Meet Apprentice Instructor Sabrina McGrath

May 1, 2016

STUDIO BE: Tell our readers a little about yourself.

SABRINA: I was born and raised in Cleveland OH. I started my college education at the University of Toled in their Pharmaceutical program. During the summer of 1998, I met my husband who is from Ireland. I decided to take some time off from school and went to live in Ireland for a year. During that year, we started the process of getting my husband another visa to live and work in the U.S. because we knew I had to come back to finish my education. That visa brought us here to DC. I finished my education at George Mason with a BS in Chemistry. After school, I worked on some research projects with George Mason and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Then I found Pilates and became a Pilates instructor.

STUDIO BE: What made you decide to become a Pilates instructor?

SABRINA: I have been into fitness my whole life. I have tried almost every form of fitness that has been around since the late 1980’s. My mom introduced me to Pilates in the early 1990’s She bought a reformer, a book, and a DVD. We did mat Pilates to the DVD and used the book to teach us the exercises on the reformer. The reformer back then was way different than it is now.

STUDIO BE: What are your personal and professional long-term goals with regards to Pilates?

SABRINA: When I moved here to DC, I meet a friend who was studying to become a Pilates instructor. She asked me to be her client to practice teaching on. I, of course, said yes! Free Pilates, I’m in! Well, we started meeting up with one day a week and worked our way to four and five days a week. Now I was addicted. I noticed a complete difference in my body. I was tone and I had no more back pain. Next thing I knew I was signing up to be a Pilates instructor.

STUDIO BE: What made you decide to become a Pilates instructor?

SABRINA: Becoming an instructor is so rewarding for me. I get to do and teach something I love. Pilates isn’t just a form of exercise; it is a way of life. It can help with your body injuries and/or prevent these injuries from coming later in life. I would like to teach this to all of my clients. I want them to get a good workout but I also want them to take what they learned in my class and use it in their day-to-day lives.

STUDIO BE: Tell our readers about your strengths as a Pilates instructor.

SABRINA: I am Peak Pilates Certified. This certification has taught me the importance of classical Pilates. I focus my teaching on perfecting form in the exercises to prevent any injuries. I like to put in contemporary exercises once the client has learned the classical form. When I started Pilates I had chronic back pain from an injury I did at the gym. Pilates has strengthened the injured area and has taught me how to prevent the back pain. From my experience with lower back pain, I hope to help other clients that have this same issue.

STUDIO BE: Are you currently taking clients. If so, what type of client would benefit most from your services?

SABRINA: I am currently taking clients. Since I am a stay home mom during the week, I take clients Fridays, and Saturdays. I think all clients can benefit from my teaching. New clients can learn classical Pilates from me. And clients that have been doing Pilates for a while may want to come to me to perfect certain exercises or even for a contemporary challenge.

STUDIO BE: What else would you like our readers to know about you or Pilates?

SABRINA: Pilates should be a way of life. It is very important to have body awareness. This awareness can help you in your fitness routine and it can help you as your body ages. For me, this awareness became more prominent when I became pregnant. I did Pilates thru my whole pregnancy. I feel Pilates helped kept my energy up , kept me flexible, and eliminated my back pain. After I had my daughter Saoirse (Ser-sha), I thought I would bounce right back into where I left off. Because mentally I knew all the exercise so why couldn’t I do them? Well, I ended up back in beginner classes to strengthen my core. I couldn’t believe how much my body had changed from having a baby. This experience taught me how important it is to have body awareness, and I want to share this with all my clients.