Brianna found Pilates during her time studying Athletic Training at Oregon State University. It was first integrated in her career as a means to help rehabilitate the athletes she worked with, but she soon discovered the many benefits Pilates provides for all individuals, and wanted to pursue teaching so that she could better promote Pilates to the rest of the community. Combining what she has learned from her degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and her experience as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Brianna has come to refer to Pilates as "Cross Training for life.". Brianna's focus when teaching is to identify a person's needs, not only to help reach their fitness goals, but to improve movements in activities of daily living. When she isn't teaching you can find her snowboarding, rock climbing, eating, and snuggling her dogs and cat.
I relocated to Portland in 2017 with my husband, two kids and dog “Dusty the Husky.” I have been working in the fitness industry for almost 20 years with a background in group fitness and one-on-one training. I graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Visual Preforming Arts/Dance in 1999. I specialized in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. After graduating I worked in Hospitality while getting my Pilates certifications. I completed my mat certificate with Quantum Fitness out of Washington, DC in 1999 and my machine certificate with Core Dynamic Pilates out of Santa Fa New Mexico in 2006. I moved to Park City, UT in 2002 and began teaching at fitness clubs and private member communities. I co owned Studio BE Pilates in Park City for 10 years, there I trained private clients, partners and circuit classes. I also worked in the Wellness Center at the Montage Deer Valley. Since moving to Portland I have been working at Club Pilates. I am excited to continue training and helping others stay fit and healthy. I blend my background of dance, gymnastics, and fitness into my personal style of teaching Pilates, which is high energy and always ‘fun’, yet always staying true to the traditional principles of ‘The Method’. After teaching Pilates for almost 20 years I feel it is my love and career.
Dan is a 40 year senior level Corporate Finance professional with extensive experience in outsourced call centers and outsourced data centers. His focus has been Operations Finance, budget and forecasts, new business development and contracts. Working side by side with Operations staff, he has the innate ability to demonstrate how key metrics impact financial goals. He has 10 years experience with a global outsourced call center where he was responsible for $650M revenue covering US, Canada, Latin America, Central America and Asia supporting 26 locations with 19 Finance Managers and Finance Analysts reporting to him. Dan also was Director of Business Insights for Nike Consumer Services for 3 years supporting nike.com, insuring the outsourced call centers were appropriate staffed to handle consumer inquiries and understanding the root cause of customer contact reasons. After Nike, Dan decided to leave the corporate world to enter entrepreneurship in a fun business that affords positive benefits for customers. After an exhaustive due diligence process, Dan and Debbie opened Club Pilates Progress Ridge in Beaverton in June, 2016. In February, 2018, Dan and Debbie expanded with the addition of the Tualatin-Sherwood location and are currently developing their third and final location in Lake Oswego. Dan looks forward to seeing members improve their quality of life through Pilates workouts and believes whole hearted “It is not about the 1 hour in the studio, it is about living better the other 23 hours of your day.” Dan is a 15 year avid recreational cyclist riding up to 4500 miles annually. He is heavily involved with Portland Velo cycling club. Dan is also a Board Member of Financial Executives International (FEI) which is the premier financial association for senior level finance professionals.
Debbie owned and operated a home-based business for 25 years performing outsourced medical transcription for independent physician practices in the Portland area using digital equipment. Debbie's anchor client was a four physician practice which she serviced for 25 years while other physician practices came and went. Due to the adoption of electronic health records, outsourced medical transcription services were no longer required. Since 2012, Debbie has been a retail sales associate for JC Penney, gaining valuable experience working with retail customers. Debbie enjoys being part of Club Pilates and being mom to two adult daughters and their husbands as well as being Nana to one amazing grandson.
I grew up in South Africa where my father was a leading expert in the Health and Fitness industry owning a world-renowned fitness and health center. I grew up in a world of fitness and body consciousness and has 35 years of training in ballet, modern jazz, contemporary dance, martial arts, yoga and Pilates. I have worked as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and wellness consultant in South Africa, Canada and America and trained celebrities including Sidney Sheldon, Laura Hunt and many others. I danced professionally and toured for 6yrs with various dance companies. I have my Basic and Advanced IM=X Pilates Reformer certifications and teaches several classes each week as well as working with private and duet training clients.
Judy has been in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years. Her early years as a competitor in various types of athletics led her to pursue a B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Dance. Upon graduating, she was introduced to Pilates when she was a physical therapist aide at a sports medicine clinic. She used this exercise method to help many clients in corporate fitness centers restore muscle imbalances and alleviate body pain. Today, she is Pilates Reformer and Chair certified through Balanced Body and holds certifications as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, 200 RYT Yoga Instructor, Yoga Trapeze Instructor, TRX trainer, Vipr trainer, and Tabata Bootcamp Instructor. Using a personalized and creative approach, she is committed to helping you find your inner motivation to reach your ultimate goals! When she is not in the fitness studio, you can find her enjoying outdoor activities or making a new recipe in her instant pot!
My Pilates career started because of a crisis -I was turning 30! Two days before my 30th birthday, I was up late one night watching TV and saw an infomercial with Mari Winsor Pilates. I saw the strength, beauty, and flexibility of Pilates bodies and I really wanted that for myself. By fate or accident, I met a Pilates instructor and she asked me to show her a short demonstration class leading to me becoming certified to teach at her studio. Living in San Diego, I realized that Mari Winsor had a studio in Hollywood and so I started training with her whenever I could as I fell more in love with the practice. I loved feeling and seeing my body get longer, leaner, and stronger and quickly the little doses of pain and soreness disappeared. I trained in New York, Denver, and Miami and found that being consistent with my own mat practice at home kept me in love and kept me strong. I continued teaching mat Pilates in group and private sessions for the next 15 years for fun as a supplement to my career. Two years ago, I discovered Club Pilates and recently made the good faith leap of making this my sole profession. Every class I find new inspiration in watching a student “get it”, seeing them do something that they didn't think they could ever have done. A student in the middle of my class recently made an announcement that it was her 50th birthday and she felt stronger and in better shape than she ever had. As the class roared with applause, she shed some tears of joy!!! That’s all I need to keep on going.
Michelle began practicing mat Pilates due to lifelong back pain. Once Club Pilates Progress Ridge opened, she fell in love with the reformer. With a stronger, pain free body, she decided to share her love of Pilates and participated in the Club Pilates Teacher Training. Currently, as an Apprentice, Michelle is working to complete her teaching hours and become a certified instructor teaching at Progress Ridge, Tualatin-Sherwood and Lake Oswego In her free time she enjoys attending plays, listening to live music and spending time with her children and friends.
Blane has been practicing and studying Pilates since 1998 and was certified through the Ellie Herman Pilates Institute in 2002. He is co-head and a Faculty Instructor of the Teacher Training Instructor Program (TTIP) at the Ellie Herman Pilates Institute. In 2007, he became a Balanced Body Master Instructor. Though he now calls Portland his home, he continues as Head of Education at EHS Pilates Studio in San Francisco. Blane has trained instructors locally, across the United States and internationally. He also has contributed to curriculum development for the highly acclaimed Pilates On Tour. Blane co-owned Parkside Pilates in San Francisco from 2005 - 2017. Blane specializes in injury prevention, recovery and private training. He loves teaching Pilates based group classes promoting a non-competitive yet challenging atmosphere encouraging members to reach their fullest potential. The focus of the classes include precision, control, stability, core strength, and increasing flexibility all the while promoting enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment. Pilates can be quite challenging but should be fun too!
Jamila Hastie is 28 years old and has been athletically engaged since a very young age. She’s originally from Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History. Jamila spent the following years living in San Francisco, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Los Angeles. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, she took an Intro Pilates class and was hooked instantly. Less than a year later she obtained her certification through Club Pilates in North Hollywood. Driven by intuitive motivation, Jamila is inspired by her clients and is a mere guide to help them achieve their fitness goals. She constantly seeks to learn and refine her teaching skills so that she can guide individuals from all walks of life towards an active and balanced lifestyle. Throughout class, Jamila consistently provides descriptive and motivating cues that aim to simultaneously achieve correct form, incorporate breath, enhance the mind-body connection, foster confidence and develop abdominal strength.
After having surgery on her ankle at the age of 17, and compromising her knees running track in high school, Alexis found it difficult to find a low-impact fitness regime she could enjoy and relate to. She also found it hard to stick to any type of exercise she had tried in her late teens and early 20's. Finally, after hundreds of dollars of unused gym memberships, and feeling dissatisfied with the state of her body and mind as a whole, Alexis stumbled upon Pilates. Pilates not only changed her body in a way she never knew possible, it also gave her a new sense of self-confidence and a deeper understanding of what Joseph Pilates calls the mind-body connection. Pilates also helped her posture, which relieved her from chronic lower back pain that plagued her as a young adult. After experiencing these positive changes first hand, Alexis now dedicates her time as a Club Pilates certified instructor to helping others reach their external and internal goals. She believes that through Pilates, she can help others overcome the same challenges and fitness struggles that she once dealt with early on by making exercise and health relate-able. Alexis enjoys learning about all the different aspects of Pilates and now finds ways to incorporate other exercises into her workouts by using Pilates fundamentals. In addition to Pilates, Alexis loves cooking, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, painting, writing, playing music and hanging with good friends.
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