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Mary Ann Briggs
Founder and Owner of The Pilates Loft of Newnan
Mary Ann grew up studying classical Ballet in Cincinnati and then became an AFFA certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in the early 1990’s.
After years of working in the gym atmosphere, Mary Ann recognized she missed the long lean muscles associated with dance and that she wanted to find a form of exercise that was suitable for everyone.
She discovered and began studying the Pilates Method. Mary Ann began her Pilates training in 2000 in NYC with Brett Howard. After completing over 400 hours with Mr. Howard, Mary Ann bridged her hours to the Traditional Authentic Pilates program. She taught on Cape Cod for numerous years before relocating to Newnan, Georgia. In 2009, Mary Ann was personally invited by Lolita San Miguel to participate in the first group of her Pilates Master Mentor Program. This was a two-year Pilates program only open to certified instructors who had been teaching a minimum of three years. After completing the two-year program under Ms. San Miguel and obtaining over 200 hours in the Pilates Master Mentor Program, Mary Ann became a 2nd Generation Pilates instructor. She continues to study the Pilates Method by attending workshops, practicing the work of Joseph Pilates and continuing her education with qualified Pilates instructors.
Lolita's Legacy Pilates Instructor
Susan's true passion in life is dance. A former dance studio owner with two degrees in dance, Susan's forte is teaching and choreography, and she especially loves teaching children. She was introduced to Pilates through her sister, Mary Ann, and after watching Mary Ann become a Master Teacher, trained by Lolita San Miguel, she decided to become a part of the program herself.
Susan was the first Pilates Instructor to earn her certification through Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Loft in August 2014.
In addition to conducting group, private, and semi-private Pilates classes at the Pilates Loft, she is instrumental in success of the children's after school theater class at 'the Newnan Theater.
Susan considers her greatest achievement in life to be her children.
Lolita's Legacy Pilates Instructor
Emily Weiss recently returned to her hometown of Atlanta after several years spent teaching Pilates in Houston. She started taking Pilates while dancing in college and immediately noticed its strengthening benefits in both her dancing and throughout her everyday life. Emily recently trained with Pilates elder Lolita San Miguel and completed her certification through Lolita's Legacy 500-hour program. She's comprehensively certified to teach mat and on all equipment/apparatus. During her time in Houston Emily combined her dance knowledge, education background, and Pilates experience to create a Pilates For Children curriculum and program at a local private school.
Whether it's preventing future injuries, or gaining confidence to functionally move, Emily's goal is to have her clients leaving class more aware of their strengths and weaknesses, while feeling more centered and in control of their bodies.