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, an athletic clothing store that specializes in yoga/pilates wear and other athletic apparel for men and women.
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.
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.
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.
Jess decided to become a teacher after pilates completely changed her life. In December of 2010, she was in a serious car accident. She had multiple injuries including a broken bone in her back, a shifted chest plate, and torn rib tissue. For the first couple years after her accident, there did not seem to be any lasting effects on her body. However, the injuries ended up catching up to her. She found herself unable to walk for more than 20 minutes without experiencing debilitating pain. After suffering through the pain for over 18 months, working out with a personal trainer in an attempt to strengthen her back and having multiple x-rays and scans done, she decided to try something different: pilates. Within one month, she was no longer experiencing pain on a daily basis. An added bonus were the changes she began seeing in her body. Her muscles were leaning out and she was gaining flexibility. She decided at that time that she wanted to be able to bring pilates to other people and began her teacher training in classical pilates. Jess loves teaching pilates and enjoys watching her clients make connections with their bodies that they never had before.