Instructor Spotlight Ava Motter

Instructor Spotlight


Ava Motter

Ava Motter teaching Jack Knife on Reformer

Ava Motter teaching Jack Knife on Reformer

Why did you become a Pilates teacher?

After years of work in chemical dependency, HIV, and criminal justice I was ready for a move into a completely different field. I loved movement and dance and used that as an outlet in my previous career. After 10 years a surgery, and a lot of wear and tear on my knees I stopped dancing and teaching fitness. I started my pilates certifications in 2000. I have been teaching pilates since that time.

What do you like best about TEACHING Pilates?

I am a people person. I love working with my clients and watching them master a move, get stronger after an injury, continue movement during and after a pregnancy.

What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

It changes for me all the time because there is so much to choose from with all the different pieces of equipment. I think right now I would say pike on the Cadillac. It is challenging, fun and with a new knee replacement I was able to move threw the exercise without any problem.

What do you like best about downtown Petaluma?

I love being a part of a community. It feels warm and friendly. I have been with Pilates With Anne since 2006 so I know the merchants, the sounds of the building, the smells of the restaurants, the local festivals and parades that surround the Lan Mart Building. It feels like home.

What is the hardest thing for you in Pilates?

Thigh stretch or anything where I need to sit back onto my heels. I still do not have full range of motion after my knee replacement.

What are your favorite things to do outside of Pilates?

My very favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and our animals, then work on projects around my home, go to concerts and dance performances, and have lunch with my girlfriends.

What are you working on right now to improve your Pilates practice?

Consistency with my practice.