What do you love about teaching Pilates classes?
I love seeing the remarkable physical and mental changes that result from regular training: better posture, a quieter mind with increased power of concentration, chronic pain reduction, increased dynamic strength and flexibility.

Master Instructor Linda Foster Rome Italy

Master Instructor Linda Foster | Rome, Italy


What do you love about teaching Pilates classes?
I love seeing the remarkable physical and mental changes that result from regular training: better posture, a quieter mind with increased power of concentration, chronic pain reduction, increased dynamic strength and flexibility.

What is your favorite apparatus?
I love and use them all. My favorite is the balanced use of all apparatus.

What makes Pilates such a great workout?
The universality of Pilates training makes it good for all athletes, dancers, performers, business people, the elderly, everyone! And the results are often incredible.

What inspired you to become a Certified Peak Pilates Instructor and then a Peak Pilates Master Instructor?
After having offered many teacher training courses in fitness and dance exercise, I wanted to be able to train highly qualified instructors in the Classical Pilates method.  I helped introduce the Peak Pilates educational system in Italy.

Share a memory from your experience as a teacher/coach/presenter that embodies the value of being a Certified Instructor ; Master Instructor?
At the conclusion of her Level II exam, a teacher told me the story of her success as a Pilates Mat instructor. Paola had taken over a Mat class at a large fitness center. She began teaching the  classical method she was learning and practicing in the course. She began with Fundamentals, taught them all and gradually progressed her students. She began with a few students and after one month had a waiting line outside the studio door! Up to 20 students were lining up for her classes. The secretary of the club asked her what kind of witchcraft she was using to create such a following; she replied, Classical Pilates!

I work with a 75 years- young woman who is a former Opera Singer. She came to me with chronic pain everywhere; in her back, her feet, her neck. Her shoulders were extremely rounded, and her head carried forward of the spine with a severe thorasic-kyphosis. She had many former health issues and I hardly knew where to start. So I started with the simplest, most basic exercises. Tatiana’s greatest challenge was roll-up; so we did wall series, then roll-back on the Cadillac (still needing much assistance). We modified, we persevered. Tatiana showed incredible discipline, and high will and desire. She never missed a lesson, she never complained or asked to do a little less. After over a year of practice two days a week Tatiana can do roll-up unassisted and executes roll-back one arm in Part C. Using building blocks Tatiana can even do a decent Tree on the Ladder Barrel.  She LOVES the Ped o Pole.  Now at 80 years young Tatiana stands straight and tall. Her chronic pain has almost disappeared. But most importantly, Tatiana feels she has a new lease on life and a renewed faith in herself.  Even her cardiologist asked what she did to move back in time? Of course she explained that she did PILATES! What a lucky teacher I am to have met her!

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a Certified Peak Pilates Instructor?

Go for it! Expect to be challenged and to work. Sign up early so you can receive your study materials and prepare. Strive to be the best you can be. Peak Pilates Comprehensive Educational courses are designed to create great teachers.  And they do!

What’s one of your favorite motivational quotes?
“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.”

Do you have a hero in the Pilates community, someone who deserves recognition for their leadership?
Clare Dunphy

Is there anything about you that would surprise people?
Each year on Feb. 14th, I organize and lead a Mega Flashmob for the international event One Billion Rising to protest violence against women and girls, gender violence, and violence against the environment. This year I proposed a mini-performing arts festival and campus rising February 13, at the University of Rome Sapienza: Fly the Spirit Revolution ? OneBillionRising@Sapienza?Drum, Dance, Rise! I challenge all Peak Pilates MIs to dance with us!

General Biographical information: Linda Foster
Choreographer, Dance Educator, Pilates Master Instructor

Linda Foster has created and produced works for dance companies in the United States, the Comune di Roma, theater and television, including Il Carnevale di Roma/Palazzo dell’Esposizione 2010 and in 2012 the site specific choreography, MoveAble Space/WaterFire , part of the Estate Romana summer festival in collaboration with American artist Barnaby Evans and the Cultural Association, Tevereterno.

She has presented Master Classes at various universities, including the College of William and Mary’s Summer Dance Intensive where she presented the Tevereterno project as part of their “Business of Dance Seminar”.

In Los Angeles, Linda was a member of the modern dance company of internationally renowned choreographer, Donald Byrd. In addition to her experience as dancer and choreographer, before moving to Rome in 1983, Foster worked for Lorimar Productions as Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Television and Film Production. In Italy, Foster has produced three fitness videos for the Italian market.

Widely recognized for introducing the concept of Personal Training to Italy, Foster has created various successful fitness and health related businesses in Rome.

As educator, Foster has developed national teacher training programs for the Federazione Ginnastica d’Italia and Federazione Italiana Fitness. In addition, Foster presents her own system of stress reduction and mind/body integration, MindBodyStretch, through interactive workshops and master classes.

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Foster earned a BA in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts.

Currently she is a Master Pilates Instructor and directs Linda Foster MOVES –
What year did you join the Peak Pilates Master Instructor Team?

Where do you teach Pilates classes and/or Pilates Certifications/ Continuing Education workshops:
LindaFoster MOVES, Roma Italia

After having acquired experience as a professional dancer and choreographer in Los Angeles, Linda Foster moved to Rome where she combined American Know-How with Italian Style to found the first personal training organization in Italy.

Through her unique inter-disciplinary approach to teaching movement Linda quickly became known as the top “body-stylist” in Italy, training diverse individuals of all ages.

Combining her passion for art, her love of dance, and her degree in psychology, Linda has developed an approach which involves both the body and the mind in a fun, challenging, and creative workout which enables all types of students to embrace positive lifestyle changes.

Her goal, whether as a dance teacher, Pilates instructor, or educator, is to positively transform her students both psychologically and physically.

Linda Foster: American Know-How and Italian Style

Linda earned a BA degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and a BA degree in Dance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. She was a member of the original modern dance company, “Donald Byrd and the Group.” As choreographer Linda has created works for dance companies in the United States, the Commune di Roma, theater and television.

As educator Linda has collaborated with various fitness organizations including Federazione Ginnastica d’Italia and Federazione Italiana di Fitness to develop national teacher training programs. Linda has presented masterclasses and workshops throughout Italy.

As a Master Instructor Linda offers Master Classes and Workshops in the comprehensive Pilates method which includes Mat, Reformer, Tower/Cadillac, Hi and Low Chairs, Ped o Pul, Spine corrector, High Ladder Barrel and other axillary equipment. In addition, Linda continues to teach her signature classes, Total Body Conditioning and Mind/Body Stretch.

Currently Linda works as choreographer, as development consultant for new pilates studios, and teaches both online and live individual and group classes.

For information contact Linda via email: info@lindafostermoves.com