Kim Wyatt is the owner and senior Pilates instructor at Pilates by Kim. She discovered the life-changing benefits of Pilates while living and working in for a publishing company in Nashville, TN. As a dancer and gymnast growing up, Kim was drawn to the familiarity of the exercises long before she fully understood their purpose and intention. As she continued taking classes, the desire to one day teach this work began to take root.
She and her husband moved to her hometown of Northport, AL, in 2014. By January 2015, they became parents with the arrival of Joshua (along with Jeff’s older sons, Billy and Stephen). Full-time parenthood shelved any plans for teacher training or Pilates practice for many years until Kim stumbled into a Pilates Mat class sponsored by the local Parks and Recreation department. The instructor tapped Kim as her understudy, and before long Kim was leading her own classes two mornings a week. She quickly picked up more classes around time and eventually landed at UA’s Student Recreation Center.
Joining the Rec opened a new world of teaching possibilities for Kim, not the least of which was getting into the Pilates equipment realm. Once she began her formal training, she was hooked, and in 2015 she completed her comprehensive training.
Kim left UA in 2019 to devote her full attention to her studio, Pilates by Kim, and she hasn’t looked back. Pilates continues to shape and challenge Kim in new, exciting ways all the time, na has afforded her a vocation and purpose unlike anything else she’s ever done 9except being a mom!).
Kim has a B.A. in English from Berry College and completed extensive post-graduate work in Mass Communications and Secondary Education at the University of Alabama. She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher and a graduate of the Kathy Grant Heritage Training program.
If you are considering a career as Pilates teacher and future studio-owner, Kim would be thrilled to talk to you about her experience over the last 12 years. She welcomes the chance to mentor new teachers and get nerdy about Pilates. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-534-0344.
Kim’s Fast Facts:
Maureen Gerber joined Pilates By Kim as an instructor in Fall of 2020. Her first Pilates class ever at 41 years old was a mat class in Maryville, TN, and she was hooked because of the way it made her feel. Maureen grew up in New Jersey and was always active with field hockey and flag squad. In college, she always exercised, but never did Pilates. Now she wishes she had!
Maureen, her husband Chip, and two daughters moved to Columbus, Mississippi, in 2007. She remembers the first question she asked the front desk at the gym in her new town: “Do you have Pilates here?!” They had a few mat classes here and there, but not a true Pilates program. She decided to share her love of Pilates, got Mat certified and started teaching classes at her gym.
One day, her boss asked her to come in the back room and look at the Pilates reformer she had in storage. Maureen started working on it herself and then took Reformer classes from a visiting instructor. At first, Maureen was overwhelmed with the counting and breathing and springs and resistance and assistance(!), but by her third class she fell in love all over again! She got Reformer trained and started teaching private classes at the gym. These classes became so popular that the gym owner bought two more Reformers! A fourth Reformer soon followed, along with a designated Reformer space. Maureen spent the next several years in this space sharing her passion for Pilates.
In April 2020, Maureen and her family moved to Tuscaloosa, AL,
She currently teaches Reformer, Chair, and Tower at Pilates by Kim, and subs for Delia Buckmaster, a well-respected leader and national presenter in the Pilates profession, when she’s at her condo in Whitefish, Montana.
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