HH | Level 1/2 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

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.

Valerie Wiest

New mom and longtime fitness enthusiast, Valerie, began doing Pilates over 10 years ago at age 14. A former dancer and self proclaimed “gym rat” Valerie’s dedication to fitness is apparent in her classes. Although Valerie graduated as a language triple major from the University of Maryland in 2009, she found her true passion in teaching fitness classes. Driven by her desire to instill a love of exercise in others, she got certified to teach through PHI Pilates. In her pursuit of being a better instructor, Valerie also got recertified through Peak Pilates in 2013. In addition to her Pilates certification, Valerie is an ACE certified personal trainer, certified Beyond Barre instructor, and a certified spin instructor.


As the mother of a young child Valerie knows that the best workouts are efficient, making the most out of the time you have. Her teaching style is a testament to the fact that fitness classes can be challenging, efficient, effective and fun. Valerie practices what she preaches and uses a combination of Barre method, pilates and cardio and weight training to stay in shape. And it works!-- Who else do you know that walked out of the maternity ward wearing their pre-pregnancy jeans?

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.

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.

Cathy Sharma

Cathy discovered Pilates as a way to improve her strength and flexibility. After years spent weight training, playing golf, downhill skiing and practicing Tae Kwon Do, she loved the way Pilates helped improve her knee and hip injuries and improve her muscle strength while promoting balance and alignment. But more importantly, she discovered that Pilates is fun!

Trained in mat and reformer through Balanced Body and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, Cathy loves teaching ALL levels of Pilates because of the results it provides as well as the way it connects the mind and body. Cathy has a Master’s degree in speech/language pathology and loves to spend time with her husband, three children and three dogs at their home in Potomac.

*HAPPY HOUR* This class is a great deal! A "Happy Hour" Level 1/2 Class is a class that is offered at half price (only $20 for drop-ins); otherwise it is just like a regular Level 1/2 class. New to Pilates? Need a higher fitness level than our intro class? This class is for you. This 55-minute long 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/pace of a Level 2 class.
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jan 22 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Jan 22 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Rachel Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Jan 22 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Aisha Cassim
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Wed Jan 23 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Jan 23 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Sheri Foxman
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jan 23 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Thu Jan 24 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Thu Jan 24 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Alejandra Garcia-Meza
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Fri Jan 25 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Fri Jan 25 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Fri Jan 25 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Fri Jan 25 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Fri Jan 25 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Monica Dowling
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Fri Jan 25 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Mon Jan 28 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Mon Jan 28 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Cathy Sharma
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Jan 28 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Mon Jan 28 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Mon Jan 28 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Sheri Foxman
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Jan 29 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac