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Amanda Watson

Owner

I was born in Ventura, California, but was raised and grew up in Maryland. I spent most of my younger years fighting my fluctuating weight. When I was in senior high school I made a decision to live a healthier life. I started running, taking various yoga, strength training classes, and started eating healthier. I ended up losing 30 pounds, and it felt amazing.

After graduating high school, I started working in the medical field. It was then that I realized my passion was to help others. While pursuing a fitness career, I found Pilates. I received my certification in Peak Pilates level I and ll, and also completed two workshops that gave me a certificate in Chair and Barrel. I am also certified in Schwinn Cycling and TRX training.  Besides Pilates, I love music, dancing, and spending time with my family.

Ellen Raines

Instructor 

As a Peak Pilates certified trainer for four years, Ellen is excited about helping her clients develop more body awareness, strength and facilitate the exercises to become a foundation for transforming everyday movement patterns. These small changes make a huge difference in functional movement and daily life. As Joseph Pilates wrote, “self-confidence, poise, consciousness of processing the power to accomplish our desires with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results” of the Pilates method.

Other interest for Ellen includes her Esthetician business of 14 years, being a Mom to her 17 year old son and 16 year old daughter. She loves being active with outdoor sports including golf, tennis and hiking.

Ellen is happy to be apart of the new Pilates by Amanda studio since the doors opened in May 2018.

Amy McPeak

Instructor 

Amy has been teaching Pilates for 5 years and 3 of the five years, this was her primary occupation. She began her Pilates journey at Potomac Pilates (RTR) and was trained there in a contemporary style with weight and strength training at its core. Balanced Body certified, her classes are described as challenging, and are great for the student who wants to push themselves and see fast result.

During the week, Amy is a Global Business Development Director that provides enterprise clients with digital marketing and communication strategy. She has three daughters, 20,17 and 12 and one fur daughter who is 5.

Looking for a challenge? Ready to take it to the next level and feel it the next day? Come see Amy.

Deborah Weir

Instructor 

Deborah has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years. She has received certifications from The Physical Mind Institute, Quantum Pilates, Power Pilates, and currently thru The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) in Mat work, full apparatus and equipment. She works with all levels/ages of students in private training and classes. For her, close observation and feedback are very important and help her create a class that will provide the most benefit. Deborah is currently preparing to complete her personal training certification thru NASM. Her sessions definitely reflect her strong "classical" Pilates background. She strongly believes that Pilates is an amazing source to create sound movement and good overall health!!