Our Philosophy

Our commonality is a strong belief in and passion for Classical Pilates.

VISION

Our teachers have immersed themselves in the most advanced depths of the Pilates method. We see where Pilates leads- and it is a wonderful place to go!

DEDICATION

Not only do our teachers regularly quench their thirst for further knowledge through workshops and continuing education, we are constantly informed by thousands of you, our students- unique in your shapes, your abilities, your processes and histories.

WISDOM

Our instructors have achieved teacher training standards of the highest degree by accumulating at least one thousand hours of observing, training, study and practice- and that was before they started teaching! We have decades of experience.

COMPASSION

Our staff is inspired by the meaningful improvement of each student, and in return inspires each student to abide in their individual, progressive journey.

OUR STORY

“No man – no machine – can correct or create vitality, power, or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.”

– Joseph Pilates

 
 

Our Team

We are an exceptional group of comprehensively trained Classical Pilates Instructors. One thing that sets us apart is that no one teaches at our studio without a minimum of 1 yr (1,000 hrs) of training. Everyone on our staff is enthusiastic about Pilates, quality, and your experience. We love our work!

Desiree Sanchez

Owner, Pilates Instructor, Founder & Director of Teacher Training Program

A passionate professional instructor of Pilates for over 20 years, Desiree began doing Pilates in 1994, following a car accident.  She immediately fell in love with the work and began her teacher training in 1998 at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.  She completed her initial training in 1999, master's training in 2008 and served on staff at The Pilates Center for over 10 years.  There she immersed herself in an on-going study of Pilates, took hundreds of hours of workshops and taught a diverse group ranging from clients to instructors from all over the world.  In addition to teaching, Desiree served in a variety of roles at The Pilates Center, including Continuing Education Coordinator.  

 

She has been teaching at Functional Strength Pilates since 2007 and purchased the studio in 2016.  She founded and directs the teacher training program at Functional Strength Pilates, mentoring and guiding students through unique in-depth Classical Pilates Teacher Training.  She has extensive experience leading workshops for teacher training, continuing education and professional development and is a frequent presenter of both classes and workshops at the Pilates Method Alliance member meetings.  Desiree travels often and has delighted in teaching at many studios throughout the U.S. and Europe.  She teaches in English, French & Spanish. 


Desiree's teaching is informed by her personal experiences of movement & injury, her Buddhist practice and training, and her on-going study with some of the top Classical Pilates & movement instructors in the world.  

Liz Keating

Pilates Instructor

 

Liz comes to us with over a decade of teaching experience.  Originally trained at The Pilates Center in Boulder, she has gone on to do continuing education with Deborah Lessen, Benjamin Degendardt and other notable teachers in the Classical Pilates world.

 

She worked at FSP for 8 years prior to leaving to pursue other opportunities and grow her family.  Liz returned to FSP in 2018.  She is part of our Teacher Training Program faculty and helped train many of the teachers you know!

Megan Kabil

Pilates Instructor

Megan came to Pilates in 2004 after a low back injury and was hooked in just one session. 

A serious knee injury in 2013 brought her back from a brief Pilates hiatus.  Megan subsequently completed the 1000-hour comprehensive Classical Pilates teacher training program at Functional Strength Pilates in 2016.

 

She has also studied with Benjamin Degenhardt, The Pilates Center, attended PMA Conferences, and is trained on Trent McIntire's Arcus Bar.  Megan's love for travel has brought her to more than 17 countries, with plans for more travel (and Pilates) abroad! 

Melanie Bondarewicz

Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer

Melanie has been a teacher of movement as long as she can remember.   In grade school, she taught her friends dance class moves during recess, in high school, she was a dance teacher at the local dance studio.  Now she teaches pilates because mindful movement can be for everyone; movement heals and nourishes not just your body but your soul.  

 

A graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion and certified in Pilates with both Polestar Education and Peak Pilates training programs.  Also a personal trainer, ACSM.  She enjoys exploring movement from anatomical and biomechanical perspectives, helping clients with injury prevention, recondition muscle imbalances, and challenges clients to their full potential.

Eva Mirsky

Pilates Instructor

Eva discovered Pilates in 2012 in her hometown of Paris, France.

She has a background in dance, track and field, swimming, Krav Maga and felt the need to build a more quiet and focused relationship with movement. Her quest for an alternative to higher impact activities was coupled with a desire to find relief from the stressful city life of Paris. She studied with Emily Mazo Rizzi in Paris.

After receiving her Master’s degrees in film and Photography as well as in Cultural Studies she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she continued to study Classical Pilates.

Eva completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in 2019.
She enjoys music, travel & cooking. 

Eva is fluent in French, German and English.

Shari fell in love with Pilates while attending Colorado State University where she earned her BA in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance. During her junior year she was introduced to a Pilates training program where she was able to receive upper division college credit and became a certified Pilates instructor in tangent with her Dance degree. She noticed how much Pilates helped her increase strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness which drastically improved her dancing.  

 

Since then, she has loved sharing her passion of Pilates and enjoys working with a diverse clientele. She takes pride in her work, enjoys helping clients progress and wants to see everyone succeed.  Outside of her Pilates training, Shari is a professional CanCan Dancer, performing for audiences of all ages and she loves spending time with her husband and their puppies.

Shari Younger

Pilates Instructor

Our Studio

Distinguished as south metro area’s Premier Classical Style Pilates Studio, we invite you to experience Pilates in it’s most genuine, valuable, refined form.
We are only minutes from Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Parker, Lone Tree, Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, the Denver Tech Center. We are just a short walk away from Lincoln station. Fully equipped with reformers, pole (tower) systems, chairs, ped-o-pul, cadillac, and more, you’ll enjoy the full approach of Classical Pilates.
 
 

Teacher Training Faculty

Dina Manes

Pilates Instructor, Training Program Faculty

Dina’s passion for Pilates began at age nineteen and shortly after she became a certified instructor through The Pilates Center of Boulder (1997).  Dina has spent the past 20 years teaching Pilates and running Pilates studios in Colorado and New York.  She teaches with an emphasis on breathing, proper alignment and creating lasting benefits in and out of the studio.  Dina has an especially keen eye for spotting imbalances and working with her students to improve posture and movement patterns.  She was on staff at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado where she taught workshops, was on the teacher training program testing staff, and helped train Pilates instructors. 

 

Dina’s continuing education has included extensive study of Anatomy & Iyengar Yoga.  Additionally, she completed the Pilates Master’s program at The Pilates Center in Boulder and is a CoreAlign instructor.
 

In 2001, Dina earned her Masters in Social Work with a special focus on working w/ people in Therapeutic Horse Back Riding programs.  While running her own studio in North Salem, New York, Dina ran an outreach Pilates program with at risk youth and created and taught a Pilates on horseback program.  Since her return to Colorado in 2006, Dina has been excited to share her teaching and expertise with the local community. 

Lija Fisher

Lija Fisher graduated from The Pilates Center in 2001 and has taught in boutique studios and gyms in California, New York, and Colorado. She completed a line of Pilates videos with fitness guru Kathy Smith and trained a celebrity for their SHAPE Magazine cover shoot. She's worked with clients of all levels, from a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to pre and postpartum ladies, with clients as young as 13 and as old as 92. She enjoys working with people of all experience levels, and specializes in those recovering from injuries.

Pilates Instructor, Training Program Faculty
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