Michel Velasco



Michel Velasco

Managing Director & Senior Pilates Instructor

Michel’s enduring passion is to uplift the lives of people around him, and constantly find ways to improve himself and others. He’s been mastering Pilates for more than 20 years now–training students to achieve the full potential of the human body.

Michel’s journey into the world of Pilates started soon after college when, by chance, he was spotted by an instructor, who was impressed by his “natural gift for movement and execution.”

In 2001, he went to his first Pilates workshop in Hong Kong conducted by Dawnna Wayburne, a respected industry proponent. The next year, he traveled to Singapore to train under the late great Ron Fletcher, whose flexibility was phenomenal for a man in his 80s.

Michel is a licensed Physical Therapist, a seasoned cyclist, an avid wall climber, a classical guitar teacher, a martial arts enthusiast, and an impassioned carpenter. He teaches Pilates, Calisthenics, and Handstands–injecting his values of patience, discipline, and hard work into every class.

Michel is also the founder of UMove Fitness where you can see him exploring more of his movement studies aside from the Pilates method. You can also follow him on his YouTube channel to see more of what he’s teaching. You can read more about Michel’s personal story here.

Expertise and Interests: Wall Climbing, Competitive Road Cycling, Capoeira, Boxing, Ido Portal Movement, Handstands, Classical Guitar