Level 3 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

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.

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider

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.

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. 

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?

Kara Parmelee

Kara is a former finance lawyer, and now consults in strategic crisis and risk management. She loves Pilates because it helps her find a different groove and connect with her body in a new way. She began taking classes in 2014, and it has been the most fun and rewarding exercise she has discovered.   When she first started, her body felt lethargic with creaky joints but Pilates has changed that dramatically. It has strengthened her body and increased her flexibility without fear of injury.   The RTR Pilates team has always been supportive, cheerful, funny, informative, and varied. Kara couldn't be more thrilled now to be part of such a fantastic group, and looks forward to helping her clients find their own groove. Just like she found hers.
Craving that muscle shaking, heart pounding, total-body workout experience? This is the class for you! This 55-minute advanced Pilates class is designed to redefine your body and strengthen your core leaving you longer, leaner, and more flexible than ever. You'll move quickly through a series of challenging exercises for an intense and exciting workout.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 17 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Nov 17 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Sat Nov 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Ketrina Sharp
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Sat Nov 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 18 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 18 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Nov 19 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Mon Nov 19 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Nov 21 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Nov 21 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Kara Parmelee
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Nov 24 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Sat Nov 24 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Aisha Cassim
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Nov 24 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Ketrina Sharp
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Sun Nov 25 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 25 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Nov 26 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Mon Nov 26 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Nov 28 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - McLean