Please join us in celebrating Ron - at age 90 - teaching his last class in May of 2011.

Ron Fletcher Passes On: A Great Voice in Pilates

September 2012 / Lisa Johnson Fitness

Ron Fletcher scared the crap out of me. I was standing before him in a freezing cold dance room in Philadelphia. He was stern; the people closest to him did everything he said to the letter and I was trying to hide in the back. I had no chance. I was attending a weekend seminar on the Spine Corrector, a piece of Pilates apparatus, and there were maybe 80 people in the room (I’m horrible with numbers, it might have been more). We were given a unique set of instructions before we arrived which included: wearing only all black with absolutely no adornment, we had to wear black tights, and no bootleg yoga pants or anything crazy like that. I literally didn’t own any tights and had to zip out to buy some before I left. I had heard scary...

This past May, the PMA Pilates Certification Program achieved accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This was very exiting for all of us, and especially for those who have maintained their PMA certification for many years. NCCA accreditation gives the PMA credential a validation that positions it alongside other accredited certifications in the fitness industry. As many of you know, In 2006, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recommended that its member clubs hire trainers holding at least one current certification from a certifying organization that had begun third party accreditation from an independent, experienced, and nationally recognized accrediting body. That body is the NCCA, and we feel that gyms and fitness centers should apply the same measures to hiring Pilates instructors as they do to personal trainers. We...

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