Reformer Class Level II/III


This class is taught by:

Ann Haney

Ann started her Pilates training with Vitality Studio the summer of 2004, and also instructs Balanced Body Wunda Chair and Pilates Reformer. She has been very fortunate in continuing her education and teaching for the last five years. She is very excited to be a part of the Twisters team! Ann received her yoga teacher training from the Yandra Yoga Institute in 2004. There she studied lyengar and Vinyasa styles of yoga. She also holds additional certifications in pre-natal yoga and Yoga-Ed, which brings yoga into the elementary classrooms. Her style of teaching not only focuses on the breath and proper alignment, but also focuses on the students’ own energy. She feels that classes should be fun and challenging, encouraging her students to find a sense of balance and awareness within themselves.

Amber Flint

 
~ Pilates Reformer Instructor
 
Amber has been involved in formal dance and athletics for over 25 years. Amber's prior experience includes Dance Choreographer for American All-Stars, Choreographer for Super Bowl and SEC Pre-Game/Half-Time Shows, as well as individual dance and invite-only dance camp instruction. Amber's commitment to wellness, and personal enjoyment of helping others accomplish their fitness goals, has allowed her to transition to a variety of fitness specialties.
 
Since 2008, Amber has been utilizing her dance background to provide individual and group fitness instruction. She is qualified in TRX Suspension Training, a Certified Turbo Kick Instructor, a Certified Body Pump Instructor, a Certified Reformer/Pilates Instructor and also a Private-Group Personal Trainer.

Merissa Zeek

 
~ Pilates Reform Instructor / Pilates Mat Instructor / Barre Instructor
 
Merissa has been instructing since June of 2008. She is a certified IM=X Pilates instructor, and also teaches Balanced Body Wunda Chair, Barre Class, as well as mat Pilates.
 
Merissa enjoys expanding her education and training to further progress her clients.
 

Abby Schiff

 
~ Yoga Instructor/ Pilates Reformer Instructor/ Pilates Mat Instructor
 
Abby can usually be found teaching Pilates Reformer at Twister’s Pilates Annex directly down the street from the Ambler yoga/barre studios. Although Abby initially trained as a yoga instructor and started teaching at Twisters in 2007, she has transitioned her practice to combine pilates, yoga and barre and uses these various disciplines to tailor specific workouts for her clients' physical issues and goals.
 
Abby has been involved in the fitness arena for most of her life-- teaching aerobics, personal training and taking dance classes. She has completed several hundred hours of yoga training earning various certifications and is an active yoga practitioner. Abby has supplemented her background by taking Pilates trainings with Sylvia Byrd-Leitner and Joy Puleo earning teaching certifications from Balanced Body University including: Pilates Reformer and Movement Principles I, Reformer II Module, Mat I and Movement Principles, and most recently, Ballet Barre Instructor training.
 
While Abby has taught in numerous studios, schools, corporations and other venues in the Philadelphia suburbs as well as the New Jersey shore, Twisters is her home where she practices the same techniques that she shares with her students. She looks forward to working with other yoga practitioners to help them enhance their practice using the benefits of Pilates.

Jennifer Paxson

Born and raised in Germany, Jenny has lived the past 6 years in California before moving to Pennsylvania in January 2016. Jenny studied exercise physiology and physical education in Germany and has over 10 years of experience in teaching fitness and rehabilitative exercise classes. In the US Jenny went through the comprehensive teacher training program by Polestar Pilates and holds additional certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the American College of Sports Medicine (Personal Trainer) and the Center of Women's Fitness (Pre/Post Natal Pilates Specialist). Having been an amateur ballet dancer for over 10 years, Jenny enjoys fusing dance, Pilates and fitness moves when teaching barre classes. Jenny makes her classes challenging and fun by focusing on mind body integration and precise form.

Kelly Bielby

 
After 15 successful years in nonprofit management, Kelly joins the team at Twisters to teach Pilates Mat, Reformer and other Pilates Equipment Classes. Kelly began studying Pilates after an injury limited her range of motion and stability. Kelly loves how Pilates is grounded in alignment and it can lead to better posture, balance, muscle tone and overall body strength.
 
Kelly specializes in using the classical Pilates method as a way to exercise safely in proper form, prevent or help heal from injury and correct imbalances that can result from sitting for long periods. She believes a regular practice of Pilates informs your body awareness allowing for “spontaneous zest and pleasure,” as Joe Pilates himself said. Throughout her journey as a teacher, Kelly is continually amazed and inspired by the work that Pilates can accomplish for everyone and how the exercises can be practiced during all stages of life. Kelly truly believes all persons are capable of moving in a healthy and sustainable way given the opportunity.
 
Kelly is committed to creating strong relationships with clients. She is also available for private instruction sessions. Please contact the studio to arrange.

Alexis Frankel

 
Alexis joined the Twisters staff as a Spinning Instructor in 2012 and has now found a home teaching Reformer Pilates at the Ambler studio annex. Alexis, a former Latin teacher, has appropriated her teaching skills to the discipline of pilates and enjoys bringing new and varied challenges to her clients. Particularly interested in the connection of form and function, Alexis focuses on teaching the proper bio-mechanics to ensure that each exercise achieves the greatest effectiveness for each person.
 
In addition to teaching pilates at Twisters, Alexis enjoys working with students of all ages and pursuing all disciplines as a private tutor in the Philadelphia area.
These classes are designed for those who have mastered the Reformer workout routines and want a vigorous core body workout. Advanced registration and payment is required. Please call 215-654-5393 for availability as space is limited to 5 people.