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STOTT PILATES* Named Preferred Vendor

TORONTO, November 1, 2002 –

STOTT PILATES, one of Canada’s top 100 companies according to a recent ranking in Canada’s Profit Magazine, is proud to announce its new relationship as a preferred vendor with the YMCA.

According to STOTT President and CEO Lindsay Merrithew, “We believe in and support the Y’s mission to ‘build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.’ Our mission is to help people feel more invigorated and self-aware through an exercise program offering mind-body fitness. At STOTT PILATES we provide intelligent exercise and quality equipment for profound results.”

Today STOTT PILATES is the fastest growing full-service pilates company in the world, but it began in 1987 in a one-bedroom apartment. “Our program is driven by a definite market need for results…not by hype,” says Mr. Merrithew. “The quality exercise systems, equipment and programming of STOTT PILATES will ensure that our fitness regime stands the test of time.”

Similar to yoga, pilates is a system of stretching, breathing, and toning. Created by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s, the technique was designed to allow dancers to exercise without aggravating an injury or building bulk.

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary, anatomically based approach to Pilates’ original teachings, developed by company co-founder Moira Merrithew in collaboration with physical therapists and sports medicine professionals, to make it safe and effective for everyone.

Drawing on her years of experience as a professional dancer, certified pilates instructor, and student of functional anatomy, she designed a unique approach to pilates training and certification which has gained recognition and popularity worldwide.

A Juilliard-trained actor and Dalhousie business school graduate, Mr. Merrithew has been the driving force in the rapid growth and success of STOTT PILATES. He designed and engineered a line of STOTT PILATES equipment, which now numbers close to 50 items and is used internationally by fitness, rehab, athletic and pilates professionals as well as serious home exercisers. He is also responsible for masterminding the company’s expansion into the home video market, which now accounts for 20% of the business and boasts a library of 59 titles.

STOTT PILATES has grown significantly over the past five years while driving a trend that CNN called the fastest growing in fitness. A testament to its success, the company has a slate of over 1,000 STOTT PILATES Certified Instructors worldwide, 16 licensed training centers, two studios and an extensive video collection for home workouts.

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STOTT PILATES, a subsidiary of the Merrithew Corporation, is the only full-service organization of its kind providing high-caliber pilates education, videos and equipment worldwide. Founded in Toronto in 1988 by Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, the company’s mission is to promote the benefits of mind-body fitness worldwide. Visit