Cheryl Alden is a 1996 (cum laude) graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor degree in physical therapy. Her focus as a physical therapist for many years was outpatient orthopedics. Cheryl continues to expand her knowledge in the field of physical therapy and applies it to her current position at Symmetry Pilates Center. Cheryl has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years teaching various types of group exercise classes but has narrowed her focus to include only STOTT PILATES® and TRX. Cheryl is the sole lead instructor trainer for STOTT PILATES® in the state of NH and teaches STOTT PILATES® certification courses, workshops as well as the STOTT PILATES® rehab program through Northeast Pilates Education Centers in Manchester by the Sea, MA. She also travels throughout the USA and abroad for Merrithew (STOTT PILATES parent company) teaching the rehabilitation program to medical professionals on how to apply the STOTT PILATES program to the clinical setting.
Cheryl is an avid runner and triathlete and has completed various distance road races and triathlons including IRONMAN Lake Placid and IRONMAN Coeur D’Alene. A lifelong athlete, Cheryl enjoys educating and motivating others to reach their personal fitness goals - knowledge is power.
Jen did not care for exercise (at all) until she found Pilates. Pilates made her think about how and why her body moved as it did, which fascinated her. Pilates suited her and she stuck with it changing her body and improving her entire life. This drove her to learn more, eventually becoming an instructor. Jen does her best to bring her personal enthusiasm for intelligent exercise to every client session because of her personal experience that it works.
Pilates Total Fitness Reformer implements the STOTT , PILATES methodology with specific exercises done on the Reformer. The reformer work can be done in a private setting or as a group. The class may incorporate small equipment such as bands, weighted hand balls, small stability balls, the fitness circle, and the large stability ball to add variety and identify areas of weakness or imbalances to improve. Sessions may also include work done on the Pilates Chair and Ladder Barrel.
This workout is for both the beginner as well as the advance student. Basic knowledge of the repertoire is require therefore we recommend at least one private session to learn the reformer equipment prior to jumping into one of our groups.
The reformer can be used for a total body workout as well as for rehabilitation from injury. It provides a wide range of exercises that can be modified to suit the specific needs of any client. The reformer will challenges you more as you progress with an endless variety of exercises. Pilates reformer training is an excellent way to build core strength and functional mobility.
Note: Private training sessions include an individual postural analysis to identify imbalances and asymmetries that drive individualized programming.