Certification Courses

course IMP

Intensive Mat-Plus

level 1, 40 hours

fall 2006 | Oct 27-28 | Nov 3-4 | Nov 10-11 | Nov 17-18 | 10am-3:30pm

course AM

Advanced Matwork

level 2, 6 hours

winter 2006 | Dec 2 | 10am-4pm

Continuing Education Workshops




Dec 9

Pilates on a Roll, Foam Roller Level 1


Dec 9

Core Balance, Stability Ball Level 1


Dec 16

Foam Roller Chanllenge, Level 2


Dec 16

Superior Balance, Stability Ball Level 4


Space is limited! Courses are limited to 12 students. To reserve a spot in a course, complete an application and include a $400 non-refundable deposit with your registration. The balance of the course fee is due 2 weeks prior to the course date. Contact Merrill Lochhead at 613-233-9226 or e-mail

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

Students planning to test at the Fitness Edge must schedule their exams on one of the above weeks. Each week is limited to 8 students and are booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

Full payment for the exam must accompany your request. Once exams are booked, a refund or cancellation of your exam is not permitted unless accompanied with a doctor’s certificate.

The Fitness Edge
203 Catherine St., 3rd floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1C3

phone: 613-233-9226

visit The Fitness Edge at

The Studio:
A 4000 square foot air-conditioned fitness facility in downtown Ottawa, featuring three studios: two for private and semi-private training and a 1400 sq. ft. space for group classes. Also find showers, change room facilities and parking.

Not a gym, but rather, a private personal training and pilates studio, the Fitness Edge provides a highly personal approach to fitness. Based on years of experience, we do not sell unrealistic images or make claims that cannot be substantiated and proudly state "our programs work".

Offering pilates training for general health, injury prevention, rehabilitation and back care, the studio is fully equipped with mats, Reformers, Cadillac and Barrels and staffed with STOTT PILATES certified instructors

Instructor Trainer:
A graduate of the National Ballet School in Toronto and former professional dancer for ballet companies in Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, Merrill Lochhead has turned her attention to fitness and health, completing degrees in both physical education and education at the University of Ottawa.

A two-time winner of the Canadian Aerobics championships, Merrill represented Canada at competitions internationally. Having accumulated an extensive resume in fitness including recreation management, instructor training, program design, Merrill has taught a wide range of fitness activities.

Since 1997, Merrill has specialized in pilates and is certified through the STOTT PILATES Studio in Toronto. She now holds status of STOTT PILATES instructor trainer. Merrill and her husband, Andy Boissineau have owned and operated Pro-Fit-Co since 1995 and The Fitness Edge since September 2000.

Getting There
Located in downtown Ottawa, next to the Queensway (Hwy 417), close to VIA rail and bus stations. see map

The studio is close to several restaurants and hotels. Please call for a recommendation.

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.

Download an application form [PDF format]

For a list of required (and optional) course materials, please 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.

STOTT PILATES is recognized by the American Council on Exercise, Can-Fit-Pro,
the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario as a continuing education provider.

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