Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio

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About Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio

Vivian loves life and lives it to the MAX… she is funny, witty and smart. She travels the world to teach, train and certify Pilates instructors and as a Trainer of the Trainers. She is a mentor and mother not only to her daughter, Sheila, but also to her extended family of Fitness Trainers around the globe and most specially to her team of Pilates Instructors that she has trained here at her own studio. She has a generous heart that she offers scholarships to selected and deserving Filipinos to get the rare opportunity to be trained in International Standard of STOTT PILATES and thereafter gives them employment to be able to earn substantially without the need to travel abroad.

Vivian is a never ending student, who loves to study and better her skills and knowledge that she imparts to her whole Fitness family. She is not only an Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES, but she is a Pilates Rehab Specialist and Franklin Method Educator Level 1 and is still working on becoming a Level 3 Franklin Method Educator. Her business is to make people’s life better, by practicing and sharing the why’s and how’s of a healthy lifestyle!

Proud to say that Vivian just turned 59 last Nov 2012… and looking younger than her age! She lives and breathes fitness and what she preaches. Indeed Health is Wealth! Be Happy and Healthy! Move that Body and be Sexy at any Age!

A Philippine icon in the fitness industry, studio owner VIVIAN ZAPANTA is a Lead Instructor Trainer. As a Lead Instructor Trainer Vivian is qualified to teach and train other STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Instructor Trainers through numerous workshops.

She is a well-respected fitness professional in the Philippines. She has trained instructors from all over the world. Amongst the many accomplishments that she has achieved are the following:

  • First STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Instructor Trainer for Mat & Reformer in Asia, Aug 22,2003
  • First STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Instructor Trainer for Cadillac, Chair & Barrels in Asia, Sept 3, 2004
  • First STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Instructor Trainer for ISP in Asia, Nov 16, 2005
  • First STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Instructor Trainer for Group Mat & Group Reformer in Asia, 2008
  • First Franklin Method Educator Level 1 in the Philippines, September 2011
  • First and only ACE (American Council on Exercise) “Gold” Certified Personal Trainer since June 1990
  • First ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Exercise Instructor since July 1989
  • First Woman Body Building President of the Philippines in 1989 and Ms. Philippines in Body Building, 1988.
  • Les Mills Internationally Certified Body Balance, and Les Mills trained Body Pump & Body Jam instructor
  • Former Personal Trainer of Her Excellency Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines
  • Former Certification Provider for Aerobics, Personal Training, Aqua Aerobics and Medical Specialist for Exercise Science Alliance (based in Modesto, California)
  • A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education Major in Physical Education, Cum Laude, University of Santo Tomas 1975.
  • Former University of Santo Tomas Professor in Physical Education 1975
  • She holds a Master’s of Arts degree, Major in Physical Education from Centro Escolar University 1993.
  • Former faculty member of the DLSU (De La Salle University, RCBC Plaza) Graduate school on Corporate Fitness
  • Vivian Zapanta is a STOTT PILATESâ„¢ Lead Instructor Trainer that has trained instructors in Malaysia, Taipei ,Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuwait. Her students travel from far and wide just to train with her.
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    Jamie Ridge Alcantara

    Have control over your body by doing Pilates exercises and incorporating it into your daily lives (work, sports, activities)

    Capillo Perez Jurin

    very nice exercise w/ smile & I like it. good 4 ur health & memory.

    Alexis Mora

    Exercise is good to out health many calories and fats will out me also I exercise I like that habits He she will benefits more that what could you expect or neither you try every day most reason why you do this is it will help you activity work:-) :-) so just invite your self... Just do it makes your self works out :-) :-) blessing is yours bones and morrow are strong:.

    Grace Toral-Tanquintic

    You just don't get to exercise the proper way; you also embody it.

    – Tom Browder

    “I began studying Pilates at your studio less than three months ago. Given my age (over 60) and the tendency for posture and strength to degrade as we get older, I thought Pilates would be an excellent way to improve in these areas. The results have exceeded my most optimistic expectations, and I attribute this to the quality of your school, and especially my instructor Bernie. A very telling indicator of how much progress I have made came when I was on a two week business trip to the US recently. I took two semi-private classes at two different studios (in New Jersey and Montana) and instructors at both schools remarked on how good my technique was, especially for a beginner. This is quite a compliment to the quality of your instruction. I look forward to many more sessions at your studio.”

    – Joey Lim, April 2009

    “I am happy to let the world know that the back pain I’ve suffered from over the past ten years has now completely disappeared and, without a doubt , this is due to the beneficial effects of Pilates. In retrospect, my back pain started as mere stiffness, which I ignored until 2004 when I realized I could no longer last a whole night in my bed without having to sit up in order to relieve the pain from my lower back. In one instance, I had myself brought to the emergency room of a hospital nearby thinking I was having a heart attack due to a sharp pain radiating from my left shoulder blade. It turned out to be another back-related problem.” “Physical therapy provided some relief, but the backache would quickly return upon cessation of treatment. Weight training in the gym only aggravated my condition. I therefore resigned myself to my condition until in 2005, I saw what Pilates had done for my secretary. A few years back she had an accident that put her in great pain and required continuous pain medication. After just a year, Pilates had somehow cured her problem and she was off the pain killers. I had to give it a try!” “Pilates is deceptively easy and in just three weeks I could already feel the strengthening of my back muscles and within six months the pain had subsided to the point where I did not have to sit up at night anymore. Little did I know I was just going through a prolonged conditioning stage. As I progressed, my trainer, Marz, expertly adjusted the program to be progressively more challenging. At the same time she introduced routines that focused on the areas in my torso that needed to be strengthened. Luckily for me Marz has a great sense of humor and always make me feel I have done great – even when I know better.” “But the change in my sense of well being has been dramatic and three years later, I have no intentions of stopping. I am fortunate to discover the Pilates studio of Vivian Zapanta and Marzena Nowakowska. Words hardly express the appreciation and sense of gratitude I feel, so a simple thank you to Marz and Vivian will have to do. But if by reading this short testimonial you will be enticed to try Pilates out. If you do, then I know I’ll have succeeded where words could not.”

    – Allison Seniuk, Ottawa, Canada

    “I was so lucky to work with Sheila during the 3 years I spent in Manila. Within weeks of starting, I experienced an increased awareness of my body and a renewed sense of strength and well-being. The greatest benefit to me, though, was during and after my first pregnancy. Under Sheila’s guidance, we modified the pre-natal sessions as my pregnancy progressed and I am positive it gave me the strength to carry around so much extra weight with relative ease and very little discomfort! Because the instructors have specific training in how to work with pregnant clients, I felt really safe, supported and confident in continuing to work out throughout my pregnancy.”

    – Paul Richards

    “My wife introduced me to Pilates 2 years ago and I must admit I was skeptical about its benefits. I have always been fit and healthy, playing soccer, tennis and squash since I was young and eating a balanced diet, so what could Pilates contribute? Well, 2 years on, and thanks to the excellent tuition I receive every week from Tin Achacoso, I have become an avid fan! My core has strengthened, my posture has improved, my understanding of correct breathing techniques has helped with stress management and generally, I feel fitter and stronger than before. And as I passed the 50 year mark this year, and my ability to play the more strenuous sports declines, I anticipate Pilates becoming an even more critical part of my exercise regime. So, Pilates is not just for people with back problems, and is not a meditation technique…it is a focused, disciplined and active routine which builds strength, relieves stress and prevents many of the posture-related problems associated with middle- and old-age. Thank you Tin!!!”

    – Sabina Voght

    I have been very active in my youth and due to my bad posture, coupled with slight scoliosis built up to a culmination of my slipped disc between L4 and L5. I had a burning and tingling sensation down my legs. The pain was so intense that couldn’t even carry the smallest thing nor couldn’t even walk for more than 15 minutes while shopping. As an International School Teacher, I even got permission to lie down in class when my back was triggered. My low back muscles were so tight that I had to wear a brace to help hold myself up. My doctor gave me drugs, painkillers, muscle relaxers, and even cortisone shots to reduce the pain. A nurse even told me that I would just have to get used to the pain…. OMG! I was doomed! I even went to physical therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, hot baths, herbal heating pads religiously to get the muscle spasms under control, but all these wasn’t enough, to a point that my pain changed my life. I was literary afraid to move! “A friend who also had a slipped disc recommended Pilates, it took baby steps at first, starting with the basics of breathing. At first I was attending three sessions a week. Then I was addicted to Pilates, because slowly but surely the pain began to subside, and I felt the strength and awareness building within me. I began to feel the change of my body awareness and could feel the imbalances of my muscles. With that awareness, my body began a transformation with better posture and sitting position Vivian’s teaching precision helped build my core muscles. I learned that my abdominal muscles had been on vacation for most of my life, so my back took over. When I was ready, Vivian placed me in the hands of Marzena, my current instructor, who continues to help me maintain my body’s health. This idea that there is no pain, no gain with exercise is unhealthy. Pilates’ gentle nature allows you to gain without pain. Pilates is not a band-aid to cover my injury; it’s a way to overcome it. From that moment, Pilates changed my life, and I want to spread the word of how the Power of Pilates has changed my life!”

    – Eric Carchon, Belgium

    “Thanks Vivian, I’ve been suffering from backproblems since childhood. Every medical treatment I received was based on healing symptoms. Thanks to the excercises you thaught me to be aware of breathing, posture and mobilising joints, I can really feel a difference in every day life. You also introduced me to Fit Line food supplements which have a remarkeble influence on general health in every day life. It really shows that you know what your are doing. Thanks for your dedicated care and advice.”

    – Wendy Wycherley, UK but now based in the Philippines

    “Thank you Sheila, and Vivian, you have cured me – I can walk without back pain – even travel long distance flights and not suffer. Pilates is the best exercise I have ever tried.”

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