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Mission Statement

Play Hard Pilates is the creation of Martha Dobbs. Originally from Detroit, MI, Martha was first introduced to Pilates while she was earning her BFA in Dance. After college, Martha moved to NYC where she danced professionally for Holland America Cruise Lines, several modern dance companies, pursued comedic improv, established SPARK Dance Forum, a networking and performance series for dancers, earned her MA in Performing Arts Administration from NYU, and started teaching Pilates and fitness full-time. 

After teaching Pilates for 10+ years it was time to give the business a fancy name...thus Play Hard Pilates was born. What can you expect from a session or class? A lot of challenging work and laughter to go along with it. PHP provides specialized fitness instruction in Pilates (all apparatus), GYROTONIC® training, and Pilates Suspension Method including courses to learn the method and become a certified PSM trainer.

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Owner | Founder

Martha is the #bossbabe behind PHP. From professional dancer to fitness trainer she has over 18 years of teaching experience.

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Owner | Business Manager

Dolan is the business manager and idea man for PHP. He’s also the test dummy for all Play Hard Pilates trial classes.

Bucky, a soft-coated wheaten terrier dog


HR | Canine Operations

Bucky is the cutest office mate whose main purpose in life is to be adorable, and to interrupt any and all workouts. 

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Level 2 STOTT Pilates Certification

Fully Certified Essential, Intermediate, Advanced in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and Special Populations.


Pilates Suspension Method Advanced Certified Instructor Trainer - Rebecca Beckler


NPCP Certification, 2020


GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certification, Applications for Dancers Level 1 & 2, Jumping-Stretching Board Course


TRX Qualification


ACE Group Fitness Certification


Pre & Post Natal Pilates

Sanctuary Pilates- Kate Artibee

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