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Megan Munson

Owner, Pilates Instructor, Sports Performance Coach

Megan is the owner of Bird Dog Pilates and is a 600hr comprehensively certified Pilates instructor with 8+ years of experience. She holds a Master's in Sport Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her appreciation for consistent Pilates practice, alongside a deep understanding of the body was developed while earning a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in dance from Chapman University. While living in New York City to pursue dance professionally she began working in the fitness industry and transitioned into a full-time career teaching Pilates, eventually becoming an Assistant Manager and Senior Instructor at Equinox, a luxury facility catering to both the general population and athletic clientele. Following a move to Pittsburgh for her graduate studies, she worked as a sports performance coach for UPMC at the Rooney Sports Complex and a short tenure as sport scientist and performance coach at the elite athletic training facility, Sports Academy (formerly Mamba Academy) in Frisco, Texas where she was born and raised, before finally deciding to put roots in Pittsburgh. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, binging on reality tv, and putting her Pilates and strength training to test on winter ski trips, dance classes, and summer runs around the city.


Emily Friedman-Novak

Mat Pilates Instructor

  • Comprehensive PHI Pilates certified instructor

  • Trained in all pilates apparatus

  • Reformer & Mat classes

  • Private and small group instruction


Emily was first introduced to Pilates in Toronto in 2001. Immediately drawn to the strength building and control, she remained a consistent and dedicated client for 19 years. In 2020, presented with the opportunity to make Pilates a career, Emily completed her instructor training through PHI.


Emily has experience working with a variety of clients, meeting them at their fitness level and helping them advance to their full potential. Her comprehensive certification for all Pilates equipment includes Mat, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, Ladder barrel, Step barrel and small props.

In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and curating her own fitness journey.


“I teach and practice Pilates for its foundations in core strength. I want every body to experience the power of a strong core not only in their exercise, but also in their daily lives.”

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