After the very first session, I felt lengthened and aligned from head to toe, moving more lightly, feeling balanced. As soon as I sat in my car, I noticed how uplifted and solid my posture had become. From that first session with Rebecca, I knew I had found the very best instructor to take my Pilates practice further.
Often, she has taught movements that relieve areas of soreness and stiffness, much like the results of a massage. The cues/words she uses to approach each effort are clear, precise and allow me to understand not just what and how to do an exercise but why. I absolutely love the group mat class. Every week we learn new things while continuing to strengthen previous learning. I appreciate the online group setting because seeing others helps me understand poses better, and in a very upbeat and positive way, encourages me to be my best. Hearing her help others with their poses impacts mine as well, and I find myself constantly improving. It is fun and a great addition to my overall workout plan for the week to keep healthy.
My movement and capabilities progressed quickly, but it wasn’t until I had a major health setback that I learned the invaluable depth of her knowledge and expertise. She has continually adjusted my workouts to meet what I can handle as my core heals - a methodical and restorative progress I could not have done on my own. My movement and practice are almost back to where they were, and I am grateful to this amazing teacher.
Terry Watson Herbert
We’ve been in Rebecca’s virtual class since she first offered it last year, and we can’t imagine a week without her! This is definitely NOT “just a mat class online” – it’s so much more! Each class is just different and challenging enough to keep us fully engaged, and Rebecca is attentive to each client’s needs throughout the session. Whether it’s with props or a theme related to how we use our own bodies, we are never bored and always energized to get on with our day. And --- she takes requests! Who could ask for anything more?
I started practicing Pilates because I was 6 months post-partum from a c section and had about a 3 cm diastasis. I was a former powerlifter who wasn’t mindful of the changes in my body because I was told to just keep doing what I was doing during pregnancy. It’s nobody’s fault; that’s just the current trend of guidance from doctors. No one ever mentioned protecting my pelvic floor and transverse abdominals. I was scared that I would never be able to lift safely again, and I didn’t want to get injured. I was guided by other Pilates instructors to Rebecca’s studio because of their extensive training. I love it. It’s so humbling, it’s something that I’m not very good at, which keeps it challenging, and I’m always interested. It requires a lot of thinking and mind-muscle connection, which is hard for me, but I enjoy it! Rebecca is the most amazing teacher; she creates the exact workouts I need, and she knows more about what I am capable of than I am! I made it safely through a second pregnancy, and now in this post-partum period, I have less than a centimeter of diastasis! The strength in my core I just never thought possible is there, and I am proud of myself for doing the work but mostly so thankful for her guidance and efforts with me because this never would’ve happened without her.
An amazingly gifted Pilates teacher! Rebecca gave me my life back, allowing my body to move again. With her talent, skills, and compassion, I was able to increase my mobility and decrease pain in my back and knees. She tuned into MY body and unique issues and needs. I highly recommend her if you want to regain movement and feel better!
Rebecca is a remarkable Pilates instructor. After 15+ years of enduring debilitating episodes of lower back pain, to the point of considering surgery, Rebecca has managed to transform my life in a mere 18 months. Utilizing her incredible attention to detail and her vast knowledge of Pilates and body mechanics, the personalized Pilates program she created began providing very notable pain relief within just 6-8 weeks. Within 6 months, my back pain flare-ups significantly reduced in frequency and severity, and she also helped me become self-aware of the triggers and the appropriate relief exercises. Today, I am now pain-free, and fitter, and stronger than I have been for many years – and most importantly, I am back playing sports with my kids. I am eternally grateful to Rebecca for how she has helped transform my life. Thank you for your guidance, patience, sense of humor, and friendship throughout this journey.
I was testing the water when I tried Pilates with Rebecca. I already had good training with the method as my sister is a Pilates teacher. I knew I only wanted to work with someone who had years of experience, as this makes a huge difference in the quality of training. She has the experience and is a lovely person to hang out with for an hour. She appreciates that I am not there to chat or hang out, I am there to get stronger. Pilates fits exactly with my mentality as it is always a challenge, and I will never be a master; it is more about the journey. The minute you feel like you have "got it," she will give you something more to work on. I feel super strong, no back pain, and I like the way I look and feel.
Hiring Rebecca was a no-brainer. If I recall, I think I first was introduced to her in a group class, and when she was willing to give me semi-privates and private lessons, I felt like I won the lottery. Her cues are crystal clear, without too much “talk,” and getting good verbal instruction is so important, especially because I had not been doing Pilates very long (only 4 years now). Additionally, she is always encouraging and looking to contour exercises to what I need or can benefit from. I find, in class, when we are doing something, I am familiar with, I can get very complacent and lazy, so I always appreciate mixing things up or changing up an exercise to make it more challenging. I also like that she is so forthcoming with information on vegan eating or getting needed nutrients. Plus, most of all, she is a consummate professional and a pleasure, for me, to have as an instructor.
I chose Rebecca Sirkel for my lifetime fitness over Club Pilates. No surprise. I started there initially when we moved to Scottsdale. Bodies shouldn't hurt when you're finished with a Pilates workout. It lasted 3 months because it was hard to get out of the contract. I chose Rebecca over Reformed Pilates. With 12 clients moving and standing on reformers at once, I was able to hide my fear because no one was looking. It was not very personable or safe. It took one class with Rebecca and I knew I found a home. Rebecca is always thinking of me! I feel it with her thoughtful workouts and purposeful progressions. Her kind spirit, graciousness, and a genuine smile are such a pleasure to be around. Rebecca has bounding compassion for me being human and average, in addition to old. She continues to learn more and more about applying Pilates to everyone she meets. And she shares her knowledge with anyone wanting to learn. Lastly and maybe most important to me and my Pilates practice is that she tells me that I CAN do it! Rebecca gave me the gift of returning to the tennis court after a broken leg and a torn rotator cuff. Priceless.
I am so fortunate to have found Rebecca early in my Pilates experience. I started with a class per week but have built up to 3x a week for over 2 years now. My body has achieved a core strength I always strived to achieve but could not get with exercise weights, cardio, and yoga alone. Rebecca is a natural at grasping and directing the Pilates concepts. Her seasoned guidance is very specific and irreplaceable to get the proper form and breath to achieve maximum results without injury. She leads her Pilates class in a focused sequence that builds on the previous movements while simultaneously preparing your body for the next. Simply stated, it’s truly incredible to experience Pilates with Rebecca; I have had the opportunity to work with a few substitutes and I always find myself looking forward to my next “Rebecca” classical pilates class!
Lisa Marie Battison
I began working with Rebecca in June 2012. My goal was to get in better shape by my birthday in January 2013 as it was one of those major birthdays. I have achieved this goal and it is primarily due to Pilates as I have not changed my eating and did not add a lot of other activities. After a couple of months of Pilates, I began to notice that my lulu lemon pants were getting quite loose and falling off. What a great excuse to go out and buy some new lulu lemon pants in a smaller size! Then a month or two later I was trying on jackets at lulu lemon. I have always wanted to wear their jackets but felt that they were always a bit to tight around my mid-section. I was so surprised when not only was I able to comfortably wear a scuba hoodie but it was also in a size smaller than what I had previously felt was too tight! Rebecca is great to work with. She keeps it challenging and a lot of variety so that I do not get bored and I continue to see results. I would highly recommend Pilates and also Rebecca to anyone.”
“Rebecca was my Personal Pilates instructor after surgery. I was instructed by my surgeon to do core stability training following my lumbar microdiscectomy surgery in April. Rebecca helped me regain core strength with two one hour classes a week. Rebecca demonstrated a great deal of focus. She kept me on track despite interruptions from surrounding noises which included my children. She would begin each session inquiring about my well-being, sensitive to the fact that I had just had surgery. Her wealth of knowledge and experience allowed her to notice and change bad form into the proper movement to ensure I was getting the most of my workout. She assisted me with stretching and ensured I was receiving the proper neck support when needed. What I enjoyed most was that Rebecca made each class a little different and ensured that I was challenging myself and not taking short cuts in my workout. I am grateful to Rebecca for she skillfully trained me so that I could continue my exercise program without her and receive the benefits of Power Pilates for the rest of my life.”
“Rebecca was instrumental in making my transition through my 2nd pregnancy a breeze! I truly believe her Pilates instruction was very effective in limiting my weight gain, as well as, getting right back to my ideal weight within 2 weeks of delivery! Had it not been for my 2 to 3 times a week sessions with her expertise there’s no way my midsection and hips and thighs would have recovered that fast! I also had easy recovery in the hospital which I attribute to a very strong core that Rebecca has extensive knowledge of. Pilates has given me a stronger, leaner, more lengthened body in my forties than when I was in my twenties. Thank you, Rebecca! I’m forever grateful!”
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