Marshall Eklund M.A.

Marshall Eklund M.A.


Marshall is a bit of a legend in the Fitness and Pilates world. His humor and expertise vie for top billing in describing him. He is recognized internationally for his contributions to the most sought-after sessions at prestigious conferences. He is exceptionally proud of his role in training and mentoring literally hundreds of the industry's best instructors. His formal credentials are impeccable, BA degrees in Finance and Marketing and a Masters Degree in Biomechanics. He also holds multiple fitness and Pilates certifications. He is a Lead Instructor Trainer with a Licensed Training Facility for STOTT Pilates since 2002—The only STOTT Pilates Licensed Teacher Training Center in San Diego County. Marshall opened his first highly successful Pilates and Personal Training studio in San Diego in1998. Some of those original clients are still with the Studio, a testament to the quality and value of the training. Marshall combines experience—he will be celebrating his 30th anniversary as a Fitness and Pilates Industry education and authority—with a fun and imaginative persona to provide the best possible experience for his clients and staff.

When not at the Studio, Marshall is either traveling or working at his other passion, Real Estate. There, he enjoys working with a large clientele to buy and sell property. He especially enjoys creating magical results with Real Estate renovations and redevelopment.

Alyssa Jones

Alyssa Jones

Studio Manager and Education Coordinator

For California native Alyssa, Pilates is a passion and has been since she took it up back in 1991 to help build strength and flexibility for her dance career (she was a professional ballet dancer for several years). She found that it was great exercise and wanted to help spread the world. She trained as a teacher and now holds full level 1 and 2 STOTT PILATES® certification, is a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, is Pilates for Golf Certified and also a TRX trainer. Alyssa started working for Marshall Eklund Pilates and Fitness in 2004 and currently helps to oversee the Education Department. She is motivated by seeing clients become more confident as improved fitness levels enhance their bodies and lives.

When Alyssa is not at work she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters and together they enjoy going to the beach and camping.

And what is Alyssa's top tip for staying in shape?
"Consistency! It is important to make fitness a priority in your everyday lives, to make a schedule and to stick to it. When you are working out two or three times a week, that is when you start to see results."

Ashley Anderson

Trainer and Nutritionist

California native Ashley is another STOTT Pilates trainer with a dance background. She began her training at the tender age of 8 and danced her way to university where she studied communications. She has since taken her Clinical Nutritionist Consultant Certification (CNC) at the Natural Healing Institute in San Diego and is now working on her Precision Nutrition Certification. This makes her the Marshall Eklund's go-to girl when anyone needs advice on nutrition or a balanced diet. Ashley has also taken her STOTT Pilates certification program and every day, people enjoy the benefit of her expertise especially in her prenatal, flex band and jumpboard workshops. Her previous experience as an elementary school teacher for four years stands her in good stead and she brings that same level of enthusiasm and a sunny disposition to her classes and workshops at Marshall Eklund. In her free time Ashley likes to be out and about enjoying the delights of San Diego.

Ashley's top fitness tip: Do everything with a smile and it becomes that little bit easier.

Jerome Acosta

Jerome Acosta

STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer

Jerome’s passion for teaching movement and curiosity into the mind have helped pave the way for a career he finds deeply fulfilling. Along with Full Level 1 and 2 STOTT PILATES Certifications, Jerome is also a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, a position he believes allows the natural teacher in him to emerge. He has been working with Marshall Eklund since 2006 and has expanded his pilates education to now include: MELT Method Level 1 Instructor, a 200 hour Yoga Certification, RKC kettlebell and TRX Suspension certifications. Working with these highly effective and diverse tools, Jerome develops fitness based programs and tailors therapeutic exercises for each clients individual needs.

Jerome finds balance by being in nature and nurturing his creative side; photography, art, writing, and just sitting in silence are just a few of the things that keep him smiling inside and out.