[COL] Tower

This class is taught by:

Sharkie Burgert

Sharkie discovered Pilates after the birth of her second child. Initially, her Pilates practice began as a way to get back into shape after pregnancy. Sharkie soon found that Pilates brought much more than fitness into her life -- Pilates brought a renewed sense of energy and joy to everyday living. Sharkie is working towards her Comprehensive Pilates Certification with Balanced Body and looks forward to sharing the benefits of Pilates with her students. In addition to Pilates, Sharkie also enjoys traveling and rock climbing with her family.

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.  

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 is Comprehensively Certified by Balanced Body and teaches Mat, Reformer, Tower and Chair. In addition to practicing Pilates, Joanna also enjoys running, biking,cooking, reading, and traveling with her husband and spending time with her family.

Sarah Day

Sarah received her Pilates Certification through Polestar Pilates in August of 2015. She believes in the balancing effect Pilates has and thinks that everyone can benefit from its method. Sarah has worked in the Physical Therapy field for ten years, and has seen just how important movement is to the health of the body. She is excited to share her passion for Pilates with you!

Chris Ruane

Chris is a clinical Hanna Somatic Educator and Practitioner, Maryland Certified Massage Therapist, 500 hour yoga and Pilates teacher with over 17 years experience and is currently pursuing a Masters Pilates certification. She considers herself a mood movement detective who's focus is to help you achieve full range of movement in a pain-free body. Her background as an Irish dancer, athlete and musician give her personal insight into the mechanisms of chronic pain and her education and neurophysiology and hands on experience guide her work in creating custom tailored movement and Bodyworks sessions to help you move throughout life pain-free.

Fran Berndt

Founder and instructor, her love for Pilates is what made Coreworks possible. Fran holds a comprehensive Pilates certification from Balanced Body, and has completed all levels of training on the CoreAlign unit. Additional training was completed through Stott Pilates and PHI Pilates. Fran is also a Licensed Buff Bones Instructor. Fran has been practicing and studying Pilates since 2000.
Fran opened the first Coreworks Pilates Studio in 2003 in order to provide a non-threatening and warm environment for students to exercise and pursue their wellness goals. Fran believes 100 percent in the importance of the mind body and breath connection for increased ease of movement and quality of life.


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.

[COL] This class is held at the Columbia Studio.  Apparatus springs will assist or challenge your workout. Total body resistance workout using Pilates principles. Focus on control of movement. Increase your flexibility, strength, and balance. Suitable for all levels with previous Pilates experience and those who have taken a minimum of 1-3 intro to equipment classes.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Sep 24 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sharkie Burgert
  • Mon Sep 24 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Wed Sep 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Joanna Gilmer
  • Thu Sep 27 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sarah Day
  • Thu Sep 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chris Ruane
  • Sat Sep 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Fran Berndt
  • Sun Sep 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Doreen Sheppard
  • Mon Oct 01 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sharkie Burgert
  • Mon Oct 01 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Wed Oct 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Joanna Gilmer
  • Thu Oct 04 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sarah Day
  • Thu Oct 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chris Ruane
  • Sat Oct 06 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Fran Berndt
  • Sun Oct 07 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Fran Berndt
  • Mon Oct 08 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sharkie Burgert
  • Mon Oct 08 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Michele Brodsky
  • Wed Oct 10 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Joanna Gilmer
  • Thu Oct 11 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Sarah Day
  • Thu Oct 11 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Chris Ruane
  • Sat Oct 13 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Sara Raymond