Elisa Pontone, a native Houstonian, developed a love of dance and movement at the early age of five. She carried that love with her through college, where she continued her study of dance at the University of Montana. Like many dancers, Elisa endured various injuries throughout her dance career and during the rehabilitation process was introduced to Pilates. While rehabilitating her knee using the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac and other classical Pilates equipment Elisa discovered the importance of the “mind/body connection”, transforming the way she moved and felt in her body in much the same way dance did when she was younger. She was hooked and was ready to share Pilates with everyone! Inspired by her lifelong passion for movement and her new found passion for Pilates, Elisa decided to make a bold career move away from the corporate world by completing her Peak Pilates certification in 2011. Years later when her husband asked, “If money was no object and you could do absolutely anything in the world, what would you do? What is your dream?” Without hesitation Elisa answered, “I would love to own a Pilates studio to help make people feel as amazing as I do when I do Pilates and I would l love to be successful enough to give back to the charities I believe in.” Elisa's dream of owning her own studio became a reality when she found Club Pilates. Together with her husband and brother, coupled with her business background and 10 years in corporate sales, Elisa opened her own Club Pilates studio in the heart of Memorial Houston and plans are underway to open a second location in Katy, Texas. “I love what I do. Not only are our members empowered and strengthened through their Pilates class, but they also leave feeling amazing because they know that their classes are always affordable and accessible. Our dream is for all our members to feel like they are a part of our family.”
Kelsey is a certified Pilates instructor through Club Pilates. She embraces a passion for physical activity, health, and wellness. She strives to provide her classes with a balance between comfort and challenge, working to strengthen both the mind and body. She designs effective, diverse, challenging, and enjoyable classes. With continued education in corrective exercise programming, and a background in dance, she can design a safe and challenging fitness program for you so that you can be in your best shape possible.
Lexi Stinger, a native Houstonian, received her Pilates Mat and Pilates Apparatus certification in New York through The Lab NYC. She attended Southern Methodist University, receiving a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Advertising. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to dance professionally with Graham II, a modern dance company. It was through a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis that Lexi fell in love with Pilates and deepened her passion for fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Pilates provided an outlet to keep moving and challenging the body in a beneficial way that corrected alignment and rebalanced muscles. This personal discovery inspired Lexi to share it with others. She is a caring and passionate instructor who wants to see her clients not only succeed but also exceed in accomplishing their goals. With emphasis on creativity and form, her goal is to empower others to transform into their most strong, powerful, and healthy selves.
Kristen strongly believes that whatever your age or fitness level, Pilates can transform your body like no other exercise. Pilates is a way to connect with your body, learn to self-correct poor posture from extensive sitting and computer use, stretch and rebalance muscles to reduce pain and improve mobility, strengthen stabilizer muscles to improve performance at your sport or just in everyday life. She designs challenging and diverse training tailored to reach your goals, drawing on traditional Pilates exercises, her lifetime of athletic training, problem solving and extensive research. Kristen is a chemical engineer by degree and enjoyed a long career in the oil and gas industry; however, fitness is her lifetime hobby and her passion. For over 30 years, she has been an active runner, bicyclist, karate practitioner, national level bodybuilder and Cross-fit enthusiast. She began practicing Pilates in 2012 to improve flexibility and core strength and loved the challenge and benefits. In 2016, Kristen decided to help others feel great and achieve their fitness goals by obtaining a PMA teaching certificate and NASM personal training certification.
Dinee is a full time fitness instructor with with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. She is a certified pilates instructor and trained with Balanced Body also a 500hr RYT and is trained in Vinyasa, Aerial and Yin Yoga. Dinee is a certified personal trainer with AFAA. Dinee has always been active a competitive runner side lined by and injury in 2015, which she regained her strength by doing pilates. When not in the studio you will find her skiing, scuba diving and rock climbing.
Emily, a native Houstonian, began dancing at the age of 3. After 15 years of training, she gave up her love of dance to pursue a degree in Finance at Texas A&M University. Feeling that something was missing, Emily found Pilates in the summer of 2010. She loved that it made her feel like a dancer again while providing core strength and flexibility. As there were no studios in her college town, she purchased a Pilates chair and practiced daily in between studying. After graduating and moving back to Houston, Emily found Club Pilates in 2016 and has been devoted ever since. When she realized that she wanted to share her love of Pilates with others, she began the 500-hour Club Pilates training program in the summer of 2018. Her favorite part of teaching Pilates is seeing people make mind-body connections, and when tiny adjustments can completely change an exercise. Emily feels that Pilates is a life-long form of exercise that is enriching both physically and mentally.
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