About Andrea Maida
-Who inspires you in your Pilates career? Andrea Maida: I am inspired by my fellow teachers. We come to Pilates from different places and careers but we all have incredibly strong feelings about this wonderful method. Whatever we may quibble about with regard to technique or training background, there is a lot of passion involved.
-What teachers mentor you/inspire you? AM: Jay Grimes, Sandy Shimoda and Karen Frischmann are my current mentors. I am also inspired by all the work I see on Pilatesology and by the hard work that goes on to create it. It is an amazing resource. Today there are so many ways that Pilates can reach everyone and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
-What else informs your work? AM: Exercise can be very hard for some clients and not everyone is a big Pilates Nerd like me. I enjoy making the workout fun for people. So for an hour we’ll have a good time, do a lot of hard sweaty things and you’ll feel fantastic when you leave. So even if they equate working out with drudgery, the hour flew by and they feel virtuous. Workout? Done!
-Do you have any favorite authors, hobbies, books, Pilates books, music, passions, equipment, exercises, etc. AM: I am a huge fan of Swedish crime fiction. I love to devour a good book, I could watch movies for days and I am currently (perhaps perennially) learning to surf. And more and more I am realizing that I enjoy marketing.
-Where did you receive your Pilates training? AM: I completed my initial training at Excel Pilates in Washington, DC. I am also trained by Romana’s Pilates and I am a recent graduate of Vintage Pilates’ The Work.
-How long have you been teaching? AM: I have been teaching since I began my apprenticeship with Excel Pilates in 2003. After a decade I know just how much more there is to learn, and I can’t wait
-City you teach in? AM: I teach on Mondays in Los Angeles at Vintage Pilates and Tuesdays thru Saturdays in my studio in Solana Beach, CA, just north of San Diego. You can find Andrea at PilatesAndrea.com