Connie is the Founder, Owner and Director of Balance Pilates and Yoga Centers
located in Bradenton, Florida where she operates two studios serving the Manatee and North Sarasota Counties.
Connie has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, specializing in programming, management, and teaching for special populations and mind-body fitness. Certified by ACE and AFAA in Group Exercise and Personal Training, Connie is originally from New York, where she managed group exercise and personal training departments in area health clubs and conducted continuing education workshops for fitness instructors nationwide, while pursuing her own passion for mind/body fitness.
Connie began studying the Pilates Method of exercise in 1996. She earned her teaching certification in 1997 through the and continued her education through Peak Pilates of Boulder, Colorado. In her New York studio, and later in her studios in Florida, Connie has successfully trained a broad-spectrum of clients. While working with chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers she has gained extensive experience in both post-rehab training and training for elite athletes. She has worked with clients ranging from a 12-year old with scoliosis to an 84-year with Alzheimers; clients with hip and knee replacements to professional athletes. She has specialty certification and expertise in Pre/Post Natal exercise, and has worked with OB/GYNs to physically prepare mothers for birth and beyond. Connie's expertise in mind/body fitness have helped hundreds of students develop healthier lifestyles and stronger, more efficient, bodies.
A 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a practicing yogi for over 30 years, Connie has assisted and studied with many notable yoga teachers. She has studied the Astanga Yoga tradition extensively with Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga. A certified Astanga Power Yoga teacher, Connie also studied the Anusara methodology of yoga with Todd Norian, completing an arduous 400-hour teacher training. She has studied with John Friend and Betsey Downing.
A Senior Level Teacher Trainer with Peak Pilates, of Boulder, Colorado, Connie leads workshops internationally educating teachers in the Pilates method of exercise, as well as yoga. Connie's passion for mind/body fitness and for empowering others through continuing education makes her a sought-after presenter, educator, and teacher. She presents for internationally acclaimed fitness conferences such as IDEA, ACE, ECA, DCAC, AFPA, and SCW Fitness Manias. Connie leads workshops in yoga, pilates, pre/post natal fitness, and business for the fitness pro, and is a sought after expert in her field. Published in Pilates Style Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, American Health, Shape, Self, SCW FitnessEdge, and Fitness magazines, Connie is dedicated to inspiring healthy movement and exercise philosophies through mind/body fitness.