About Eme


Eme grew up in the Chicagoland area & was an elite level gymnast who received a full athletic scholarship to college. Following earning a BS in Kinesiology, she moved to Aspen, CO for 2 years. There she coached gymnastics & sport specific conditioning for the HS ski & snowboard teams. She was also a member of the personal training team at The Aspen Club. Eme then returned to Chicago to acquire an MS in Exercise Physiology as well as certifications through AFAA, ACSM, Gravity Training, & The PhysicalMind Institute. In 2002, she opened Pilates Plus Cross-Training Studio, which she owned & operated for 12 years. In addition, she owned Jump Ahead Academy, a children’s gymnastics & fitness center, for 4 years. Between 2012-2014, Eme authored 7 books for Pilates instructors & advanced enthusiasts. This ‘Pilates Expanded’ series is available on Amazon.com.  More recently, Eme invented and patented the multi-purpose, space-saving ‘Pilates Unfold’ machine and became a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Currently residing in Aspen/Snowmass CO, she offers Pilates training and retreats at her river home and is available for on-site private training as well.

Eme’s Philosophy:

“Joseph Pilates is said to have drawn inspiration from boxing, gymnastics, skiing, diving, body building, wrestling, self defense & rehabilitation, all of which were prevalent during his lifespan of 1883-1967. Today’s generation of Pilates-inspired instructors have the benefit of further influence from balance training, sport-specific training, functional fitness, physical therapy, dance, martial arts, etc. To consummately preserve Joseph’s work from the middle of last century solely honors his death. To expand your Pilates practice by drawing additional inspiration from the growing advances in the health and fitness field pays homage to his life.”

Client testimonials:

Eme Cole is an outstanding Pilates instructor and personal trainer. We have been her clients for many years and have been extremely pleased with her commitment to improve our physical well-being. She has managed to put tone back into our muscles and to strengthen our cores which improves both our posture and our balance. She is rigorous in her approach which combines classical Pilates with cross-training exercises. Her attention to our physical well-being is greatly appreciated and one would be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable Pilates trainer. We recommend her with our highest enthusiasm and look forward to working with her for many years to come. ~Anne & Bob G.

Eme Cole is one of the best.  I met her around 2001 when she was a personal trainer at a local health club and was impressed with her credentials and knowledge of personal training and Pilates.  I was dealing with multiple injuries from a car accident and over time, she was able to increase my range of motion and flexibility.  Even my pain level improved.  She was able to modify exercises so that they worked best for me.  She did more for me than the physical therapists I had worked with. I have seen Eme grow throughout the years from a personal trainer to an entrepreneur owning two businesses, and a writer of books on Pilates.  She is a very caring person and always concerned with the well-being of her clients.  Her knowledge and understanding helped me to feel better both physically and mentally.  She has the ability to create individual programs to best meet the needs of each person.  Eme is very dedicated to her profession and clients.  ~Jim B.

Eme Cole is amazing, invigorating, committed, dedicated, professional, extremely motivating and with her extensive Pilates background and her premier teaching methods there is no doubt you will meet your personal goals. Eme has been my instructor since 2009. I have always been athletic and I have high expectations. After my first private class with Eme she blew me away and I knew I would meet all of my personal objectives. Eme’s workouts became tailored to my individual needs and I felt the positive results immediately. Her knowledge of Pilates is endless so there is unique creativity to every class. Alignment and proper form are also a priority to Eme. So if you want to meet your personal goals, promote weight loss, achieve a longer leaner body, develop core strength, improve your posture, increase flexibility, become stronger in your weak areas and have lots of fun while doing it… Meet Eme! ~Tracye T.

Eme Cole introduced me to Pilates in 2000. My goal has been to keep good posture and stay flexible as I have aged. I feel she has helped me achieve this. As my instructor, she is always looking for new ways to keep advancing my skill level and keeping my sessions fresh (stand up paddle board, who knew!). She has always been able to adjust with my aches and pains, but will not hesitate to get me back in line when I’m not paying attention!  I can’t say enough great things about her passion for Pilates. ~Kathy R.

Eme has been my Pilates instructor since 2004. She helped me get toned for my wedding, stay fit through 3 pregnancies, and continue to improve as a marathon runner. Her workouts are always changing and challenging. Eme is professional, knowledgeable, and makes working out fun! ~Kate G.

My husband and I have been loyal Pilates clients since 2003 and very much enjoy our weekly sessions (which I call “couples therapy”) with Eme. She is excellent in motivating us and in adapting the routines to our very different heights, strengths, and weaknesses. Eme is an engaging and intelligent individual, professional, completely reliable and we very much enjoy our sessions with her. ~Donna & Bill W.

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