The Instructors

Amy Cady PMA®-CPT, Director of Program

Hi everybody!  Welcome…Just a little info about  my career and how I got started with our Teacher Training:

I started doing Teacher Training because as I was hiring  teachers (who had nationally recognized certifications) to work at my studio,  I realized that even though they knew the exercises, they did not know how to teach!  I ended up training them myself and my staff encouraged me to start a Program.  With a little encouragement and a passion for teaching, I figured I could share my knowledge and years of experience with potential trainees and born was the ABC Pilates Teacher Training Program.

Some accolades:  I am an author, coach, fitness expert, and owner of ABC Pilates in Laguna Niguel , California.
 I am PMA certified and  also a certified pre/post natal Master Teacher for The Center of Women’s Fitness where have trained and certified instructors to teach pre/post natal Pilates for Southern California. I am also a Balanced Body University Partner Faculty and teach BBU curriculum for the ABC Pilates Teacher Training Program which was recognized by the PMA Registry of Schools. I most recently completed a certification in the Pink Ribbon Program. I am also an Ambassador emeritus at Lululemon Athletica for my community involvement and commitment to health and fitness in Pilates. In addition, I have been practicing Pilates for over 17 years and am a registered active member of the The Pilates Method Alliance® (PMA™).  I am a workshop and mat presenter for various venues including the Pilates Method Alliance.  I have published  Pre Natal Pilates on the Exo Chair and have been featured in Pilates Style Magazine, OC Parenting, OC Family Magazine and Today’s Woman Magazine. In 2012, I launched my  popular Skinnylates System with the release of a fitness DVD and my book, Get The Skinny On Your Success .  I am also a visiting instructor  for Pilates Anytime which is online Pilates coursework.

Now for the reasons you want to take our course!  I have trained deconditioned clients all the way to the ultimate athletes of  Cirque du Soleil.  I continuously take numerous intensive workshops from Pilates elders and master teachers in the field. I  bring to my teachings a unique background in mind-body fitness and dance influenced by traditional exercises of Joseph Pilates and other modern techniques. 

Lastly, my education:   B.S. ed in performance and choreography from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine with an emphasis in computer technology.

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Katherine Duncan, Program Coordinator

Katherine began her career as a trained dancer, both ballet and modern, having earned a BFA/Dance from UCI. She danced professionally for three years and became a fitness professional during her years as a mother of young children. She has worked in the fitness industry for over fifteen
years, and has taught the gamut of classes, courses and styles. Katherine has practiced Pilates as part of her own conditioning for many years and was certified in Pilates Reformer by Stott Pilates out of the Southern California training center at John Garey Pilates and is also certified in Pre/Post Natal Pilates and the Pink Ribbon Program. Katherine is an avid triathlete with over eight years experience in multi-sports competition. She has been a consistent top ten age division performer and has competed in sprint to Half Ironman distances. She has found that her Pilates training was the perfect formula for all her athletic endeavors. Katherine further enhanced her devotion to triathlon by becoming a USAT certified coach as well as getting a personal trainer certification from AFAA. She believes in Pilates as a way to improve lifestyle and wellness in all people, regardless of current fitness level.