Balanced Body Master Instructor

Erin Garvin

Roanoke VA USA

“If in doubt at your career path as an adult, look back at what you did as a child.’ At age five, Erin would take an old, otherwise un-used, exercise book off the shelf and practice the poses on the living room floor. As an adult, she began her formal training in movement with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Exercise Science. In 1997, while working at the Greenbrier Resort, a 5-star, 5-diamond hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV, Erin flew cross-country to a Mat course in California to learn more about this “new” fitness trend called pilates. “I was born and lived Appalachia and had only read about pilates in fitness resources. There was no pilates studio anywhere nearby to try it first.” Hooked on Pilates ever since, she completed her comprehensive certification in 2003. In addition to Pilates, Erin is a registered yoga instructor, thai yoga massage therapist, an ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and is trained in reflexology. Erin also serves as a professional Reviewer of Continuing Education Courses (CEC’s) for Desert Southwest Fitness. For fun outside of work, Erin enjoys road and mountain biking, hiking, and flatwater kayaking. In 1998, she was one of the first two women to bike the longest mountain bike trail in the world, The Great Divide Mountain Bike Ride, from Canada to Mexico. For relaxation, she enjoys being on her back porch of her log cabin on Poor Mountain.

Erin’s studio EmPower Pilates & Yoga is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Roanoke, VA, within minutes of the Blue Ridge Parkway for beautiful scenery and road biking, the Appalachian Trail for hiking, and Carvin’s Cove for mountain biking and flatwater kayaking with deer, bear, and eagles.

As a BBU education provider, Erin hopes to make it easier for people her area to receive quality pilates instruction.

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Balanced Body Master Instructors for:

  • Anatomy in Three Dimensions
  • Pilates

-ACE Certified
-AFAA Certified
-NASM Certified
-PMA Certified

' I just completed the Mat I class and have signed up for Mat II. I loved it, and the material in the book was informative, and interesting. Erin taught with such a powerful, yet peaceful, positive energy that she is contagious. I finished the weekend feeling appropriately "worked out", but wonderfully fulfilled and enlightened by all that I learned. Erin is so knowledgable at what she does, that she has no ego. She has such a gentle humility, and yet we all knew that we were working with "the best"! She taught each "individual" even in a class setting, as she did when I observed her class and private sessions. The whole experience, with her, embodies the essence of Pilates, as one which incorporates the mind, body, and spirit. I felt completely renewed in spirit after the weekend of my Mat I class, and look forward to Mat II, and the learning process ahead. Erin taught me that one does not have to be Superwoman to do, or aspire to have a career in Pilates. One just has to want to feel super again, and then have heart. I do! I am on the journey now, and am excited to see where it leads!! '