Annie Verderame: Pilates Instructor

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Bio:

Annie has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. She came to find her passion for Pilates while studying Natural Sciences and Dance at Loyola Marymount University. Her love for understanding the body and how it moves helped her to complete her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Sciences International with a specialization in Dance in 2010. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from LMU, Annie began teaching private and semi-private lessons in Los Angeles. Her clientele ranged from professional athletes, to pre and post natal women, to clients with ailments including spinal injuries, disfigured feet, paraplegia, and vertigo. During this time, she also completed a Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Mazur. It was a certification that specialized in Yoga Therapy, giving Annie an even deeper understanding of how best to address her clients, their needs, and their ailments.

In 2013 she returned to her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where she added group reformer classes to her teaching repertoire. Annie passed the Pilates Method Alliance exam and became a member of the PMA in 2015. She is most known for putting a contemporary twist on classical pilates, making her sessions fluid, fun, and challenging; but available for all levels. Annie is currently teaching privates and semi-privates in Phoenix, and doing master classes, workshops, and guest teaching at teacher trainings all over the country.

What do you do best?

Teach Pilates!

What makes you the best?

I think when you are lucky enough to do what you love, the passion you have for it makes you the best. Pilates is my number one love in life. It fills me with joy, and I love more than anything sharing that joy and my knowledge with my clients.

What are your aspirations?

To continue traveling the world. Second to Pilates, I love travel. I think that seeing new places and experiencing different cultures is so important to the growth of a person's spirit. You learn and grow in empathy, kindness, thankfulness, and the appreciation of other people and their way of life. Plus, I love overwhelming feeling of seeing one of the Natural Wonders of the world, or a UNESCO world heritage site.  There is nothing quite like it.

Biggest Success?

My clients. Seeing their bodies change, progress, and improve is amazing. What's more, I have a following of dedicated and loving clients who continue to support and stay with me, working to continue their lessons and growth in knowledge of their body with me as their teacher.

So I would say my 'success' is the outpouring of love I have earned from them.

Most Challenging Moment?

Working with a client who doesn't see eye to eye with me. Its hard when someone comes into a session with a pre-conceived notion that they won't enjoy it. Changing their mind and having them return is one of the greatest feelings!

Favorite Motto?

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness." - Joseph Pilates

Favorite People?

My family, friends, and clients; they are my tribe.

Favorite Places?

Some of my favorites abroad include Florence, Italy, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, and Galway Bay, Ireland.

But I also love just being at home, cuddling with my pup.

Favorite Products?

Homemade soaps and candles.

Current Passions?

Pilates, travel, yoga, being outdoors, fresh flowers, brunch with friends, and Phoenix sports teams.