Season 1, Episode 4 – Guest: Michael and Ton
Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt are the creators of Zenirgy™. They are Pilates experts and studied with Romana in NYC back in the 90’s and became master trainers. Since then, they have taught instructors worldwide. They are an incredible dynamic duo full of energy and this show was off the charts! I know you’ll enjoy The John Garey Show, Season 1, Episode 4.
Meet Michael and Ton
Michael and Ton are internationally recognized Pilates Teachers, presenters, educators, consultants, and innovators, and travel the world sharing their knowledge and experience.
They were introduced to Pilates at different times, on different continents and with different backgrounds. Michael was first introduced to the Pilates method in the early 1980s as a dancer in NYC and Ton in the early 1990s in Europe from the perspective of a fitness professional first and a performer second.
Michael and Ton’s Pilates experiences merged in the mid 1990s when they were the last two people to do a true apprenticeship (no manuals or seminars) with Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph and Clara Pilates’ protégées. In 2000, Romana asked them to become Teacher of Teachers for her original International Pilates Certification Program: The Pilates Studio™. As Teacher Trainers and Supervising Instructors at the uptown Pilates Studio in NYC, Michael and Ton worked closely together with Romana and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo, training, guiding and testing hundreds of apprentices through the program. In addition to their work at the Pilates Studio they taught some of the first Pilates group mat classes in gyms, wellness centers and dance studios in NYC. During this time they also started to collaborate with Physical Therapists at Performing Arts Physical Therapy to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based therapy programs. They also created specialized Mat classes for Share, a self help organization for women with breast or ovarian cancer, and taught a Pilates Mat warm up for the cast of the Broadway Musical “The Lion King.”
In 2003 Michael and Ton resigned from Romana’s organization to pursue their own path. Together they developed and created – the revolutionary TRIADBALL™ the first ball of its size created specifically for the Pilates method, The Pilates TRIADBALL™ Manual published by OPTP and numerous DVDs (commercial and educational) available through www.zenirgy.com. Michael and Ton also used their knowledge and experience to create and set up several customized independently owned and operated full Pilates certification programs internationally: The Skandinavisk Pilates Institute in Norway, Pilates System Europe in Austria, Stichting Pilates Instituut in The Netherlands, Pilates Tradicional in Portugal, Classical Pilates in England and Equilibria in Costa Rica. Michael and Ton are also experts in what is commonly known as the Joseph Pilates’ archival exercises and were two of the first teachers to teach these exercises in Continuing Education workshops in the USA and abroad. Together they served on a task force for Inner IDEA, the advisory board of AFPA, and were guest faculty Teacher Trainers for Brooke Siler’s re:AB® Pilates Teacher Training Program in NYC. They were also consultants for the creation of the National Pilates Program for Equinox. They are Distinguished Instructors for Pilates Anytime.
In their private practice, they have worked with numerous A-list celebrities and professional athletes and have appeared in US TV segments on ABC, NBC, FOX, Oxygen, and Lifetime and their work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including: Pilates Style, Self, More, Time Out New York, New York Post, PilatesPro.com, Pilates Stretching Journal – Italy, Pilates Das Magazin -Germany, Pilates Journal – Russia, Pilates Intel – Sweden, Pilates Glossy – The Netherlands, and others.
Ton Voogt – Ton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and is a certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Teacher Trainer, Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, gravitypilates® trainer and gravitygroup:strength trainer. He is a former member of the Dutch National Gymnastics team, and former performer with International stage, film, and television credits.
Michael Fritzke – Michael is a certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Teacher Trainer, Personal Trainer, gravitypilates® trainer and gravitygroup:strength trainer and Reiki Practitioner. He is a former performer, with Broadway National and International credits as a performer, dance-captain, stage manager, and resident director.
More about Michael and Ton
• Michael and Ton first met in Vienna in 1989. Both were in the musical production CATS
• Became a couple in 1991 during yet another production of the musical CATS in Zürich (“CATS now and forever”, was the musical tag line)
• Married unofficially December 2, 1991 in Milan
• Married officially December 2, 2015 in Arizona
• There is a youtube clip of CATS Zurich with both of us in it, Ton is the tumbler and Michael is Mungojerrie
• Ton was the Pilates Instructor in the movie “Maid in Manhattan” with Jennifer Lopez. You can tell is was a big acting stretch. He prepared for over 10 years for the part to get it right.
Premieres Sunday, March 20 for Subscribers and Monday, March 21 for everyone.
Meet and Greet Segment – Learn how Ton and Michael first met. You’ll also learn how they got into Pilates. You’ll also learn a little about the history of Pilates. (Begins at 1:14)
Inspire Segment First fine out how I met them Michael and Ton, long ago. You’ll also learn about the TRIADBALL created by Michael and Ton. You’ll also hear about their work on Pilates Anytime. Learn how they stay inspired and fresh with Pilates. (Begins at 13:18)
Fun Segment – Check out the game I play with Michael and Ton, Cue Me, and get ready to laugh out loud. (Begins at 22:28)
Training Segment – Find out what Ton and Michael are up to now and where you can train with them. (Begins at 28:25)
Final Segment – Hear Michael and Ton answer “One More Question” You don’t want to miss this. (Begins at 32:20)
Reference Material and Links
TRIADBALL™, TRIADBALL™ Manual and numerous DVDs featuring Michael and Ton are available through Zenirgy.com.
Find out where Michael and Ton are appearing on their schedule at Zenirgy.com.
E-mail Michael and Ton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael and Ton are Distinguished Instructors on Pilates Anytime®.