Michelle - Owner, Certified Instructor, & Teacher Trainer
Michelle Berger's career as a professional singer spanned more than a decade and led to her living in Europe for over 20 yrs. During her singing career, which continues today, she performed in both the US and Europe.
While living in Switzerland, she discovered the benefits of the Pilates training method. After her fourth private session, it became clear to her that she should become a certified Pilates instructor. Next to singing, she had never felt as passionate about anything as she did, and still does, about Pilates.
Michelle completed her Pilates certification in 2007 after completing more than 700 hours of training. She received her certification from Jules Pure Pilates in Zurich Switzerland and went on to become a licensed affiliate trainer of Michael Miller Pilates. Since then she has taught more than 6000 hours as a certified Pilates instructor. While in Switzerland Michelle was an instructor for Jules Pure Pilates of Zurich, and a guest instructor at Absolut Balance in Zug.
While singing and teaching Pilates in Europe, Michelle discovered the value of the Pilates method as it pertains to singers. She became the Pilates instructor for the Zurich Opera House where she was on staff for two years until she returned to the US. In the fall of 2009 Michelle gave her first “Pilates for Singers” master class for the University of Montana vocal department.
In August 2010 Michelle opened Pure Pilates, a “Pilates only” studio now located in Billings, Montana.
Mary Lou--Pilates Instructor in Training
At age 15 I was involved in an accident that would cause me
many years of headaches and pain. I
tried many forms of relief over the years, from chiropractic to different types
of exercise and stretching, none of which gave me any relief. I was introduced to Pilates, a method of
exercise and stretches, in 2012. It was
then that I began taking private sessions with Michelle and found that my
muscles were ‘waking up’ and I was getting more movement in my neck. I was happy to have the frozen muscles that
were causing so much pain start to relax into better alignment and less
knotting/seizing. This was achieved
through my Pilates practice and private lessons with Michelle. As I’ve continued there have been many
changes and benefits to my health, one being my ability to again sleep on my
sides something I couldn’t do for many years.
In the past year I have realized and been told that Pilates is
‘me’. Due to this and my great love of
Pilates I decided to take a workshop to help others learn the benefits that
span across your life in your physical body, mind and spirit. I am currently teaching Mat, Exo Chair, and
Springboard classes at the studio and look forward to further training with
Michelle, and becoming a fully certified Pilates instructor who teaches all of
the apparatus to both individuals and groups.
Hello my name is Toni Sennett. I started my fitness career in Chicago IL as
a group exercise instructor. I taught
low impact and step aerobics there for 7 years.
In 1995 I moved to Billings and started teaching at the YMCA. There I taught low impact aerobics, step
aerobics, power pump, and senior fitness.
Through conversations with my clients about their fitness and my own
personal experience I realized you don’t have to beat your body up to be in
shape. That’s when I found Pilates. I
started with a Pilates mat certification in 2003 and realized Joseph Pilates’
Method went much deeper than only the mat work.
In 2005 I started a comprehensive certification program requiring 500
hours of training, which I completed in three years. I am certified in mat and all of the
apparatus. I have been teaching at Pure
Pilates since 2014. When I’m not
teaching I like to knit and do all kinds of hand sewing. When the weather is nice I spend time with my
three sons riding motorcycles, fly fishing and camping
Lindsay--Pilates Instructor in Training
first introduced to Pilates early in 2011 at Pure Pilates, not long after
Michelle opened the studio here in Billings. I started taking classes to gain
core strength but was happily surprised by the full body focus of the Pilates
exercises. I have always been an active, athletic person but it wasn't until I
started practicing Pilates that I really experienced the benefits of a real
mind and body connection and focus. I really love that there are many levels
and a variety of tools in the practice of Pilates that can help you build
strength and stability in places that may be weak from years of neglect or
maybe years of misuse. As a former gymnastics coach I instantly felt at home
with the Pilates principles and movements. After just one year of being introduced
to Pilates I was in love and decided that it was my calling to teach Pilates to
others. In 2014 I began my teacher certification journey at a Balanced Body
Certification program in Reno Nevada. I feel very lucky to be back in Billings
and have the opportunity to complete my instructor training under Michelle and
with the Purely Pilates team. Having now been a student at a handful of studios
across the U.S. the last 3 years, I can honestly say Pure Pilates remained my
favorite, which is why I am elated to get the chance to be back in Billings and
to pursue teaching Pilates at the studio that started my passion for it.