Owner & Instructor
Since 1994, Nikki Fifles has worked with clients ranging from 16-95 years old, guiding a spectrum of body types toward ultimate strength and balance while minimizing pain. Nikki began her journey in health and wellness with a B.S. in Health Promotion and a minor in Dance from the University of Iowa. Her background in dance specifically inspired her to pursue a career path in Pilates, acquiring her first certification via Physicalmind Method. Seeking greater depth into the field, Nikki discovered The Pilates Guild (i.e. Romana’s Pilates), achieving a second certification that she felt gave way to a deeper understanding of what the method truly is. She opened her own pilates business, Nikki Fifles Pilates, in 1996 in Chicago, IL, working one-on-one with clients in their homes. From 2002-2014 she also became a part of the Athletico staff, working closely with a renowned team of physical therapists to further client recovery and optimize health. She welcomes students with any degree of chronic pain and shows them how Pilates can create unlimited mind and body capabilities.
Sara Vincent could dance before she could walk. She began her career locally at Katie’s Dance Studio at the age of four in El Cerrito, Ca. Diligent training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Acrobatics led her to many accredited performance opportunities as a member of Katie’s Dance Company. After graduating from Salesian High School in 2006, she followed her passion to California State University at Fullerton and pursued her dream as a newfound reality. Sara was the selected Graduation Speaker for CSUF College of the Arts where she received a B. A. in Dance, with a minor in Kinesiology.
After graduating, Sara performed in parades at Disney’s California Adventures and was also a founding member for Fuse Modern Dance Company, with whom she was able to continue her dance career and had a guest performance at the Dumbo Dance Festival in New York. While located in Southern California Sara spent 3 years in Administrative work where she can easily relate to sitting for 8 hours a day and she firmly believes Pilates twice a week was the only thing that helped relieve the pain and stress.
Putting together her love of dance, minor in Kinesiology, passion for teaching, wealth of experience, and 20 years of learning first hand how to maintain a working artist’s instrument, she decided to pursue certification through Power Pilates, under Teacher Trainer Lisamay Scott.
With the proper classical training Sara is thankful that this path has given her the best way to reach others who share her passions for health, wellness and movement. Sara began her career as an instructor at two of the top Classical Pilates studios in Orange County, CoreArts Pilates and House of Pilates, igniting her excitement for teaching.
After moving back to the Bay Area in 2014, she has enjoyed building her clientele and sharing her new found passion and celebrate the success stories Pilates has already shown through her clients. Sara has discovered Pilates to be the key to ideal maintenance of the human body, from everyday life to extreme fitness.
Marta has been rooted in the art of movement since childhood. A native of Barcelona Spain, she has enjoyed a diverse background of martial arts, sports and dance. Marta’s love of dance has led her to a successful professional career for over a decade in Europe and now in the United States. Most recently Marta has been performing with Ballet Afsaneh, Shahrzard Korssandi, Nava Collective, World Dance Fusion and MBody Dance. In 2012, Marta decided to take her passion in a new direction. She became comprehensively certified by Power Pilates of New York, under the tutelage of master Pilates trainers Allison Gonzalez, Robert Surenbrook and Krisna Hanks. Marta continues to expand her knowledge by regularly attending continuing education courses with Nicole Grand. Her ability to work with a diverse population from the very young to the aging body will guarantee a first class learning experience.