Now Enrolling for Spring 2023! Contact the studio for more information about Group and Private (in-person/virtual) courses.

For more information, call 480.815.2055 or email

Are you ready for a career change?  Are you interested in fine tuning your personal Pilates practice?  Look no further!


Function Pilates Teacher Training Program gives students the skills and knowledge to teach the foundational exercises up to advanced level clients on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel.


This 450-hour course will provide functional anatomy and understanding of postures, the structure and guidelines for building classes and working with one-on-one clients, educational principles and the business of being a Pilates Instructor to set-up for a successful career in the Pilates industry.


Graduates of the Comprehensive Program are qualified to take the exam to become a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT).

Tuition and Dates

Mat and Reformer Certification: $2,699
Saturday and Sundays 10-6pm


Mat Certification: $799
Saturday and Sundays (inquire for times)


Full Comprehensive Certification (includes Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel):  $3,999

Virtual Mat and Reformer Certification:  $1,249
Requirements: An at-home Reformer or access to a Pilates studio

$500 deposit secures your in-person spot. $200 secures your virtual spot. Monthly payment plans available. 

Looking for financial assistance? Our Scholarship Program may be able to help. Apply now.

Meet Your Master Trainer

Vanessa Kelly
Lead Master Trainer

Vanessa Kelly is a Pilates Master Trainer, Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor and Posture Alignment Specialist through Egoscue University.


Vanessa first learned the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates in 2009. She began her Pilates career as an independent contractor in 2009 at Core Fit, a private Pilates studio in Las Vegas.


During her time there, Vanessa discovered her passion for rehabilitation and posture analysis through corrective exercises. She attended her first workshop, in San Francisco, on how Pilates can help correct scoliosis and decrease chronic back pain. Her education continued with Vanessa attending The Pilates on Tour Rehabilitation conferences held in Phoenix.


In 2011, Vanessa accepted a position as Lead Pilates Instructor at Life Time Athletic Summerlin, where she quickly proved that her dedication to her craft and her attention to detail with clients was extremely valuable to the company. After learning and assisting in the Pilates program, Vanessa eventually accepted a promotion as the Pilates Coordinator at Life Time Fitness Tempe in April 2013.


The dedication and desire to help people through Pilates along with Postural Therapy led to the grand opening of Function Pilates in 2014. Vanessa is the owner and founder of Function Pilates located in Tempe, Arizona. Since opening, she has had the pleasure of working with the Los Angeles Angels minor league in Postural Therapy, and one-on-one Pilates sessions with LPGA, Julie Yang.


“Function Pilates is a place designed for folks to come in to experience healthy, functional movement while enjoying the benefits of Pilates in a traditional way.”

Kristi Paciello
Virtual Master Trainer

Kristi fell in love with Pilates at her very first class in 2015. Gaining strength, energy, and freeness in her body sparked a desire to understand why the method worked so well. She read every article and watched every video she could find until finally becoming a certified instructor through Pilates Sports Center at Function Pilates in 2019. She is dedicated to helping students and future teachers on their Pilates journeys so that the power of Pilates can reach as many people as possible. She believes in digging deep, honoring each person as an individual, and having fun in the process.

Jenna Kirkland
Master Trainer

Jenna Kirkland has worked in several studios across the Valley and enjoys teaching private clients as well as small group classes. She is a Master Instructor for Function Pilates teacher training, and teaches private sessions at Personalized Pilates and small group classes at Core Body Pilates in Arizona.


As a Pilates instructor, Jenna’s goal is to guide her clients though a safe and effective workout tailored and customized to each client’s needs while emphasizing proper form and alignment. Every workout focuses on building core strength, moving with precision and control, while maintaining a mind-body connection. Post workout, her clients move more efficiently, with less effort, and experience reduced pain.


Jenna loves helping people and supporting their mobility and well-being goals through Pilates. She is also passionate about teaching and mentoring new Pilates’s Instructors. It provides her an opportunity to pass along her knowledge and expertise to future generations. This has become a tradition inside of the Pilates community. Building upon the original work of Joseph Pilates, with new ideas and philosophies. Jenna is committed “to paying it forward” and believes that the more we share with one another (as instructors) the deeper the experience and benefit from practicing Pilates for clients.


Jenna has RYT-200 Yoga certification (2016), is Balanced Body trained (2018), and in 2021 began her 2nd Pilates training through Pilates Sports Center. Her continuing education courses have given her insights on pelvic floor dysfunction, Scoliosis, fascia in motion and working with athletes.

A favorite quote of Jenna’s from Joseph Pilates:
“The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”

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