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Pilates Plus Los Angeles has some of the finest professional trainers in LA, all of whom are experts at delivering the Lagree Fitness workout. Each trainer has their own distinct style, so we suggest that you take sessions with several of them to find the best fit for you.

DEBI MONAHAN

debi-monahanOne of four sisters born and raised in Philadelphia, Debi realized early on that a career as a performer was in her blood. Ultimately moving to NY where the stage became her new home she brings with her a professional dance career including world stages across the globe. She is known in the industry as the “Ultimate Triple Threat”, (singer, dancer, actress) starring on Broadway in multiple Tony award winning shows, performing along side of many of our celebrated stars from Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, to Cher, and many more on stage, in film and television. Now Debi is responsible for training and transforming the bodies of many of today’s biggest celebrities in the film, TV and modeling industry. Not a day goes by where Debi isn’t stopped and asked by woman of all ages, “Where did you get that body from and how do I get it?”

Debi is one of the original SPX/Systeme Dynamique/LAGree Fitness certified trainers personally selected by Sebastien LaGree to carry on his work. It is her drive, professionalism, work ethic and compassion that make her the person she is today. Her extraordinary knowledge of the body and how it moves combined with her energy; enthusiasm and creativity are what make her classes unique. Debi focuses special attention to technique and detail and creates a most challenging class that results in achieving the ultimate in muscle definition, strength and flexibility yielding extremely impressive results.

Debi is the leading voice in this revolutionary fitness industry with years of combined and textured experience successfully teaching with her fingers and “long legs” on the pulse of the Pilates industry and plenty of real-life experience she shares with her apprentices. Teachers, clients, studio owner’s, people of all ages and walks of life, come from all over the country to study with her. Simply put, it makes sense to learn from the best of the best as her students will profess, “She is explosive, powerful and strong and that’s what I feel when I leave the studio”.

AMANDA SCHOPPE

amanda-schoppeAmanda is super excited to be a part of the Pilates Plus Los Angeles team of incredibly talented trainers!

She is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from New York City where she danced professionally for over 10 years- One of her most exciting credits include performing as a World famous Radio City Rockette for seven amazing seasons. Amanda has always been a fitness addict and especially loves the challenge, mold-ability and intensity of the Lagree Method– She has also completed the Stott Pilates teacher training, and is extremely mindful of correct body alignment, biomechanics and form. You can expect super fun, sweaty and intense full body workouts from Amanda’s classes in addition to crazy eclectic playlists with a little old school thrown in there too!  

CRAIG PIERCE

craig-pierceCraig Pierce brings his Houston style and southern charm to LA to shake things up! With a wide array of certifications in ISSA, NASM, STOTTS, TRX, and RealRyder SPIN, combined with passion and desire that makes his creativity and intensity one of a kind. He motivates you, in a positive way, to push you further than you thought possible. His energy is through the roof – to the point that he’s sweating with you! An experience that’ll change everything about your body!

His outlook on why he does what he does is simple — “I love what I do and it shows when I teach. I want to provide a class that is challenging for anyone and everyone, yet make sure it is crazy fun and informative – glued together with good music.”

Trainer information coming soon!

BECKY DIAZ

Becky-diazBecky was born and raised in rural western Pennsylvania. Starting at a young age, she embraced sports, skiing, gymnastics and just about any physical activity available.

Since moving to the west coast in 2001 Becky has made fitness a priority as well as a career. After the birth of her daughter, Becky started taking pilates classes at a local gym. After seeing her own results, she decided to make helping others experience the same results a priority. Becky then received her certification from Pilates Plus. Becky is very excited to integrate her fitness background, classic pilates and Systeme Dynamique SPX training into her teaching here at Pilates Plus!

CLAUDINE

claudine-asmariClaudine fell in love with Pilates the moment the doors opened at Pilates Plus. Claudine saw changes in her body she never thought were possible and was immediately hooked.  She loved the way Pilates made her feel both physically and emotionally and wanted to give that feeling to others.

Claudine brings so much enjoyment and passion to every class. Form is very important to her so she watches you carefully and even her smallest corrections will make a big difference in results. She truly wants you to get the most out of every workout so you feel as wonderful as she did.

Claudine’s classes are a combination of SPX and classical Pilates. She will get you strong and lean while increasing your heart rate so you burn maximum calories every time. Her simple motto of having fun and proper form makes for a perfect workout.

JACKIE GOODMAN

jackie-goodmanJackie has always had an interest in fitness and has always made exercise a priority.  Whether she was hiking, running, boxing or swimming she always found time to get her workouts in. Almost 5 years ago she met Kristi Vacanti at Pilates Plus in Encino and was hooked.  She saw changes in her body that she couldn’t get from her other workouts. Pilates Plus quickly became a staple in her life.

Jackie started managing Kristi’s studio and after subbing for a trainer one day, decided to get her Pilates certification.  Since teaching for Pilates Plus Jackie has also obtained her personal training and TRX certifications.

Jackie brings her love of fitness to every class and believes in giving a full body workout every time.  Her high energy and passion makes even the toughest workouts seem fun.  Proper form is very important to Jackie and she keeps a close eye on you whether your a beginner or a longtime client.  Jackie teaches Pilates as well as Treadmill/Pilates and TRX/Pilates classes at PPLA and believes the combination of these classes are all you need to get the body you always wanted.

JENNY BRIAN

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JESS McTIGHE

jess-mctigheTrainer information coming soon!

STEFANIE STEVENS

stefanie-stevensStefanie has been an athlete and involved in dance since she was little. Health and fitness has always been a major part of her life. After taking her first Lagree Fitness pilates class, she knew she wanted to be a trainer. Never before had she been able to get such an amazing total body workout in under an hour and see results so quickly.

Being such a firm believer in the workout she continues to take classes two to three days a week. She is also a fitness model for such companies like Athleta. Stefanie’s classes can be challenging and intense at times all while having fun and getting a great workout at the same time!

KRISTEEN VAN FOSSEN

kristeen-van-fossenBorn and raised in Southern California, Kristeen Van Fossen, has always led a healthy and active lifestyle. From early training in ballet and dance, to competitive team sports such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, and track and field, she is constantly seeking new challenges that will keep her physically fit while increasing stamina and strength. This passion for fitness led to her training for and completing the Los Angeles Marathon in 2008!

An avid yoga practitioner for over 10 years, Kristeen’s holistic approach to total body wellness includes a keen interest in eastern medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition, as well as rigorous physical activity.

Kristeen was thrilled to discover Lagree Fitness and its total body workout – with a focus on core conditioning and strengthening that delivers proven results. Kristeen is a certified SPX trainer, and truly believes this workout will make you stronger from the inside out!

LACEY MARTIN

lacey-martinLacey grew up in a small town in Northern Maine where even Classical Pilates classes are very hard to come by. Before moving to Los Angeles, she had never heard of Pilates Plus. Instead, she forced herself to run for weight loss even though it aggravated old injuries. It only took one Pilates Plus class before she was completely hooked. After just a few weeks Lacey noticed her body getting stronger and leaner without pain and with minimal time commitment. Lacey has been instructing for over two years and Pilates Plus is still her favorite workout! The chronic lower back pain she suffered from for so many years is almost non-existent now thanks to the core strengthening attributes of Pilates. She feels stronger than ever.

In Lacey’s class you can expect high energy and upbeat music. Even at 6:30 in the morning! Lacey prides herself on giving a really tough workout while being a super supportive trainer that pays close attention to form and is always ready and willing to modify for you when it’s needed. She specializes in getting you your cardio while you strength train and can get you sweating in UNDER 40 minutes!

Since becoming certified in Pilates Plus/SPX Fitness, Lacey has also obtained her National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Certification, Pilates Mat and Real Ryder Cycling certifications.

BRAD SISKIND

bradBrad Siskind has been a certified personal trainer since 1997 through AFAA. He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).  Brad is also a certified Pilates Instructor as well as a TRX Certified Trainer. He has trained in Muay Thai kickboxing for 3 years and has been a Krav Maga student for 5 years. Krav Maga is a self defense system taught by the Israeli Army for street combat situations. Brad has also trained in handgun defense as well as stick, knife and rifle defense as part of the system. This system can be adapted to men, women and children.

A celebrity trainer for years, Brad has also taught working moms and dads as well as their kids how to stay fit while living life through carpools, playdates and busy weekend warriors.

In addition to his various boot camps and kids classes, Brad has also been the Special Olympics Powerlifting Coach for the last 7 years and helped them achieve numerous medals in state competitions.

 

DEANNA SILVER

Trainer information coming soon! Deanna

KRISTI VACANTI

kristi-vacantiKristi Vacanti left the Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska several years ago for the outdoor, sun-loving atmosphere of Los Angeles and immediately immersed herself into a world of mental, physical and spiritual growth.

While working with Brentwood Associates, one of the premier private equity firms who own and operate Spectrum Health Clubs and Exhale Spa, she became aware of the growing trend toward health clubs, fitness centers and spas as lucrative business opportunities. She combined her love of fitness and movement with a career as a personal trainer, but soon realized she had a desire to reconnect with a less stressful, more meaningful lifestyle and her passion for Pilates was ignited.

She began taking classes at Sebastien’s Pilates Plus, West Hollywood location. She soon realized that the connection between mind, body and spirit was effortlessly enhanced with Sebastien’s core strengthening workout. Kristi was so inspired by the changes she experienced in her life that she chose to become certified in teaching Sebastien’s LAGREE FITNESS™. And now with certification in tow, Kristi has decided that her next step is to open an affiliate that would offer others the benefits of this life-altering workout.

KRISTIN RIDDICK

kristin-riddickKristin Riddick was the only 15-year-old to take step classes at the YMCA in Corpus Christi, TX among a sea of 30 and 40-year-olds. She was hooked. She taught cardio and fitness at the University of Virginia in college, became a cycling instructor to feed her group fitness habit upon moving to the City of Angels, and stumbled into Sebastian’s SPX training 6 years ago. Besides SPX/Lagree fitness, she has certifications from MadDog Athletics, Schwinn, AFFA, the Equinox Pilates Program, and TRX. You may have heard her voice on shows like The OC, Chuck, or Everybody Hates Chris, and she just finished her first middle-grade book that will be published in September. Her classes are not known for being easy, she is a stickler for form, and with both music and exercises, she likes to mix things up. She believes that although fitness may not cure all the world’s evils, it is a good place to start. See more at kristinriddick.com.

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