My group Level 1-2 equipment class experience with Sterling could be described exactly like the explanation of Absolute Pilates classes in the letter asking me to write a review. Sterling's class (as well as Donna's classes), ease my back and neck pain and stiffness and improves my flexibility. The breathing technique and body alignment are consistently stressed. I enjoy my sessions and appreciate the results of the workouts. I love when my muscles scream at me. That's what I want (once in a while) :)
Here is a little bit about me:
I’m an events and communications manager at a non-profit by day turned Pilates instructor at night. While athleticism wasn’t inherently natural for me, I always found myself dabbling in staying active. I played soccer and basketball at a young age and then turned to color guard in high school (yeah, I was the kid who tossed flags, sabers and stuff). In my twenties, fitness became more of a task to manage my weight. That is until I found my place at Absolute Pilates as a dedicated client and now instructor. I finally realized that fitness is about the amazing things I can do with my body as opposed to a fight against the things that are naturally me like my curves. Fun Fact: I love a good theme and cheesy puns! Like seriously love them. To the point of having a cat themed wedding, we got meowied on July 1, 2017 (did I mention I have cats).
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Penn State University and I am one of those people who bleed blue and white (sorry Allison). I put my degree to work as an events and communications manager for a local non-profit with the mission of providing primary health care for those in underserved communities.
I’ve been a dedicated Absolute Pilates client since 2014. I consistently kept up with my Sunday Jump Board (now Pilates Power Hour and More) classes and eventually upped my game to 5 classes a week. In 2017, Allison finally convinced me to turn my passion into teaching. I received my Mat Pilates certification in December 2017 and then started on the fast track to the full equipment teacher training.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Pilates is for ANY Body! There’s no sign saying you must be this tall or weight limit to ride the Pilates ride. As someone who has always been curvy, I can honestly say that Pilates doesn’t discriminate. An instructor I took class with always said, “as long as you’re moving that’s all that matters.” I’ve taken that to heart and found there’s always a modification for every exercise. I will always modify something to fit your needs, but we will also work to improve and make the more difficult exercises a goal.
My wonderful husband has always been my biggest support! I am so grateful to have him by my side encouraging me and picking up the slack when I need it. I am also blessed to have an amazing group of best friends that are like sisters to me. It’s been such an encouragement to have a group of women around you that are so supportive and inspiring in their own ways.