I am a native of Virginia. I was raised in Falls Church, started taking riding lessons at age four on a pony named Diamond and fell in love!
I graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Mass Communications and later studied Exercise Science at George Washington University. Since then, I have worked in the health and fitness industry and have enjoyed many different ways to teach exercise.
I am a NASM® Certified Personal Trainer, ACE® Certified Health Coach, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, and I also enjoy teaching various group fitness formats.
Throughout my career I have worked with a wide variety of clients including equestrians. I have always made the training enjoyable, educational and beneficial by creating a fun environment.
I am passionate about horses and know that Pilates training specifically offers so much value to the sport of riding including all disciplines. Whether you are a hunter/jumper, eventer, dressage competitor or just ride for pleasure, you will improve your riding position and connection with your horse.
I have made equestrian fitness training the focus of my career. The horse and the rider are a team and should be trained to speak the same language with their bodies in motion. My goal is to facilitate this wonderful connection through my program of Equestrian Fitness Training© (EFT©).
EFT© (Equestrian Fitness Training©) is a science-based program developed for riders that includes education in all three areas of fitness--cardiovascular health, muscular strength & endurance, and flexibility & range of motion.
The program focus is on Pilates exercises and understanding the Pilates Principles because they are fundamentally related to the skill of riding horses.
EFT© specifically improves:
On or Off - Ways to Experience EFT©:
- Cameron Over, Dressage Rider -
"As a dressage rider returning to the saddle, Pilates work with Robin helped me rebuild and stabilize my core after my second pregnancy and resulting c-section.
It also had the added benefit of providing me with a new awareness of my body position and balance in the saddle. A strong core and balanced seat are critical to effective communication and harmony with your horse -- and a toned tummy is an added benefit!"
- Jane Savoie, Dressage Trainer -
"How many times have you blamed your horse for being disobedient, when, in fact, the problem stems from a lack of control of your own body or because you're sitting crookedly when you give an aid. It might not be glamorous to work on your position or your fitness, but the rewards are well worth it. Your horse will thank you!"