“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.