Hi, I’m Benjamin. I’m a movement teacher, a teacher of teachers, and the founder of 360° Pilates. I currently call New York City home, but frequently find myself on the road, presenting my work at training facilities and conferences around the globe. Quite literally, I’m always on the move!
Profoundly fascinated with the human body and movement, my work is focused on inspiring people to take care of their physical fitness and health and to move well every day. I believe the original Pilates method is an excellent way to do this! Absence of movement equals standstill of life. Establishing an ongoing movement practice goes far beyond mere gym and workout routines; it is rather a way of life, and a return to human nature.
In my work as an educator, I am passionate about getting fellow professionals unstuck in their teaching, by elevating their understanding of the Pilates method and sharpening their critical thinking skills. I draw constant inspiration from the teachings of physical culture pioneer Joseph Pilates, as well as my involvement in fitness education for over 15 years, my extensive background in dance, and my ongoing studies with a diverse group of experts in the movement field.
For more information about my background and credentials, read on.
Yours in health and happiness,
“Benjamin is genuinely committed to helping Pilates people think their way through Mr. Pilates’ original intentions as opposed to blindly following any particular dogma.”
“Benjamin’s genius lies in how clearly he communicates his teachings and ideas. He does this with infinite enthusiasm and humility – the kind of generous spirit that truly connects people to the work and therefore, to each other.”
“A brilliant combination of nerd, historian and entrepreneur. The clear vision of his education program is inspiring.”
“Benjamin is a gifted teacher and an avid Pilates historian. He doesn’t teach you simply how to do the exercises, but how to understand them and therefore get more out of them.”
“Benjamin spreads his knowledge like Pilates glitter. He’s the go-to for doing Crab and then talking about Crab and then doing Crab again in the most joyous and inspirational way possible.”
“Having Benjamin Degenhardt bring his teacher training to my studio was the absolute best decision. The trainees instantly became very strong Pilates teachers, truly embody the work, understand movement and proper mechanics, and best of all – our clients are getting great results!”
“Benjamin’s teaching is crystal clear not only in its delivery, but in its far-sighted purpose, offering a return to the deepest purposes of the Method: the whys and hows. His perspective has indelibly changed my own teaching and I can say from experience that it has made teaching infinitely easier and more successful.”
“In my training, Benjamin’s focus on the flexibility of the spine is invaluable to me after having two back surgeries. I feel the benefits of this every day. Did I also mention that he happens to be a sweetheart?”
“Studying with Benjamin is always full of aha moments for me. I’ve really enjoyed his no-nonsense approach, his perspective on the history of our profession and movement training in general, and the simplicity with which he teaches it all.”
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Benjamin Degenhardt is an acclaimed Pilates teacher and presenter, and is the creator of 360° Pilates, an immersive education program that combines live and online learning to bring the work of physical culture pioneer Joseph Pilates to life today.
Benjamin presents his work at some of the largest conferences and training facilities around the world and is the mastermind behind MarchMATness—an annual social media campaign to celebrate shared passion in the Pilates community and to raise awareness and excitement for the traditional Pilates Mat work.
Benjamin began studying the Pilates method in 1998. His training took several turns from classical to contemporary Pilates—and back again. Benjamin completed teacher training programs at the Kane School of Core Integration, Halfmoon Pilates and the Equinox Pilates Institute, and holds the Pilates Method Alliance certification.
His perspective on the method is largely informed by his curiosity about the origins of the work. Benjamin has researched Joseph Pilates’ thought-process in the development of Contrology and formulated a perspective on Pilates teaching that honors the original concepts, writings, and intentions.
Beginning to teach Pilates full-time in 2007, Benjamin worked for Equinox Fitness and maintained status as a top-tier and top-producing instructor within the company’s nationwide Pilates program for several years. Additionally, he taught at prestigious Pilates studios in New York City including Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates. In 2012 he joined the faculty of the Equinox Pilates Institute as a Lead Teacher Trainer and conducted the company’s first comprehensive Teacher Training programs offered in New York City and Boston. He has since established himself as a teacher of teachers in his own right and works as an independent Pilates teacher and educator.
Benjamin holds a variety of credentials and has studied with a diverse group of experts in the movement field (including Andreo Spina, Gray Cook, Kathy Dooley, Perry Nickelston, Mike Fitch, and Lynn Simonson).
Benjamin has presented his work at conferences of all scales, regularly films classes for online education and has been featured on various media outlets. Most recently, he appeared in the documentary film Joseph Pilates Tribute.
• IDEA World Convention
• Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting
• Classical Pilates São Paulo
• Classical Pilates Convention Pisa
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