Katrina Foe has been teaching Pilates for more than 17 years. She loves Pilates now more than ever and continues to find more depth and power in the work. Her greatest joy comes from watching her clients experience profound changes in their bodies and seeing her students light up when they understand another aspect of Pilates.
Through her degree in Modern Dance, Katrina discovered Pilates and what it could do for her body. While completing her physical therapy internship with an emphasis in Kinesiology she discovered that Pilates incorporates both her love for general fitness and rehabilitation. While still an undergraduate, she began her Pilates training by taking the mat and equipment training through the PhysicalMind Institute. She continued her training with Stott Pilates by taking their comprehensive training program and traveling to Canada to study at their headquarters with Moira Stott. The Pilates Method Alliance has awarded her the Gold Pilates certification and uses her as a continuing education provider. Katrina has also been awarded the title 2nd Generation Master Pilates Instructor by Lolita San Miguel, who is only one of 2 people left alive that was trained by Joseph Pilates.
Katrina opened Personalized Pilates in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001 and has enjoyed watching the studio expand to help more clients enjoy movement and feel good in their bodies. She has been conducting Pilates teacher training since the studio opened as well as offering continuing education workshops across the country at private studios, gyms and conventions. The Balanced Body program that Katrina teaches is a 500 hour comprehensive Pilates training program on all of the Pilates equipment including the mat, Reformer, Cadillac/Tower, Chair, Ped-a-Pul, Arm Chair, Foot Corrector, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Arc Barrel, Bean Bag and Toe Corrector. She has also developed a complimentary education program called the Pilates Progressions Program that helps train and mentor instructors in training anywhere in the world while they complete a Pilates comprehensive teacher training program.
Katrina values learning and has continued her education through a variety of workshops and conferences through a myriad of different Pilates schools. While staying true to the principles of Pilates, Katrina integrates the BOSU into her Pilates training and is a Master Trainer for them.
Internationally, Katrina teaches at many Pilates conventions including Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour, Pilates Style, Pilates University and the MS Fitness Convention. She traveled to Florida many times to teach the Anatomy in 3D as part of Lolita San Miguel’s Masters Program for Pilates instructors as well as having personally studying with Lolita. As part of Lolita’s program, Katrina was also able to study personally with Julian Littleford and Brent Anderson. Locally, Katrina has co-founded the Arizona Pilates Alliance which helps unite the local Pilates instructors and raise the professional standard of the industry through continuing education networking events. She is also active in the community offering free Pilates mat classes and demonstrations.
Although her love for Pilates is vibrant, it does not compare to her love for her beautiful children which are her greatest joy. Katrina is excited to watch them grow up practicing Pilates!
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
College attended and degree earned: BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University
Years teaching Pilates: since 1999
Years taking Pilates: since 1996
Trained by: Lolita San Miguel through Lolita San Miguel’s Master Mentor Program; Nora St. John through Balanced Body; Zoe Stein Pierce through the PhysicalMind Institute; Rise Karns, Laureen Dubeau and Moira Stott through Stott Pilates
Other related certifications/credentials: Balanced Body Faculty Teacher Trainer; Pilates Method Alliance Gold certified (gold means she was one of 150 people that took the test before there was even a study guide for it); ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor; AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor; Bosu Master Trainer; Pfilates Pelvic Floor Specialist; Pilates for Golf certified; Anatomy in Clay Teacher Trainer; studied with Eric Franklin for 6 week intensive at ADF
Continuing Education: Lolita San Miguel’s Master Mentor Program, Pilates Method Alliance Conference 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, Pilates on Tours in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 Can-Fit-Pro 2002, Body Mind Spirit 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006, IDEA 2003 & 2004, Fletcher Spine Corrector Training, Anatomy in Clay 5 day training, Physicalmind teacher training training, Balanced Body faculty training, Pfilates Certified, 2016 cadaver lab with Tiffany Cruikshank
Pilates Speaking Events: Pilates on Tour 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, Pilates Style Conference 2007, Arizona Pilates Alliance 2007 & 2008, MS Fitness Convention in Mexico 2005, Pilates University in Mexico 2005 and many workshops at Personalized Pilates! Katrina also taught most recently at the Pilates Method Alliance conference in San Diego and Pilates on Tour conference in Chicago in 2014.
Hobbies: cooking, sewing, playing with my children, snowboarding/skiing, doing Pilates!
Children: so far 4 girls and 2 boys – Hadleigh 9 years, Delaney 8 years, Ainsley 6 years, Whitley 4 years, Kellen is 2 and Tobin was just born July 2016!
You can watch Hadleigh Foe doing Pilates on YouTube!
Philosophy statement: Pilates is not just a set of amazing exercises. It is a whole way of life that should affect every aspect of your being.
Favorite Pilates exercise and why: Short Spine because it just opens my spine up in such a delicious way. I sure miss it when I’m pregnant!
How Pilates helped me: I was having a lot of back pain that had been treated unsuccessfully until Pilates. Through Pilates my asymmetrical foot structures were addressed and corrected which straightened out my pelvis/spine and miraculously healed my back. Pilates’ whole body view really changed the way that I look at healing as well as how my body functions.
Why I enjoy teaching Pilates: I love helping people learn to enjoy moving in their bodies. Movement should be fun and enjoyable for everyone!