Merrithew was co-founded by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew in 1988. For almost 30 years they have been dedicated to enriching the lives of others by providing responsible exercise modalities and innovative fitness brands across the globe. Merrithew’s premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®, delivers best-in-class Pilates education and media to everyone from avid exercisers, elite athletes, and pre/post-natal clients, to rehab and fitness professionals, and is used by studios worldwide. Other high-end Merrithew fitness brands include ZEN•GA, Total Barre, CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training, and Halo® Training.  Merrithew has trained more than 50,000 students in over 100 countries. Merrithew’s Media Division (MMD) produces print and video-based content for professional and consumer markets.

As the global leader in mind-body education and equipment the mission of Merrithew is to motivate people of all ages and life stages to lead healthier lives through high-quality fitness brands. We do this by supporting and inspiring people worldwide to achieve optimal fitness and wellness through premium programming and equipment.

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As the global leader in mindful movement, Merrithew is here to support your career and provide world class education to help you gain new clients. With over 50,000 trained STOTT PILATES is recognized as The Professionals’ Choice worldwide and its dedicated staff and representatives continue to promote the benefits of mind-body exercise around the globe.

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Continuing Education

Merrithew™ offers a variety of mindful movement modalities and prides itself on offering a range of programming and certification paths for professionals that work with special populations.

STOTT PILATES is the contemporary approach to the original Pilates method and is based on modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation. It takes the original full repertoire of exercises pioneered by Joseph Pilates, including his foundational principles, and adds five biomechanically-based principles.

What are the streams?

Certification: In our Certification Programs you will learn the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles; exercise sequences and breath patterns; effective communication and observation skills; verbal cuing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation; modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions; theory and practice of postural analysis; exercise layering related to effective program design.

Continuing Education: With over 150 unique titles to choose from, our introductory and continuing education workshops can supplement your current training and programming. They cover everything from the fundamentals, exercise variations using props and equipment and sport and athletic conditioning to rehabilitation and special populations.

Specialty Tracks: Set yourself apart by becoming a STOTT PILATES Specialist in the area of your choice. All workshops included in the Specialty Tracks are open to all fitness professionals, however, only STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors who complete the required number of workshops within each category are eligible to receive the official designation. Specialty Tracks include; Active for Life, Athletic Conditioning, Dance, Golf Conditioning, Group Equipment, Group Matwork, Pre- & Post-natal, and Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning.

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The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed health care professionals wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices. Therapists learn a systematic movement based approach to neuromuscular re-education and are taught to observe and understand optimal and non-optimal movement strategies, and how these strategies correlate with pain and pathology.

What are the programs?

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Matwork – RM1: Introduces the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES and how they apply to modified Matwork exercises.

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Matwork – RM2: Learn matwork exercises that are designed to prevent and rehabilitate common injuries by balancing and strengthening muscles around the joints in order to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns.

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Reformer – RR1: An introduction to the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES and their application to modified exercises on the Reformer.

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Reformer – RR2: Learn Reformer exercises that are designed to prevent and rehabilitate common injuries by balancing and strengthening muscles around the joints in order to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns.

Spinal, Pelvic & Scapular Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – RCCB1: Learn how to incorporate the different levels of resistance and support provided by the Cadillac Trapeze Table, Stability Chair™ and Barrels to improve mobilization and stabilization of the lumbo-pelvic region and shoulder girdle, with an emphasis on their roles in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Peripheral Joint Stabilization: Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – RCCB2: Explore how to stabilize the musculo-skeletal structures with a widely varied series of non-weight-bearing and weight-bearing exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table, Stability Chair and Barrels.

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ZEN•GA® is a unique mind-body modality that fuses elements of Pilates, yoga, martial arts and meditation into a series of flowing movements that emphasize the breath. Learn to program workouts in a playful yet powerful mix of movement patterns designed to stimulate the fascia and take the stress off the joints.

What are the streams?

Mat: The ZEN•GA Mat program explores four Mindful Movement Principles and discusses how to apply them to movement sequences designed to help clients achieve desired goals. These principles include Breath, Support, Yield and Flow, and work together to create a mindful experience that is both safe and effective. The Foundation course and accompanying workshops explore a variety of Mat-based workouts that apply the foundational principles using a variety of props.

Equipment: The ZEN•GA Equipment program takes the exploration of the four Mindful Movement Principles — Breath, Support, Yield and Flow — to the Reformer. The unique quality of spring resistance provides another dimension to the development of programs designed to create a more fluid, resilient body.

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CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ is a unique exercise education program that covers the basic fundamental principles of training, performance, and movement from an athletic perspective. The program includes a focus on two areas of the sports performance spectrum: Athletic Conditioning, and Performance Training. It emphasizes proper movement mechanics and appropriate applications that follow accepted training guidelines.

What are the streams?

Athletic Conditioning: These workshops answer the question: What do athletes at any level need in order to be effective in a chosen sport? Learn about improving various components of general fitness and athleticism such as strength, flexibility, dynamic stabilization, speed, agility, power, muscular initiation, rotation, coordination and endurance.

Performance Training: These highly focused workshops answer the question: What specific athletic components does a serious or casual athlete need to excel in sport performance? Learn about the process of training clients with precise training protocols to work on appropriate functional movement patterns and skills that will help prevent injury and improve performance in a particular sport.

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Halo® Training is a unique multi-functional and three-dimensional exercise program that incorporates the science of core integrated bodyweight training with the use of the Halo Trainer Plus. The program teaches exercises that follow unique progressions or regressions designed to increase functional strength and stability for a client at any level of condition; from rehab through to athletic performance training.

What are the levels?

Halo Training Core-integrated Principles: Halo core-integrated functional training focuses on the core stability necessary for efficient force transfer in one or more planes of motion.

  • Functional Integration
  • Proximal Stability for Distal Mobility
  • Three-Dimensional
  • Neuromuscular Performance
  • Client Specific

Level System: Programming is presented in four levels of difficulty so Instructors can adjust for their classes or specific clients.

Level 1: Entry level to fitness
Level 2: Moderate fitness level
Level 3: Good fitness level
Level 4: Experienced exerciser/competitive athlete

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The Total Barre Program was designed to provide programming options within a template framework, resulting in well-constructed, balanced workouts that are fun and motivating. All exercises emphasize proper biomechanics, alignment and sequencing to ensure lasting results.

What are the streams?

Endurance: This stream is designed to build in intensity more quickly, but can be modified and taught to all levels of participants. The choreography presented is simpler and less complex, making retention of the movements easier. The workouts move more fluidly, building the desired muscular endurance. Biomechanical Essences of the movements are emphasized to ensure safe and effective results. Props are added to increase the intensity, challenge the neuromuscular system and add variety.

Amplified: The Amplified workouts feature movements that are faster and more intense and are designed for physically conditioned clients looking to increase strength, endurance and power. Powerful music selections will propel the intensity-driven routines to amplify the results and energize every participant. Biomechanical Essences are emphasized as always, however, the focus shifts to improving and enhancing muscular strength, balance, proprioception, agility and endurance.

Modified: This stream was designed for populations with restricted movement due to injury, age or other physical conditions. The choreography is simpler and requires less mobility and joint range and emphasizes flexibility, balance and strength. The workouts encourage gentle and effective movement despite client weaknesses, health conditions or injuries, and feature programming for client groups including pre- and post-natal women, active aging, post-rehab and those who suffer from conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.

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Designed for fitness, medical and therapy professionals, Merrithew™ Fascial Movement courses and workshops explore the latest research findings on the neuromyofascial skeletal system. With an emphasis on the Fascial Movement Variables (FMVs), Merrithew Fascial Movement training offers a thorough understanding of what fascia is, what it does, how it moves and how to work with it across a range of varying modalities.

What are the streams?

Merrithew™ Intro to Fascial Movement Workshop: Through movement, fascial movement variables such as; Bounce, Sense, Expand, and Hydrate are explored. Discover how adding these movement variables to your programming can enhance mobility, strength and durability. This two-hour workshop consisting of theory and application is suitable for fitness professionals with prior fascial knowledge, as well as those to whom fascia is new. It provides a brief preview of topics that are more deeply explored in the 16-hour Fascial Movement Foundation Course.

Fascial Movement Foundation Course – Level One: The Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Level One Course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness, therapeutic movement and rehabilitation. The lecture component of the course reviews basic fascial anatomy and physiology and explores the latest research findings on the neuromyofascial skeletal system. The application component of the course introduces the Fascial Movement Variables (FMVs). These movement variables are applicable to all forms of exercise; Pilates, yoga, dance, barre, athletic conditioning, sports performance, and rehabilitation.

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Mindful Movement Symposium Events

Expand your learning.
Challenge your clients.

More than 50,000 trained fitness professionals know that Merrithew education is the benchmark for excellence. Our Mindful Movement Symposiums share the philosophy on how fitness is changing. Building on the foundation of STOTT PILATES®, our programs incorporate the newest fitness practices in areas focusing on fascial fitness, biomechanics of movement, functional fitness and core-integrated bodyweight training, all while maintaining the mind-body connection.

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Merrithew has fostered a reputation for having the highest quality fitness and Pilates equipment due to its superior design, component parts, adaptability and durability. Products include Reformers, Stability Chairs, Cadillac/Trapeze Tables and a wide range of studio accessories including mats, resistance equipment, light weights and massage, balance and therapy products.

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