Beginning/Intermediate - Reformer


This class is taught by:

Avra Pirkle

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign Instructor & Scoliosis Specialist  

 

Avra is extremely enthusiastic about teaching Pilates because her clients experience tremendous benefits in fitness as well as a pain-free lifestyle. She is devoted to helping people reach their goals and aspirations through an individualized training program and specific exercises to maximize recovery from pain and injury.

 

Her Reformer classes are unique because of her caring, personal attention, and because they are fun, creative, fresh, energetic and interesting through using Reformers and other studio equipment as well as 10-15 minutes of mat core work (with props). This format is especially important for clients that take her classes several times a week, year after year after year. Her Active Agers Reformer class incorporates training for clients with osteoporosis/osteopenia.

 

Avra has personally felt the changes in her fitness, health and dancing. She discovered Pilates after a hip injury which had kept her in pain on and off for years; there was even a time that she was immobile in bed for three days. But Pilates has brought relief from all this and has kept her free of pain for many years. She is also a passionate competitive ballroom dancer competing in International Latin with her teacher. Avra has struggled in the past with her dancing because that hip injury made her body compensate in ways that were detrimental to her balance, coordination, core, flexibility and strength. She has been very motivated to find solutions to her issues (resulting also in solutions for her clients) especially since her teacher is one of the top dancers/coaches in the world and is very demanding. When they compete together (going all over the United States), he expects her to rise up to his level since they are judged together as a couple. Talk about pressure! Thankfully, Pilates really helped resulting in better form and freer dancing.

 

Certified by both BBU and PMA, Avra's extensive Pilates training includes specialized training in shoulder/neck issues, low back/knee/foot pain, postural alignment, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and pre- & post-natal care as well as CoreAlign. On top of her competition experience, she has a considerable background in yoga and various other forms of dance. She also has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she used to teach.

Adam Lacey

Certified Pilates Instructor.
 
Adam has practiced manual therapy since 1992, specializing in Esalen Deep Bodywork and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), a functional movement assessment and training modality. Adam started his personal Pilates journey with Jennifer Eisele, who teaches Pilates at Agile Monkey and is a bodyworker specializing in Rolfing. Jennifer offered Pilates as an ongoing movement education to maintain the benefits of Structural Integration - Adam was inspired by the benefits of combining the two modalities and pursued advanced training in both. Adam is now a certified Pilates Instructor and is also training on the CoreAlign to further increase his understanding of functional movement.

 

Adam sees Pilates and CoreAlign as ongoing movement practices that perfectly compliment Structural Bodywork. With extensive anatomical training, and a keen eye for assessing postural imbalances, Adam brings great attention and focus to each private session and group class that he teaches.

 

Adam has been an uninhibited mover his entire life, enjoying climbing, hiking, biking and dancing. His ongoing movement practice includes Pilates, CoreAlign, Kundalini Yoga, improvisational dance and cycling.

The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinary piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. Our Reformer classes will challenge you to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating workout for clients at any level of ability.

Please note that all of our Reformer classes will organized at the discretion of the instructor and interest of the clients, and may utilize some time on the mat or other equipment (Tower, Chair, Barrels, etc) to ensure the best class experience.


Beginning/Intermediate - Some Pilates experience strongly recommended. Beginning and Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications). Clients with serious injuries or limitations, should first take with an Introductory Private Session and/or seek the advice of an Agile Monkey instructor before taking class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Apr 27 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Apr 29 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon May 01 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed May 03 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed May 03 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Thu May 04 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat May 06 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon May 08 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed May 10 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Class Full
    Wed May 10 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Thu May 11 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat May 13 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon May 15 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed May 17 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed May 17 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Thu May 18 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat May 20 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon May 22 5:00 pm - 5:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed May 24 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed May 24 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle