Tori Rivard

Tori RivardThis article was originally published on Core Arts’ Facebook Page. Check out Tori’s full professional profile on her Linkedin Page.

“Even though this program is tough, I know it will only benefit me and make me an even stronger and more knowledgable teacher.”


Tell us about yourself

My name is Tori and I graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Kinesiology. I’ve always loved hiking and being outdoors and leading an overall active lifestyle. I’m passionate about health and wellbeing and care deeply about passing that attitude along to my clients.

When did you first encounter Pilates?

I first encountered Pilates at Core Arts Pilates in the summer of 2015 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I fell in love with how different Pilates is from any kind of workout I’ve ever tried. I used to dread hitting the gym or going for a run, but I felt instantly at home here in the studio!

What inspired you to become a Pilates instructor?

Seeing the care and individual attention the instructors at Core Arts placed on their clients made me want to combine my love of fitness with my love of providing a quality, warm customer experience. I wanted to be an apprentice so I could learn what it takes to be at the same level of the teachers I’ve had at Core Arts.

What has surprised you about being a Pilates apprentice?

What surprised me the most is how immersed I became in the studio even as an apprentice. You become familiar with clients, equipment, and you spend so much time with your fellow apprentices. I didn’t anticipate feeling this involved and full of knowledge I’ve picked up only through experience – there is so much more to Pilates than just memorizing exercises!

What is your favorite Pilates exercise so far?

Tree on the reformer. I’ve seen so much improvement in my own flexibility in this exercise! Plus it’s a fun one to do!

What do you plan on doing once you become a certified instructor?

After I am done with my 600 hours and exams I would love to continue my Pilates education, as well as seeking higher education to further my Kinesiology degree- I would love to work in physical therapy too someday.

Why did you choose to get certified at Core Arts?

I chose to get certified at Core Arts because it is one of the most rigorous and truly traditional programs offered. Core Arts stays true to Pilates the way it is intended to be done to ensure health and results; the small class sizes and one-on-one attention we give to clients is something rare and that’s the style of Pilates I seek to teach. Even though this program is tough, I know it will only benefit me and make me an even stronger and more knowledgable teacher.