Meet the Team 

Joseph Pilates developed the traditional pilates system in the 1930’s. He was an amazing inventor but in the height of his program development he was working with professional dancers not the general “fit” public. He also did not have the advantage of modern science to guide his choices in alignment, muscle recruitment and stabilization practices. IM=X® Pilates updates traditional concepts and practices reflecting the newest research on fitness and rehabilitation. For this reason, IM=X® has been described as the “next evolution of Pilates”. IM=X® Pilates adds resistance and cardio training so that you can receive all of the benefits in one program. The IM=X® Pilates Reformer (Xercizer) sequences are more fatigue oriented and the “choreography” focuses on addressing the strength of muscle synergies through innovative program options: Stretch, Cardio, Abs, Upper Body, Lower Body, Interval Training, Pre/Postnatal, Golf/Tennis. Additionally, IM=X® has other unique programs such as IM=X® Yoga, Ballet Bar, Cycle/Tower, Jog Board and Spinal Fitness.Joseph Pilates developed the traditional pilates system beginning in the 1930′s. He was a frontline inventor but in the height of his program development he was working with professional dancers not the general public and back patients. He also did not have the advantage of modern science to guide his choices in alignment, muscle recruitment and stabilization practices.  Along came founder of IM=X® – Elyse McNergney – who after studying traditional pilates and obtaining a M.A. in Movement Science and Choreography from NYU, and an M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University developed a new cutting edge approach. Her updates to traditional pilates concepts and practices reflect her scientific background as well as her talent as a choreographer. All IM=X® routines and instructor educational courses showcase her unique talent to develop successful pilates, barre, cycling and personal training programs that are unique and powerful.

Founder, Elyse McNergney, was certified in traditional pilates in 1991. She also obtained certification in the Alexander Technique, an M.A. in Movement Science from NYU, and an M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. Elyse created IM=X® to offer a total fitness approach – one that integrates pilates, yoga, and ballet bar routines with strength and cardiovascular training. IM=X® Pilates has been proven successful at large club chains, medical facilities and individual studios. Elyse and her team also researched the field of back exercise and treatment leading to the success of IM=X® as therapeutic exercise. Elyse has been a guest lecturer at the IDEA World Fitness Conference, the IDEA Mind/Body Conference, the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Conference on Alternative Medicine and is the author of Pilates for Men. IM=X® Pilates has been featured in a wide variety of publications. Before organizing IM=X Pilates into a unique turn-key franchise, our staff helped establish pilates at Gold’s Gyms, Jewish Community Centers, YMCA’s, New York Sports Clubs, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Goldman Sachs, Kessler Institute, the New York Mets baseball team, and numerous other facilities. The IM=X® Master Trainers bring extensive experience and knowledge to helping you succeed in your business.

IM=X® Pilates & Fitness Studio locations enjoy ongoing, unlimited continuing education – a feature not offered by any other franchise system! This includes (at no cost to the franchisee) ten proprietary certification courses, with unlimited material to keep your customers engaged and help you reach new markets.

Our Master Trainers work closely with our program’s founder, Elyse McNergney, studying the IM=X Pilates, Tower, Cycle/Tower, Back Wellness, Barre, Platform and more — all ten proprietary programs. The Master Trainers travel to all of our studio locations providing certification courses and continuing education to franchise staff across the United States. As a franchise owner, you receive a Master Trainer visit at your IM=X location for approximately 5 days annually for the life of your business. In addition, your staff is always welcome at any IM=X certification being held across the country.

Additionally, our New York City-based Master Trainers provide regular review courses, including Skype sessions, to help improve and expand your services. This is our commitment to your IM=X Pilates and Fitness business.

IM=X Team

Meet Our Team

Founder/CEO: Elyse McNergney

established IM=X Pilates in 1996. Ms. McNergney is an Exercise Physiologist whose educational background includes a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University and a M.A. in Movement Sciences from New York University. Ms. McNergney also holds certifications in the Pilates Method (The Pilates Studio, Sean Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska) and the Alexander Technique. She is the creator of the IM=X programs and certifications, of which there are hundreds of workout variations. Ms. McNergney produced the IM=X® Pilates DVD series and is the author of “Pilates for Men.” In addition, she has established the IM=X® Pilates franchise marketing program, patented equipment manufacturing, products, and business systems, implemented by IM=X Pilates franchises across the country.


Master Trainer/President: Lauren Humm Fakete

is a former ballerina who danced with the Wilmington Ballet Company. She acquired an interest in fitness while at George Mason University where she graduated cum laude with two degrees in Dance and Political Theory and Law. In 2008, she moved to New York and instantly fell in love with IM=X®. In Elyse McNergney’s program, she found the perfect blend of therapeutic exercise for her dance-related injuries, as well as athletic and physically challenging routines. She began working closely with Ms. McNergney learning all ten IM=X Pilates and Fitness programs. Lauren also assists with all franchise, business and marketing programs.


Master Trainer: Sara Manganello

graduated cum laude with a BA in Musical Theater from Point Park University. After graduating she began working at an IM=X Pilates franchise, providing her the opportunity to expand her knowledge by attending the IM=X Basic, Advanced and Super Advanced certifications, at which point she was invited to join the corporate team as a Master Trainer. Sara found the IM=X Pilates program to be the perfect marriage of choreographed movement and strength training. She currently teaches private and semi-private sessions at two IM=X franchise locations, and enjoys teaching IM=X certifications both in New York City and at locations across the United States.


Master Trainer: Renee Raiche

originally moved to New York City in 1994 on a scholarship to study jazz dance. Renee began studying IM=X® Pilates with Elyse McNergney in 2001. Under her tutelage, she was certified in the IM=X® Pilates technique and became a Master Trainer for the program in 2003. She has represented the company all over the New York metropolitan area and nationally. Renee is passionate about teaching the IM=X® programs, as she feels they are the perfect synthesis of rehabilitation, strength training and choreographed movement. She is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches Advanced classes at our New York City location.


Sara began taking dance classes at the age of two and it was love at first sight. As she got older her appreciation for movement expanded into fitness and nutrition. While attending Point Park University for Musical Theater she studied to become a personal trainer. At first she just wanted to understand her own body better and learn how to keep it healthy, but as she learned more she wanted to share her knowledge with others. After graduating college she began working at an IM=X Pilates franchise in NYC. It provided her the opportunity to expand her knowledge by attending the IM=X Basic, Advanced and Super Advanced certifications; At that point she was invited to join the corporate team as a Master Trainer. Just like with dance, it was love at first sight and felt very passionate about the IM=X program. Sara found the IM=X Pilates program to be the perfect marriage of her two loves, movement and physical fitness/exercise. Her sister suffered from a spinal deformity which eventually cost her sister her mobility and her life. Teaching a program centered around spinal health gives her a great sense of joy and purpose. Teaching IM=X programs enables her to honor her sisters memory by helping improve the quality of her clients lives as well as passing the knowledge on to other instructors.  She currently enjoys teaching IM=X certifications at locations across the United States as well as overseeing all practical exams.