At Nola Pilates, our mission is to provide a strong, healthy future for New Orleans…one mind, one body and one spirit at a time.
Kim is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor with Basic Arts & Sciences Institute and a Pink Ribbon Program breast cancer exercise specialist. Nola Pilates & Xtend Barre New Orleans is one of the few studios in the state of Louisiana offering a post-operative breast cancer exercise program. Furthermore, the studio was the first in the country to become a franchise member of the most cutting edge barre program on the market, Xtend Barre.
Kim is married to husband, Jamie, and is the mother of three boys.
After being approached by her spin instructor in 2010, Alicia decided to become a certified Spinning Instructor through Madd Dogg Athletics. That same year she was introduced to Nola Pilates. “I knew from the moment I walked into the door that this was not just an ordinary studio… something magical was happening here, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.”
Alicia began teaching Spin at Nola Pilates and later fell in love with Xtend Barre, leading her to her Xtend Barre certification in 2011. Alicia is also a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body University, and holds current certifications in ZUMBA , TRX Suspension Training, Personal Training and Group Exercise Instruction, Piloxing and Mind Body Yoga. Alicia also teaches step, group resistance classes, Silver Sneakers classes for adults age 65 years and older, Boot Camp, Kettlebells and Tabata style training.
Andrea is married to husband, Brad, and has two young boys, Evan and Ford.
Through the years following college, she’s exhausted nearly every workout format available including weight training, distance running and group fitness classes. In an effort to mix up her workout routine, Ashley discovered Xtend Barre after moving to New Orleans and immediately became “addicted,” especially because it seemed to integrate and compliment many dance principles. Amazed by the results she’s seen, she took on the extra mind-body challenge of becoming an Xtend instructor herself in 2015.
Ashley is a public relations and marketing professional in her full-time career with the state government, so it was only fitting that Kim suggest she fill the Director of Community Development position. In this role, Ashley manages the Nola Pilates/Xtend Barre brand and is typically active on your Facebook messenger 20 of the 24 hours in a day.
Ashley is engaged to be married to finance Jordan in November 2018 and is eager to further her fitness education after the big day.
She admits that throughout her 20’s she would have done anything to ‘lose weight.’ But, even with all the running, she wasn’t getting the results she wanted. Instead, her body paid the price – at 36, she was diagnosed with arthritis. Her running days were over. As she began to practice the Pilates movement principles in daily life – at home and at the office – she noticed an unexpected benefit: comprehensive pain management, noting that if she ever took more than a few weeks off or let her membership lapse, the pain would always come back. She says, “consistent practice has kept me pain free.
Though she loved her time working to help members of the military and their families achieve their fitness goals, she is very excited to be back in her hometown and teaching at Nola Pilates again where she believes in the mission to build a stronger New Orleans!
She moved back to Lakeview in 2014 and attended her first class at Nola Pilates, where she fell in love with the studio and the people. Soon after she decided to get her first certification in TRX. Claire is excited to continue her exercise education and is looking forward to getting her Pilates Mat Certification.
Courtney discovered the incredible benefits of barre over 4 years ago, and has been hooked ever since. She says, “I am obsessed with the incredibly quick results that this low-impact, high-intensity, total-body workout yields. And the best part? It’s so much FUN! If you’re looking to lengthen, strengthen, and tone, this needs to be a part of your workout regimen.” She is excited to be partnered with the NOLA Pilates team, and looks forward to putting her talents to good use to help her clients feel as confident, beautiful, and strong as she believes each of them are.
Erin loves bringing an athletic approach to her classes and private sessions as an added challenge and contemporary focus to the practice of Pilates. She loves to see the changes in strength and alignment in her clients, and has seen an improvement in her own mobility as a runner from her personal practice.
When not at the studio, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and two daughters, ages 6 and 2.
Jodie has been practicing Pilates for several years. Her passion for health and fitness led her to a Comprehensive Pilates Certification through BASI. Jodie is also certified to teach Xtend Barre…and if you dare to take one of her classes, it promises to be the most challenging workout that you have ever experienced!
A former competitive gymnast and LSU cheerleader, Jordan has made living an active lifestyle a priority.
Jordan is wife to John and mother to Emma. When she’s not teaching she works as a realtor with The Sibley Group at Keller Williams.
During that time Kathy launched the successful pilates equipment program at Franco’s in Lakeview where she was director of Mind/Body programming until Katrina destroyed the facility. In 2006, Kathy launched another successful Pilates equipment program for Woman’s Hospital at the Wellness Center in Baton Rouge where she remained until 2011. In 2007, Kathy became a RYT Yoga instructor. In 2009, Kathy launched another successful pilates program at a Physical Therpay clinic, where she was able to accommodate her many local clients.
Over her 40 year career, Kathy has been at instructor at numerous studios, gyms, etc. She recently completed a certification through American Bone Health and is the only peer educator for Osteoporosis in the state.
Originally from Lakeview, Kathy is thrilled to be back where she grew up serving her former and new clients!
KT is 200 HR certified through YogaWorks and Yoga Alliance registered, along side continuous Yoga education and annual certification in CPR, AED and Adult First-Aid. This has been framed and shown in her teachings, that is now approaching a decade. After starting Yoga at an early age she found a love for teaching soon after.
KT has taught many classes in various cities around the U.S. while just recently teaching in Los Angeles, CA. She chose New Orleans since it has been the treasure of her heart and is happy to call The Crescent City home.
Megan has a lifelong movement background in dance. She moved to New York from Louisiana to study dance and business at Marymount Manhattan College. Megan began her practice of pilates as a cross-training and injury prevention method to balance the intense demands of studying at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance post collegiately.
As a hyper-mobile body, very quickly Megan was amazed by being able to connect to deep muscles and the concepts of alignment and core strength she’d been taught for years but never able to totally grasp. Completely converted to the method, Megan is a Master Instructor certified at the Kane School of Core Integration and continues to pursue continuing education courses to keep her mind moving and to be able to teach diverse bodies.
She has attended special training courses for pre/post natal care, osteoporosis, scoliosis, the foot, the gait, and back pain. Megan is also a certified cycling instructor where she uses her knowledge of alignment to guide her practice. She credits pilates for keeping her wonky joints happy and strong.
“I believe exercise should be fun and should always be a challenge. I love studying fitness so I can always bring clients the most current information and can to constantly improve the fitness experience for my clients. The biggest reward is always seeing clients work hard and exceed their goals. With Pilates, clients are often shocked at how quickly and dramatically their fitness levels and physique change with consistent hard work.”
“My sister began a two a week Pilates regimen and got fabulous results so I decided I should give it a try. I signed up for my first class at Nola Pilates in February of 2010 and was hooked!” Natalie became certified to teach Pilates Mat, Reformer and Xtend Barre classes. “Since I did not end up teaching children, I thought this would be a way to satisfy that need to teach.” Natalie feels Xtend Barre gives you that “runner’s high” with additional muscle toning.
When Sierrah found Xtend Barre it was the perfect marriage of her two favorite fitness activities (dance and Pilates). Set her Xtend certification in 2011 and her Pilates certification through BASI in 2012. She taught in Santa Cruz, CA for two years before moving to New Orleans to dance.
Sierrah is excited to join the NOLA Pilates family and looks forward to developing relationships with all her Xtend and Pilates clients.