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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite Song: Take On Me – A-Ha
Favorite Motto: “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer
After being a client for over 5 years, she completed the certification course to become a trainer and has been teaching ever since. Her favorite part about Lagree is how you constantly get a full body workout and can feel yourself getting stronger with each class. Alyse is also a music producer and dj so you can expect new upbeat music with every class.
Motto: Be kind, live for today, and focus on being the best version of yourself.
Workout motto: If you want change, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Favorite song: What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)
My motto is, I am not afraid to fail in order to get better! Desire is the key to motivation, But it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~ By Mario Andretti Beth is a Lagree Certified Pilates trainer. Originally born in Rome, Italy, and moved to Los Angeles, California at 9 months of age. Her background growing up playing tennis and being an avid runner, conquering many marathons led her body manifest various injuries. This led her seek the wonderful benefits from Pilates. Her love and passion integrating Mind, Body and Soul as a lifestyle, comes across in all her classes to each and every individual. Teaching and helping clients are her passion, while making each and every workout challenging, energetic and fun. Beth will take you to the next level.
From a very young age Mikael grew up playing soccer, baseball, football, motor-cross racing, and martial arts and all through high school and beyond continued with jujitsu, muy tai. Now with more than 14 years under his belt as an acclaimed celebrity hairstylist, Mikael is constantly looking for the next workout that can improve his active lifestyle. Mikael started weight lifting with Sebastien Lagree in 2005 and quickly learned about Sebastien’s Pilates Plus. Afterwards he couldn’t get enough and was taking classes almost every day. “After a short time I noticed such a difference in the gym just when I thought I hit a plateau and realized how effective LAGREE FITNESS was, and I wanted to help others achieve the same results!”
I was born with ‘The Gift’ and ‘The Curse’. The Curse commencing as a child battling the dreaded fat gene, as well experiencing injuries from being an athlete, a dancer, and prenatal injury complications. Although it feels like “a curse” I have overcome these hurdles by rehabilitating my bulging discs, calming my interior tears surrounding the Spine, and getting a better understanding of pre /post natal body changes which all make me more relatable to YOU. By personally experiencing this, it brings me closer to healing your body because I have had to heal my own. It did help as I knew my body well as I went through the Lagree Cert in 2007 as well as Contemporary Pilates Cert in 2008. ‘The Gift,’ involves having over a decade fitness education, long term industry experience by being a Pilates Master for two companies while helping open/launch over 10 Pilates studios, and working closely with top doctors / professional athletes such as the LA Kings (Hockey) and the LA Galaxy (Soccer).
Lastly, it’s the nonstop determination in regards to always wanting to better myself to directly influence and better lives each and every day…see you in class where you will move to anything from Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones to The Motto by Drake to even EDM. Now let’s sweat!
New to LA from the Midwest, she researched and experienced many boutique gyms and fitness formats before landing on Lagree as the best workout for her fitness goals and teaching aspirations. Sydney found that the high-intensity-low-impact format doesn’t flare up old sports injuries while still providing an accessible strength and conditioning workout that works! Riding on the Megaformer is also a lot of fun and makes cardio bearable and classes fly by.
Sydney is certified in multiple formats of group fitness including: barre, TRX and yoga sculpt.
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Growing up as a professional dancer, Liv naturally craves movement, creativity and community- she has found all of this and more in the Lagree Fitness community. This passion drove Liv to work-study the desk in Studio City so she could train more often, driving her to want to share her passion of the all-inclusive workout with those around her!
Very “form” focused and detailed, Liv strives to keep learning new ways in which to challenge herself and her clients. Always a student, and now a teacher! “I want to be a social worker in the foster-care system, yet I see myself teaching this method and inspiring others for a very long time!” …a quote she lives by, “I will become what I deserve”- lyrics by Ben Howard.
While studying theatre and dance at The University of Texas at Austin, she fell in love with the theory and practice of pilates and soon after graduation, found Lagree. She trained in Dallas at Studio 6 Fitness where she taught group and private classes until her recent move to the West Coast. Currently based in Los Angeles, Haylee is pursuing her career as a dancer and artist under the direction of the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program while teaching on the megaformer all over the city!
Her knowledge of the method exceeds many, having worked and taught on each machine including the Supra. She finds the Lagree Method to be the perfect workout to complement her dance training and get her the results she wants without the strain on her joints. Her passion for health and fitness combined with her bubbly personality keep her clients motivated and ready for more!
Kelsey, born and raised in Orange County, was Cheer/Dance captain in high school and a competitive horseback rider for 12 years. She graduated from CSULB in 2014 with a double major in Broadcast Journalism & Communications. While attending college, she became trained and certified in Barre where she went on to teach for 7 years full-time and part-time when working in radio for BBC and iHeart Radio. Health and fitness has always been Kelsey’s passion. She feels more fulfilled being able to help others achieve their personal fitness goals and feel their best. While teaching Barre, she took pilates classes and fell in love with the workout. She noticed the dramatic changes in her body which led to her desire to train others. Kelsey knew for years that she wanted to one day become certified. After leaving radio, she had to make the hard decision between going back to teaching full-time or getting a job working in a career that she majored in and leave Barre. She got a job working as a Social Media Marketing Strategist in LA , but she missed teaching. One day on her lunch break, she took a Lagree class and immediately signed up for the Lagree certification course. She had never done a workout so challenging which led to her return to her true passion…….teaching! With a lot of luck she found Kristi who was supportive enough to let her teach part-time at Pilates Plus Malibu, before work to allow her to balance her career in marketing and her passion in teaching.
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