Level 1/2 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider

Eden Ellis

Using the skills I have learned from being a Rock The Reformer client first and certified thru Balanced Body, I get to help clients discover what they are truly capable of physically and mentally. The longest and most important relationship we have during our lives is the one with our mind and body, Pilates is designed to bring both together to help us focus on being present in the moment. One of the crazy blessings in having emergency open heart surgery is how Pilates had kept me in shape before and helped me recuperate quickly after. It makes me so happy when a client achieves their true potential and has that beautiful “A-ha” moment in understanding what Pilates has done for them. I am so lucky to be a part of their journey!

Joanne Gavula

Joanne’s journey to Pilates began as a client in 2013. An avid fitness enthusiast, tennis player and runner, Joanne began to feel that her weight training and cardio regimen had hit a plateau. Her work out routine had become too predictable and was getting stale. She needed a jump start so she set her sights on Pilates.
 
After her first month, she began to see uniform changes in her body that was the result of challenging specific muscles groups in a different way. More importantly, she had renewed energy and a deeper focus during her sessions that proved to be the key difference. Her strides piqued her interest to understand more about the discipline, so she enrolled in the training course offered through Potomac Pilates. “I learned that when you work your body without fully engaging your mind, fitness goals can be left unmet. The manner in which exercises are performed is much more significant than time spent." With a Master’s Degree in Education, Joanne’s decision to instruct was a natural progression. “My goal is to help clients realize that Pilates strengthens and nurtures the mind as well as the body, and is beneficial for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. It improves flexibility and develops a strong powerhouse which is the corner stone of movement in our daily lives.”
 
Joanne has two children who have since left the nest and lives in McLean with her husband Steve.

Alex Ansu

As a lifelong athlete, after taking her first Pilates class at a Rock The Reformer studio, Alex knew that she had found a different kind of athleticism. Pilates helped to improve her running, prevented injury and she found all of that happened within a short time. The machine’s potential for an infinite number of movements and exercises blew Alex’s mind. The rest is history!

Ulrick Rosemond

Ulrick has a lifelong passion for fitness and has dedicated 15 years to all aspects of the profession. He is a strong advocate for an active lifestyle and healthy nutrition. Prior to becoming a fitness professional, Ulrick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Management Information Systems from The American University. Ulrick quickly realized that Pilates was the missing piece in his comprehensive training regimen and could only benefit his background and help with clients. His positive outlook on life and training allows him to seek many different aspects of the fitness world. He is the founder and owner of URFitness and has worked as a fitness trainer at health clubs throughout the greater DC area. Ulrick's background includes expertise in group training, boot camp programs, boxing classes, sport specific conditioning, and rehabilitation exercises. Ulrick's certifications include: Balanced Body Pilates Mat and Reformer, Fitness Instructor and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength Professional Association, and Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.

STAFF STAFF

STAFF STAFF indicates the regularly scheduled instructor has requested a substitute teacher and we are in the process of locating a replacement.  As soon as the sub instructor is located the schedule will reflect the changes.

Lisa Johnson

I joined the RTR Pilates team in 2011 as a trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. I have an extensive background in exercise, dance and yoga with experience teaching students of all ages and levels of ability in both studio and private settings. I also teach structural and functional anatomy for both yoga and pilates teacher trainings and I hold a BFA in Dance from the University of California.

Michele Bouquet

Michele is a native Washingtonian and lifelong fitness enthusiast. She began doing Pilates over 15 years ago and it soon became her primary form of resistance training when Rock The Reformer by Potomac Pilates first opened. She has been attending reformer classes daily ever since. When the opportunity presented itself to participate in RTR Instructor Training, she leapt at it. She has also completed the Balanced Body certification training for anatomy, mat and reformer. Michele is able to use her many years of knowledge from weight training, TRX, Pilates and yoga to create challenging classes that help others reach their fitness goals. When she’s is not teaching, Michele can be found taking long bike rides and working on her library of Pilates classes.

Jordan Matosko

Jordan is a teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She found that her job, while rewarding, could also be pretty stressful. She was never super into fitness, but was looking for something to help calm her mind and spirit after those long stressful days. Jordan had tried many different workouts and classes, but nothing ever stuck. Then her friend, who was an instructor at the time, recommended trying a class at Potomac Pilates. After that first class, she was hooked. Jordan loved that she had an hour every day where she could unplug, unwind, and focus on getting her mind and body healthy. Her love for Pilates, and the entire Potomac Pilates team never stopped after that. She continued to take classes regularly and decided that she had to join this hardworking, dedicated team! She hopes to help other’s find the amazing release that Pilates has brought to her own life.

Tanya Edwards

Tanya discovered and fell in love with Pilates a few months after moving to Maryland. She attended both Mat and Reformer Pilates classes and was amazed at the “whole body” approach and results… leaving her with a feeling of strength and rejuvenation. She believed in the practice and the results so much that she wanted to share it with others and began teaching Mat Pilates and Yoga classes four and a half years ago. Since then, Tanya participated in and completed the inaugural Potomac Pilates instructor training course and now teaches reformer Pilates classes regularly for Potomac Pilates. She loves the relaxed atmosphere and family feel at the studios with both clients and fellow staff. Tanya especially loves meeting new clients and helping them progress in their Pilates practice. “I am continually amazed at how quickly a client can improve and see results from Pilates. That ‘aha moment’ is such a joy to see and I love being able to help our clients find their just-right challenge.”

Cyndi Hann

Cyndi Hann found that Pilates complimented her running, and decided to become an instructor. Cyndi is a marathon and relay runner, she was injured with a foot injury that stopped her from doing what she loved the most. Pilates helped her surpass this injury and this inspired her to get certified to become a Pilates instructor. She got certified through PHI Pilates with additional training through Body College. PHI Pilates Studio is located in Pittsburgh and emphasizes focusing on your body, good posture, and healthy movement patterns. Cyndi has been teaching at Potomac Pilates for 4 years now, and is a local Potomac resident. She has four children and has a degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She loves to teach Pilates classes and help clients achieve their goals.

New to Pilates? Need a higher fitness level than our intro class? This class is for you. This 55-minute long Performance Pilates class uses the Balanced Body Allegro II Reformer to teach proper alignment and the fundamentals of Pilates. We incorporate traditional Pilates principles with innovative strength training and cardio exercises to give you a total body workout that will strengthen and lengthen your muscles. This class focuses on the basics and is designed to leave you feeling refreshed while also helping to improve strength, flexibility and core stability. The class will have the complexity of a Level 1 class, but the fitness level of a Level 2 class. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Isabel Andreasen
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Alex Ansu
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Ulrick Rosemond
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Oct 18 6:15 am - 7:10 am with STAFF STAFF
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Oct 18 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Michele Bouquet
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Thu Oct 19 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Thu Oct 19 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Ulrick Rosemond
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Thu Oct 19 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Thu Oct 19 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Cyndi Hann
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Thu Oct 19 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Thu Oct 19 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Thu Oct 19 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Ulrick Rosemond
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Fri Oct 20 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Fri Oct 20 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Isabel Andreasen
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Oct 21 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Sat Oct 21 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C