Kelly Piersant was raised in the U.K. and Australia, but now calls the U.S. home. A self-described free spirit, she grew up riding horses and spending all her free time outdoors in nature. Kelly spent the early years of her career in the beauty industry, working as a professional make-up artist, where her creativity and passion for making people look and feel their best was perfectly suited. In 2013 Kelly was introduced to Pilates, and immediately began seeing changes in her body and mind, including postural corrections, muscle lengthening and flexibility. An incredible increase in body awareness and mental and physical strength ensued. Kelly lives a holistic life and feels that regular mindful exercise, in addition to good nutrition play an important role in how we feel physically and physiologically. Kelly received her Pilates certification through BASI where she had the good fortunate to train closely with master instructor Rael Isacowitz. She is excited to continue this journey, and looks forward to using Pilates to help others achieve their own personal goals.
Zandra Tamayo has been involved in the dance world since childhood. She continued her love for dance by following an academic path at CSULB obtaining a B.A. in Dance, with an option in Dance Science. While at CSULB, Zandra discovered Pilates and fell in love with the training method universal for advanced athletes to recovering patients. While attending CSULB, Zandra worked on her BASI certification under Karen Clippinger and continued on to work in a Physical Therapy clinic setting refining her body alignment and injury accommodation knowledge. When Zandra is not sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates she is dancing professionally for a NFL Cheer Team. Zandra looks forward to encouraging healthy lifestyles through Pilates and helping her clients reach their personal goals!
Martha has been in the fitness industry for over 35 years. She has taught several formats including HIIT, Total Body Training, Les Mills BodyPump, TRX and Cycle classes. She is also a certified Personal Trainer with a Nutrition certificate and has trained individuals and small group trainings for 15 years. Over the last two years Martha has become passionate about the benefits of Pilates Reformer. She is proud to have completed her STOTTS Pilates Reformer certification and can’t wait to share her certification and years of knowledge with all of you. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to California in her 20’s with her love of living and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, running, hiking and surfing when it’s warm!!
Tawnya has an endless curiosity of people and the body. Her love for fitness and healthy living has always been a way of life. Tawnya began taking Pilates in 2004. She was looking for a gentle yet effective approach to gain core strength, balance and longer, leaner more toned muscles, Pilates was it! Having convinced several friends to go with her to Pilates, some even going on to become instructors. Tawnya realized it was time to become an instructor herself. Tawnya earned her certification as a Pilates Instructor through Club Pilates, working under Master Trainer Vanessa Johnson Huffman. Tawnya is known for balancing her cheerful encouragement with butt-kicking workouts, all the while keeping it fun. On a daily basis Tawnya is inspired by the changes she see’s in front of her as she watches people build strength and make health a priority. She enjoys working with people, learning and continually pursuing to further her education in Pilates and overall health and wellness.
Having always been active first as a swimmer in school and then in the military where she developed a love for running, Carol has strived for an active, healthy lifestyle. Through the encouragement of a friend in 2009 she tried Pilates for the first time and was hooked. She loved the way it fit in with her running workouts while strengthening the parts of her body that were weak. It also kept her strong and injury free out on the trails. As she learned more about pilates and the control and precision it required, she became even more obsessed with perfecting her form and loved the dramatic changes it was creating in her body and her flexibility. In 2017 after teaching Middle School for 16 years, she decided to use her experience in education to teach something she is really passionate about. She quit her job and spent a year completing her Club Pilates Teacher Training, focused on learning everything she could to be the best instructor she can be. She is excited to be able to share her love of pilates through teaching while encouraging others to continue to strive for an active, healthy lifestyle.
Kathy graduated from UC Irvine with a BFA in Dance with a
specialization in teaching. She danced at Disneyland and taught tap, ballet
and jazz for several years while pursuing her credential and MS in
education. She has taught elementary and middle school in California and
New Jersey. Her last years working in the classroom were spent as a
substitute teacher in San Clemente. Kathy started doing pilates thirteen years ago to gain strength,
flexibility, and improve her running time while training for a half marathon.
She saw results immediately and developed a true passion for pilates.
In 2013 she came to her first Club Pilates class. By the end of the
class she inquired about the teacher training program. The following month
she decided it was time to make a career change and use her love of
pilates and her love of teaching to become a certified pilates instructor. She
has enjoyed the creativity and challenge of training private clients as well
as small and large group classes. She is so excited to have trained and
now teach at Club Pilates.
Monica began practicing Pilates over a decade ago; she immediately fell in love after seeing the difference Pilates made in her core strength, posture, overall health and fitness. Monica then decided that she wanted to share her passion with others and earned her Pilates teaching certification from Balanced Body University in 2010. Never satisfied, Monica continued her quest for excellence by getting TRX certified in 2011, “Spin” certified in 2012 and re-certified in 2016. Most recently, Monica has become an Instructor Trainer for Pilates Suspension Method working with creator Rebecca Beckler, traveling throughout the U.S. to share her PSM love with other instructors like herself. For the past nine years, Monica has been sharing her passion and expertise with her students while expanding her training programs to incorporate Pilates, Pilates Suspension Method, and Spin to produce excellent results for her students. It is Monica’s breadth of knowledge and training experience that allows her to offer a wide variety of effective and challenging workouts.
I was born and raised in San Diego but have made San Clemente my home since 2014. In 2017, I made the tough decision to leave behind a sixteen-year career with the Federal Court in San Diego to spend more time with my new husband and stepchildren in Orange County. I soon realized being a stay-at-home stepmom wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and decided I needed to get back into the workforce, pronto. With support and encouragement from my husband to do something I love, I decided to pursue my passion; Pilates. I discovered Pilates 7 years ago and was hooked after just a couple reformer sessions. I love to mix up my fitness routine to keep things fresh, but Pilates is the one constant. Aside from all of the physical benefits Pilates has to offer, I absolutely love the focus and concentration aspect of this practice. Mindful movement of the body requires me to focus on one thing; my body. I leave each class not just feeling amazing physically but also rejuvenated mentally. What’s not to love about that? I’m excited to get to share that and to help others get fit and healthy with Pilates.
Lizabet is a lifelong fitness enthusiast. She's worked in the fitness industry since the late nineties- as a personal trainer, a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) instructor, and a SUP yoga instructor. She's brought yoga classes to children in domestic violence shelters, led bicycle tours through New England, and taught senior fitness classes. She's trained and taught professional athletes, Olympians, adventure seekers, abused children, the de-conditioned, and senior citizens in their ninth decade of life, and she's loved every minute of it. She has a soft spot for those who are unfit or nervous about coming into a Pilates studio. Having lost nearly 100 lbs herself, she loves and lives the Club Pilates mantra- Pilates is for Every Body. When she's not teaching Pilates she enjoys surfing her longboard, beachcombing for shells, hiking, writing, taking classes at the local community college, and hanging out with her husband, thirteen year old son, and their rescue dog from Korea.
Cathryn believes in allowing the body to be a vessel for health and expression. She feels mindful breath focused movement is an important ingredient to mental and physical wellbeing. Through Pilates she has discovered new strength in her body. This has enhanced Cathryn’s experience and capability in her two favorite hobbies: surfing and dancing. In addition to instructing Pilates, Cathryn is currently finishing her 850-hour Yoga Therapy certification and is a Dance/Movement Therapy masters candidate at Lesley University.
Jody’s passion for movement was ignited at a very young age when she began taking dance classes. As a teenager she was immersed in ballet and modern technique at Interlochen Arts Academy, an international performance arts school in Northern Michigan. She went on to dance professionally for over 10 years in New York City and cruse ships abroad. As a dancer she experienced some setbacks including chronic bursitis of the hip. She was introduced to Pilates to help with her injuries and immediately felt a strong connection with the method. In 2010 Jody completed her Pilates certification with Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She also holds a certification with Bootybarre. She believes our bodies and minds are powerful entities and when nourished and trained they can work wonders. She has a passion for helping people reach their full potential which has lead her to become a certified holistic nutritionist as well. On a daily basis, Jody is inspired by the changes she sees in front of her as she watched people build strength and make health a priority.
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