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Introduction

Devon moved to Amsterdam from Canada in 1989. During his studies in graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, he started working in the fitness field, teaching almost every group class imaginable and becoming a sought-after teacher and personal trainer at numerous gyms and studios in Amsterdam and abroad. Now, more than 20 years later, his passion for Pilates and movement has only increased. He frequently partakes in continuing education to expand his knowledge and help his clients achieve their individual goals. Each body and every plan is different and requires a tailor-made approach that will be safe, challenging, and also great fun. Combining functional movement, injury prevention, strength and flexibility training, Devon’s mission is for each client to understand how their body works and to enjoy the process of discovery.
Fluent in English & Dutch.

Education Devon Ress

  • Gerrit Reitveld Acadamy, HBO, Graphic Design & Illustration, Bachelors
  • AIAN, Aerobic, Step & Fitness education 1999
  • AALO Step & Aerobic Master presenter education 2002
  • Polestar International Pilates Mat education 2013
  • Polestar International Pilates Studio 2013 – 2015
  • Schwinn Spinning education
  • Les Mills Bodypump certification
  • Fysio Physics Pilates certification
  • EFAA convention 2007,2008, 2009
  • Essentrics education
  • Pre & Post Natal workshops with Francis Melis, Polestar
  • Polestar Bikini Workshop certifcation
  • Polestar European Event & workshops Berlin
  • Pilates in Miami – Dr. Carol Davis, Shelly Power, Christi Idavoy at Polestar International in Miami
  • Pilates for the back, workshop with Alexander Bohlander PMA
  • Pelvic floor workshop Annemieke Jonas, Amsterdam
  • EHBO St. John’s Ambulance First Aid training, SmartBody Amsterdam
  • Opening the Chest, Pilates Workshop with Annemieke Jonas Amsterdam
  • Sharon Gallagher classic reformer master class & workshops ladder barrel & spine corrector
  • Elizabeth Larkam: How organ mobility influences pilates and balancing the slings in the pilates studio, various workgshops
  • Workshops & privates with Frances Melis PMA Amsterdam
  • Pelvic floor, moving around the lungs, pilates and shiatsu workshop with Annemieke Jonas – 2015
  • HIIT cycling Heartrate training certification – 2015
  • Pilates Heritage Congres & workshops in Monchengladbach Germany (3 day event) with Lolita San Miguel, Alan Herdman, Bret Howard, Michael King & Kathy Corey. Germany 2015
  • Anatomy and Clay, Pilates & Franklin Method workshops with Ann Crammond Eindhoven 2015
  • Clinical Day Pilates – Alexander Bohlander Amsterdam 2015.
  • Various workshops with Elizabeth Larkam. Amsterdam 2015
  • Balanced Body on tour 3 day course and workshops. Venice Italy 2015.
  • Advanced Reformer – Pilates Rotterdam 2016.
  • 2016 > 2022 Weekly sessions at Pilates Rotterdam with Javier Velazquez working on original pilates repetoire.
  • New York: Brett Howard, Roberta Kirschbaum at Rolates, Blossom L. Crawford at Bridge Pilates, Jeremy Laverdure at Sixth Street Pilates. week of privates & workshops 2016
  • Polestar Pilates Europe Event & workshops In Amsterdam 2016
  • Movement Assesment by Dr.Brent Anderson
  • Pilates injury prevention Basi, Amsterdam 2016
  • Pilates Rings & Arc’s with Javier Velazquez Rotterdam 2016
  • Handstand workshop – Yuri Mamerstein Amsterdam 2017
  • Cara Reeser’s – extensions & heritage programme Amsterdam f2017
  • Kirk Smith – Classical Pilates with a contempory spine 2017
  • New York: Brett Howar, Blossom L. Crawford at Bridge Pilates, Anula Maiberg at Sixth Street Pilates. Week of privates & workshops 2017
  • New York: Brett Howard, Blossom L. Crawford at Bridge Pilates, Cary Regan , Jeremy Laverdure at Sixth Street Pilates. Week of privates and workshops 2018
  • Anula Maiberg in Paris. A weekend of courses and privates. 2018 & 2019
  • Foot and ankle challange from movement logic 2020
  • New York: Brett Howard, Blossom L. Crawford at Bridge Pilates, Deborah Lesson, Cary Regan, Anula at Sixth Street Pilates. 2020
  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and function Amsterdam 2020
  • Conference in Capetown South Africa 2019
  • Alan Herdman workshop Amsterdam 2020
  • Functional Patterns – 10 week course and weekly sessions since 2019
  • 2019 > present – Weekly sessions and coaching Functional Patterns with Balazs Halmai Rotterdam / The Hague
  • Tune-up ball myofascial release with Ellen Meyer Amsterdam 2020
  • Monthly Masterclass Anula Maiberg 2021
  • Pilates on Tour conference, Classical to contemporary 2021

 

Teaching / Lecturer / Coaching:

  • Amsterdam University of the Arts (School for the preforming Arts), Dance, theatre, directors and techique departments.
  • Conditioning, cardio and strengthening classes. 2008 – 2018: Guest teacher
  • Cirque du Soleil, Pilates Trainer to Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna production in Amsterdam 2016
  • Model Trainer Cleanse Amsterdam, intake and training of professional models. Guiding models to achieve their goals while staying healthy. 2014 – 2016
  • University of Amsterdam, International Sports Management & Bussiness. Guest Teacher 2015 -2019
  • Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Mentor 2015 – 2017
  • Capetown Conference – Assitant to Anula Maiberg 2019
  • Tel Aviv Conference – Assitant to Anula Maiberg in Tel Aviv Congress 2019
  • Ibiza Training – Retreats, Group Classes, workshops and privates 2017 – present