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About Pilates Bodies

Pilates Bodies is a fully equipped, client-centered Pilates studio founded on Classic Pilates instruction. We also incorporate modern Pilates exercises and philosophy to create versatile, individualized fitness programs. By combining strength building, stretching, coordination, control and balance, our trained Pilates professionals will help you to mentally and physically re-center your body.

Pilates techniques are so varied and versatile that clients of all ages and fitness levels will benefit from the specialized instruction. Those with injuries or chronic pain will experience reduced soreness and tension in muscle groups. The Pilates Method stimulates muscles in a unique way – every exercise incorporates strength building as well as stretching of the muscles to achieve an overall balanced conditioning of the body.

 
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We at Pilates Bodies are committed to creating an environment that energizes and at the same time relaxes you, strengthens and stretches your body and empowers you to lead a healthy, self-fulfilling life.

 

Meet Our Instructors:

Leah Kogen Busam, Owner & Pilates Instructor, PRP Certified Instructor

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Leah Kogen Busam, Owner & Pilates Instructor, PRP Certified Instructor

  In 2000, Leah began Pilates to decrease chronic lower back pain. A year later, with her lower back issues resolved, her love for Pilates and her enthusiasm for teaching others led her into the training program to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. Leah was trained extensively in Classical Pilates at the Pilates of Cherry Creek Certification Center, a studio based on the work of Romana Kryzanowska. Romana is heir to the work of Joseph Pilates and is one of the living Pilates elders. After gaining valuable teaching experience at...

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Jen Lord, Pilates Instructor

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Jen Lord, Pilates Instructor

A love of fitness and physical challenge brought Jennifer to Pilates. After years of running, Jennifer realized she needed a form of exercise to enhance and balance her body and mind for a lifetime. Pilates changed Jen’s approach to fitness and life so completely, that she left her corporate sales career to become a Pilates instructor in 2010. She completed the Pilates Method Alliance certified classical curriculum at PH7 Pilates in Denver, CO. The gift of Pilates has changed her life forever and Jennifer loves sharing the principals of...

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Heather Wechsler, Pilates Instructor

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Heather Wechsler, Pilates Instructor

  Colorado Native, Heather Wechsler, started dancing at the age of 8 years old and from there, as an adult, her love grew for movement, fitness, and health containing a mind-body-spirit connection. After a dancing injury in 1991, Heather was introduced to Pilates and has been hooked ever since. Her passion comes from how Pilates has rehabilitated her physically, emotionally and mentally. Heather attended C.U. Denver for a B.A. in German and Political Science. After the birth of her twin girls in 2007, Heather held onto her Pilates...

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Laura Gill, Pilates Instructor, PRP Certified Instructor

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Laura Gill, Pilates Instructor, PRP Certified Instructor

Laura Gill, a Colorado native, received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and has always been interested in the human body, anatomy, movement and the role nutrition plays in health. She discovered Pilates through a friend and she was immediately hooked.  Laura’s Pilates instructor at the time…a Romana Kryzanowska trained instructor, was running a certification program and Laura excitedly enrolled. She received her certification in 2004 from Pilates of Cherry Creek and her...

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Sara Lohmeyer, Pilates Instructor

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Sara Lohmeyer, Pilates Instructor

  Sara Kay Lohmeyer has been a pilates instructor for 10 years.  She found pilates through her years of dancing in New York City and fell in love.  Sara studied Pilates with Lawson Harris at The Fit Lab in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2007, Sara and her husband moved to Denver and currently live in Park Hill with their two sons.  Sara loves teaching everyone how to move more efficiently and how to have a stronger body throughout life.  She continues to learn about the amazing machine that we call the human body.  Currently she is working on her...

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Nicole Tesson, Pilates Instructor

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Nicole Tesson, Pilates Instructor

  Nicole is a native of St. Louis, Mo and has been a mover all of her life. She received her BA in Dance and Education from Mount Holyoke College and spent her junior year training at the Laban Centre in London.  Upon graduation, she spent a summer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as an Education Intern and gained valuable experience working with renowned choreographers and dancers, overseeing students, and enjoying dance, dance, and more dance!  Nicole was exposed to Pilates in college while dealing with an ankle injury.  While...

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Marie Zolecki, Pilates Instructor

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Marie Zolecki, Pilates Instructor

As a native of the South of France, Marie was introduced to Pilates 8 years ago in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. Marie fell in love with the method almost instantly. Within a few months of going 2 to 4 times a week, she felt stronger than ever and in a very deep and new way. Her body awareness shifted to another level…muscles she didn’t know existed became alive, back pain from being too flexible disappeared, and she became more balanced and more grounded. Her yoga practice also benefited from her Pilates practice.   With her...

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Arielle Bernard, Pilates Instructor

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Arielle Bernard, Pilates Instructor

  Arielle Bernard is a Level 5 Certified Instructor through Romana’s Pilates. She completed her 600 hour certification at True Pilates NY in NYC in 2011 under Sari Mejia-Santo, daughter of Romana Kryzanowska. Romana and Sari dedicated their lives to passing along the work as was taught to them by Joseph Pilates. A Skidmore College graduate, Arielle graduated with a double major in International Affairs and Government. She happily discovered her love for Pilates during her time as a student. After living in Saratoga Springs, NY for...

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Claire Brunelli, Pilates Instructor

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Claire Brunelli, Pilates Instructor

A native of Austin, Texas, Anna Claire Brunelli is a PMA Certified instructor with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of Oklahoma. Claire has been teaching in Denver since May of 2012 and loves the Pilates community here. Privileged enough to grow up with Pilates starting at the age of 12, Claire received her certification from her longtime teacher and family friend, Kate Wodash Catlow, owner of Mindful Body Center. As a dancer, she instantly recognized the power of Pilates and the multitude of benefits it had to offer,...

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Shere Dayney

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Shere Dayney

Shere earned her instructor certification in the classical Pilates method through PH 7 Pilates, and recently graduated from Master teacher Cara Reeser’s Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program® in 2016. She holds numerous specialty Pilates continuing education credits, as well being a certified yoga instructor. Originally trained as a classical ballet dancer, Shere was a founding member of Colorado Concert Ballet (now Colorado Ballet), and has had with a life long love affair in the dynamics of movement. Prior to becoming a certified...

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Jen Ross

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Jen Ross

Jen is a native of Indiana, but moved to Colorado in 2004 and is happy to call Denver home. She is a life-long lover of movement and has been involved in many disciplines including dance, color guard, and yoga. In the early 2000’s Jen performed in London and on Broadway with the visual ensemble in the production Blast. After the show, hand surgery required her to take leave, but she continued on as a teacher and choreographer working with high schools and drum corps. Along the way, she was introduced to Pilates as a means of staying fit...

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Carolyne Rideg

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Carolyne Rideg

Carolyne’s infectious enthusiasm and ability to make any student feel accomplished – regardless of their level of expertise – has made her a sought after teacher and trainer for over 20 years. Her lifelong passion for fitness, dance and movement was sparked by ballet lessons at the age of six. In the ensuing years-after studying ballet for 15 yrs Carolyne added certifications as a Personal Trainer, lyengar Yoga Instructor, and Nia Technique Black Belt & Teacher Trainer. She is also certified as Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor, and is...

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