Creating Diverse Content
It was important that the Size Diverse Teacher Training Program had a variations library with A LOT of visuals for the trainees.
For example: Some exercises have 6 variations and others have almost 40 variations!
We started with a handful visual Content Creators who we have followed and watched grow over the last two + years.
Gwen, Mindi, Rachel R, Donny, and DK are our first set of Content Creators we brought on to help us get pictures into the manual & to kick the program off with video libraries!
I'm excited to share that we have more visual Content Creators lined up and will CONTINUE to add to our training libraries.
Anyone is welcome to submit their variations to our program, so we can increase the MOST diverse content in the industry!
PLEASE do not feel like you cannot submit something because it isn't "classical" or isn't the "full expression of the exercise" or because of any other reason. We HAVE to start showing representation!
We would love to add you to our library - if you want to submit - click on the SEND US A VARIATION button and let us know what you'd like to submit!
It's me! Size Diverse Pilates!
I'm a classically trained Comprehensive Pilates teacher and an NCPT. I have over 20 years of training experience in the BioTech industry, which includes qualifying trainers to teach others. I love bringing VARK learning into training programs to help everyone be successful in what they do.
I teach at Rivercity Pilates (with Donny) and OnlinePilatesClasses.com (with Mindi) in addition to my full time gig in biotech.
I like to add flair to the classical work and create variations to make Pilates as accessible as possible. It's important to me that everyone feels they have a place to practice the work. I want everyone to feel that they can practice in their TODAY BODY and feel the freedom to explore.
I like to say that I shape the exercise to meet the person where they are; meaning I teach the person in front of me.
You can read all about my personal journey on my About Page!
Photo by Monica Linda of Girl Squad
A self-proclaimed Pilates nerd, Gwen has been teaching comprehensive Pilates since 2018 and practicing for over 20 years.
Gwen is located in Minneapolis/St. Paul and currently teaches both group classes and private sessions.
“Pilates helps me appreciate my body and how strong I can be when I participate in structured workouts. I love that Pilates can be tailored to be inclusive for everyone. I enjoy that there is always more to learn as a student and a teacher. No matter what level you are, there is always a new challenge that awaits”.
So many areas of Gwen’s life benefit from her Pilates practice and she enjoys having conversations with others who feel the same.
You can find Gwen on Instagram as @gwenheadpilates
Mindi is a graduate of the University of Georgia with Masters in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. Mindi played volleyball growing up and throughout college causing her body to take a beating. Pilates has been her saving grace and she is now moving pain free. Mindi began practicing Pilates in 2007 in St. Louis when she started having lower back issues due to a bulging disc caused by her many years of playing volleyball. With an understanding of the body through her experience with injuries throughout her career/life, switching from a passionate Pilates student to a teacher was a natural progression. She loves helping people feel better about their body. Mindi brings fun and hard work to each of her sessions through sharing her passion for Pilates! Mindi is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher since 2019.
You can find Mindi on Instagram @bendymindipilates
Head shot by Leo Peterson Photography
Donny’s Pilates Journey started back in the spring of 2018 after she had been diagnosed with EDS type 3 HyperMobility. She was searching for something to help with the chronic pain she had been struggling with and to find some inner peace with it all. After her first session she felt empowered in a way, pilates was something she could do that didn’t flare up her symptoms and made her feel so much better overall.
After a few months she decided it was something she had to share with others in hopes it would help people the same way it had helped her. With that thought she dove into the teaching program head first and by August 2019 she officially began teaching.
Recently Donny has added BARRE to her practice as well and within the last year has been certified in levels 1 & 2.
Kellee Forkenbrock is a graduate student who works full time as the Public Services Librarian for the North Liberty Library (North Liberty, Iowa).
A yogi since the late 80s, Kellee maintains a daily yoga practice along with other activity including Pilates, running, and dance aerobics. Upon graduation from the University of Iowa in May 2023, Kellee plans to pursue her yoga teacher training (YTT) certification.
*Note from Rachel Piper: Kellee also writes romance novels and has self-published 12 novels under her pen name "Eliza David" - you can find her on Amazon and on Instagram as @writegirlproblems
MS, OTR/L, CPT, NCPT
Shari is a 20-year Occupational Therapist who has always been passionate to help people to live better lives. Since she was a kid she knew it was all she ever wanted to do. This desire to help people led her to become certified in personal training, postpartum corrective exercise, and Pilates outside her therapy degree. Then she became a mom and this passion deepened for postpartum women. Shari has first-hand experience of the toll pregnancy can take on a woman’s body. Fusing traditional corrective exercises, pelvic floor therapy, and Pilates she overcame a Diastasis Recti and chronic pelvic floor weakness. Her program Core Rehab was born from the combining of all her professional and personal experiences and passion to help other women rehabilitate from childbirth.
Shari a guest presenter for the Size Diverse Teacher Training Program.
DK Ciccone is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor (Balanced Body, NPCP) based in Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up a dancer to musician parents, DK cannot recall a time when she wasn’t obsessed with the rhythm and flow of the body in space. She first discovered Pilates in 2007 as a means of movement rehabilitation following a disc herniation and it became central to her own chronic pain management over the years. Almost 10 years later she was introduced to the Pilates apparatus and began training as a Pilates instructor with a focus on post-rehab clients and chronic conditions. DK’s professional life outside of Pilates concerns social change theory and communications within health and life sciences, which laid the foundation for a love of movement education and facilitating transformation in others. The combination of these passions led to the birth of Movement Remedies, her Pilates and wellness business focused on chronic pain management.
Bio coming soon!!
Bio & pic coming soon!!
Rachel Reis is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body (BB) Instructor Training program. In 2014, Rachel started her personal Pilates movement practice, and in 2016, Rachel enrolled in the BB instructor program at EHS Pilates in San Francisco. Rachel studied and worked as an Apprentice teacher from 2016-2020, and officially tested out in February 2020. Rachel has completed extensive workshops, continuing education, and mentorship programs since completing teacher training, and they are committed to learning from their students and from fellow practitioners daily.
Rachel now teaches Pilates remotely through a body autonomy and body awareness lens. Rachel sees Pilates as an essential way to establish and maintain a relationship with one's body, build proprioception and body awareness, and as a way to relieve stress while strengthening and mobilizing. Rachel supports students in finding what works best for their bodies through movement exploration and play. Rachel enjoys sharing the benefits of Pilates with people who are looking to connect with themselves and/or find relief in their body.
Rachel’s pathway into movement and teaching Pilates is different from the “norm.” Rachel found Pilates after working as a field organizer for a political campaign, and in some ways Pilates was calling Rachel through proximity. Rachel ended up living on the same block as Pilates studio in San Francisco while they were working on a masters degree in public affairs. Pilates has been a way for Rachel to process and deal with stress and grief, and they know how a regular Pilates movement practice can improve your life and how you feel.
Find Rachel at RadPilates.com, or Instagram @RadPilates, or email Rachel@RadPilates.com