Coconut Grove & South Miami




Marilyn Mardini, BS, PMA®-CPT

Pilates In The Grove / Marilyn Mardini, BS, PMA®-CPT

Marilyn Mardini, BS, PMA®-CPT

Marilyn Mardini Arimon was first introduced to Pilates while rehabilitating her knee in 1992. Being a former dancer she saw the similarities with dance and Pilates, and fell in love with this form of movement. In 1995 while studying sports medicine and interning at Health South Sports Medicine in Columbus, Ohio she had the opportunity to use Pilates as a form of exercise to rehabilitate patients.

At Health South, she worked with elite and professional athletes, low back patients and wellness clients. In 1996, Marilyn received her completed her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Polestar Education, in post rehabilitation. Marilyn was the first certified instructor to offer Pilates in Columbus, Ohio. She also had the opportunity to open a small studio offering pilates to fitness and wellness clients. She received her Bachelors in Sports Medicine through Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio, in 1999. In addition Marilyn has also received certifications through Yamuna® Body Rolling, Franklin Method® Level I and Gyrotonic®.

Marilyn owned her own studio, Bodies By Pilates Studio in Coral Gables, Florida for 9 years before merging forces with Pilates in the Grove in December 2015.  She has over 20 years of experience in teaching pilates. Marilyn is also co-founder and program director for Core Advancement, a pilates teacher training and education company.

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast:

French Toast

I don’t leave home without???


If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him teach you?

I would love to see how he taught Pilates. His style!

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

The desire to keep learning…

Top places I have traveled

Paris, London and Spain

Top places I would like to travel

Italy, South Africa and Australia

How would you describe your fashion style? 


3 things you would grab in a fire?

My Family, Photos, Family Jewelry

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Travel the world, live in another city, own a Porsche

When was your Pilates a-ha moment?

You never know enough! You are always learning!

Favorite Blog?

I love to read but don’t have time these days…

Favorite Book?

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Favorite quote?

“Live the now”

How has Pilates changed your body? Your outlook?

It has kept me injury free. Life is about balance and Pilates provides your body with balance.

I am an expert in…???

Nothing! I will always be a student and embrace learning every day.

On any Saturday night you will most likely find me at…???

Out to dinner with my family or friends.

How would you describe your teaching style? 

I adapt to the clients needs.

What has been your biggest teaching blunder?

While demonstrating an exercise on the chair I fell inside the springs while the whole clinic was watching…

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