Our Teachers

New Gretchen

Gretchen Iniguez

Owner Gretchen Iniguez’s passion for Pilates began in 2005 when she was certified through a locally owned Pilates studio. In 2008 Gretchen opened her own studio, Lifestyle Pilates in Petaluma, which has grown in popularity with each passing year. She strongly believes that health and fitness are a way of life, which is why she’s built a lifestyle that exhibits her dedication and commitment to helping others enjoy their path to optimal health.

As a veteran of over 18 years in the fitness industry, Gretchen has taught gymnastics to children and adults for 12 years and was a certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) for three years. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Interactive Nutrition (IIN) as a fully certified Holistic Health Coach. Additionally, she is certified by Balanced Body Barre to teach Barre classes.

She has the following training and certifications:

  • Comprehensive Certification From Body Arts and Science International (BASI)
  • Personal Trainer Through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA)
  • Training for Pre- and Post-Natal, Scoliosis, Pathologies and Injuries
  • Certified Holistic Health Coach Through Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
  • Certified Through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)
  • Certified Balanced Body Barre

Lilly Ryan

Lilly has been practicing Pilates for more than 3 years and is ecstatic to share her love for Pilates with everyone at Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma! Lilly Completed her Teacher Training Program at Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma lead by owner Gretchen Iniguez. Lilly is extremely passionate about helping people. Lilly hopes to continue her education and travel the world spreading her love for Pilates. Lilly has always loved sports and maintained an active lifestyle. In Lilly's free time, she enjoys making art, music, and working in her succulent garden! Sign up for one of her classes, and come say hi!

New Liz

Liz Leonardi

After undergoing Gretchen's fabulous teacher training program, hours of personal practice, practice teaching, and many observation hours Liz is officially on the schedule. Liz has been practicing Pilates for FIVE years now and is ecstatic to share her love with everyone at Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma! She is extremely passionate about helping people and improving others lives. "When I turned 40 I decided I wanted to get into shape. But how? I tried a personal trainer, and running, but I didn’t get the results I was looking for. I then looked into Pilates. Flash forward 5 years with Lifestyle Pilates and I’m now in the best shape of my life. I want to work with others in their fitness journey and that’s what inspired me to become a Pilates Instructor. I am married with 2 children and always believe family comes first. But as Mom’s and Wives we need to make time for ourselves so we can stay in shape and feel good about who we are." ~Liz

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Melissa Tunzi

Melissa was born and raised in Sonoma County and has lived in Petaluma for over 20 years. She had been in the corporate world for many years and sitting at a desk for hours on end took a toll on her body and mind. She started running and began feeling good about herself again. Beginning to run at an older age and with weight on was hard and she looked for something to compliment her running, that is when she found Pilates. Melissa has been practicing Pilates since October 2017 and has been managing the studio since September 2018. During the time that she has been with Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma Gretchen asked her if she would like to get certified in BootyBARRE Bounce, this sparked a new love for Melissa. Melissa is certified in BootyBARRE Bounce and is currently working on her hours to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. Look for Melissa on the schedule, she can’t wait to share her passion for fitness with you.

Teacher Training

Professional Pilates Teacher Training at
Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma

Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma offers a full 450-hour comprehensive teacher training program lead by director Gretchen Iniguez PMA®-CPT. If you are ready to take the next steps to creating a fulfilling career or would like to enhance your personal growth and knowledge in Pilates, please contact us about joining our Teacher Training program.

Contact Gretchen Iniguez:
(707) 338-0710


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