About The Teacher

Samantha created Cultivate. in 2018 to share her passions of living a healthy and fulfilled life while still having fun and finding balance of what works in your life. Cultivate. is comprised of Fitness, Wellness, & Retreats. Cultivate. Fitness offers private and duet training and opportunities to take Samantha's group classes around NYC. Cultivate. Wellness offers nutrition and skincare programs to help achieve your goals. Cultivate. Retreats offers nourishment for your spirit through great workouts, delicious wholesome food, fun interactive activities, and strengthening new and existing friendships. Growing up in North Carolina, Samantha played sports and danced, but fell in love with fitness after college when she decided she needed a change after gaining 40lbs and feeling unfulfilled and exhausted from working in the Fashion Industry. Over the years she has tried every fad diet and fitness trend and finally realized after much trial and error, the best way to feel good in your own skin is eat whole, nutrient dense foods, find a workout or exercise that you love, listen to your body, and a little wine and pizza never hurt anyone. After multiple injuries from overtraining, Samantha's PT suggested taking Pilates classes and she immediately fell in love with the practice. After seeing how Pilates helped her heal from former injuries and made her body move and feel better, she couldn't wait to share the practice with others. Samantha has been teaching Pilates since 2015 and TRX and Strength classes since 2017. Her teaching style is Pilates inspired movements, focusing on muscles that improve posture and proper movement patterns. She likes adding in some cardio boosts to get your heart rate up and burn more calories. Her workouts are tough, but focused on proper form and keeping the mood light and fun. Samantha also teaches Myofascial Release and Mobility which can be integrated within her classes or privates as needed. You will leave her workouts feeling lengthened, strengthened, and a little sore in the right places. Certifications and Education: Core Pilates NYC Mat Certified BPNYC 500 HR Pilates Instructor Comprehensive Certified TriggerPoint Myofascia Release and Mobility Certified Pilates and Pregnancy - Pre/Postnatal Core Pilates ReXist 360 Bands Certified

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