HH | Level 1 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

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.

Reina Offutt

Reina Offutt Pratt is both the creative mind and owner of Potomac Pilates Inc. For the past seven years, Reina has worked continuously to ensure a thriving business for both her employees, and her clients. With approximately 600 active clients, and 22 enthusiastic staff members, Reina has created the perfect environment where fun meets fitness. With three intimate, inspiring, and accessible locations, Reina plans to expand her business and personal goal to sculpt both the mind and body. Reina lives in Potomac, Maryland. She places a high importance on philanthropy. She firmly believes in giving back to the community, both personally, and professionally. Annually, Potomac Pilates donates more than $5000 worth of services to schools, charities, and organizations. Emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle to all, Lulu lemon recently dubbed her their brand ambassador for 2013. The MOM-trepreneur is a proud member of the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, she was selected by the Mind and Body University panel as the 2012 success story, and for the past two years has raised over $20,000 and walked the runway for the Fashion for Paws charity event. Reina holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University (2001) and a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University (2004). Reina is a mother of two young children, on her off time she can be found with her family incorporating her personal views on maintaining a healthy life style.

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.

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.

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.”

Leeor Pilo

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. 

When she is not training instructors or in the class room you can find her on 14th St. listening to local music, making jewelry for her company Vylet Collections, or at home curled up with her cat.

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!

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!

*HAPPY HOUR* This class is a great deal! A "Happy Hour" Level 1 Class is a class that is offered at half price (only $20 for drop-ins); otherwise it is just like a regular Level 1 class. 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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jun 26 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Jun 26 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Reina Offutt
    at The Palisades
  • Mon Jun 26 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Tue Jun 27 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Ulrick Rosemond
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Jun 27 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Tue Jun 27 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at McLean
  • Tue Jun 27 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Leeor Pilo
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jun 28 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Wed Jun 28 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Alex Ansu
    at McLean
  • Thu Jun 29 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Isabel Andreasen
    at McLean
  • Thu Jun 29 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Alex Ansu
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Thu Jun 29 4:15 pm - 5:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Fri Jun 30 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Leeor Pilo
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Fri Jun 30 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Kristin Schneider
    at McLean
  • Fri Jun 30 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Reina Offutt
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Fri Jun 30 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Eden Ellis
    at The Palisades