A member of the Pilates Method Alliance, Rinaldi Pilates has been recognized for providing clients with top-notch, personalized training, focusing on their fitness and lifestyle goals.
In keeping with Michele’s vision, our experienced team of instructors was individually hand-picked from the best certification programs in NYC. Our sessions offer a unique mix of the “classical", Joseph Pilates’ order of exercises and cutting edge variations and modifications. Each and every workout is personalized to suit the client's goals and needs, going beyond classical Pilates. Regardless of whether you are new to working out or a seasoned athlete, the Rinaldi Pilates team is dedicated to helping you identify and achieve your fitness goals. To maximize your studio time, we provide clients with a basic postural analysis, regularly recorded progress notes from instructor to instructor, and offer regular communication with physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors, and healthcare practitioners.
Over the years, our result-driven workouts have provided clients with cinched waistlines, increased core strength, increased flexibility, decreased back pain, weight loss, pre-natal and post-natal fitness toned muscles, and new patterns of movement filled with grace and ease making Rinaldi Pilates a NYC favorite.
I am Michele Rinaldi, founder of Rinaldi Pilates. I have a passion for helping people get through difficult times and reach seemingly unattainable goals. With my background in movement and psychology, I bring a unique mind/body approach to Pilates that combines the physical understanding of the body and balance with a consideration for my clients’ needs. I have an MA in Psychology and have worked for years in the healthcare field. I discovered the merits of Pilates when I began rehabilitating my own chronic back and hip injuries after spending over twenty years as a gymnast. I became immediately captivated upon feeling the benefits of the practice. After completing over six hundred hours of apprenticeship to fulfill my training at Power Pilates, NYC in 2002 I truly began my Pilates journey.
Having finally decided to merge my desire to help others with my passion for fitness and movement, I began teaching Pilates full-time in several gyms and studios in NYC and Palm Beach, FL. Continuing studies in biomechanics and anatomy evolved my teaching beyond classical Pilates and allowed me to give clients a deeper understanding of the exercises. I now provide clients not only with better bodies and smaller waistlines, but also offer guidance through injury recovery and prevention, weight loss programs, and pre- and post-natal fitness regimens.
As I was recognized for my talent and quick results, my clientele grew quickly. In 2006, I opened Rinaldi Pilates with the vision of providing my dedicated regulars and future clients with a home away from home, in a personalized boutique studio setting. I was fortunate enough to be joined by a team of instructors with extraordinary work.
When I am not in the studio, you can find me taking yoga classes, playing tennis, jumping on a surfboard, at the spin studio, or at a local culinary school. See you in the studio soon...
Andrea Mitchell, founder of the Mitchell Method joined the talented instructors of Rinaldi Pilates in April, 2007, bringing with her a dedicated clientele. Andrea received her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Conditioning which provided a basis for understanding biomechanics and kinesiology. She built on her knowledge of anatomy by attending Kinected's Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Additionally, she has studied pre-natal and post-natal conditioning, which she was able to put into practice during her own pregnancy in 2007. In 2005 she received a MPS in Creative Art Therapy allowing for a deeper understanding of the mind body connection. She has brought Pilates into her therapeutic work with children and survivors of physical and emotional trauma. During the past few years she has added Yoga to her daily workout routine and most recently completed the Level 1 Yoga training with Baron Baptiste.
Bryn Cohn began her Pilates journey in 2004 as a vehicle to strengthen and prevent injury as a modern and ballet dancer. After receiving a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in dance from California Institute of the Arts, she moved to New York and received her comprehensive Pilates certification from Core Pilates NYC. Due to her extensive movement background as both a performer and choreographer, Bryn is well versed in both anatomy and kinesiology. She utilizes her knowledge of examining physicality to design a detail oriented and well-rounded Pilates practice. She believes in the Pilates method as a challenging and safe way to improve core stability, postural alignment, circulation and balance while toning and lengthening musculature.
Bryn has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds, including dancers, athletes, those who are pre-natal and post-natal, dealing with injury or simply longing to improve the way they look and feel! She is ecstatic to be working at Rinaldi Pilates with such wonderful teachers.
A lifelong dancer and athlete, Kristin received her Classical Pilates certification in April, 2006, in NYC. In April, 2008, she completed a 200 hour vinyasa yoga certification from Bodhisattva Yoga in her home neighborhood, Park Slope. In March, 2009 Kristin became an ACE certified personal trainer. Pilates became her "gateway drug" into fitness. Always taking classes around town, Kristin has practiced Boxing, Bikram, and ran a half-marathon - you name it, she's done it! Her latest addiction is lifting very heavy weights and running down the block with a giant sandbag over her shoulders. She gets her "fix" at Crossfit South Brooklyn, where she has been working out hard since June, 2010.
Kristin's teaching style gets clients to go deeper into the Pilates method. With her talent, clients discover the subtle benefits and challenges behind exercises. Always on the lookout for new and creative ways to challenge her dedicated clientele, Kristin keeps her sessions fresh with an infinite number of exercises and variations she learned from outside of the Classical Pilates system.
She is so grateful to be part of the Rinaldi Pilates' family since the studio's inception in 2006. Brooklyn has been her home for the better part of a decade, she studies French, loves coffee, and is a lifelong Mets fan.
After becoming certified in Pilates in 2009, Tori continued her education by pursuing a A.O.S. in Massage Therapy at the Swedish Institute. Bringing together her own personal experience with Pilates, her extensive studies in anatomy and injury rehabilitation and a deep respect for the classical Pilates tradition, she works with her clients to restore their bodies to a balanced, healthy and pain-free state. She has experience working with clients of all ages and ability levels, including pre-natal and post-natal. Tori knows first hand what it is like to start from the very beginning and the amazing changes Pilates can bring about in the body. She is thrilled to be a part of the Rinaldi Pilates team and hopes to see you in the studio soon!
Hailing from NYC, Shawn has a varied background as a Plumber and textile designer, holding a BFA in Textiles from RISD. He first crossed paths with Pilates during the summer of 2011. While living a sedentary lifestyle as a successful textile designer, Shawn was on the look out for a career change. After getting his "butt kicked" in Pilates classes around town he was on the move to his new career in fitness.
With his sites set on a fitness career, Shawn decided to immerse himself in a Pilates certification program. He completed The Comprehensive Training Program and Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in April, 2012. Shawn not only shares the benefits of the method with his clients, but his strong appreciation for creativity and craftsmanship permeate his sessions through his instruction and keen eye.
Shawn keeps his client's sessions challenging and fun with consistently adding new exercises and always providing the potential for humor during the hour. Reminding his clients, "laughter is good for the soul and great for the abs"!