TRX and Pilates Tower


This class is taught by:

KJ Luker

KJ LUKER has been a Pilates teacher for 20 years. She is an artist and a writer and an adoring mom, and she loves to learn all the time. She also loves chocolate.
Because KJ is committed to education, she is currently enrolled in The Upledger Cranio-Sacral Therapy certification. She has Pilates certifications through the Physical-Mind Institute, BASI Pilates, and The Pilates Center of Boulder. She has studied with some of the illustrious Pilates "elders" and 2nd generation teachers including Kathy Grant, Lolita San Miguel, Jillian Hessel, Rael Isachovitz, Kathy Corey.
 
KJ owned a Pilates studio for 10 years, which was one of the first in the country to incorporate a full Physical Therapy facility into a Pilates studio. At her studio, KJ was one of the creators of a comprehensive Pilates teacher training program. She was also the co-creator and teacher in the Heart of Pilates video series. The Heart of Pilates pledge special created for PBS raised over $750,000 in less than 3 months for various PBS stations.
 
KJ is a huge fan of Joseph Pilates and his remarkable understanding of the human body, and is therefore a classical Pilates teacher. She is attentive to the foundations of Pilates, especially breath, alignment, and the uniform development of the whole body...and a quiet mind. KJ has a life-long commitment to creativity and Pilates and yoga and hiking and swimming and weight-lifting and potato chips. And love. Ain't life grand?
 
Teaching Style:
KJ emphasizes classical Pilates sequences with attention to detail, breath and precision. She is seamlessly able to challenge students to their own best efforts in a class setting. She loves Pilates and it shows.

Karen Schwalbe Jones

Teaching exercise since 1991 and Pilates since 1997, Karen knows that all proper movement is incredibly rewarding movement. With UCLA degrees in the Sciences of Kinesiology and Psychology and over 19 years of weight training and rehabilitation experience, Karen is able to provide friends and clients with well-rounded physical, mental and emotional health.

“Pilates is the most complete approach that encourages people to connect their minds with their bodies. All of what we do as human beings begins with the neurological and appears in the physical. Therefore, how well we condition our brains to create physical responses is how strong we can become. It's all about living our lives well and completely!"

Myara Sherwood

Myara Sherwood is a Pilates teacher, certified health coach, and co-founder of The Vibrant Beet; a healthy food and travel show, production company, and blog with the mission to make healthy living fun. She is also a published author, specializing in health and fitness for magazines such as Fit Yoga, Spa, The LA Daily News, The Black Book LA, 944 Los Angeles, and Healing Lifestyles and Spas. Myara combines her experience with movement (Pilates, yoga & physical therapy) nutrition, and health counseling to achieve dramatic results. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA, with a bachelor degree in Communication and Dance, Myara received her Nutrition training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City. There she received her certification by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. With a passion for movement, she completed her Pilates certification at Pilates Sports Center (PSC). PSC incorporates the modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation to make the Pilates repertoire safe and effective. Myara has been teaching Pilates for 8 years and continually evolving her Pilates practice.

Jennifer Martin

JENNIFER MARTIN was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California and has over 20 years experience as a fitness coach, teacher, and trainer.
She is a certified Pilates teacher through the Physical Mind Institute, New York since 2004. She is also certified on the Power Plate, Kettlebells, weight training, TRX, the Bosu balance, and more. Jennifer studied dance and theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and then continued her education at the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Acting. While she was at USC, she taught at Jane Fonda's Workout, and later at The Spectrum Clubs, The Sports Club LA, and Equinox. She has been featured in many fitness DVDs and has taught abroad for Australia's TV show- "Fitness OZ style". Jennifer is constantly continuing her education to help her clients achieve their health & fitness goals through a safe, effective, challenging workout for the mind and body.
 
Jennifer believes that it's not stress per se that creates problems in the body, it's how you deal and perceive of your situation that can cause the damage. When you can change your perspective, you can lessen the impact it has on you. As Joseph Pilates said "It's the mind itself that shapes the body"!
A teacher with a loyal following, if you are ready to take your workout to the next level, get into one of Jennifer’s always popular classes.
 
Teaching Style:
With her endless dynamic energy, Jennifer Martin is our in house cheerleader. Faster-paced with an athletic edge, not for the novice, Jen delivers a solid kick-ass workout.

Michelle DuVall

Michelle is an honors graduate from the University of the Arts and holds a BFA in Modern Dance performance. She has performed with various dance companies in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and even as far away as Tokyo, Japan. In 2008 she completed her 600-hr comprehensive certification through Power Pilates in New York City under the direction of Bob Leikens and Susan Moran. Michelle was featured in Power Pilates' marketing and educational materials, including a commercial collaboration with the USA Sevens Rugby team. Combining her love for dance and fitness, Michelle went on to co-create the ballet barre workout, BeyondBarre. She developed and directed the company's education program and, as a master trainer, certified instructors across the United States in BeyondBarre. At Chaise Fitness in New York City Michelle taught TRX and the Reinvention method, which was created by mother-daughter duo Lauren and Rachel Piskin of New York City Ballet.

Amanda MacLeod

Cultivated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, blossomed in NYC, and transplanted in LA. Amanda has spent her life dedicated to movement - Pilates, yoga, alpine skiing, whitewater kayaking, and any other adrenaline-inducing mountain sport she can get her hands on.

She found Pilates after a debilitating back injury took her away from her dance training. Through a dedicated practice, she came back stronger than ever before and was able to return to her career as a professional modern dancer.
She holds a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University and received her Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Body Arts Science International, where she apprenticed under the mentorship of Rael Isacowitz. Amanda loves helping her clients deepen their awareness and connection to themselves. She believes that Pilates provides unparalleled strength and balance to any lifestyle, and will help you discover a potential in your physicality beyond what you thought was possible.
 
Teaching Style:
Athletic, confident and rigorous, Amanda's classes reflect her training as a professional dancer. She is skilled and will have you working steadily the entire class.

Jessica Guevara

Jessica is a high energy Pilates & Barre instructor with experience in a variety of fitness techniques. Her classes range from ab burning Pilates to intense functional fitness training. If you are looking for fun, fulfilling fitness take a class with Jessica. It will change the way you feel about working out.
Jessica grew up in Miami & Las Vegas,and has recently returned from living & working abroad in Dubai & Australia. She is excited to begin her new life in Southern California.

Katina Calvin

KATINA CALVIN believes, "Encouraging people to understand their own bodies within their environment is the only way to begin to heal...move with a purpose. You want to be independent as long as possible and not be on crutches or in a wheel chair sooner than needed - That focus begins Today!" Katina adds, "You've been unconsciously practicing poor habits, now is the time to consciously be Present." With a foundation in ballet from grade school through middle school, ultimately Volleyball and Track & Field became Katina's focus during High School. Having a love for movement, combining dance and sports was the natural progression when it came time to find a career…Fitness Instructor. She began in Hollywood during 1990 when Step Aerobics became the popular exercise in most clubs. About a year later, her next pursuit included a long time hobby of outdoor cycling brought indoors, Spinning. Pilates and Sports Conditioning exercises have always been infused in her fitness classes and when training clients which attributed to their success. Most come to her classes for her energy and music, they stay for her passion.
 
Teaching Style:
Katina brings steady, focused attention to a measured, but rigorous workout whether it is TRX or Pilates, she lead you through class and may well be sore the day after! Appropriate for all levels.
Challenge your entire body with this innovative circuit class that incorporates dynamic movements utilizing the suspension training TRX and Pilates tower equipment that will test your strength, endurance, core, and more.

Bring athletic shoes.