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about me

woman doing a pullup on Pilates cadillac
teaching an online weight training class
Leslie Caney Berni teaching gentle mat Pilates class
Leslie Caney Berni holding an advanced plank in a boxing studio
participating in a Perform Better training retreat
Leslie Caney Berni kayaking for exercise

I am a passionate professional, with a lifetime of experience in dance, gymnastics, yoga, Pilates and sports/fitness conditioning. In private sessions, duets and group classes, I love to work with all levels and ages to create customized, challenging--but fun--progressive Pilates and exercise programs. I take a holistic approach, grounded in the latest exercise science, which will help you to feel fit and fulfilled—body, mind and soul. Fitness is an ever-adapting journey, not a destination. And it's for life. My goal is to help guide you on that journey, in and outside of the studio.




Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Instructor
Pilates Mat and Full Apparatus (Balanced Body Comprehensive Certification)

ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer

Additional advanced training in Pre- and Post-Natal Fitness and (ACE)
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED from the American Red Cross
     and American Heart Association

Training For Warriors DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) / Sandbags

TRX Suspension Training

Total Barre (Stott Pilates)

BootyBarre Plus Certified Instructor

Movement-Based Exercise (ACE)

Reiki Levels 1 & ll





  • All Pilates Apparatus (Reformer, Chair, Tower, Cadillac, Barrels)

  • Magic Circle

  • Kettle bells

  • Boxing mitts and gloves

  • Resistance bands and tubes

  • Sandbags

  • Heavy ropes

  • Medicine balls

  • Bosu

  • Free weights

  • Barbells

  • Body weight

  • Cable machines

  • TRX, Rip Trainer

  • Valslides 

  • Lots more!






Dance, Pilates, yoga, writing articles and children's books, hiking, cross-country skiing, tennis, volunteering, reading, mind/body work, spending time with my three children, husband, friends and extended family.


I love frogs almost as much as I love to teach Pilates mat and apparatus classes. I teach most mornings to clients of all ages, with shoulder, hip and knee injuries. I can do it all for my Pilates clients from New Canaan, Pound Ridge, Stamford, Greenwich and Darien. Visit me at my home studio in Stamford. Find me at
Doing chair at the barre
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