The Peak Pilates® Educational Development Team
At Peak Pilates®, our fundamental goal is to bring Pilates to everyone in a manner that is both accessible and inspiring. The heart of our educational program belongs to our trio of educational developers - Zoey Trap, Colleen Glenn-Wilson and Clare Dunphy Hemani - who together bring over 70 years of combined experience in the Pilates and fitness industries. In 2000, the three were challenged to create a new paradigm for classical Pilates education that would deliver it in an accessible, easy-to-follow format. Their diverse skills and backgrounds made them the perfect team to take on the task. They developed a program that allows teachers to unlock the beauty and potential of the system with proprietary teaching methodologies that enable instructors to identify and address any weaknesses or points of improvement in their teaching.
Additionally, it was essential to incorporate the latest in science and anatomy to create a deeper understanding of the integrated and systematic approach. Today, from lesson plans to instructor manuals, Peak Pilates® continues to refine our programs, always looking toward the future to meet the needs of our ever–changing industry.
Zoey Trap has an M.S. in exercise science with a research focus on alternative therapy and the spine. A world-class presenter, her workshops reflect a commitment to stay abreast of the latest trends and research in mind/body/spirit movement. Zoey is known as the “teachers’ teacher” who helps instructors bridge the gap between theory and practical application with knowledge, creativity and confidence. As the Peak Pilates® Master Instructor Team Leader, she works to train and mentor Master Instructors globally and authors all new Peak Pilates® educational programming. Zoey co-authors the Peak Pilates® Instructor Education Program, creating the mentoring and coaching protocols, and has also written programs for Flexcushion®, Keiser, Nautilus, Life Fitness, and DFAV. As the founder of Pilates Solutions, Zoey offers consulting on business and client protocols. She has studied extensively with Colleen Glenn-Wilson, Mary Bowen and Lolita San Miguel, and she has been featured on Pilates Anytime. Zoey also has over 500 hours of Yoga instructor training and is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor. A lifelong student, Zoey recently completed her first level of study with Spiraldynamik® - Intelligent Movement.
Colleen Glenn-Wilson is a pioneer in the Pilates and fitness industries. Frequently requested as a presenter and educator for over 35 years, Colleen lectures, teaches and consults with businesses around the world. She is highly regarded for her knowledge in traditional fitness methods, her expertise in Pilates, and the integration of these modalities with balance and wisdom. Her primary education with Romana Kryzanowska inspired Colleen’s contagious passion and enthusiasm for classical Pilates and pursuing a career in the industry. Studies with other first generation teachers - including Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher and Eve Gentry - further refined her perspective, knowledge and skill level. She was the first Educational Director for Peak Pilates®, founded the PilateSystem Certification Program, co-founded the Pilates Method Alliance, and was heralded as one of America’s TOP 55 TRAINERS in Vogue magazine. Today, she works with Purium Health Products for higher levels of nutrition for clients worldwide. Colleen is passionate about sharing her expertise and furthering the development of whole health; spiritually, physically and mentally.
Clare Dunphy Hemani
Clare Dunphy Hemani is the founder of Progressive Bodyworks in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Her roots in human movement began at Northeastern University with a B.S. in Physical Education, and she holds certifications from PMA, ACE, and The Pilates Guild™. In 1995, Clare began her Pilates studies under Romana Kryzanowska and has since studied with several other teachers. A co-author of the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive Education Program, she mentored several teachers and teacher trainers from 2001-2013, and has been featured on Pilatesology and Pilates Anytime. Committed to preserving the authenticity and tradition of Pilates, her approach is refreshing, energetic and supportive. Clare's gift is her willingness to share knowledge generously and her ability to explain concepts in simple, clear ways. Her mission is to support the potential in all students/teachers and to keep the spirit of Joe and Romana alive in her work.