Interview with Mari Winsor

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Mari Winsor has been instrumental in bringing Pilates to the mainstream while still managing to stay true to what she learned from Romana. We are huge fans of the way she treats all she meets in business and life so we sat down to ask Mari the secrets to her success. In this interview, Mari shares on her background as a dancer, how she became a celebrity Pilates trainer, and how an attitude of respect should rule your studio. Mari talks about how to carry this quality through in all aspects of business from talking to your clients to dealing with unruly employees or working with celebrities like Patrick Swayze and Al Pacino. Recently diagnosed with ALS, Mari has immediately begun working to bring help to others suffering from this terrible disease. Join the Pilates community at the Pay It Forward for Mari Winsor event on Friday, January 16, 2015.  

What Others Are Saying


  1. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Watching again today and my heart and tears going to Mari, hope all we can do the change that we need. Love and kindness to all. Luzlife.

  2. Jaime Cole 5 years ago

    I love you Mari 😉 Listening to you and watching you your videos inspire me to be the best Pilates teacher I can be with grace, integrity, and dignity. I am heart-broken to hear about your illness and I will keep you in my prayers, God bless you 🙂

    XOXO Jaime

  3. Layla 5 years ago

    I feel your generosity and kindness. I hope someday I will visit you in LA or see you in Truepilates NY.
    Thank you for all precious information. Your smile makes me so feel warm and happy. Send you love.

  4. Annicesara 5 years ago

    thank you! What a wonderful interview with one of my very favorite Pilates people. big hug, Annice and Tumtum Pilates

  5. pilates 5 years ago

    Thank you ladies! I enjoy Mari’s humor and frankness. It is very refreshing and appreciated.

  6. Lucia_Zamudio 5 years ago

    You are the reason I discovered Pilates through your famous video! I didn’t not know I would discover my passion and become years later a Pilates teacher. You are such an inspiration I just love to see all your videos on Pilatesology because I learn so much from you.
    I can understand how devastating , hard and sad your sickness is for you and your loved ones . Love will be your healing therapy and we all love you!

  7. keren 6 years ago

    Mari thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom…and i hope to meet you one day soon! xx stay strong..inside and out! 🙂

  8. Elvy Perez Zorich

    You’re an inspiration Mary! And thank you for saying that we truly are in the business of empowerment if we’re doing our job with love and integrity. Lots learnt here:)

  9. Helen Haynes 6 years ago

    What a wonderful and beautiful person, inside and out. A rare gem. Thank you for such a lovely interview, for being so generous, caring and kind, you are indeed very inspiring. And funny 🙂
    And courageous. I send you love and good vibrations Mari 🙂

  10. PrimaPilates 6 years ago

    Thank you x

  11. orianne 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this beautiful interview. Very inspiring and full of emotions.
    All the best love and support from Paris!

  12. AnnaDZullo 6 years ago

    Wonderful Mari! You are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. Looks like a great crew you got there=-)

  13. Such wonderful information! Mari, still giving while she is challenged by a very serious illness. I wish her a miracle. Love all around!

  14. Mari, You are such an inspiration to the Pilates Industry as well as those battling ALS. I am forever grateful for the workshops and private sessions that I had shared with you. You will never be forgotten, and forever treasured…Wonderful interview, thanks to both you and Alisa 🙂

  15. liza acheson
    liza acheson 6 years ago

    Mari, You are such an inspiration to us all!! You are a true gift not only to the Pilates industry but to all who have the honor of knowing you. You are the star that radiates! Thank you for everything you do and I am so excited to see you in Chicago! Alisa, What an amazing interview with an equally Amazing Woman. Thank you!

  16. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    We love you Mari! ❤️❤️

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    Mary 6 years ago


  18. ladyjane 6 years ago

    Tears pouring out my eyes ! Mari you are such a trooper! Love you!
    Fabulous interview, such wisdom and common sense and love that you radiate!
    We can all learn from you, you are such an inspiration! By the way it is YOU who is the SUPERSTAR! Thank you , thank you, thank you.
    Big hug! Xxxx

  19. LKVB 6 years ago

    I am crying now. Great interview with 100% Mari. Beautiful on the inside and out. xo, liesbeth

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