Tom McCook is the founder and director of Center of Balance
in Mountain View, California and is an internationally recognized Pilates teacher and movement specialist. Beginning his full-time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries, and world-class athletes, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson
, and Misty Hyman
Tom began his study of Pilates in 1991. He has been leading Pilates teacher training courses since 2001 for PhysicalMind Institute
formerly, and currently for Balanced Body Anatomy in Three Dimensions
. He has certifications through the Pilates Method Alliance
, American Council on Exercise
, along with being a Continuing Education Credit provider. In 2010, Tom became one of the first Master teacher trainers in CoreAlign
Tom teaches workshops, conferences and retreats worldwide. He is part of the Passing the Torch
Mentorship program offering continued education, insight and guidance to certified Pilates teachers. He is also part of Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour
. In 2003, Tom produced the exercise video Combining Pilates & Yoga for Balance.
Tom and Center of Balance have been featured in several national magazines, newspapers and television programs.
Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method
and is now a Level 3 Educator. The Franklin Method has been an instrumental part of his teaching, offering a very effective approach for improving movement potential and health through imagery and experiential anatomy. Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor.