Buff Bones® creator Rebekah Rotstein, PMA®-CPT is a movement educator and certified Pilates instructor who presents at conferences, resorts and symposia around the world on topics of bone health, anatomy and movement. She was introduced to Pilates to treat injuries that curtailed her career as a ballet dancer before attending Smith College, where she worked in the Sports Medicine department. Rebekah trained in Pilates at the Kane School in New York City under the tutelage of Kelly Kane, where she later served as a Senior Expert Instructor and led coursework including Special Populations as part of the teacher training faculty and developed her own continuing education workshops.
When she was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 28, her focus took a new direction to share insights and options to those with low bone density and exercise professionals caring for them. Her work in the field of osteoporosis led Hatherleigh Medical Education to invite her to write an evidence-based continuing education lesson on osteoporosis and exercise which began the genesis of research backing the Buff Bones® system. She developed Buff Bones® with a research-supported design to offer bone health education and exercise to manage and prevent bone and joint issues for people of all ages.
Rebekah’s education extends to various modalities of movement. Beyond Pilates, she has studied with Sara Meeks in the Meeks Method of osteoporosis treatment and management for physical therapists and has trained and collaborated with fitness industry veteran Jeff Bell for more than a decade. In addition to working alongside renowned physical therapists and physicians across the country, her extensive ongoing study of the body includes year-long Body-Mind Centering®-based somatic coursework with Amy Matthews and immersion courses at medical schools along with seven annual cadaver dissections with Gil Hedley, PhD. She also has trained in Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute and attended the Fascia Research Summer School in Ulm, Germany.
Rebekah’s other credentials include:
- Guest instructor at the popular online studio Pilates Anytime
- International presenter at Pilates conferences including the Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour and Pilates Leader Programme (South America)
- Presenter at the International Osteoporosis Foundation Worldwide Conference for Osteoporosis Patient Societies
- Presenter at Triarq symposium for physicians and physical therapists as well as Canyon Ranch and Rancho La Puerta
- Continuing education faculty for Kinected in New York City
- Ambassador for American Bone Health
- Former partner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.
- Former movement therapist for pioneering pain management physician and author Loren Fishman, MD
- Contributing writer for the websites of Andrew Weil and the International Osteoporosis Foundation as well as Pilates Style Magazine
- Media resource for outlets including CNN and Self Magazine
When not running the Buff Bones® business, teaching, or traveling around the world, Rebekah can be found dancing Argentine tango. (If nothing else, she packs her tango shoes along with her passport.)
Amy is a certified Pilates instructor through The PhysicalMind Institute® taught by Madeline Black and Jean Sullivan, and a graduate of the the BASI® Mentor and Master Program with Rael Isacowitz and of the Pilates Conservatory Teacher Training Program with Pat Guyton. Amy’s more than 20 years of teaching movement and dance includes other studies of the body including two cadaver dissections with Gil Hedley. She is an original instructor at Pilates Anytime, and has presented at conferences like Pilates in Asia in Seoul, Korea and at the February Pilates International Meeting in Spain. She is the owner of CenterPointe Pilates in Santa Barbara. When not filming or teaching, Amy enjoys doting on her dog and cats, cooking and dancing to music in the privacy of her home, as if no one is watching.
Why I teach the weekly class:
Because I love it! It’s one of my favorite classes to teach—-it feels great on my body and I love the energy I receive after finishing. It really does work my entire body and I too feel empowered to stay up on my own bone’s health!
Francine is an exercise physiologist with a masters degree in kinesiology from Cal State Northridge with more than ten years experience teaching movement, first as a certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor under the tutelage of Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal and then as a certified Pilates instructor through BASI®. Francine is also faculty for Carolyne Anthony’s The Center for Women’s Fitness and teaches courses on pre/postnatal exercise. The founder of Your Daily Practice, she also runs the exercise department of George Erb Fitness in Camarillo, CA. Francine spends her spare time caring for her adorable new baby, eagerly waiting to teach him to squat.
Favorite thing about teaching Buff Bones:
I love that the workout is accessible to so many. Not only do I have clients who are committed to the class specifically for improving their bone health, but also those who just love the workout and feel it safely challenges them. When I was first introduced to Buff Bones, I assumed this would be the case, that people would really fall in love with work. What I didn’t realize was the tremendous community it would build. Having taught the same Buff Bones mat class at the same time for the past four years, I am witness to a tight knit group of students who have come to call themselves friends. This has been so satisfying to experience!
Nora has been teaching movement for 23 years, with graduate studies in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology at Antioch University. As a teenage ballet dancer she began her Pilates studies with Lolita San Miguel and eventually did her Pilates training through the PhysicalMind® Institute taught by Mary Bowen and completed the Masters in Pilates program from The Pilates Center of Boulder. Nora was an International Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates for seven years, traveling to Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and also holds certifications in the TRX Suspension and Sports Medicine programs. Nora is the owner of Atelier Pilates in Sommerville (Boston.) She continues to love the compliments when people stop her on the street in awe of her two Miniature American Eskimo dogs.
While teaching in Brunswick, ME one of the participants had been diagnosed with osteoporosis and had verbalized at the beginning of the weekend her apprehension. By the end of the weekend she disclosed that “she was elated to have been encouraged to participate in the seminar since she hadn’t been able to workout that hard without fear of injury or aggravating her condition in a very long time.”
Carla began her studies of human movement more than 20 years ago obtaining her bachelors degree in Physical Education in São Paulo, Brazil. After moving to the United States, she pursued her Pilates training through BASI® and completed the BASI® Mentorship Program before working in rehabilitation clinics in suburban Philadelphia and Portland, Maine. A licensed massage therapist, she is also a certified Neurokinetic Therapist, is certified in Functional Movement System and has participated in two human cadaver dissections with Gil Hedley. Carla is also a former dancer and when not teaching movement and performing bodywork, she can be found taking long U.S. roadtrips on a motorcycle with her husband and traveling around her native Brazil.
Lisa is a certified Pilates instructor through PhysicalMind® Institute in America and through Australia’s PilatesITC under the leadership of Sally Anderson with whom she completed her Diploma and Advanced Diploma. She initially began her Pilates journey while living in Los Angeles and discovered firsthand the mental and physical benefits of Pilates after undergoing major arm surgery for a malignant melanoma. Lisa is a faculty member for PilatesITC and is the founder of Core Pilates Brisbane, the main training centre for PilatesITC students in Queensland. She is also a certified Oov teacher and was the Brisbane Pilates Trainer for Cirque du Soleil – Totem in 2015. Lisa is a Principal Trainer member with the Pilates Alliance Australasia, and as Buff Bones® Faculty Instructor for Australia, she works across the country to grow and support the Buff Bones network of instructors.
Why I teach the weekly class:
The class is fun, energetic and really leaves people feeling good about themselves, this is what I love so much about it. It is different from teaching Pilates and allows me to reach and connect with a wider range of clients who would not necessarily take a Pilates mat class.
Bettina Schaeffer is a Pilates Instructor, SilverSneakers teacher and Buff Bones® instructor in New York City. Her primary interest is the interplay of osteoporosis, somatics and functional anatomy. She appears in the Pilates for Buff Bones® DVD and has facilitated event coordination for American Bone Health. Known for her supportive nature and keen eye, she has long served as Rebekah’s “right hand” helping launch the Buff Bones® Instructor Training course in 2011 and assisting in development of ongoing Buff Bones® curriculum. Bettina’s interest outside of movement ranges from fashion to faith.
Morgan is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn. She loathes group exercise, but through Buff Bones® she has begrudgingly accepted that it can – maybe, kind of, sort of, be fun… She normally prefers more solitary activities like long cold winter runs in Prospect Park. When she’s not managing the details of Buff Bones®, you’ll find her working on and off the stage with her theatre company The Shelter.