Susan Schmidt

Pilates Teacher • Personal Trainer

After an enjoyable 15-year career with Nordstrom, Susan pursued a career in teaching Pilates and coaching marathon runners. She has coached many marathoners, from beginners to ultra-marathoners, with the Portland Marathon Clinic for 6 years. Susan has taught Pilates for 12 years throughout the Portland, Oregon area and is now teaching in Palm Springs.

Susan specializes in building a strong foundation of strength that began more than 20 years ago after running her first marathon. As an avid runner, her personal Pilates practice has enabled her to train and run injury-free. She has completed 19 full marathons (including the Boston Marathon), over 40 half marathons, numerous cross-country races, and has participated in the world’s largest relay race, Hood to Coast, for 10 years.

As someone who continues to deepen her Pilates practice, she instills the belief in her clients that Pilates is the perfect form of exercise that they can do for a lifetime. Susan enjoys working with a wide range of students from those who are new to Pilates, as well as runners, golfers, tennis players, and bicyclists. Susan empowers her students to incorporate the Pilates method in their daily lives. Her energy and personal experiences demonstrate how you can improve daily functional movements during normal activities outside a Pilates studio.

After her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Susan furthered her education by attending workshops related to Parkinson’s disease. Fascinated with learning more about the human body, she studied athletic conditioning, scoliosis, back care, hip, foot and knee injury, rehabilitation and running-specific conditioning and strengthening courses.

In addition to Pilates and running, Susan enjoys biking, hiking, yoga and travel with her husband Paul and two dogs.


  • BA Portland State University


  • Certified Pilates Teacher (Stott Pilates)
  • Running Coach (RRCA, Road Runners Club of America)
  • Personal Trainer (ACE, American Council on Exercise)