Wednesday was my first ever Suspend class. Allison made sure everyone in the class understood each exercise, and how to modify to make it easier or more challenging. My muscles were sore, in a good way :) the next day! I would definitely recommend the Absolute Pilates Suspend class to anyone!
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.