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Fran Hoyte

Fran is the owner of Saugatuck Studios and the creator of Power Plate PilatesĀ®.
Read More She comes from a clinical research background and parallel background in Pilates. After studying chemistry and then becoming a chemist, she quickly learned she needed to be around people and she shifted her focus from being in the lonely lab to traveling around the planet conducting clinical research for the same global pharmaceutical company.

Fran started teaching movement and received her AFAA certification in 1989 at the Vertical Club in New York City. She continued to add modalities until she was exposed to Pilates after recovering from a spinal injury. Fran received her first Pilates certification from Power Pilates in New York.

She continued her Pilates education and was lucky enough to be exposed to amazing teachers, including Juliet Harvey, Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, Jill Miller, Tom Meyer, and eventually found a perfect fit at the Kane School, a rigorous training program combining the classic principles of Pilates with a modern, clinical perspective on the human body. She joined the faculty at Kane on 19th Street New York, and continued to work in the Pilates department at Equinox in Darien, Connecticut for 11 years. After several home studios, started a Pilates studio right on the Saugatuck River in Westport, Connecticut. Fran now runs the first branch of the Kane School Teacher-Training/Kinected from this beautiful studio on the water.

When Fran is not conducting pharmaceutical clinical research or doing Pilates, she and her husband can be found hanging with family and friends, cooking soup, sailing from A to B, or exploring the planet.