WAPilates Teacher Training Program
To nurture and guide students in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment creating Pilates Instructors who are intuitive, passionate and committed to the Traditional Pilates Method.
Hilary Opheim- Director/Lead Teacher
Comprehensive Training Program/Mentorship, Continuing Education and Apprenticeship Program
Hilary has been in the fitness industry in Houston since the days of high impact aerobics and has been teaching Pilates for over 25 years. Born and raised in Houston, Texas she was always active with swimming, tennis, gymnastic, dance, figure skating and sailing. She started her fitness journey teaching aerobics and was one of the first to get certified with Johnny G and to teach Spinning in Houston. She was the Group Fitness Director at the University Club for over 10 years. She set up their Spinning Program, one of the first Cycling studios in Houston.
After years of teaching Hilary found her knees in bad shape and was led to Pilates by one of her instructors at the University Club. She immediately fell in love with the Method.
She practiced Pilates for years and with no more pain in her knees she knew this was something she was meant to do and was led to John Gossett, at the time with Physical Mind Institute. She then set up the Pilates studio at the University Club and continued teaching in other studios after it's closure.
In 2005 she opened up WAPilates and became PMA Certified. She founded Pilates has Heart in 2013 to honor client and friend Terri Dome, which raises money every year to help with awareness of Women's Heart issues and Cancer. 100% of all the proceeds go to Texas Heart Institute.
She continues to study the Traditional Pilates work and has studied with Jennifer Kries, Benjamin Degenhardt, Lolita San Miguel and others. "One thing I love about Pilates and as a Teacher is that you are constantly learning. It is a journey that never ends and I not only learn from other Pilates Teachers but also every student that comes through the Teacher Training Program."
She has used her upbeat style to create an environment of positive and supportive guidance with the Teacher Training Program at WAP. "I created our program to really nurture the students and I wanted it to really bring the Mentorship aspect into our program, to really guide the students and share our knowledge with them. We are giving information to them that took me years and years to learn."
"My favorite, each class, is seeing the progression of each student and how their personality and style comes out in their teaching." Hilary Opheim
Kim Humrichouse- Senior Teacher
Comprehensive Training Program
Kim has been teaching at WAPilates for the past 8 years. Kim is a native Houstonian & attended the Houston High School for the Performing & Visual Arts with a major in Dance. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, & Nevada Dance Theatre.
After her dance career, Kim returned to Houston & began studying Pilates. She also obtained a BA in Psychology from the University of Houston. Because movement was such an important part of her life, Kim decided to take the teacher training, under the guidance of John Gossett, and become a Pilates instructor. "One of the best things about teaching Pilates is that I get to see how much better people feel after their Pilates session. "
Kim became a WAP CE Program Teacher in 2016. She is excited to create programs that will help fellow instructors teach clients with specific contraindications. "I have found it extremely useful to learn variations of the original work. It has allowed some of my clients with injuries, chronic conditions, or while pregnant to experience Pilates safely. I look forward to passing on what I have learned through my experience and training."
Scott Minard- CE Program Teacher
Continuing Education Program
Scott is a native Houstonian and a lifelong competitive cyclist, he came to Pilates to develop a stronger core and to help rehab multiple injuries from decades of racing. He is a professional cycling , USA Cycling certified coach, and works with cyclist of all abilites. He trains riders with power using the latest technology and data analysis. Working with athletes he sees a number of common deficiencies that need to be addressed for maximum quality of life.
Scott discovered the benefits of pilates as a client and then obtained his Comprehensive Pilates Certificate through the WAPilates Teacher Training Program. He gained a new appreciation for anatomy, movement and body awareness. The benefits of Pilates to athletes of all kinds quickly became obvious to him. " Going through the Pilates Training process showed me a new level of understanding about body kinematics. With proper queuing and tactile input clients learn to move their body with total control"
Scott has a bachelor degree from the University of Houston in History and Education. In 2016 he started pursuing his Masters degree in Sports and Human performance. As a teacher Scott loves to impart the "flow and work" of a workout. "Using all the tools you have such as fitness, balance, focus and emotion propel you to get the most our of each movement" Scott Minard
Stay tuned for Scott's Continuing Education Program workshops