• Alyssa Wedding
    Alyssa Wedding
  • Amber Schmisseur
    Amber Schmisseur
  • Amanda Stimac
    Amanda Stimac
  • Caryl Scobbie
    Caryl Scobbie
  • Jennifer Payne
    Jennifer Payne
  • Monet Stunson
    Monet Stunson
  • Martha Allen
    Martha Allen
  • Peggy Gain
    Peggy Gain
  • Regan Johannesen
    Regan Johannesen
  • Rita Yablonsky
    Rita Yablonsky
  • The Pilates Barre Team
    The Pilates Barre Team
  • Stephanie Manning
    Stephanie Manning

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I decided a few months ago to give The Pilates Barre a try….WOW! What an amazing adventure this has been for me. In 3 months I have seen a lot of changes in my body. I feel like I am a lot stronger than I have ever been.

Debbie WeinachtEdwardsville

The best thing I have ever done for myself!!! #strongerandhealthier #addictedisanunderstatement

Lexi HaleyEdwardsville

Love this studio! Staff is knowledgeable and warm. Equipment is excellent. You can be a true athlete or, if you are like me, an aging boomer — and all your exercise needs will be met.

KarenHighland

Yesterday was my Pilates Anniversary and of course I celebrated with buying new Pilates workout clothes. I also bought a new dress for a wedding next month 4 sizes smaller than before Pilates!!! Thank you to everyone at the Pilates Barre Studio!

MerandaEdwardsville

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Alyssa Wedding

Alyssa Wedding was born and raised in Alton, IL. Following in her sister’s footsteps, she began taking a variety of dance classes at age 3. Around the age of 8, her sole focus became ballet. She trained in ballet, pointe, and pilates during her time at Saint Louis Ballet School and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her love of dance opened the doors for her to be on her high school’s dance team and eventually, the dance team at Saint Louis University.

After being a part of SLU’s program for 4 years, she took over the role of coach in 2012. Alyssa took her first barre class 3 years ago and has been trying different classes and studios ever since. She loves the way it includes movements and body alignments she has been familiar with her whole life, as well as making her body shake like it never has before! She is excited to teach at the Pilates Barre Studio and bring new and challenging movements to each class – perhaps even sprinkling in some ballet!

Certificates of Training: Currently researching group training + personal training certifications
Degree: BA in Education from Saint Louis University
Hometown?Alton, IL
Career before Pilates? Program Coordinator at Saint Louis University

Learn More about Alyssa

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Yogurt and/or eggs + toast (with avocado) if I have enough time. Can’t forget an iced coffee too!
I don’t leave home without? Lately I have been trying to drink more water, so I try not to forget a refillable water bottle.
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? I enjoy classes with instructors who are upbeat, creative, and personable!
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Greece, Italy, and Aruba!
What is your signature fashion style? I took a quiz and got “Casual Chic”! I don’t really know what that means, but I’d like to think that I can pull of a variety of styles, but it’s really whatever I feel comfortable in! Comfort is key. I also really love pretty floral prints!
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? See ABT and NYCB perform at their home theatres in NYC, helicopter ride in Hawaii, and go on a safari in Africa.
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? While I don’t take pilates as often as I should and would like to, even after just 1 class I can feel the difference in every day life. It helps me sit up straighter and walk a little taller!
Two words that describe your teaching style? Inventive and Loud (I like to bump the music!)
Favorite blog? Skinny Confidential
How has Pilates changed your body? I think since becoming a barre instructor, I am much more aware of my own body placement in exercises and while working out at the gym.
I am an expert in? Geography! I am not ashamed to say that I have a bit of an obsession with maps. I could be looking up a nearby city and end up half way across the world looking at countries I’ve visited or want to visit next!
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Either hanging out at home with my boyfriend and our two dogs. Or at a local restaurant/bar in Belleville, O’Fallon or St. Louis. We love supporting all the local restaurants that make STL and the metro east so great!

Amber Schmisseur

Amber began her Pilates journey due to neck and shoulder pain. She quickly got hooked on private lessons and the ability to understand more about movement theory. Being an educator and life-long learner, Amber found herself craving more knowledge about Pilates. This led her to pursue training at the prestigious The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Amber has graduate degrees in Communication and Instructional Technology, and a graduate certificate in Web-Based Learning. She is a professor of Communication at a local college.

Certificates of Training: Kaeli Larson “The Natural Progression to Advance Pilates” and “Squeezing more juice out of Optional Pilates Exercises” Attending The Pilates Center Boulder, CO
Degree: B.S. Mass Communication, B.S. Psychology, MA Speech Communication, MA Instructional Technology, Graduate Certificate in Web-Based Learning
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
Career before Pilates: Professor

Learn More about Amber

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Crepes
I don’t leave home without? Handbag with snacks, sunglasses, and grip socks for Pilates.
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? The ability to bring out potential you didn’t know you had.
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Hawaii, Italy, Seattle
What is your signature fashion style? Blazers and color
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Travel Europe, go back to Hawaii, and teach an 80’s themed Barre class (just once).
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? A-ha moments happen everyday for me.
Two words that describe your teaching style? Positive and Encouraging
Favorite blog? I don’t really read blogs. I like The New York Times.
How has Pilates changed your body? I found my hamstrings!
I am an expert in…..? I’m a firm believer in the idea that the more you know, the less you know you know.
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Out to dinner or watching Netflix with my dog.

Amanda Stimac

Amanda was born and raised in Granite City. She began taking Pilates classes to help with stress and to feel better about herself after having her third child. Amanda fell in love with Pilates after her first class and it has been in her exercise regimen ever since. She decided to take the Pilates training through The Pilates Center of Boulder Colorado, so she can help others feel better about themselves, reach fitness goals and share her passion for Pilates. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling.

Certificates of Training: Enrolled in The Pilates Center of Boulder Colorado
Other Certifications? The Natural Progression of Advanced Pilates exercises and Squeezing more juice out of the optional Pilates exercises
Degree: Dental Assisting
Hometown? Granite City
Career before Pilates? Stay at Home Mom

Learn More about Amanda

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Fruit, eggs, French Toast
I don’t leave home without? Phone
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Very informative, polite but assertive
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Arizona, Las Vegas and Cancun
What is your signature fashion style? Casual Chic
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Hot Air Balloon ride, travel to Bora Bora and Hawaii
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? I decided to try Pilates and noticed all the results and thought…wow it really does work!
Two words that describe your teaching style? Fun and encouraging
Favorite blog? I don’t have one
How has Pilates changed your body? I lost about 30lbs and found muscles I never knew I had!
I am an expert in? Party Planning
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Home

Caryl Scobbie

In 2014, Caryl Scobbie set a New Year’s Resolution goal to regularly incorporate Pilates into her workout regimen, and has been taking classes at the studio ever since! Pilates has been the one workout that has not only changed her body, but has given her a new awareness of the bad habits she has developed in her every day movements and stances. Pilates is not a workout for her, it is a reward, and this is what drove her decision to become Pilates certified and enroll in the intermediate teaching program through The Pilates Center of Boulder, CO.

The teaching program is a large time commitment consisting of practice teaching, observations, lectures, and personal workouts – Caryl is currently juggling her time with these tasks and her full time job. Her degree is in architecture and she works for a national restaurant chain as a project manager in the Design department. Her day job can be stressful, so to have Pilates as a release and a way to stay centered is invaluable! When she’s not at work or the studio, you can find her on her fashion blog or cheering on the Cardinals! Caryl hopes she inspires others to find ways to balance their busy work commitments while taking time for themselves also!

Caryl’s goal as an instructor is to challenge clients to build confidence in their bodies. Through her teaching, Caryl likes to showcase that Pilates is truly a full-body exercise, and it starts with the mind. We are all capable of achieving maximum mobility, flexibility, and core strength, but you must first build that trust in yourself!

Certificates of Training: I started the certification program through The Pilates Center of Boulder in October and anticipate graduation by the end of the year.
Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture.
Hometown: I was born in Los Angeles, CA but I consider San Antonio, TX my hometown!
Career before Pilates: I work in the Design department for a national restaurant chain. My biggest role is change management – making sure any changes to our equipment, furniture, finishes, etc. get tracked, tested, communicated, and implemented properly. It can get stressful and I love having Pilates as my way to let my work stress go and help others do the same in the process!

Learn More about Caryl

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Eggs! Admittedly I could eat anything + eggs for any meal. Over easy, scrambled with cheese, hard boiled, it’s all good!
I don’t leave home without? My phone. And chapstick.
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Being able to notice even the slightest nuances or corrections in body movement. They are so subtle, I can barely feel I am making differences, but somehow they still noticed! I also admire teachers who can cue movements so effortlessly and in a way that makes instant connections with their clients.
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Montreal, Portland, and Riviera Maya Mexico
What is your signature fashion style? This is a loaded question! I am certainly not fashion forward but I’m not afraid to take risks with bold patterns and colors. And I could not live without a pair of pointy toe pumps. Or 20.
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list?

–I really want to make it to Europe one day. Specifically Paris.
–I would love to visit every MLB baseball stadium!
–Although I know it’s a little different now, I would still like to visit the original studio location at which Joseph Pilates taught in NYC!
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? Just this past week, Regan was teaching me swan and how it really is more of a reach and extension of your spine – the lift of your arms and reach of your fingertips help get you that extension. It’s not just an exercise that ends in a back-bend. Looking at the before and after photos of that session were so impactful!
Two words that describe your teaching style? Awareness building
Favorite blog? Haute off the Rack – She is my favorite and so super sweet in person!
How has Pilates changed your body? I definitely plateau when I am doing cardio and only cardio. I am in my best shape when I incorporate Pilates into my routine. I’m longer, leaner, stronger, more mobile, and my spine is more pliable! It truly makes me feel my best.
I am an expert in…..? Bourbon! Well, not really but I certainly feel well on my way!
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Between April and October, it’s definitely cheering on the Cardinals, either at home or at Busch!
Jennifer Payne

Jennifer was born and raised in Kentucky. From a young age, she grew up playing sports including tennis, softball, and basketball, as well as dance and gymnastics. She participated in competitive tennis and was ranked in Kentucky Tennis Association during high school. While studying Business Administration at Murray State University, Jennifer took her first yoga and Pilates classes for stress management and they have been a staple in her exercise regimen ever since. In August 2016, Jennifer completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program through Yoga Six in St. Louis and is certified by Yoga Alliance. Additionally, Jennifer works in higher education at SIUE. She is excited to share her passion for teaching at The Pilates Barre!

Certificates of Training: Balanced Body University – Barre Instructor Training Program in Omaha, NE; 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Six-St. Louis as well as Yoga Six’s Bridge Program; Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance; Wanderlust 108 Festival participant in Nashville, TN (Mindful Triathlon: 5K, outdoor yoga experience, guided meditation – barre3 bonus activity)
Degree: BS in Political Science and MBA in Business Administration from Murray State University
Hometown: Paducah, KY
Career before Pilates: SIUE – School of Business Academic Advisor

Learn More about Jennifer

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Weekday morning – Oatmeal with honey and a large cup of black coffee; Weekend morning – breakfast casserole, bacon, biscuits and a mimosa!
I don’t leave home without? Sunglasses – the bigger the better!
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? I admire teachers that are warm and welcoming, challenge me to do more than I think I can, and truly love teaching!
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? London, Paris, and New York City
What is your signature fashion style? Classic black dress with statement jewelry – I like looks that are timeless!
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Visit all 30 Major League baseball parks (currently I have visited 14), Visit all 4 Tennis Grand Slam locations (currently I have visited 1), and participate in a mission trip abroad
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? When a teacher explained step-by-step the Pilates 100’s exercise for me
Two words that describe your teaching style? Energetic and Encouraging
Favorite blog? FitReserve by Sadie Lincoln – Founder of barre3
How has Pilates changed your body? Pilates has made me more aware of my core strength and how beneficial it can be in everyday life, playing sports, and my yoga practice.
I am an expert in…..? I love to make things tidy and know where things are!
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? I love to go to one of my favorite restaurants, order a bottle of wine, eat a lovely meal and have an engaging conversation!

Monet Stunson

Monet was born and raised in Glen Carbon. She is a Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville graduate and received her degrees in biology, chemistry, and forensic science. She currently works in healthcare. However, her true passion lies in fitness, health, and wellness. She is excited about her endeavors as a Barre instructor. Monet first fell in love with the practice in 2013 when the studio opened its doors. She plans to further her training in the Pilates field and is excited to share the practice with others.

 

 

Certificates of Training: The pilates barre studio barre training, the pilates center teacher training program, the natural progression to advanced pilates exercise with Kalie Larson Ziemba, YMCA Sports performance coach
Degree: Biology, Chemistry, Forensic science
Hometown? Glen Carbon
Career before Pilates? Healthcare

Learn More about Monet

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Coffee and trail mix
I don’t leave home without? My phone
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Knowledgeable and personable
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? California, New York, Colorado
What is your signature fashion style? Athleisure
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Visit somewhere outside of the U.S., white water rafting, hang gliding
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? Realizing it’s about progress, not perfection
Two words that describe your teaching style? Challenging and motivational
Favorite blog? I don’t actively follow any blogs
How has Pilates changed your body? Less aches and pains
I am an expert in? online shopping
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? On my couch with the dogs

Martha Allen

Martha Allen began taking Pilates mat classes as a result of a patella sublaxation when she was a high school student taking daily ballet, modern, and jazz classes. Her interest and class work in Pilates continued during her college life as Pilates was an integral part of the modern dance curriculum at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Mat classes paved the way for private lessons with the tower, reformer, and the Cadillac. Martha began her formal Pilates training with Mary Brown, in August 2013. Pilates has enabled Martha to further her dance career and enhance her everyday life. Martha is excited to start her teaching journey at the Pilates Barre Studio in Edwardsville and share her love of Pilates!

Certificates of Training: Peck Pilates Mat Certification Level 1, Mary J Brown Core Center
Degree: BFA Modern Dance
Hometown? St. Louis, MO
Career before Pilates? Professional Dancer

Learn More about Martha

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cup of coffee, a bagel with butter and honey
I don’t leave home without? 3 different lip balms in my purse!
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Kind, Helpful and Attentive
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Italy, Paris, Maine
What is your signature fashion style? It used to be my mushroom top on my head now I always have a sweater
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Visit Hawaii, Move to a new state and adopt another cat
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? When you release work from your hip flexors and feel deep low belly support your lower body
Two words that describe your teaching style? Friendly butt kicking
Favorite blog? Osea’s blog from their website
How has Pilates changed your body? Pilates has helped me make deep body connections and help rehab/prevent injuries from dance
I am an expert in? I am an expert in cuddling cats
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? On a Saturday night you can find my at home with my cat and boyfriend watching something on netflix 🙂

Peggy Gain

Peggy has been a fitness fanatic since she can remember. After a car accident, she had ruptured a disc in her lower back, but she was determined to avoid surgery and taught herself how to relieve the pain through her own studies of Pilates. After taking a few privates at The Pilates Barre Studio, she started her official Pilates training through The Core Center’s PMA approved comprehensive Pilates teacher training. She loves researching and expanding her knowledge on the benefits and practice of Pilates. Peggy is passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals, feel better about themselves, and work through current aches and pains. Peggy truly believes there is no reason to kill yourself to be fit and healthy. So, if you want to be worked out, feel the burn, but also feel amazing after, come see her!

Certificates of Training: Mary Brown- The Core Center , Kaile Larson The natural progression to advance Pilates and Squeezing more juice out of optional Pilates excercises.
Degree: Cosmetology
Hometown: Spanish Lake, MO
Career before Pilates: Hair stylist 

Learn More about Peggy

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? eggs, berries, avocado toast, & oatmeal
I don’t leave home without? Water, lip gloss, phone cash and my list!
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Confidence, Passion, Knowledge
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Hawaii, Aruba & Chicago
What is your signature fashion style? Depends on the day
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Sky dive, travel abroad & swim with dolphins 
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? Oh my gosh , so many! Some are my own and some when I see the connection in a client. The most recent would be breath . I was reading Return to Life again and when doing rowings I really incorporated the inhale, keeping my deep abdominal engaged and my breath literally moved my arms, opened my shoulder blades, and made the movement “easy” naturally.
Two words that describe your teaching style? Hands on & personal
Favorite blog? I don’t blog.
How has Pilates changed your body? Healthier spine, connected & stronger
I am an expert in…..? Nothing, I’m always always learning
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? My couch

Regan Johannesen

Regan has been teaching Pilates since 2003. She is experienced in both Mat and Reformer training and enjoys helping her clients achieve their long range personal fitness goals. Regan keeps active through Pilates, barre, walking, yoga, swimming, hiking and cycling. Being a competitive runner, she used Pilates to rehabilitate her knee and lower back after she tore her ACL skiing. As an athlete from a very young age, she can relate to clients of various physical interests from the elite athlete, to an individual with an injury, to a novice who is just beginning to take an interest in fitness. Regan was certified through Body Arts and Science International. After BASI, Regan completed a second comprehensive Pilates program with The Core Center of St. Louis. Regan has done her continuing education with Michelle Larson of Core Dynamics. With a quest for knowledge, she recently completed an additional training at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder in Boulder, CO. She is also a Host Advisor through the Pilates Center of Boulder for other trainees in the area.

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Learn More about Regan

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Rita Yablonsky

Rita has been teaching and training individuals and groups in many disciplines since 1983. She has been trained by some of the top professionals in the industry such as Johnny Goldberg (founder of the Spinning® program), Beth Shaw (YogaFit®), Petra Kolber and Gin Miller (Reebok Master Trainers), and Les Mills (Body Pump®) to name a few. Rita has maintained a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. She is dedicated to helping others in their own personal pursuit of weight loss, increased fitness and overall health. To say she is dedicated to this industry is an understatement!

In her free time, Rita enjoys training for and participating in marathons and half marathons, cycling, yoga, and lifting weights, as well as, spending time with her husband and four children in their many sports and activities. Rita has completed five marathons and over 30 half-marathons since 2008 and continues to participate in running events nationwide. One important philosophy she lives by is that anyone can do anything if they make up their mind to do it and then follow through with the appropriate training and dedication. One is never too old, too large, too small, too ANYTHING to try! Rita is Stott Pilates™ Mat Pilates, YogaFit® Yoga certified, and Pilates certified through The Core Center of St. Louis.

 

Certificates of Training: PILATES Comprehensive Training through The Core Center JOHNNY G. SPINNING, ACE, ACSM Personal Training, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, BODYPUMP, & more!
Degree: Master of Arts, Creative Writing and Literature
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Career before Pilates: I’ve been teaching exercise in one form or another since age 19; I don’t want to tell you how long ago that was!

Learn More about Rita

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Fresh fruit with Cabot Vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of Grape Nuts
I don’t leave home without? Lip Gloss
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? Knowledge and mastery, hands-on corrections, soothing and encouraging voice
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Alaska, Canada, Carribean Islands
What is your signature fashion style? Boho Chic
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Visit Europe (I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet!!!), Sky dive, take my daughter to New York
What’s your pilates “a-ha” moment? My Pilates Ah-ha moment was when I realized that the components of Pilates can easily be incorporated into my daily life to help me move and feel better!
Two words that describe your teaching style? Mega Cues
Favorite blog? I’m so behind the times that I don’t regularly follow any blog!!
How has Pilates changed your body? It has slimmed down my overly-muscular legs and enhanced overall muscle tone
I am an expert in…..? Shakespeare plays, especially “King Lear” my personal favorite
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Either home with my husband and kids or out with friends, preferably the former

The Pilates Barre Team

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Saturday 7AM – 1PM

Stephanie Manning

Stephanie Manning has been teaching for as long as she can remember. Injury rehabilitation and prevention is what led her to the Pilates practice, but her passion for health, well-being, and mobility is what permeates through her teaching. Stephanie is a Pilates Method Alliance trained teacher, under Mary J Brown of St. Louis, and a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher. She continues to seek training and experience from a variety of professionals in the field. She has completed observations and classes at Pilates Aligned, in Denver, Colorado, under Cara Reeser, a second generation trained teacher and carrier of the Kathy Grant work. Stephanie is currently attending The Pilates Center of Boulder Colorado for an additional Pilates Certification.

Stephanie took the studio over after teaching here for about three years. She is excited to continue to offer The Pilates Barre Studio to the Edwardsville Community, and looks forward to helping clients evolve, strengthen, and restore.

Certificates of Training: PILATES Comprehensive Training through The Core Center, Pilates Method Aliance Certified, AFAA Group Fitness Certification, anticipate graduation through The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO by the end of the year.
Degree: Bachelors of Education and Masters is Administrative Leadership
Hometown: Shiloh, IL
Career before Pilates: Career before Pilates was teaching 5th grade – I love teaching!

Learn More about Stephanie

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Oatmeal with blueberries, nuts, and protein powder!
I don’t leave home without? my cell phone
What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? I admire a teacher that can teach you the quality and skill in a precise way so I can accomplish more!
Top 3 places you’ve traveled? Kauai, Maya Rivera, and Bahamas
What is your signature fashion style? Casual Chic (I took a quiz) 🙂
Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? Visit Singapore ( I was born there), Hike the Na’Pali Coast, Camp at the Grand Canyon
What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? When I realized what quality movement looks like and feels like
Two words that describe your teaching style? Subtle Strength
Favorite blog? I would have to say our instructor Caryl’s: More Pieces of Me
How has Pilates changed your body? It has slimmed down my body to be leaner and feel stronger and more connected
I am an expert in…..? learning!
Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? At the lake with my family