Annie has been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. She came to find her passion for Pilates while studying Natural Sciences and Dance at Loyola Marymount University.
Her love for understanding the body and how it moves helped her to complete her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Sciences International with a specialization in Dance in 2010.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from LMU, Annie began teaching private and semi-private lessons in Los Angeles. Her clientele ranged from professional athletes, to pre and post natal women, to clients with ailments including spinal injuries. During this time, she also completed a Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Mazur. It was a certification that specialized in Yoga Therapy, giving Annie an even deeper understanding of how best to address her clients, their needs, and their ailments.
In 2013 she returned to her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where she added group reformer classes to her teaching repertoire, expanded her education in pre and post natal training, and started her studio.
Annie passed the Pilates Method Alliance exam and became a member of the PMA in 2015. She has also completed the Mentor, Master 1, and Master 2 levels of the Legacy Program with BASI Pilates.
She is most known for her work with pre and post natal clients, preparing the body for delivery and recovery. She loves putting a contemporary twist on classical pilates, making her sessions fluid, fun, and challenging; but available for all levels.
Annie is currently teaching privates and semi-privates in Phoenix, and doing master classes, workshops, and guest teaching at teacher trainings all over the world.
Exercise can be such a wonderful starting point for soon-to-be mothers to connect with their body and the baby growing within. It is important, however, that the exercise you choose to do while pregnant is safe and done mindfully.
So many mothers now are pushing themselves incredibly hard during their pregnancy. Whether with heavy weightlifting, running or HIIT classes- if the pelvic floor and rectus abdominus muscles are not trained properly, these types of workouts can end up having a detrimental effect on a mother’s body long term.
It has been found that over 90% of women end up with Diastisis Recti after their delivery. If it isn’t addressed in a timely matter after birth, it can remain for life. This can lead to many problems down the road, including back pain, loss of strength, and incontinence, among others. My goal with training my pre and post natal clients is to help mothers avoid these things, or at least help keep them at bay.
Due to high demand, I have created an online course for pre and postnatal women to do in the comfort of their own homes! My goal with creating this course is to provide a safe and educational space for women to workout during and after their pregnancy. Through the mat classes, I hope to help women create the optimal body for delivery and recovery. I will guide you in how to strengthen the core stabilizing muscles in the pelvis and spine, and integrate a strong breathing practice into your workouts.
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Annie is such a creative teacher, always introducing new things – it’s not the sort of class that you attend for a while and then get bored. I have been taking classes from Annie for over a year and am amazed, again and again, that she is a terrific teacher for students of all levels. Annie is aware and observant of newer students. When I first attended her class, she offered me modifications that made it possible for me to do the exercises. As I learn more, she provides me with feedback to continually improve my alignment and strength. I don’t know how she does this in a group setting, but I always feel as if I’m receiving individualized feedback that is appropriate for my body.
- Kathleen McLaughlin
I enjoy taking Annie's classes because we are always guaranteed a full body workout. There are exercises she has us do that I would never do on my own in a gym or other setting. Her sessions are always well balanced with strength, cardio, and even stretching…things I need more of that I wouldn't do without her guidance. My core is stronger, my body is leaner, and I feel better after Annie's sessions. I would recommend them to anyone.
- Jeff Little
Annie is the best Pilates instructor I’ve come across in my life. She is knowledgeable, positive, engaging; and she helps me truly enjoy Pilates. Annie's thorough understanding of the muscular makeup of the body will help any Pilates student-novice or intermediate, pregnant or injured, advance in their own practice. She challenges and motivates each student while focusing on the fundamentals of form and balance, adding on variations and fully explaining the key steps and target goal. After having taken Pilates with Annie for the last two years, I have never been stronger or leaner. Throughout my pregnancy, I was always comfortable taking Annie's class and am grateful for her instruction and modifications inside the studio. She gave me in-class suggestions for other exercises to do outside of class to help with my pregnancy and target the important muscles for an easier delivery. I would highly recommend working with Annie!
- Carolyn Cheney
I have been taking pilates reformer classes from Annie for the last 2 years. Annie’s energetic spirit and comprehensive knowledge of both classical and modern pilates make her the perfect combination! She has taught me so much about pilates that has not only made me better at pilates during class but also has helped me have better posture day in and day out. I am a pharmacist and spend the majority of my days on my feet. Annie has helped me develop a much better posture that has made huge differences in the pain my body endures from my job and being on my feet so much. Annie pushes me to advance my abilities and has made me so much stronger. Annie’s positive attitude and loving spirit make her the perfect teacher! Anyone would be lucky to learn from her and I will definitely be following her wherever she is teaching pilates.
- Janna Merritt
I’ve been taking Annie’s classes for just over two years, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only am I in better shape, but I enjoy the classes each time. Annie has a very distinct way of training you that other instructors – be it personal trainers, yoga teachers or other Pilates instructors – do not have. Throughout the workout, Annie will help you get your body into the exact position that brings the most out of that exercise, and she explains to you why she is doing so.
What separates Annie is her passion for Pilates, health, and her clients. She not only wants you to be a better form of you, but she also wants you to enjoy the process. I might be biased as her brother, but there’s no way around the fact that I’m more physically fit, more flexible, and have a healthier core. As a result, I don’t settle for any other kinds of workouts – when I like my results and it’s a pleasure going through the process, there is no reason to!
- Nick Verderame
Annie Verderame is by far and away the best Pilates teacher in the Phoenix Metro area. She has studied Pilates for years, obtained her certifications, and knows this discipline like the back of her hand. So much so, that she has been able to keep me in the game following a knee injury. She knows old school pilates, contemporary pilates, yoga inspired, etc.
Furthermore, she is warm, kind, and delightful to work with. If you ever thought about trying Pilates, you should get in touch with Annie. It doesn't get much better.
- Kari Jerge
Prior to finding Annie's pilates class I always stuck to spinning. Pilates, especially on the Reformer, always intimidated me. The first time I took Annie's class I was hooked! Especially after how sore my abs were the next day. I immediately recognized that I was working muscles that other classes don't touch on. Even though I was a beginner in a class of experienced Pilates students, Annie's knowledge of the body helps you catch on quick. She told me that 70% of Pilates is paying attention to the instructions and cues - and it's true! She talks you through every move and teaches you which muscles to activate - which is so rare in a group class setting. Strengthening and shaping your body correctly is so important to Annie. If you're doing an exercise incorrectly, she quickly and calmly helps you fix your position - never making you feel embarrassed or intimidated.
It's obvious that her passion is her profession and I feel so lucky that she shares her years of knowledge and practice in each of her classes. It is also obvious that she is a student of the game herself as she is always finding new exercises to keep your body guessing. We are so lucky to have someone with so much experience, knowledge and passion in Phoenix!
Master Class: 1 or 1.5 hour class taught by Annie in her signature style.
Workshops: 2-3 Hour subject-specific workshops. Annie has pre-set workshops in Jumpboard, Reformer/Tower and Box, but she welcomes requests!
Guest Teaching at teacher trainings: Annie will teach a 1 hour class, followed by Q and A, and optional lecture on teaching and her style. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or requests for guest teaching at your next training!