Alycea Ungaro is a pioneer of the Pilates method, an authority on fitness and wellbeing, and owner of the prestigious New York studio, Real Pilates. She began studying Pilates at the age of 14, and trained for a decade before becoming and instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' chosen successor. She is the resident Pilates expert for About.com and is the author of several best-selling titles including 15-Minute Everyday Pilates (DK, 2008), and The Pilates Practice Companion (DK, 2001). Alycea runs the Real Pilates teacher training programme globally, and has trained scores of celebrities including Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgwick, Claire Danes, Molly Sims, and Christy Turlington. Beyond her Pilates expertise, Alycea is a licensed physical therapist and nutritionist.