Joseph Pilates created a beautiful progression on a piece of equipment that is overlooked too often: the Barrel. He created the Barrels to gradually open two very restricted areas of our body: the hips and the shoulders. We will work through this progression from Small Barrel up to the Ladder Barrel in such a way that it will become easier to incorporate the Barrels into almost every workout!
Instructor: Bob Liekens
Bob Liekens, originally from Belgium, traveled to New York City in 1983 to further explore his dance career. That same year, he started his Pilates training at The Pilates Studio. Fascinated by the Graham technique, he initially pursued studies at the Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. In 1991, he became one of the first certified teachers in the technique. Subsequently, he taught for two years at the school.
In 1986 Romana Kryzanowska invited him to teach the Pilates method. Starting in 1993, he has been instrumental in building her teacher-trainer certification program. He co-created the training manual and originated the current exam system. For several years now, Bob has been invited, both nationally and internationally, to conduct teacher-training seminars, workshops, and continuing education programs.
In September, 2000 he became a director at Power Pilates and was an integral part of the Power Pilates Teacher Training Certification Programs. Bob also practices yoga and in 1999 became a certified yoga teacher.