MBC Teacher Trainings

A Program of The Pilates Standard

Make Your Passion Your Profession


At Monterey Bay Contrology, we are ensuring the legacy of the classical Pilates method by offering education programs through The Pilates Standard, facilitated by second generation Pilates instructor Alexandra Edwards. Designed by the late Bob Liekens, the TPS program stems directly from the Romana Kryzanowska lineage. Our goal is to honor the original method of Joseph H Pilates. With fidelity to its fundamental concepts, we teach with an in-depth and intelligent approach.

About Our Program


Our goal is to honor the original innovation and what is now known as the “classical” method of Joseph H. Pilates. As a training facility for the internationally renowned organization, The Pilates Standard, we provide instruction to both aspiring and established teachers.

Designed by the late Bob Liekens, a second-generation Pilates instructor who was trained by and studied extensively with Joseph’s protogé, Romana Kryzanovska, we offer The Pilates Standard Comprehensive, Mat Certification and Continuing Education Workshops. Read more about Bob Liekens here.

The Pilates Standard program teaches the classical Pilates system utilizing the mat and all of the traditional apparatuses, along with an introduction to anatomy and biomechanics of the body. The Pilates Standard’s program gives students a solid foundation for their teaching careers.

Download The Pilates Standard Course Description here

Our History With Joe & Bob


Monterey Bay Contrology studio owner and teacher trainer, Alexandra Edwards, began her Pilates training in 1994. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1995, Alexandra moved to New York City and attended a 12-day comprehensive training at SUNY Purchase led by three master trainers – Juanita Lopez, Roxanne Richards-Huang, and Carol Dodge Baker.

Following the comprehensive, Alexandra apprenticed with Joseph Pilates’ protege Romana Kryzanowska, spending 5 days a week at Drago’s Gym under her instruction. The mornings were spent observing, teaching, and training with Romana and in the afternoons, she learned alongside Roxanne where she developed an understanding of the special needs of older adults.

This period of apprenticeship was vital to Alexandra’s training to become a Pilates instructor. In the spring of 1996, Romana determined Alexandra was ready to teach on her own and with one of her famous toasts, deemed she was officially certified.

Soon after Alexandra began working at The Pilates Studio of New York and it was here that she met her mentor Bob Liekens. Under Bob’s mentorship, the next few years shaped and molded her as an instructor. During this time, Bob led Romana’s certification program.

In 2000, Alexandra returned to Sarah Lawrence College to complete a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, honing her teaching skills as well as an in-depth anatomical study of the body. In 2002 she moved to Los Angeles and taught Pilates at The Sports Club LA and opened a private practice in Beverly Hills. During her time in Los Angeles, she was introduced to Jay Grimes and had the opportunity to do continuing education with him. She learned from Jay more about what it was like in Joseph Pilates’ original studio.

Alexandra with Bob Leikens

In 2012, she moved to Carmel to teach Pilates classes at Monterey Peninsula College and opened Monterey Bay Contrology in 2016. In 2018, Alexandra returned to New York to complete The Pilates Standard’s LEAP program with Bob Liekens and began the process of becoming a teacher trainer for The Pilates Standard. Shortly after Alexandra completed the LEAP Program, Bob Liekens passed away.

Along with The Pilates Standard, we are committed to carrying on his legacy and preserving the Pilates system as we all learned from Bob Liekens, Romana Kryzanowska, and Joseph Pilates.


6-Month Comprehensive Program

First Timer
October 20-22, 2023

Intro Level
November 10-12, 2023

Ideal Level Part 1
January 19-21, 2024

Ideal Level Part 2
February 9-11, 2024

Ideal Level Part 3 (Anatomy and Orthopedic Foundation)
March 22-24, 2024

Challenge Level
April 26-28, 2024

Note: Currently we have no Pilates Mat programs scheduled for 2023. Please contact us to learn about other stateside studios offering Pilates Mat.


  • Minimum 10 Pilates Mat classes taken at an affiliate studio of The Pilates Standard or other approved studio. 
  • Minimum 15 Pilates sessions on the various apparatus taken at an affiliate studio of The Pilates Standard or other approved studio.


The Comprehensive Program

Early Bird Discount
Register by September 20, 2023

Bridge Program
In order to participate in the Bridge program, an audition is required and proof of certification.

Please read: Rates include all curriculum-associated costs and materials. Travel, lodging, and all additional personal pilates sessions are not included and are the sole responsibility of the student. Payment plans are available – inquire for more information.

About Carmel


Photo by Patrice Ward


What’s Nearby
Monterey Bay Contrology is located in the stunning coastal town of Carmel on the central coast of California. Easily accessible from both Northern and Southern California, Carmel is home to phenomenal hiking trails, restaurants, and wineries to explore while completing The Pilates Standard program.

Getting Here
Our studio is just off Highway 1 at Rio Road in Carmel, and about a 30-minute drive from Highway 101. The Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is a 10-minute drive, and 30 minutes away in Salinas is an Amtrak Station that provides a connecting bus service into downtown Monterey. The San Jose International Airport (SJC) is about an hour north of us.

Where to Stay
For a list of our nearby lodging recommendations, please call us at 831-574-8382 and we will be happy to discuss your needs and preferences.

Getting Around
If you do not opt for a rental car, Uber and Lyft, as well as local taxi companies and public transportation all operate within our vicinity. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a quaint, very walkable town and many of our visitors enjoy staying there and walking to and from the studio.


Ready to deepen your knowledge and support your clients with a new level of expertise and confidence? We look forward to working with you!