Pilates Center Of Austin Staff

It goes without saying, but we will anyway... Your Pilates instruction is only as good as your Instructor. And the Certified Practitioners at the PCA are…Awesome! We keep hearing it over and over:

"I've never been with a teacher who is so tuned into my personal needs and goals."

“Pilates is a way of living not a form of exercise. By coming to the PCA and working with Wendy and her fabulous Staff, I got my life back and avoided major surgery where they wanted to place a steel rod in my spine.”

"And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Thanks to Marcos, our new Junior Partner and Co-owner at PCA, and all our Core Teaching Staff, Gloria, and Lauren, for being the most inspiring, empowering and fun staff on Planet Pilates!”

And, of course, it doesn't stop there. Because we just couldn't shine like this if it weren't for Beth, our Front Desk Manager Extraordinaire, taking care of you from the moment you first call us...through your initial registration...and, ongoingly, as you progress through your training with us.

And, finally, the two of us, Wendy, your Director of Embodied Education and Master Teacher…and Michael, your Director of Operations and Story-Teller in Residence, now in our 28th year with the Pilates Center of Austin (and 35 years together as each other's cheerleaders in life and partners in both marriage and family business). We're just so grateful to be engaged in this work, exploring the possibility of living our best possible life.

Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle
  • Pilates Center of Boulder / Certification, 1993
  • Pilates Method Alliance / "Gold" Certification, 2005
  • Guild for Structural Integration / Certification, 2006
  • Buteyko Breathing Educator / Certification, 2009
  • Co-Founder/Director/Pilates Center of Austin – 1993-Current

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Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle
Creator, 3Core Connection® Embodied Perspective

Wendy's experience in holistic health and related movement arts and sciences has spanned almost four decades. An internationally respected "teacher of teachers," in 1995 she was chosen by Vogue as "one of America's 55 top trainers."
The early years…
Wendy's background in movement education and holistic health began with her studies of yoga disciplines at The Himalayan Institute in the early '70's. In the late 70's, her studies culminated in her certification as a Holistic Health Teacher through the Kushi Institute...continued

Michael Arbuckle
  • Bachelor of Business Admin/Michigan State University - 1969
  • Masters of Public Health/Tulane University - 1972
  • Founder, Dynamic Fitness Systems, Austin TX - 1993-1998
  • Co-Founder and VP/Peak Pilates / Boulder, CO - 1998-2002
  • Co-Founder/Director/Pilates Center of Austin – 1993-Current

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Michael Arbuckle

I have spent the last 20 years of my work life immersed in the world of Pilates. These 2 decades, along with 35 prior years of circuitous journeys into the world of the creative arts, holistic health and fitness, personal and business transformation, leadership development, manufacture and marketing have given me access to an undeniable truth that I have seen manifest itself countless times: that anything is possible when we allow ourselves to dream, and, then, to anchor that dream to an unflinching resolve and commitment.

This awareness, this permission to dream, has given me so much more than pursuing the traditional, expected trajectory of an MBA grad, freshly launched out of Tulane University in 1971. ...continues

Marcos Apodaca
  • Senior Teacher at the PCA
  • Certified Pilates Teacher through Master Pilates Teacher Colleen Glen at Peak Pilates, 2003
  • Certified Personal Trainer from University of Texas at El Paso, 2001
  • PMA certified since April 2009

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Marcos Apodaca

Why do I love teaching Pilates?  It is amazing, inspiring and a blessing to me to see the life-changing work Pilates brings to each of my clients not only in their workouts but also in the practice of life. One aspect I have learned to teach and live by while being mentored by Wendy is that the clients are the experts in what their bodies need as well as what they desire in reaching their fitness goals. When clients grab hold of that, transformation happens!!  Their bodies and their life habits change, which empowers them to see what they have never experienced before—that we are our best coaches/trainers as we listen to ourselves instead of what we are told we are "supposed" to look like.

Gloria Brooker
  • Certified Pilates Instructor Core Dynamics, Body Technic Systems, 2002
  • Stott Pilates Reformer, 2005
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 2010

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Gloria Brooker

In need of a change from North east Ohio while my children were entering in to adulthood, I was invited to visit Austin by a close friend and after a few visits I fell in love.

I’m exited to share my knowledge and continue to grow as a pilates teacher and honored to work with extremely talented teachers here at Pilates Center of Austin.

I’ve been in this pilates world since 2001 where I discovered this tried and true method. I also am an ACSM cpt, trained in a few other exercise modalities such as gyrokinesis, Dance for PD (Parkinson’s) and continue to learn through continuing education corses.

Erik Reynolds
  • Balanced Body® Pilates teacher, 2007, and Master Instructor, 2015
  • PhysicalMind Institute, 2020 | CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist, 2019
  • Certified through the National Pilates Certification Program (Formerly PMA), 2010
  • GYROTONIC Trainer, 2017
  • AFAA 1994 and ACE personal trainer, 2000

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Erik Reynolds

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Erik Reynolds has a BS in Psychology from Park University in Kansas City Missouri. He has been in the fitness industry for over 27 years teaching and training. He is a Bodhi Suspension System Master Instructor, BOSU® Master Trainer, Barre Above® Master Trainer, CETI Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, (CES), CETI BOSU Breast Cancer specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, GYROTONIC® Trainer, and Personal Trainer. Additional certifications with AFAA and ACE for group fitness and AFAA for step, Bodhi Suspension System, Arcus by McEntire, CoreAlign, TurboKick, YMCA Strength Trainer, and Nike Rockstar Dance Workout.
His goal is that everybody can workout, regardless of any limitations, movement can be achieved and can be beautiful.

Beth Brown-Nutting
  • Studio Manager
  • BBA from Texas A&M, 1992

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Beth Brown-Nutting

Like Pilates Center of Austin, Beth is an Austin Original. She was born at St. David's and shares a deep commitment to the Austin-area community. Beth lived abroad in Rome and Dubai from 1999 until 2010 while working with the United Nations. She studied Marketing at Texas A&M and worked most recently with a Conscious Living and Raw Superfoods Snack Company. Holistic health, fitness and well-being is a constant in her life as she raises her twin sons, Ian and Ethan.

Beth brings to Pilates Center of Austin an immense level of business administration and client service. She focuses her time outside the Studio living an active life with her two sons, her family and her friends.

Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle

Over the next eight years, she directed the East/West Center of Louisiana, In New Orleans, her hometown. In the mid through the late 1980's, Wendy participated extensively in Landmark Education's Leadership Development Program, for two years as an Introductory Seminar Leader. In 1989, she and her husband, Michael, and three other partners from the U.S, Canada and Switzerland, founded NOVA Institute, an international holistic school for the healing arts in Estes Park, Colorado.

And then came Pilates …
From there it was all downhill—literally. Because it was during the development of the NOVA venture that she met Rachel Segal and Amy Alpers as they were first opening The Pilates Center in Boulder, a 40-mile trek down the mountain. She was in one of the first Certification Programs, heading down the mountain two or three times a week!

Needless to say, this was, for Wendy, divinely inspired, as Romana Kryzanowska and her protégé Steve Giordano were delivering Boulder's Teacher Training Certification in the early years. She and Michael moved on from NOVA in the coming year, moved to Austin, Texas, and in 1993, founded Austin’s first Pilates studio…The Pilates Center of Austin.

Over the years since, she studied further with Romana Kryzanowska at Drago's Gym in New York and additionally with other first-generation Pilates Elders, particularly with longtime friends and treasured mentors Mary Bowen, Kathleen Stanford Grant, Ron Fletcher, Lolita San Miguel and second-generation teacher Alan Herdman.

The road goes on forever…
Her ongoing yoga and Pilates practice, along with intensive studies with Judith Aston, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, Hubert Godard, The Guild for Structural Integration, Tom Myers, Phillip Beach and Jaap van der Wal, with profound breath, fascial, embryological and ontological studies, helped Wendy develop her own “biointelligent” voice. Her vision is to facilitate a shift from the biomechanical paradigm, by illuminating the universal core principles that underlie our innate biotensegrity and all embodied bodymind practices, enabling students and practitioners of any discipline to discover their wholeness through cultivating their own voice, through the portal and brilliant guidance of their biointelligent wisdom.

This embodied awareness opens us to a deeper inquiry into "Core as Relationship: with gravity, ourselves, one another and our environment." It is this journey that has profoundly influenced the development of her illuminating 3Core Connections® Embodied Perspective. This perspective, which forms the foundation of the PCA's Continuing Education Programs, is an experiential mapping of the body’s interrelated Lower, Central and Upper Cores, awakening us to our innate biotensegrity… our heart/bodymind/soul’s primal “core coordination”, seeing beyond an exercise to the essence of what enlivens and nourishes a deeper relationship with ourselves in resonance with our living environment.

This vision gives Wendy a unique voice in the Pilates community…standing on the shoulders of Joseph Pilates’ vision of “whole body health”, with an updated awareness of our self-regulating social nervous system, and an embryological awareness of our “ground of being” as self-organizing, self-healing and adaptive beings, building empathetic, purposeful lives and careers in a complex world.

* The Pilates Center of Austin, along with Wendy and her husband, Michael Arbuckle, were participants in the federal trademark infringement action (with Balanced Body and Deborah Lessen) for use of the "Pilates" name. Wendy is a founding member of the Pilates Method Alliance and The Fascia Research Society, and was on the original role delineation committee for the creation of the PMA Pilates Certification Exam, a third-party credentialing exam for Pilates professionals. Wendy is a second generation PMA-CPT, a presenter for Pilates Anytime and FusionPilatesEDU, and honored to be a Mentor in Balanced Body’s Passing the Torch Mentoring Program and a ContinuumWellsprings Practitioner.


Michael Arbuckle...continues

Not to say it hasn't been challenging, daunting, even overwhelming, at times. But, as anyone who knows Wendy and/or me, will attest… it's also been full of magic and miracles that far outweigh the rocky roads.

The result, thus far, has been some incredible adventures…businesses that have been great successes…and a few noteworthy failures. Before co-founding the Pilates Center of Austin with Wendy in 1993, I have had the privilege to serve as a community organizer for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the early '70s in New Orleans …open and run my own critically acclaimed wood art gallery through the 70"s and 80's. . . found and co-direct for 5 years, the Macrobiotic Center of Louisiana with Wendy . . . run leadership development seminars for Landmark Education in the latter 1980's . . . and co-found and serve, in the early 90's, as Executive Director of NOVA Institute, an international holistic retreat, resort and school for the healing arts in Colorado .

All of which led us here to Austin and, in 1993, the creation of the PCA , which is now in its 20th "triumphant" year ( and I do not use that term lightly, for it has triumphed, having survived certification training spilling over into the kitchen and ultimately the entire house on Zennia Street; multiple floods at the Guadalupe facility, and countless other myths and miracles that are now an inseparable part of Pilates folklore. Shortly, thereafter, in the summer of 1994, I created Dynamic Fitness Systems, a Pilates' equipment manufacturing company here in Austin . . . and, then, in 1998, on the heels of a fire which destroyed the DFS manufacturing facility in Austin, co-created Peak Pilates (which I sold to my partner in late 2003), a major international provider of Pilates' equipment and education.

We've been at this long enough to put much of the roller coaster ride of keeping two major business endeavors behind us. There are still enough twists and twirls to keep the game exciting, but without the hairpin turns and 90 mile an hour mad dashes to the finish.

I want to wrap up my brief travelogue here by saying what a profound privilege it has been, and continues to be, to carry on our lives' vision at this Center - a place where staff, teachers and clients share a commitment to engage in a lifelong personal and collective inquiry into the heart of living, playing and working together to create extraordinary lives…filled with purpose, passion and vitality.