Pilates Instructor Bio
Welcome to Personal Barre 805! My name is Clarisse. I'm a certified Pilates instructor, personal trainer, and author, and I provide in-home services for women throughout the Ventura County area. In addition to in-home personal training, I've joined the team at SYNRG Fitness boutique studio in Westlake Village, where I offer private Pilates lessons to achieve weight loss, strength training, mobility, and flexibility, and post-rehabilitation fitness. Our studio at SYNRG is a beautiful, quiet location where private Pilates lessons and personal training can challenge you in an inspiring, supportive space. My training style is fun, motivating, and respectful, and with my background in the fields of both fitness and counseling, I can help you learn very quickly.
I received my certification as a personal trainer through NCCPT, and I thoroughly enjoyed the program's emphasis on exercise science, as well as the attention to detail paid to correct (and incorrect!) form on many exercises you'll find in a gym setting. They are awesome for accomplishing the overall goals most of my clients wished for: strength, weight loss, and in many cases, working around or even improving an injury.
As much as I love traditional exercises (they're traditional because they work), it wasn't until I began applying my education in Pilates through the National Pilates Certification Program (NCPT) and Barre that I was able to replicate the holistic strength and grace of a dancer's look in my clients.
Both Pilates and Barre emphasize stabilizing muscles that are usually an afterthought in most training programs, with Pilates focusing particularly on those in the core. In addition, the non-pounding aspects of both Pilates and Barre can provide a way to work the stabilizing muscles around the joints without sudden compression or overemphasizing a limited plane of movement.
Having a diverse training background has allowed me to work with clients from just about every fitness background imaginable. I work with ladies who have decided to make a positive change in their lives by achieving weight loss or better mobility, and I train former athletes and dancers who enjoy the familiarity of exercises from a barre studio.
Your health is an investment. The time and commitment you put into a customized fitness program, a positive teaching environment, proper instruction, and long-term solutions will have an impact physically, mentally, and emotionally for years to come. I'm looking forward to helping you gain confidence in your body, and to reveal your inner goddess!
Clarisse McLeod, M.A., NCCPT, NCPT
Simi Valley, California
P.S. I'm a huge fan of this trainer. His message here is amazing.
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