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Graduates and Testimonials

Since 2002, graduates of the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program can be found teaching Pilates worldwide. Many graduates have established successful Pilates careers. In addition to teaching, some are studio owners, conference presenters, teacher trainers, and Pilates bloggers.

Graduate Spotlight

The first main thing that stands out to me from my training experience is the positive and supportive learning environment created by Excel. I did some of my apprenticeship as an independent study and often had the luxury of working one-on-one with Kerry or Lesa as I progressed through my year of training. Lesa and Kerry strive to create excellence in their teaching and they demand a lot from you but they are also patient, nurturing, and kind.

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When I’m asked about my time as an apprentice I immediately respond with, “It was the best year of my life.” It was the year my mind connected to my body through movement. It was the year I uncovered certain movement patterns that I’m able to work on daily for my body to be as healthy, supple and aligned as possible – and now, I get to share and teach that to my clients.

A. T.

One of the best years of my life was studying under Kerry DeVivo and Lesa McLaughlin in the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program. Their extensive program completely immersed me in Pilates, something that I didn’t know I needed but would soon come to learn I couldn’t live without. As an introverted person, I did not realize how passionate I could be at teaching until I found something I believed so deeply in. As a ballet dancer, my peers and teachers physically saw differences in my body after training in Pilates and I owe it all to the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program. Studying, observing, and training at Excel Pilates Annapolis breathed new life into me and I am so thankful for fortunately stumbling upon 2nd generation teachers that devote their time and work to staying true to Joesph Pilates’s original method

C. A.

My apprenticeship in the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program at Excel Pilates NoVA was ideal. Studying under the tutelage of Alexandra Adams, one of the most qualified classical Pilates teachers in Washington DC area, I knew I was learning from the best. Although the Teacher Training Program was very demanding, I truly enjoyed it. The way the program was structured allowed me to complete it while having a full time job and other commitments. After graduating from the program I had a deep knowledge and understanding of the Pilates Method, and felt confident to teach a variety of clients with different body needs. In my opinion, the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program at Excel Pilates NoVA is second to none!


The Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program is a classical program with roots tying directly back to Joseph Pilates, as most of the faculty are second generation instructors. The fully comprehensive program encourages interfacing with current students and both new and seasoned instructors, further leading to variety, growth and professional camaraderie. At Excel Pilates NOVA, Alexandra is a patient and flexible instructor who devotes her busy schedule to the training and development of enrolled apprentices.  She is also a great role model for anyone considering their own studio someday. Can’t recommend it enough.


I researched a plethora of teacher training programs before finally enrolling in the Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program at the NoVA studio. Knowing that I would be studying under Alexandra Adams sealed the deal. The education I received under Alexandra exceeded my expectations. Not only did I receive comprehensive tutelage in the methodology of classical Pilates, but Alexandra ensured that I was fluent in functional anatomy and the history of Pilates. Yes, the year-long process was very demanding, but I was able to complete the program as a mother of two young children. Everything I learned while enrolled in the program has made me confident enough to teach a variety of clients with varying needs. Additionally, the studio’s clients and instructors were very accommodating when it came to my observation and teaching hours. After I graduated from the program and began teaching, someone stated that they saw some of Alexandra in my teaching; in my opinion, there is no higher compliment than that. If you are contemplating teacher training in the Pilates method, just stop right here…it is the best program!