Intro to Pilates (Male Focus)

This class is taught by:

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!

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?

Leeor Kelly

Leeor's passion for Pilates began the moment she looped up for her first class. The emphasis on muscle lengthening and core provided a challenging workout that she couldn't get enough of, she was hooked! Leeor trained with RTR Pilates Training in Fall 2013 and fell in love with Pilates even more. So much so, that in May of 2014 she left the corporate world to join RTR Pilates full time as the Director of Instructor Development. In fall 2017 she trained with STOTT Pilates as well to further develop her skills. 

Inspiring others to become Pilates instructors and overseeing the on-boarding process brings Leeor happiness and increases her drive to become a strong instructor in the class room and an even stronger trainer for her colleagues. 

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.

Naomi Hanfling

Naomi walked out of her first Pilates class and realized she had found something that she was truly excited about even though she was sore where she didn't know muscles existed. Ever since then she's been an avid RTR Pilates client, and now instructor. Originally from Portland, OR, Naomi has been in DC since 2010 and loves the city. After graduating from American University she now works in federal consulting and spends her free time exploring the DC restaurant scene, with friends and, of course, at Pilates!

Shelley Stuart

A lifelong athlete, Maryland native, avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast, dog lover, mom of three and loyal client to RTR from the beginning, Shelley found that Pilates complements her active lifestyle. Pilates increases core strength, improves muscle imbalances, flexibility and can transform a body from bulky to long and lean....who cannot benefit from all of that?! Shelley's love of Pilates led her to complete Rock The Reformer Pilates instructor training. She hopes to help clients find their Pilates passion (and powerhouse!) while attending one of her classes.
This four week course is designed to demystify the reformer class experience for men.  We recommend to committing to the entire month, coming to at least 8 classes. These classes are designed to focus on problem areas more specific to men. Areas of emphasis include (but are not limited to): low back/knee/foot pain, tight hamstrings, increasing flexibility & range of motion, balance.
The classes ARE NOT limited to men, nor are men exclude from other 'regular' classes.  

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jan 23 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Wed Jan 23 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Thu Jan 24 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Sun Jan 27 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Cyndi Hann
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Sun Jan 27 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Naomi Hanfling
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Jan 28 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Alejandra Garcia-Meza
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Jan 29 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Shelley Stuart
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jan 30 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Wed Jan 30 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Thu Jan 31 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C