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Cecilia Pulido has been in the natural health & fitness industry since the early 1990’s. Originally raised as a California farmer’s daughter, she experienced endurance, strength, & power training exercises by helping harvest the family's apricot & walnut orchards, as well as doing general chores on the farm. She moved to Los Angeles, California in the late 1980’s to attend UCLA, and there in Los Angeles she got very involved in the fitness “scene” …from step aerobics, martial arts, fencing, to yoga, she loved staying fit and moving her body. Eventually, she came across a television ad which depicted a young Mari Winsor showing her Pilates exercises, and that truly impressed her. Mari Winsor was her first exposure to the Pilates Method. From there she continued working in the fitness industry as a hobby, while maintaining a full time career in sales and marketing, mostly in the natural products industry.

Towards the end of 2003, she relocated herself and 3 year old daughter to Puerto Rico for a sales and marketing project. When the project came to completion, she decided to remain in Puerto Rico but pursue a different career path. Her long time study and commitment to PaKua, an Ancient Chinese knowledge (www.pakua.com), led her back to the fitness industry, and she began teaching fusing PaKua with her basic Pilates knowledge into all her classes. One day a student asked her if she had studied at Pilates Y Mas (the Pilates school of Lolita San Miguel). The school was unknown to her, but this discovery immediately lead to classes at Pilates y Mas (part of Ballet Concierto) and with Ms.San Miguel herself, and eventually the Polestar Pilates Program in 2010.

In 2015 she entered the Lolita Legacy Program and traveled every 8 weeks to West Palm Beach, Florida continuing her advancement in the Pilates Method with Danielle Armstrong (a former student of the late Romana Kryzanowska and both classical and contemporary trained). She graduated the 500+ hour comprehensive program in 2017, and in 2018 was invited back for a Pilates Master Mentor Program (PMMP) with Lolita San Miguel, who taught the total group of 6 mentees personally. Graduating in 2019 with the highest scores in all sessions, she completed the program and delivered a thesis project on Pilates for Parkinson’s Disease and Scoliosis, and designed a Complex Case Programming format for all instructors to use as a protocol in working with intricate and complex health cases. In 2019 she completed the 3rd and final phase of the Lolita Legacy Educator Training Program, and is not licensed as 1 of 30 Legacy Instructors in the world. She is authorized by Lolita San Miguel to carry on and deliver her 500+ hour Comprehensive Teacher Training Program, and now carries the title of 2nd Generation Pilates Teacher.

She has studied with Mary Bowen, Wendy Arbuckle LeBlanc, Rael Isacowitz, Saul Choza (protege of Mari Winsor) and other notable Master Pilates Teachers. In 2017-2018 she also studied and completed a specialization with Dr. Suzanne Martin for Scoliosis and Spinal Asymmetry.

In addition to being a long time instructor of fitness, she has earned significant ranks as a Kettlebell Master Trainer specializing in large group Kettlebell classes, is a TRX Black and Yellow instructor (Teacher Trainer Team), and is 3rd degree black belted in PaKua Chinese Martial Arts, Sintonia Chinese Yoga, Tai Chi, and Ritmo - Martial Arts Dance.

Her firm belief in teaching the importance of proper kinematics before anything else, and fine attention to form continue to define her teaching style and work. She has worked with special populations including those suffering from Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Severe Diabetes, Scoliosis and Spinal Asymmetries, Opioid Rehabilitation, Cancer, and Parkinson’s Disease.

She currently resides in San Jose, CA with her daughter. She is extremely excited to learn more about the Pilates Method from other instructors and amplify her teaching capability and personal practice. Her most current project is a non-profit organization called Pilates4Parkinson’s where she continues to develop Pilates programming and support for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders.