Pilates Career Institute Program Director
Don has been involved in athletic development since the age of 14. He began by using exercise to lose weight, which sparked his career in athletic performance and competition. A personal quest developed into a lifelong passion of athletic and fitness excellence. This life experience allowed a passion to turn into teaching and assisting others in their quest to be leaner and healthier while providing a better understanding of lifestyle choices that affect overall health and personal fitness. This knowledge of how personal body image and the positive effects from athletic performance has allowed Don to follow through on his own personal quest of helping others to achieve their individual high level of knowledge regarding sensible fitness exercise decisions. This led to the creation of Body Quest Advantage, Big Toe Studio and the Pilates Career Institute.
After completing a successful career as a Professional Bicycle Racer, he started a new career in rehabilitation as a Neuromuscular Therapist with Orthopedic Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colorado. He went on to become the Rehabilitative Fitness Coordinator for Health South Outpatient Rehab Centers in Northern Colorado. With his interest in rehabilitative exercise, Don successfully completed Polestar Education training to be a Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Pilates Mat work in 2001. Don opened his first Pilates studio in December of 2004, and then opened his current location in the beautiful Palmer Flowers Retail Center in 2009. In 2014 Don launched Big Toe Studio Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training School, which changed its name to Pilates Career Institute, the school compliments the Pilates studio while training student teachers to be experts in utilizing Rehab based Pilates to reach all levels of potential for clients, students and teachers.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Inga decided to pursue her interest in Pilates by becoming a Certified Pilates Teacher. The experience of doing previous Pilates sessions convinced her that finally there was a perfect balance of strength and flexibility after years of training in ballet and gymnastics. Inga’s academic career in linguistics and having an amazing family put running and tennis as her primary source of exercise.
After researching options for Pilates teacher training, Inga decided that the emphasis Pilates Career Institute placed on using Pilates exercise to assist in helping clients safely prepare for pre and post orthopedic issues was a perfect match for her to help clients achieve their absolute best healthy outcomes.
The dedication to learning the Pilates Method and acquiring excellent academic knowledge and experience was rewarded by completing the Pilates Career Institute student training program and achieving her National Certified Pilates Teacher award issued by the National Pilates Certification Program.