Natalie Coughlin has built a reputation as the most versatile, dominant swimmer in the world. Seizing five medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – two gold, two silver and one bronze, Natalie’s performance is considered the best in Olympic history by any American woman. She credits Pilates and her coach for toning her long, lean figure and a lot more as she prepairs for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing were she is once again Favored for the Gold.The intensity in her ocean blue eyes is, at the same time, fiercely intimidating and yet impossible to look away from. With a classical beauty emanating from her chiseled features and high cheekbones, Coughlin who seizing five medals at the 2004 Olympic Games credits Pilates for toning her long, lean figure and a lot more.
When Natalie was asked:
Q:If you could only do one strength training exercise what would it be?
Q: What person do you respect most, or who motivates you?
A: Teri McKeever
Tom McCook, is a certified Pilates trainer, founder / director of Center of Balance, is a nationally-recognized fitness and movement specialist. Tom designs hybrid training
programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries, and world class athletes, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, and Misty Hyman.
Tom has gained a deep personal understanding of what it means to be strong and flexible and to have a functional, intelligent body. He now specializes in a range of training disciplines—he spins Pilates together with , Yoga, ArtForm, Resistance Stretching, Body Work and Life Coaching to broadened his effectiveness in designing programs for optimal health, balance, and success.