Barre, Body Pump
Aimee Bell has been a Barre instructor since January 2015, but her love of ballet extends back to the age of 4. She danced for 16 years at many prestigious schools, such as Ballet Austin, Canyon Concert Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet; studying under many well known names in ballet world. She originated many roles, including Beauty in David Keener’s “Beauty and the Beast.” After taking a break from dance to finish her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and a Masters in Health Sciences and Public Health, she found her way back to the dance world through Barre classes. She is a military spouse and a mother. She enjoys knitting, curling up with a good book, and working as an advocate for the vulnerable and oppressed through Noonday Collection.
Barre, HIIT, TRX
Dena Long attended the University of California Santa Barbara where she was a Dance major for three years. She then changed directions to become a chiropractor and graduated from The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1994. After practicing for three years in California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she has been in practice in the Tacoma area ever since. In 1998 she started taking Pilates to get back in shape after the birth of her daughter and loved it so much she pursued her certification to teach mat classes. Since growing up with a dance back round, fitness has always been a priority and when hearing about the Barre classes at the Pilates Body, she knew it would be right up her alley. Dena has recently completed courses in Beyond Barre and Booty Barre.
Heather has always been a strong believer in health and fitness. She was born and raised in the Tacoma area and studied exercise science at the University of Puget Sound before completing her nursing degree in California. She works as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital and is dedicated to promoting health and wellness. Heather is certified in Les Mills Body Pump and loves the variety and challenge that Body Pump offers. She appreciates the way it has strengthened her and looks forward to helping others gain strength and challenge themselves as well.
HIIT, Run Super
Karey has been a fitness lover all her life. She has Coached the Run Super program for years and is excited to extend her knowledge into the studio. She loves to teach good form and is known for being extremely encouraging. Karey is a strong runner and athlete ready for you to tackle her classes! She's a mom to 3 and wife to an awesomely supportive husband. Her positive outlook on life carries over into her very encouraging style of teaching. She will help you feel confident and capable!
It’s often enticing when getting back into regular exercise to try the newest fad in fitness. One of the more popular movements of late is Les Mills Body Pump.
If you are not familiar with the format, a BodyPump class is 60 minutes in length and involves moderate to high intensity resistance training with a barbell. While in class you will perform approximately 800 repetitions of various exercises with relatively low weights. The BodyPump website claims an individual can burn 560 to 1,000 calories in each class.
Katie graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Masters degree in Exercise Science and relocated from Wisconsin to Fort Myers, FL to start my first job working in Cardiac Rehab. After a year in Florida, she realized that she missed the seasons (too much heat and hurricanes for someone from Wisconsin!) and I headed to Nashville, TN to work at Vanderbilt University. It was about a year thereafter that she decided wanted to pursue her second Masters degree in nursing. she graduated from Vanderbilt in 2009 and since then has been working as a Nurse Practitioner. About a year ago, having spent 8 years in Nashville, she wanted to make one more big move. She took a leap of faith and moved across the country to start a new adventure on the West Coast. It has been through all these changes that Body Pump and Les Mills have been a part of her life. She's been a certified Body Pump instructor since 1999, Katie enjoys bringing health and fitness into my life as well as yours.
Barre, Barre/TRX, Kettlbell, Kickboxing,
Patricia Rubke began teaching in the Tacoma/Puyallup area in 2002. She studied classical ballet for 18 years and decided to continue her physical lifestyle as a kickboxing instructor and circuit trainer for the YMCA 11 years ago. Her love for both cardio and strength recently evolved into teaching for Barre253, combining her ballet education with group exercise. She is an energetic and motivating instructor that will challenge you to your true potential. Her favorite saying is, "if you're tired of starting over, stop giving up!"
Reiley has an extensive background in ballet. Her career is in fact the beautiful dance form of ballet. She furthers this love by instructing at the Studio. Reiley's form is exquisite. You can learn how to refine your movements in her classes by watching and emulating her. The art of dance and barre classes takes time so don't get discouraged! Continue your practice and be consistent to see results. The results will come and your mind and body will thank you for your dedication. Everyone can benefit from a barre class as it focuses on lengthening and aligning your body while strengthening and refining both your large and small supporting muscles.
HIIT, Kickboxing, Kettlebells, Run Super, TRX
Sabrina brings an element to fun to her classes. You may not know exactly what you will get in class as she likes to incorporate many strength and mobility movements by mixing up the equipment or use of the body. She intentionally does this to encourage muscle confusion and get the biggest bang for your buck while she has you. Sabrina has been coaching and training in Tacoma for the last several years and is looking forward to helping you become the best version of yourself. Don’t let her free spirit and humor distract you from her serious approach to training. She focuses on form to ward off injury and is a wealth of knowledge. Her background in science and art has trained her to approach life with a creative, yet scientific approach.
You can also find her hitting the marathon and ultra circuit, putting on races or traveling with her pace team across the nation. Ask this entrepreneur what else she has up her sleeve!
Barre, Body Pump, Kettlebells, TRX
Shannon is nationally certified in both AFAA Group Fitness and Les Mills International BodyPump and has been teaching group fitness since 2010. Her classes are high energy, sweat-soaked extravaganzas with lots of positive energy. Shannon has been involved in organized sports and outdoor activities her entire life. She played Division I college softball and continues to play softball at the highest level. Her athletic and coaching background in competitive sports provides her with a broad expertise in working with all types of clients. She has continued to work with a variety of people focussing on strength and conditioning, cycle, and group fitness classes delivering her clients with the most effective and innovative training methods. Shannon has a passion for fitness and the enthusiasm to motivate her students as well as the intensity challenge the most fit athletes.
Laura is our barre babe. She came to us from another studio in Spokane and brought her awesome touches to the studio. Her goal is to help you get into the alignments so you can arrive at your deeper understanding of biomechanics, anatomy, posture while having fun. Feel free to ask her for tips to improve your overall wellness and outlook on life.
Yoga, Run Super, Barre, Kickboxing
Whitney has a background in dance and currently teaches yoga at the studio. She is excited to help you train your mind and body to conquer whatever obstacles or struggles you may have. Whitney will help you focus to stretch and lengthen your muscles while improving your lung capacity. The practice of yoga helps you focus and gain mental and physical strength. She is excited to teach barre in the near future!