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Claudine 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-asmari
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.
With Deanna’s third child going off to school she decided that she was looking to try something new in her life. After taking a class in the newly opened Pilates Plus over 12 years ago she was hooked! Classes turned into managing the studio and managing turned into teaching classes and teaching classes has turned into private training as well. Being Lagree Fitness Certified and with over a decade of intense experience not only as a 5x a week pilates student but as a high level trainer Deanna has seen it all when it comes to Pilates. Deanna’s passion and super positive attitude for pilates has made her an in demand teacher at Pilates Plus by Lagree fitness.
Kristi 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. Kristi is also STOTT Pilates trained and Corepower Yoga certified.
Lacey 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.
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” — Zig Ziglar
Whitney was born in Santa Ana, California and grew up in Orange County. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. Whitney served overseas in Afghanistan working in Supply, earning a Navy Achievement Medal for her outstanding service distributing thousands of supplies throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to other military units.
After her honorable discharge in 2011, she found an interest in barre fitness and pilates. Whitney has over 2 years experience teaching barre and mat pilates to groups of varying levels as well as private reformer and mixed apparatus sessions. Currently she is completing a Booty Barre certification and Comprehensive Mat Pilates certficate with College of San Mateo and Balanced Body.
Whitney attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco for 3 years, studying Advertising prior to her career in fitness. There, she found another passion for video editing and producing when her first self-made music video was a finalist for the Radio and Video category for the Spring Show in 2014 at AAU. Whitney hopes to continue this work along with other passions of hers like modern dance and ballet.
Whitney has many growing interests and activities she would like to attempt like skateboarding, hip hop dance, windsurfing, aerial acrobatics, and still has a drum set she’s been yearning to learn how to play!
Certified in March 2016, what Whitney loves most about Lagree is the results and the way it makes her feel. “I feel so strong, so stable, and so sore after every class! It’s that long-term burn that I crave. The results are also visually striking. I see muscle fibers that I had not seen before, I see muscles and mean curves come to life. I also love how it challenges my endurance, it will feel as if I have just ran a mile during some intense parts of class. Most of all, i’m excited to see how Lagree will impact my petformance and fun with whatever physical activity I dare to seek out.” -Whitney Diaz
What Whitney loves most about teaching Lagree megaformer classes is her passion for learning more about the body and movement. She is always observing form, skeletal alignment, and movement, even outside of the studio. Whitney loves to help clients progress to grow and train into their best selves.
Born and raised in La, Tay has always been super into making connections with people in whichever field she is in. Growing up she was in all types of competitive sports such as soccer, basketball and Irish dancing while at the same time occupied her time with her passion of singing and the arts. After she got hurt running she began spinning to help rehabilitate her knee which is where her passion for spin and Pilates plus came about. Both helped repair her knee and made her unstoppable. She started taking Classes at Pilates Plus over 7 years ago which then her passion grew so strong after seeing how much it helped her when she felt defeated that she wanted to get certified in both spin and the lagree method so she too could help others achieve their goals and be happy. Tay loves connecting with people and bringing fun loving energy into anyone she meets.
Marian moved to San Francisco from the East Coast 4 years ago to get her BFA in acting. She is originally from Venezuela where she was a professional dancer for 18 years. She also taught Flamenco and Bellydance in Venezuela for 5 years. Marian felt in love with the Lagree method since the first day at Core40 in San Francisco. In short time the results that were shown demonstrated her the effectiveness of the method not only physically but mentally as well. Marian has been teaching Lagree now for over a year and is exited to be able to continue teaching in Los Angeles. She loves to help her students and see them grow.
At Marian’s class you can expect a mix between latin music and new hits.
Old songs but goodies will be played to add that extra spark to the class. Expect to be challenge, sweat, and have fun. She is a truly believer that is not about perfection but about the progress each day takes us closer to our personal goal.
Favorite song: On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
Motto: do more of what makes you happy.
Angelique was addicted to the Lagree method the moment she took her very first class. She was shocked by the efficacy of the workout, and couldn’t believe that a class less than one hour in length could bring about such full body results.
In Angelique’s class you can expect high energy, lots of sweat, and a fun playlist with plenty of bass! She loves helping clients meet and surpass their goals, and will be there to motivate them every step of the way.
No stranger to fitness, Angelique grew up playing all manner of sports, particularly tennis, which she played competitively for years.
Born and raised in Southern California, Angelique received her BA in Communications and English at the University of San Diego. When she’s not sweating it out at Pilates Plus, you can catch her hiking, reading/writing, eating sushi, and spending time with her husband and dog.
In Ashley’s class you can expect an awesome ever-changing playlist, as it always includes the latest upbeat hits, and is flavored with some old school songs as well; You can also expect to get a tough, challenging, sweat dripping workout, and to have some fun while doing it. Ashley is originally from Connecticut and got her B.A. in Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. Ashley is also an actor, and stand-up comedian.
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