Upcoming Training Courses

course CMR

Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer

level 1, 120 hours

fall 2011 | starts Sep 9

Comprehensive Courses are designed for those with limited teaching experience who need more foundation and mentoring in their goals of becoming a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor.

course IMP

Intensive Mat-Plus

level 1, 40 hours

fall 2011 | Sep 23-25 | Oct 14-16 | Nov 4-6
Fri-Sat 12pm-5:30pm | Sun 9am-1pm

course IR

Intensive Reformer

level 1, 50 hours

summer 2011 | Jul 11-14 | Jul 18-21 | Jul 25-28 | 12pm-4:30pm

fall 2011 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Oct 28-29 | Nov 18-19 | Dec 9-10 | Jan 6-7
Fri-Sat 12pm-5:30pm

course AR

Advanced Reformer

level 2, 18 hours

summer 2011 | Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 | Tue 11am-4pm

A written & practical exam is required for certification
exam may be taken within six months of completing course(s)

Space is limited! To register or for costs and additional information regarding these courses email or call Kelly Dormady at The Sweatshop 651-646-8418

The SweatShop
167 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

contact: Kelly Dormady
phone: 651-646-8418

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The Studio: The SweatShop Health Club's commitment to quality providing training for fitness and health professionals is part of its now three-decade legacy. SweatShop founder and owner, Gayle Winegar, along with her staff of master fitness trainers, STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers, and guest trainers provide everything from functional anatomy and personal training basics for the aspiring fitness or personal trainer to complete training, certification and continuing education, in STOTT PILATES INCLUDING both Intensive, and Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer courses complimentary training in Kettlebell, TRX Suspension, and more.

The SweatShop Health Club's cutting edge reputation is well deserved for its continual reinvention of fitness programming, holistic and inclusive approach to wellness and its commitment to the Fitness and Pilates community at large. The SweatShop began its Pilates program in 1993 and its STOTT PILATES on site professional training in 1994 with Moira Merrithew. The SweatShop Health Club has a healthy and continually growing private, group, Reformer and mat class business as well as hybrid Pilates programming.

As a longtime STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center, the SweatShop staff has trained hundreds of Pilates professionals for clubs, clinics, private practice and centers under its original program director Jill Winegar and continues its outreach under the current program director Kelly Dormady. The current staff of STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers brings breadth, depth, experience, intelligence and some humor to the full calendar of courses/workshops here at the SweatShop Health Club and to our hosted sites in Minnesota including Rochester, home to Mayo Clinic, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. The SweatShop staff prides itself not only in delivering excelling training but support in setting up, developing and growing your Pilates business, including programming and marketing know how. Several times a year we invite guest Instructor Trainers from other Licensed Training Centrers as well as STOTT PILATES Headquarters and have been part of the STOTT PILATES World Tour.

The SweatShop is also accredited by the Minnesota Department of Education as a private institute of education.

We are proud to offer you the expertise of our excellent staff:

For nearly a decade KELLY DORMADY, Program Director, has been working to inspire health and wellness in as many people as possible. She uses her abilities as a level III personal and Pilates trainer to map out an all encompassing plan to get her clients to their goals. ‘I enjoy working with people at all stages of fitness with a focus on core stability, balance, and functional fitness as it applies to every day life. I have the training, skills and confidence to provide workouts for people dealing with rehab of injuries to athletes trying to improve their sport to people simply trying to maintain their quality of life.“
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in dance Kelly worked as a personal trainer. She joined the SweatShop staff, in 2001 and found training as a Pilates trainer was a natural leap. She trained in Toronto with STOTT PILATES as a Instructor Trainer. She balances these three training areas along with managing the Pilates and Professional Training departments.

DEBRA HUNT combines personal experience in Pilates with over ten years as an instructor, and three years as an Instructor Trainer-training people to become Pilates instructors-to bring a high level of expertise to working with clients and Pilates student instructors She has a background in dance and gymnastics, and has profound personal experience with injury and rehabilitation. Pilates has changed Debra’s life of chronic pain to one of function, strength and flexibility. Debra works with clients to increase strength, flexibility and function for both daily life activities and a higher level of satisfaction and finesse in daily life, sports and physical pursuits. Whether you are seeking more balance to your workouts, more challenge to your core, or a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection, Debra is an able guide to help you achieve your life and fitness goals. Do you want to become a Pilates professional instructor? Debra has guided numerous students through Professional Training in a “train the trainer” model, mentoring many students into their certifications. She has met STOTT PILATES highest certification standards and most rigorous training, and brings years of experience to bear on her work with everyone she interacts with—client or professional training student.

DANICA LARSON joined the SweatShop staff 2006 as a Level III Trainer with a full STOTT PILATES certification and in 2008 became a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer. When not at work, Danica brings a focus on the mental and physical consciousness and balance that Pilates brings to those who want to improve strength, flexibility, posture and awareness. After graduating magna cum laude with her B.A. in English and Vocal Performance from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, she did her mat and reformer training with the International STOTT PILATES Certification Center in Toronto. She has trained and taught STOTT PILATES across North America. Her respect and passion for Pilates has grown over the years while teaching Pilates in a physical therapy clinic, boutique Pilates studios, and managing and training for the Pilates Department for a local club. She loves being part of the experienced dedicated team at the SweatShop.

JILL WINEGAR has been in the fitness industry for over 27 years. Jill brings to her pilates classes a non-esoteric approach to pilates that demystifies the original work. Her approach is practical, integrated, and eclectic and makes pilates fun as well as functional.
Jill has been a huge part of what makes the SweatShop unique. Most recently, she introduced the practice of Russian Kettlebells to the fitness world. Jill is ACE certified and presents a practical workshop on teaching Kettlebells for fitness professionals.
She received her degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and returned to the University in 1994 to complete the pre-requisites to get into the University’s Physical Therapy Program. She holds certifications as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, kettlebell instructor, and STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer and presents workshops and courses internationally. She has been a guest presenter at the prestigious Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California and Rancho la Puerta, and trained Sting on his most recent tour with The Police.

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The intensive courses above are recommended for certified fitness instructors, personal trainers, and other fitness & health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and enhance their business. Applicants must have, at least three years experience teaching fitness, dance or movement, familiarity with the works of Joseph Pilates, formal anatomy training and a working knowledge of muscle origins, insertions and functions, in order to attend the course.

For a list of required (and optional) course materials click here
To download a materials order form, click here

You are not obliged to write (and pay for) two exams if you are planning to take both courses. You may choose to wait until completion of the second course to write your exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam). If you prefer to pause between courses, you may choose to take an exam to become certified in Matwork only, and another exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam) after completing the second course to become certified in Reformer work. In this case two exam fees would apply.