Sebastien Lagree [founder of lagree fitness]
With an MBA from Seattle University, advanced certifications for both weight training and Pilates, and over 18 years of professional experience in numerous aspects of health and fitness, Sebastien Lagree opened his first studio in September of 2001. Lagree Fitness quickly developed a following of celebrities and top athletes. Simply put, Lagree Fitness is the most innovative and aggressive approach to full body conditioning to date. It is the next evolution in physical fitness. Moving effectively out of the borders of conditioned stimulus, the Lagree Fitness integrates the key elements of resistance and counter-resistance in a sequence that allows for periods of zero gravity at peak muscle contraction. The composition of this method is significant in that it encourages maximum exertion, while allowing for a low risk of injury. This sequence also promotes flexibility and elasticity. The client, at conclusion, is left with a lithe and powerful body resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life.
Shannon Sidwell [trainer]
Shannon has been working in health and fitness for over 11 years, including her tenure as a personal trainer at Qi Kinesis Athletic Club and co-owner of Goddess Fitness Camp, a boot camp experience for women in the Denver Metro area. An athlete since she childhood, she was inspired by her parents - her father was a college All-American football player and high school football coach; and her mother, a practicing Buddhist and yoga instructor. Shannon's family taught her of the connection between the physical self and the mind and the spirit, while inspiring a great love for anything physical. Using these tools, she played sports and practiced yoga... throughout her childhood into adulthood. While working in the corporate world, she began a distance running career that ultimately brought her to personal training and she has completed 16 marathons since 2000.After suffering a serious injury three years ago, she used Pilates to rehabilitate herself and has since been certified. She is also certified as a personal trainer through NASM; as well as spin certified through Mad dogg Athletics. Her philosophy is no matter the circumstance, we have choices in how we meet challenges. And her sense of purpose has enabled her to overcome many difficult situations using movement as a vehicle and has helped countless others to do the same. She believes in the power exercise to transform people's lives. Her personal goals, values and mission are to promote, health, exercise, positive thought and the importance of living life fully & consciously every day.
Autumn Verrier [trainer]
Autumn Verrier has over 5 years experience as a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She began her fitness journey at a very young age and received her degree in Human Performance and Sport. Autumn is an innovative instructor at the top of her field, regularly updating her education and certifications to ensure her clients get the best service and results. Autumn has run in 5 marathons, is a practicing Yogi and an overall fitness enthusiast.
She believes anything is possible in life and fitness, and in the power of her work to help change lives. She teaches her students and clients to focus, be happy, be strong, and live strong.
Megan Sanders [trainer]
Megan Sanders, a Colorado native, has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and carried that love and joy of dance with her through college where she earned her BFA in Dance. Following graduation, she moved to New York City to fulfill her dreams of performing on Broadway. After suffering an ankle injury while auditioning, she turned to another side of athletics, taking up yoga, cycling, running and swimming and successfully completed the Nautica New York City triathlon.
Megan found her love of Lagree Fitness Pilates while working for lululemon athletica in La Jolla, CA. Instantly addicted to this incredible workout, she became certified in February of 2011 and began teaching at the La Jolla Pilates Plus studio. Megan joined Pilates Evolution after she and her fiance returned to Colorado in May. In her spare time, you will find Megan training for triathlons and hiking in the Rockies. She completed her first half-Ironman in Oceanside, CA in April 2011 and is looking forward to upcoming races throughout Colorado and abroad. Her love of the great outdoors and the people of Colorado helped to bring her back home and she's very excited to share this incredible pilates workout with everyone!
Carlynn Martin [trainer]
I have over 4 years of Personal and Group Fitness Training along with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Denver. I have always been passionate about health and fitness, being that I grew up playing every sport imaginable. I played Division I soccer at the University of Denver and since I have continued to play non-competitively and also participate in several charity events, such as the MS 150, as well as competed in several marathons and triathlons. I am continually looking for ways to expand my knowledge of fitness and challenge myself and others with fitness goals.
I have worked with a wide variety of clientele; many who have a general interest of getting into shape, long term and short term fitness goals, and even collegiate level athletes. I love it when my clientele can work hard and have fun at the same time. I have made it a point to center my career on helping people change their lives both mentally and physically. I believe the more ways an individual can stay active, from trying different fitness classes to hiking or skiing on the weekends, the more likely they are to continually live a healthy and happy life. A quote that I live by:
"If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough."
Molly Blane Ryan [trainer]
Molly found her passion for health and fitness through her education in dance, starting when she was five. After studying ballet and modern dance through college and getting a minor in Dance Performance from the University of Tennessee, she began studying Pilates through Balanced Body. After graduating, getting married, and moving to Texas, Molly began teaching group exercise.
Through training for triathlons with her husband's encouragement, Molly has grown an appreciation for cross training and trying new, inventive things in workouts. She loves sharing these things and encouraging others to push themselves. She is excited to be in Denver and to be a part of Pilates Evolution!
Katrina Prutch [trainer]
Katrina's passion for fitness began at an early age competing in sports at both the high school and collegiate level. Katrina has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 6 years and educates people on the importance of exercise to improve quality of life. She helps people daily conquer injuries and return to their normal lives with the use of Pilates based exercise. Katrina has a love for learning that helps her continue to expand her knowledge in fitness and wellness.
Katrina recently moved back to Colorado and loves bike riding, boating, golfing, and all other things out doors with her husband and two dogs.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Renee Ellis [trainer]
Renee Ellis is a unique instructor with a passion for uplifting and inspiring others to live better lives. She is a professional in Fitness, Wellness, and Psychology. She is a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and massage therapist. She also has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado and is a certified smoking cessation counselor. She brings compassion, motivation and a mind, body and spirit perspective to her clients and her classes. She is an informative and engaging presenter and has created wellness programs for city governments and businesses across the country. She has been inspiring people of all ages for over 15 years.
Kelsey Cline [trainer]
Kelsey Cline is originally from Portland Oregon, and grew up playing soccer and training in competitive dance. She received her BA from the University of San Diego in Economics and Anthropology and continued her love of dance on the NCAA dance and cheer team, but needed to increase her strength training in a way that supported her dance career. She soon found Lagree Fitness Pilates at Pilates Plus Pacific Beach.
Kelsey's love of fitness and pilates continued as she moved to Denver. She completed her license to teach Zumba Fitness and is pursuing her NASM personal training certification. She believes fitness can change your life if you are dedicated, work hard, and have fun!
Lindsey Lillpop [trainer]
Lindsey Lillpop believes that her foundation in fitness began at the age of ten when she started competing in gymnastics. From there, her love of challenging and pushing herself physically reached into different avenues such as volleyball, dance, running, and yoga to name a few. Through-out the years, Lindsey really began to observe the importance of exercise, especially in older age. "It really blew my mind when I would hear about these eighty year-old marathon runners who were in great shape, and then would see someone twenty years younger who had trouble climbing stairs without having pain of some sort! I decided I wanted to be like the eighty year-old marathon runners . . . only without the marathon :)" Despite her love of fitness, she still realizes how hard it can be to be disciplined and consistent in a workout routine. "I really feel I can relate to most of my clients, because even though I love being active I still struggle with having the discipline to do so on a regular basis. But I also know how great I feel afterwards and all the benefits I'm being rewarded with, and it's those benefits that I'm addicted to and want to share with others."
When Lindsey was introduced to LAGREE fitness, she definitely knew it was something she needed to share. She loved that she could finally have a workout that combined the best of all worlds: intense, comprehensive, and low impact. Her goal is to use this LAGREE workout to create a fun, high energy environment where people actually look forward to working out! "I'm committed to helping others achieve that quality of life that I know they can absolutely have".
Taylor Swanson [trainer]
Taylor Swanson began a yoga practice at the age of 13 to reduce the pain of scoliosis and bone spurs; she later pursued her yoga teacher certification at the age of 17 and will complete the Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training in April 2013. Her passion for fitness led her to run athletic companies in Chicago for several years. In 2011, the call of the mountains and the outdoor recreation of Colorado brought Taylor west where she now calls home. She is a certified personal trainer, long-distance race coach, Spinning instructor certified through Mad Dogg Athletics and a Forrest yoga teacher. She strongly believes everyone has an inner athlete & warrior that they need to learn to believe in! Workouts shouldn't be about going through the motions, but rather about getting in touch with and embracing all the physical and mental power within each of us. Taylor is attentive to her students form during her high-energy, upbeat classes.
Taylor has competed in several races, including taking 1st in the Wild Women Triathlon in Illinois, and is currently training for the Leadville marathon and has her eye on the Leadville 100 in 2014. She spends her free time conquering 14ers, inventing new clean-eating recipes, and voraciously reading.
Georgia Brown [trainer]
I graduated with a B.S. degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Having a background in science, I have always had an interest in health, but my passion for nutrition and fitness has grown tremendously over the past few years. I live a very healthy holistic lifestyle and believe food is the best medicine; nothing compares to the power of nutrition. I believe I can make a difference in the lives of people by sharing my knowledge and passion for nutrition which is why l am continuing my education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health coach. The possibilities in the field of fitness and nutrition are endless which is what makes this journey so exciting. I decided to become a Lagree Fitness instructor because I am truly passionate about the workout and feel it can make a difference in those that are willing to put forth the hard work and effort, both inside and out of the studio. My interest in fitness has also led me to expand my knowledge and expertise by becoming a NASM certified personal trainer as well as a certified TRX instructor. I enjoy cooking healthy meals and searching through my favorite blogs as well as Pinterest (totally addicted) for healthy recipes; fueling my body with the energy it needs to get through those kick butt workouts! I look forward to the opportunity to train, motivate and hopefully inspire you to push yourself to get a killer workout in the studio.
Meredith Stevens [trainer]
Meredith Stevens believes fitness is the key to managing stress and feeling good inside and out. Growing up, she played volleyball and danced competitively. She currently enjoys staying active by mixing up her exercise routines to include running, yoga, and of course, Lagree Fitness. Meredith instantly fell in love with Lagree Fitness for its total body workout and how it challenges and strengthens her body. She knows this type of athletic pilates works and wanted to become a trainer in order to help others achieve their fitness goals and get the results they're looking for.
In her spare time, Meredith has a passion for social media marketing, traveling and taking advantage of the beautiful Colorado seasons with hiking, skiing and everything in between. .
Christina Conger [trainer]
From a young age, Christina was always dancing, moving, and finding new ways to challenge herself. An Alaska native, she began dancing at the age of 6 to help with her figure skating career and she hasn't stopped since. She grew up dancing and performing in Alaska before she went to Montana State to get her B.S. in Exercise Physiology, as well as her ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist and Zumba certifications. In 20072009, she traveled around the U.S., China, and Japan as the lead dancer in the Magic of Jay Owenhouse, before being accepted into a professional training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont in 2010, where she specialized in hand‐-to‐-hand/partner acro and skating trapeze. For the past couple of years, she has been performing and dancing all over the U.S., Germany, and the U.A.E. with Pilobolus Dance Theater and Radiolab Live. She just moved to Denver last year to continue working with MOTH Poetic Circus as the dance captain, choreographer, and a performer. When she's not training, traveling, or performing, she stays active and happy teaching Zumba, dance acro, and group fitness classes locally, giving fitness assessments, and implementing wellness and fitness programs to clients, striving to inspire others, as she too has been inspired. She is really proud to be a Lagree trainer and is very excited to be a part of the Pilates Evolution crew..
Kelsey Sheahan [trainer]
Kelsey is a fitness enthusiast who believes strongly in the saying: "If it doesn't challenge you, then it doesn't change you". Her main passion in life has always been dance which she found over 20 years ago. She danced for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and was a member of the Armed Forces Entertainment Tours for 4 years. She had the privilege of traveling to the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Qatar, Kuwait, The UAE, Japan, Italy and Guam to serve and "give thanks" to the men and women who fought (and still continue to fight) for the freedom and security of those back home.
Kelsey has been teaching Pure Barre since 2009 and has always loved the Pilates aspect of the technique. A friend introduced Kelsey to Lagree Fitness in the summer of 2013 and she was humbled at how ridiculously challenging a 40 minute class could be and then… was addicted! Kelsey is honored to be a part of the wonderfully talented Pilates Evolution team and is committed to inspiring others to create an even better, stronger version of themselves!
Kerri Anne Reynolds [trainer]
Kerri found her love for fitness through her career in Volleyball. Her post graduate years were spent in Chicago, Illinois where she pursued a career in the health at College Park Athletic Club. Kerri moved to Denver in 2006, closer to her home town of Breckenridge,CO. Her focus is in Pilates where she enjoys fusing her athletic background with the practice of Pilates.
In her spare time, you can find Kerri up in the mountains, snowboarding or mountain biking.
Stephanie Stoa [trainer]
Stephanie Stoa is an 18+ year veteran of the fitness industry. Her goal is to help empower people and ignite a change their perspective on life, health and wellness. Stephanie just moved to Denver from Phoenix, Arizona, where she owned and directed Power Performance, a performance studio that focused on educating clients with simple and effective ways to reach their full potential. She also owned and operated a spin studio from 1998-2004 and has taught group exercise classes since 1992. She taught at Body Lab, a Lagree Fitness Studio in AZ (wait lists for all her classes!) and comes highly recommended by Sebastien Lagree, himself.
Stephanie is certified through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ISSA (International Sports & Science Assoc), as well as Lagree Fitness.
Stephanie connects and empowers people through fitness and health engaging each participant to strive to be the best that they can be and transform their life. Her energy and enthusiasm are her best attributes as a coach and fitness "mentor".