University in Chicago. Alicia has had experience teaching ballet, modern dance, Xtend Barre, Indo-Row and Oov to enhance her pilates client experience. With her extensive movement background, leadership, and clinical nursing knowledge, she brings a wealth of knowledge to enhance clients and instructor’s pilates experience. Alicia hobbies include: cooking, hiking, dancing, spinning and she loves dogs. She is happy to be back in the desert with her husband, Doug, and their dog, Pepper, after a 12 year hiatus in Chicago.
Doug Zabrocki is originally from Duluth, MN. He and his wife, Alicia, have been teaching pilates since 1997 and have been entrepreneurs for 18 years owning pilates studios and training facilities in Arizona (2002-2007) and Chicago (2008-2019). Doug was originally classically trained through Romana Kryzanowska, under mentorship of Juanita Lopez. Doug was a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer traveling nationally from 2002-2012. Doug is a licensed massage therapist having practiced in Minnesota and Chicago. This native of Minnesota has over 22 years of fitness/wellness instruction and experience. Working as a personal trainer and massage therapist in settings ranging from clinical hospital based programs to high end health clubs, Doug began to formulate his understanding of form, function and appropriate exercise prescription. With a strong background in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota, and a life long passion of martial arts and anatomy, pilates became a very logical and appropriate career direction. Doug has had experience teaching pilates, Red Cord and Indo-Row. Doug’s hobbies include: harmonica, tai chi, comedic improvisation, hiking and is a huge dog lover. He is happy to be back in the desert with his wife, Alicia and their dog, Pepper, after a 12 year hiatus in Chicago.