[COL] Pilates Mat Challenge


This class is taught by:

Doreen Sheppard

Doreen Sheppard has over fourteen years teaching experience in the fitness industry. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one or in a group setting. She is certified in person training (NASM and ACE), group fitness (AFAA) Resist-A-Ball, and Spinning. She is currently pursuing a Balanced Body Reformer certification. Doreen enjoys running and road cycling in her spare time.

Sara Raymond

Sara is the Program Director at Coreworks. Sara is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates instructor and Master Instructor with Balanced Body and has also trained with STOTT Pilates, PHI Pilates and the Pilates Coach. In addition to Pilates, Sara is a CoreAlign Master Instructor and runs the Coreworks Mentor Program.  She is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a certified Booty Barre instructor.  Sara has been practicing and studying Pilates and yoga since 2000.  Sara brings the variety in her education background to her teaching style and enjoys working with all levels of students. Additionally, Sara works with individuals and small groups to make changes and improve lives as a hypnosis practitioner and meditation teacher.

Kelly Ringer

Kelly's fitness journey began at an early age with dance classes. Her knowledge and appreciation for overall health has expanded over the years as she found her love for Pilates and Barre fitness. Kelly is certified through INLINE's Barre Method and received her Pilates Mat certification through Balance Body. Kelly prides herself on teaching fun and challenging classes for all levels to help her students see transformative results. Her dance background puts a stress on alignment and form as keys to fitness success. She focuses on mind and body health, while promoting overall happiness. Kelly strives to nurture and motivate her students to achieve their goals as our bodies are more capable then we could ever imagine!

Chris Ruane

Chris became a certified Weight Trainer through IWA in 2004. She holds Pilates Mat and Tower Certifications through PHI Pilates and completed her Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007. Teaching since 2005, Chris teaches all levels of Mat, Tower, and Yoga. Chris is also a certified Massage Therapist and practices Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, and Heated Stone massage.

Michele Brodsky

Michele is the Education Director at Coreworks and has been a certified personal trainer since 1993. As a personal trainer, Michele works with doctors and physical therapists helping to rehabilitate patients.  In addition, Michele runs the dance conditioning program at Coreworks.  Michele teaches all formats of Pilates classes as well as runs the Pilates teacher training program through Balanced Body.  

Jennifer Randle

Jennifer found her practice when she suffered a serious back injury that required emergency surgery. During her recovery, she felt blessed and energized by the healing benefits of daily meditation and yoga which were critical to her physical and mental improvement. She began teaching in 2007 and in 2013 she completed her 500 hour advanced certification at the Yoga Center of Columbia.

In addition to yoga, Jen holds Balanced Bodies certifications in Pilates Mat I and II, and a Moms in Motion certification in Prenatal Fitness. Jen is passionate about offering modified yoga and Pilates to those who may have lost core power or flexibility due to pregnancy or other special conditions. Holding a postgraduate degree in Modern Studies, she also enjoys incorporating the modern relevance of yogic texts and principles into her classes.

Jennifer is devoted to creating a safe and experiential environment for her clients that honors awareness of the breath during moments of movement and stillness. She encourages an appreciation for the importance of alignment through core strength, balance and flexibility — both on the mat and in life. A lifelong student, Jennifer relishes time with her teachers and enjoys her journey as she refines and evolves her practice and teaching.

Joanna Gilmer

Joanna began her journey with Pilates in 2011 in Warsaw,Poland. On the first day of practice, her teacher started class by quoting Joseph Pilates “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body”. As a “skeptical” beginner, Joanna was amazed that everything that was said about Pilates became true. As a result, she has become a committed practitioner of Pilates, and in convincing others that thanks to this method, not only the body movement and strength can improve, but you will also gain greater balance and energy. You simply start feeling better! Joanna’s experience and her desire to help others find the benefits of Pilates fitness lead her to start her professional comprehensive Pilates teacher’s training. Through Balanced Body she is currently completing her comprehensive certification. In addition to practicing Pilates, Joanna also enjoys running, biking,cooking, reading, and traveling.
[COL] Held at the Columbia Studio.  Pilates is a system of movement that focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Every exercise is performed with attention to breath, proper form and efficient movement patterns. Pilates strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and reduces stress. The mat repertoire will challenge you usign body weight and small props. With small class sizes, this mixed level class will offer variations and modifications to suit all levels.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Sep 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Doreen Sheppard
  • Mon Sep 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sara Raymond
  • Mon Sep 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kelly Ringer
  • Tue Sep 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chris Ruane
  • Wed Sep 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Wed Sep 27 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jennifer Randle
  • Thu Sep 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Sara Raymond
  • Thu Sep 28 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Fri Sep 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Jennifer Randle
  • Sat Sep 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Joanna Gilmer
  • Sun Oct 01 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Doreen Sheppard
  • Mon Oct 02 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sara Raymond
  • Mon Oct 02 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kelly Ringer
  • Tue Oct 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chris Ruane
  • Wed Oct 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Wed Oct 04 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jennifer Randle
  • Thu Oct 05 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Sara Raymond
  • Thu Oct 05 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Fri Oct 06 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Jennifer Randle
  • Sat Oct 07 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Joanna Gilmer