Zero Gravity has built a versatile team of certified personal trainers and Pilates experts. At Zero Gravity, we pair you with only the best trainers for your personal needs. Meet and get to know each member of the Zero Gravity staff.
Toni is an experienced Pilates, Yoga and Group Fitness Instructor. She has worked with a wide array of clients among all age groups. Toni has trained professional athletes (golf, baseball, and track and field), amateur and collegiate athletes (golf, dance, tennis), clients transitioning from physical therapy to Pilates, and pregnant clients, with broad experience working with individuals healing from injuries or just getting back into fitness. She has worked in large gyms and small boutique studios.
Toni grew up in Massachusetts and holds a B.S. degree in Media Communications and was an Account Director at an emerging high technology public relations firm in Cambridge, Mass. In 2000, she moved with her husband and two sons to N. Virginia. When her youngest was diagnosed with autism, she began a second career in fitness recognizing that exercise helped manage daily stress.
Toni became an AFAA Group Fitness and Kickboxing Instructor in 2004, inspired to help others find balance, relieve stress, and live healthy through movement. Toni instructed weight training and cardio kickboxing classes before she was recruited to teach Pilates—that’s when she found her passion– to help others develop muscle balance and proper body alignment through mind/body movement. In 2007, Toni began specializing in Merrithew STOTT Pilates certifying in Mat and Reformer, then continuing her education in Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations.
Toni is also a 200E-RYT Certified Yoga Instructor/Yoga Alliance Member with 100-hour specialty in Yoga for Warriors (a therapy approach using yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She is a trained Ariel Yoga, Ariel Yin, and Ariel Flips and Tricks instructor, as well as a certified Les Mills BodyFlow advanced instructor (a Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates blended format), Les Mills BodyCombat, and is TurboKick certified.
FRANCINE ARROYO SANTOWSKI
Francine has a vast experience in the fitness industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a strong background in dance. She is a NASM Personal Trainer, specializing in Corrective Exercises ( CES ) and fully certified through STOTT Pilates, where she is also certified in injuries and special populations. She is also a Neurokinetic and Active Isolated Stretching Therapist, TRX and Kettlebel certified. She is committed to teaching her clients to move better, get stronger, avoid injuries, and to adopt a healthy lifestyle improving their quality of life.
Her passion for movement and health has encouraged her to move from Brazil to New York where she could stay up to date to high level information and methods that she incorporates in her practice in order to bring the best results to her clients. She has been studying with some of the best professionals in the industry. She integrates methods such as Active Isolated Stretching, Neurokinetic Therapy , Functional Movement Screening , Applied Muscles Testing , Restorative Breathing and Biosignature to help her clients to reach their goals while promoting movement awareness for performance, injury prevention , quality of life and pain relief.
Francine is fluent in both English and Portuguese.
Erin Murphy was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and started taking dance lessons at the age of 3, under the instruction of Abby Lee Miller. She has studied multiple dance styles including, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, acrobatics, and gymnastics. Immediately after graduating high school, her professional dance career began at Walt Disney World as a Kid of the Kingdom, where she was a swing for Disneymania! and Every Day’s a Holiday. She was fortunate enough to tour the world while dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and continued on travelling with Holland America Lines as a dance captain. After many years at sea, Erin decided to get her “land legs” back. She went back to Disney and performed in the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She is currently a dancer at Universal Studios in their Superstar Parade. While performing, she is currently studying pilates through Balanced Body.
Briana practiced classical ballet for seven years with the Orlando Ballet School and received many awards for her artistic and technical ability, including the prestigious Hope Award at the largest international ballet competition, the Youth American Grand Prix. After suffering from a hip injury that required invasive surgery, Briana utilized Pilates to help her through her recovery. She went on to get her Pilates certification with Polestar Pilates, a curriculum rooted in physical therapy and rehabilitative methods. Through her experience, she has developed a passion for helping people of all ages experience the benefits of recovery and whole-body conditioning that Pilates provides. She is currently pursuing a degree in the field of health sciences.
Adrian was born and raised in Nottingham, England and has a lifelong passion for sports and fitness. He came to the US to attend college where he earned a golf scholarship.
He began teaching classical Pilates and personal training in 2009 while employed in corporate IT. He left corporate life behind in 2016 to pursue a full time career in health and fitness. In addition to teaching Pilates, Adrian is a certified executive coach, a certified personal trainer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), a certified sport and exercise nutrition coach and a certified mobility specialist (FRCms).
Adrian brings a combination of strength and mobility work to help clients from all walks of life look, feel, move and perform better. Outside the gym, Adrian can be found spending time with his wife and two young daughters or riding his bike along the west orange trail.
Matthew Lowe was born and raised in Stuart, South Florida. While growing up, Matthew played athletics and excelled in football. After graduating high school he enlisted into the U.S. Army in 2008. It was in the military that he gained his passion and love for fitness. Matthew quickly turned his new found passion for fitness into a driving force that helped him excel in scoring very highly on his Army physical fitness tests. Soon after, he began helping soldiers in his unit do the same. Many of these soldiers were coming off of service related injuries, or just wanted to reach a higher level of fitness. Also, during his service Matthew played on multiple Army installation sports teams while serving in the States and overseas. After five and a half years of military service he was medically discharged from the Army with lower lumbar degenerative disc syndrome and patellar tendinitis. At first, this was difficult for him because of his passion for the military and fitness, but Matthew was determined to gain his drive for fitness back. He would later take the knowledge he learned from physical therapy and combined it with a calisthenic, lower back, core, and stretch routine that he created. After 4 months, Matthew saw a great improvement in his pain management, flexibility and overall range of motion. After seeing how he was able to help himself get back to a high level of fitness, Matthew wanted to do the same for others. In 2015 he became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Youth Exercise Specialist. During his career as a personal trainer he has had the honor to train people from all walks of life from professional athletes, business professionals, military and law enforcement personnel, youth, and clients recovering from injuries. Matthew is highly experienced in the areas of calisthenics, flexibility, strength and conditioning, TRX, group fitness, weight loss and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). He prides himself in making his client’s goals his own, and motivating them to accomplish any goal they are willing to work hard for.
When Matthew is outside of the gym he enjoys spending time with his family, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, coaching high school football and surfing.
Stefanie Smith, from Orange County, California, received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a degree in Business Finance from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. She is certified to teach the Pilates Method and Yoga. Stefanie received her comprehensive Pilates certification through Diane Diefenderfer of Studio du Corps in Irvine, CA and her 200 hour Yoga certification through Brynn Rybacek of True Flow Yoga in Irvine, CA. She has danced professionally with and choreographed for Menlowe Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and other San Francisco based companies. As a contemporary ballet dancer Stefanie found great value in Pilates and Yoga as cross-training methods that helped establish greater balance and strength in mind and body and helped to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. She has since become passionate about the importance of mind-body conditioning for dancers and non-dancers alike. Stefanie has taught Pilates for the past 8 years for several ballet schools, private studios, independent clients, and Equinox Sports Clubs. Stefanie, her husband, and young son, Bryson, recently moved to Orlando from Northern California and are looking forward to becoming involved in their new community. Stefanie is eager to share in the joy and progress of your journey towards greater health and well-being.