Master Instructor / Owner /
Maria Ivanova has a passion for health and fitness which is reflected in the quality of training at Euro Pilates Fitness Center. Maria is an ex professional gymnast with a degree in Sports Education and Movement. Maria has worked as the USA Gymnastics National Team coach and as an USA National Judge, working with elite, Olympic-class athletes in the United States and overseas.
Maria began her Pilates studies in 2001 while training athletes to improve their performance through specific strength and conditioning exercises. She fell in love with Pilates techniques and became an advanced STOTT Pilates certified Instructor, TRX trainer, and the fist TOTAL BARRE certified instructor in Florida.
Maria stays on the cutting edge of fitness innovations and health issues through constant continuing education. She attends fitness conferences and advanced Pilates courses throughout the year and shares that knowledge with her instructors and clients. This allows her to integrate the latest skills and techniques into her training programs.
Maria uses her experience as a professional athlete, coach, Pilates instructor and a yogi to create a unique atmosphere at Euro Pilates that is focused on achieving the clients desired results. Maria’s goal is to make Pilates safe, fun, and accessible for people of all fitness levels. She trains at the advanced through beginning levels with a specialty in working with those who are pregnant/post-partum, senior, injured, or post-surgical.
“Being a professional athlete means being susceptible to numerous injuries. Having personally been diagnosed with scoliosis from the age of 10, I learned to live with discomfort and pain. Pilates training has been extremely effective in eliminating the constant pain experienced during my athletic career. My positive experience with Pilates training has proven to me how Pilates can change the quality of a person’s life. I want to share that knowledge and help my clients achieve a stronger, leaner, more flexible and balanced body and life.”
In 2013, while living in Malaysia and was diagnosed with Cervical Spondylosis. She attended treatment/ therapy and was advised to try Pilates. She fell in love with Pilates and went on to take Mat and Reformer courses right away.
Moving to the US in 2016, she furthered her education by taking additional courses on Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and became a Fully Certified Instructor.
Cecilia have been teaching for 8 years now and in love with Pilates and its methods more than ever!