Marlena is a Club Pilates Master Trainer and Stott certified instructor with specializations in advanced apparatus and injuries and special populations. She is PMA certified, a Barre Above Master trainer, certified in TRX and Trigger Point fascial release, and is a certified NASM personal trainer with specializations in corrective injuries and nutrition. Marlena also has a BA in Business Management with minors in Spanish and Sociology. She has worked in the physical therapy field at an out patient clinic. Marlena has experience with sports teams and has ran weight loss programs, cardio and hiking clubs, and stretch clinics. With Club Pilates, she runs teacher training programs for new instructors, runs continuing education for current instructors, teaches group classes as well as private sessions, and runs trainings to aid in opening new Club Pilates studio. In Marlena's private time, she loves being with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. Traveling is a huge passion!! Trying anything new always sparks her interest!! Reading, running, and road trips are always part of her plans!!
Alana was first introduced to Pilates when she lived in San Francisco. After her first class she was hooked and started taking lessons as often as she could! Fast forward after having a good understanding of what it would take to become an instructor; she went through the BASI Pilates comprehensive teacher training because that was the same training her then-mentor went through. Alana teaches very descriptively to make sure everyone feels the exercise in the right places, and is performing it to the best of their ability. Her main goal is for each client to walk away feeling put back together and accomplished! Nothing makes her happier than to see clients get stronger and to progress in their practice. She practices what she preaches - literally! Alana does Pilates 6 days a week because it is what her body craves to feel happy, balanced, and proud. Most importantly, it's what she loves.
Alexandra was first introduced to Pilates mat work when she was 17 during her training as a dancer. Since then her passion and appreciation for Pilates has grown. While receiving her B.A. in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz Alexandra continued her dance training and furthered her experience in Pilates mat work but left school with injuries that limited her ability to continue her work as a student and training as a dancer. Pilates helped her cope with these injuries as she turned to Pilates for rehabilitation. After feeling the benefits of Pilates in her own body she knew she wanted to become a Pilates instructor. She took a mat work teacher training program in 2013 and became interested in Pilates apparatus. She started taking classes at Club Pilates and fell in love with Pilates all over again. Alexandra completed her 500-hour instructor training through Club Pilates in July 2017. She enjoys teaching Pilates to empower others to improve their physical fitness and overall wellbeing.
Deanna is from Bay Shore, NY and has been a licensed chiropractor for over 25 years. Throughout her career, she has practiced in St. Louis, Phoenix and San Diego. She thoroughly understands human bio-metrics and the importance of alignment and balance. At a young age she became deeply passionate about physical fitness and wanted to learn more about Pilates. Where she lived on Long Island, Pilates studios were few and far between, and it wasn’t until a move to San Diego that she discovered numerous Pilates studios. She immersed herself in the practice and knew right away that she wanted to semi-retire as a chiropractor and become a Pilates instructor. One of Deanna's favorite quotes from Joseph Pilates' book, "Return to Life Through Contrology," reads: "Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." Deanna loves talking with clients after class and seeing that they feel challenged and accomplished. Her connection with clients is one of her favorite parts of being a Pilates instructor. In her free time, Deanna loves spending time with family and friends, doing Pilates, exploring astronomy, and wine tasting.
Teri is a San Diego Native that grew up taking advantage of all San Diego has to offer, the surf, the sun and mountains. She has been a primary grade elementary teacher for over 25 years.
Teri became interested in Pilates while working through rehabilitation of a head, neck and spine injury. After four and a half years of physical therapy. Needing to find an exercise regime that would continue to strengthen her core and satisfy her former active life style. She can across Pilates. Once she experienced her first reformer pilates class she was hooked!
Pilates helped her continue to strengthen her core and her flexibility. The practice of Pilates has helped her develop and maintain spinal agility and balance coupled along with the Mind and Body engagement it is an ideal match.
After working in Education for decades it seemed natural for her to take her love of Pilates to the next step and become an instructor. She completed her 500 hour certification through Club Pilates and continues to grow professionally by attending workshops and collaborating with other Pilates professionals.
Briana Barnhill is a Pilates instructor with a specialization in corrective exercises. With each client an emphasis is placed on specific training that helps to prevent injuries, reduce movement deficiencies, improve muscle imbalances, and maximize results by creating safe, individualized training programs by identifying dysfunctions, developing a plan of action, and implementing corrective exercise. Briana received her Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University in 2013; specializing in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Psychology. She has also obtained her M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology and certifications include; certified bi-lingual in Spanish, certified in Level II Speed Coaching, and a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. During her time at San Diego State, she began working at a Physical Therapy clinic, where she was first introduced to Rehab techniques and Pilates. Later, she became a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, which allowed her to truly focus on the origins of issues in one's body and how to create a program that will lead to a more balanced mind-body state. The programs are geared to each person’s needs and abilities. Briana acquired a rehabilitative approach to the body by use of Pilates. In 2011, she became certified in Pilates through STOTT, which entails a comprehensive program of 600 hours of training and teaching. This form of Pilates was created with a team of Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, and fitness professionals; making it one of the safest and most effective methods available. Her primary focus is specializing in different focuses of Pilates, such as: rehabilitation, pre/post-op, Multiple Sclerosis, high performance athletics, neuromuscular training, and pre/post-natal. She offers a full spectrum approach to re-establishing harmony in the body. Briana's athletic background derives from playing Soccer for 10 years, and participating in Track & Field events. She has worked with all types of athletes, from baseball, basketball, golf, and lacrosse. The beauty of Pilates is that it can be applied to everyone, young or old, weak or strong. It focuses on core strength, restoring proper posture & alignment, a mind-body connection, flexibity, and stability with all muscle groups.
Larissa first began practicing Pilates through her dance and
gymnastics training in Massachusetts. Once graduated from college and
no longer competing, Pilates became her go-to workout - and she's
still in the studio 7 days a week! After years of practice and a
growing love for Pilates, Larissa began the Teacher Training Program
with Club Pilates in 2018. Just as she is always up for a challenge,
she strives to build a class which challenges clients in both mind and
Caitlin’s first love was ballet. After training extensively throughout high school at home in Illinois and at esteemed schools such as the San Francisco Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and the Academy of the Joffrey Ballet, Caitlin pursued a professional career in dance. Her vocation took her to Milwaukee, South Carolina, San Diego, and Berlin. All the while, she taught dance to children ages 4-18. Here she found a passion for dissecting movement, correcting alignment, using analogies for deeper understanding, and, most importantly, sharing her passion. After several minor injuries left her with chronic neck and back pain, Caitlin turned to Pilates to help correct the underlying injuries. Here she found her second love. After toying with the idea of becoming an instructor and testing out some more conventional career paths, Caitlin realized that sharing movement was her calling and took the plunge, enrolling in Club Pilates’ 500 hour teacher training program. She hasn’t looked back since and is eager to share her knowledge and perspective!
Elyse started taking Pilates classes in 2013 because she suffered a herniated disc while competing in cross country and track in college leaving her in chronic back pain. With her running career coming to end she tried a class at her neighborhood Pilates studio and fell in love with Pilates! Through Pilates she was able to regain her core strength, gain flexibility, and ultimately become pain free.
She always had a passion for fitness but decided after the birth of her son she decided to turn her passion for Pilates into her new career. After working for 9 years at Ionis Pharmaceuticals as a senior chemistry research associates she received her instructor training through Club Pilates. She loves being able to encourage and help others with their fitness and health through teaching Pilates.
Kat’s interest in pilates started when she was a dancer in Sydney, where she would take regular mat pilates classes. After suffering injuries from an accident, pilates greatly helped her recovery and Kat realized how versatile pilates could be, and how much pilates helped people that were unable to do “regular” exercise. Since moving to America and starting a family, Kat’s passion for pilates grew and becoming a Pilates instructor felt like the natural path for Kat. Kat has always had a passion for health and wellness and wanted to find a career where she could go from helping people that are recovering from injuries or dealing with health problems to teaching group classes to build strength, flexibility and mind body connection. Kat started her teacher training with Club Pilates in January 2018 and does pilates 6 times a week!
Select a Class
Thank you! You will receive a confirmation email shortly. If you have any questions, you may contact us at or call us at .
Thank you, you’ve been entered into the sweepstakes!
Existing members can book classes and more using the Club Pilates app. Get it here!