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Marshall Eklund M.A.

Marshall Eklund M.A.

Founder

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 Sands

Studio Manager & Education Coordinator | Nutritional Consultant

California native Ashley is another STOTT Pilates trainer with a dance background. She has since taken her Clinical Nutritionist Consultant Certification (CNC) at the Natural Healing Institute in San Diego and has completed 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 is also STOTT Pilates certified 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 five 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.


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson

STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Rebecca relocated to San Diego from San Francisco in 2013. She is certified in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Stability Chair™, Barrels, Cadillac and Total Barre™ She is trained in STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations and is experienced working with clients who may need modifications due to injury or other conditions. She has recent experience working at a physical therapy clinic and is continuing her education in the health and medical field.

Rebecca is a dancer, choreographer, educator and enthusiast of scuba diving, hiking and kayaking. Pilates has allowed her to become a stronger and more efficient mover in all of her favorite activities. Rebecca has also found Pilates to aid in the rehabilitation of a chronic lower back injury.

In 2007, Rebecca graduated from Mills College, Oakland with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. That same year she began teaching modern dance technique at Sonoma State University. While performing and choreographing professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and now San Diego, Rebecca has found Pilates to be a perfect complement to her dance career. She is passionate about sharing her love of movement and fitness with others.


Kelly Rodriguess

Kelly Rodriguess

From Charleston, SC Kelly brings her Southern charm to San Diego. With over 20 years of gymnastics and dance experience, she developed a passion for movement and fitness. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the College of Charleston where she was also the captain of the collegiate dance team. Shortly after college, Kelly decided to pursue a career in fitness and health by earning her Personal Trainer Certification with the American College of Sports Medicine and her STOTT Pilates Level 1 & 2 Certification. Recently she also became an Instructor Trainer for STOTT Pilates. Kelly loves to continually challenge her clients and help them get the most out of their workout every time!