It was while studying at San Francisco State University that Jen McWalters began doing Pilates, when a back injury from dance led her to study new methods of strengthening and centering. Surprised and impressed with the results of her practice, Jen pursued teaching Pilates and became certified in the Pilates Method at the Ellie Herman Studios (author, Pilates for Dummies, Get on the Ball with Pilates). Jen holds a BA from SFSU in Dance Education, with a minor in Holistic Health. Before teaching Pilates, Jen performed modern dance at various venues in the Bay Area, and also taught dance to high school and elementary school students in Oakland and San Mateo. Jen has taught Pilates in the Bay Area, Annapolis, MD, and Washington, DC. She has also attended yoga teacher training workshops with Baron Baptiste and Ana Forrest. Jen is an avid yogini, swimmer, snowboarder, and hiker, and believes in using Pilates skills in all movement pursuits. Jen is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
The Pilates Method Alliance has created a national accreditation test. Those who pass it in the first three months are recognized as Gold Certified teachers. Jen McWalters has received this special certification!