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Carol Appel


Strong, calm, and with the unmistakable grace of a classically-trained dancer, Carol Appel embodies the Pilates Method. Originally from Texas, Carol studied Royal Ballet technique in El Paso and Los Angeles from an early age. After earning a Bachelor's degree from UCLA, Carol pursued a dance career in New York City, studying under some of the dance world's greatest luminary figures. An old knee injury prompted her to seek out The Pilates Studio. In 1982, Carol began apprenticing under Romana Kryzanowska, a master teacher personally trained by Joseph Pilates. She continued as a teacher there for over five years.

From 1990-2005, Carol pioneered the high-volume, full-service Pilates model within a health club setting. She lowered the barriers, making Pilates training more accessible, yet retaining the original principles, technique and mythology that make this work so timeless.

A well-known and highly regarded Pilates practitioner in Northern California, Carol is embraced by many as a “teacher’s teacher.” Her teacher training program is well-established in the Bay Area and has been a source for instructors throughout the states and overseas. She has worked with doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, developing therapeutic exercise programs.

Known for a warm and engaging manner, she also guest teaches, consults, and lectures on the business of Pilates. Carol served on the Board of Directors of the Pilates Method Alliance, an international not-for-profit Pilates professional association, dedicated to protecting consumers through the establishment of professional testing and continuing education standards for the Pilates professional.

Carol has trained many celebrities over the years, including Olympia Dukakis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Frederica von Stadt, Eddie Albert, Linda Lavin, Jasmine Guy, members of many Broadway casts, and ballet and modern dance companies. Her high caliber training has been highlighted in international, national and regional publications including Harper’s Bazaar, ALLURE, Shape, Health, Citysport, San Francisco Focus, and the San Francisco Chronicle.