Sophia Briegleb, owner and PMA-Certified teacher

Sophia fell in love with Pilates after using it to heal eight years of chronic hip and SI joint pain, when nothing else had helped.  She has a B.S. in Sports Medicine, a M.S. in Neuroscience, was certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2003, and taught Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology at the Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.  In 2016, she graduated from the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder and became a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Teacher.  She opened Kinesis Pilates in her home to bring high quality and competitively priced classical Pilates instruction to NE Denver.  In June of 2017, she moved the studio to The Stanley Marketplace and it became a Host Advisor studio for The Pilates Center, welcoming students to complete internship hours for their training program.   In 2018, she completed the Kathy Grant Heritage Training, which equips her with tools to help all clients better understand the movement skills necessary to execute Pilates well.  Sophia loves learning and seeks out a variety of continuing education experiences, including Masters Week at The Pilates Center and Irene Dowd workshops at Pilates Aligned.  

Sophia specializes in not just teaching the Pilates repertoire of exercises, but rather using them to teach you how to move better.  She helps you learn how to efficiently and effectively move your whole body in your sessions, as well as how to transfer that into your daily life.  With practice and patience, your biomechanics change.  The result is that your body moves better, feels better, and looks better.

Sophia teaches Mondays through Saturdays, and can be reached at sophia@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


Kim Zachar, PMA-Certified Teacher

Kim has always been active with outdoor activities like skiing and cycling, as well as visiting the gym.  She started doing Pilates in 2006 to help with imbalances and weakness in the shoulder and back during swimming.  Pilates corrected this initial issue, and created improvements in strength and flexibility throughout her body.  She realized Pilates is unique.  It is gentler on the body and builds strength in all muscle groups – large and small!   A few years ago, Kim broke her hip in a bicycle accident, and Pilates was instrumental in her recovery.  Kim continues to use Pilates to manage osteoarthritis and pain in the hip, as well as to maintain joint mobility and strength.  

Kim wrapped up a career in software technology sales in January 2016 and began pursing Pilates full time.  She completed the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder in 2017 and became a certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).  She is all too familiar with the physical stress of commuting, computer work and flying and wants to help people get their bodies moving.  She believes Pilates is a powerful lifelong fitness method and is excited to share it with others.  

Kim teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  She can be reached at kim@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


AMY McChesney, PMA-Certified Teacher

Hailing from the midwest, Amy moved to sunny California to pursue her BA at Scripps College.  Post graduation, she relocated to LA and taught a variety of fitness classes ranging from Spin to Barre. It was there that she was introduced to Pilates and fell in love with the method. Wanting to deepen her understanding and practice, Amy moved to Colorado in 2016 and completed the 950-hour Advanced Program at The Pilates Center.  She became certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) in 2018.  She loves sharing her passion for Pilates and its ability to heal.

Amy teaches on Wednesdays.  She can be reached at amy@kinesispilatesdenver.com.   
 


Jennifer Bradney, Teacher

Jennifer is a Colorado native and a mom.  She started her Pilates practice after her ballet teacher suggested she give it a try, and has been practicing for over 17 years.  She completed a comprehensive pre-certification in classical Pilates before continuing her education at The Pilates Center in Boulder, where she earned her Advanced Certificate in 2016.  She likes to teach Pilates exercises in a doable, all-inclusive manner.  She wants you to leave feeling lifted and grounded at the same time so that you can take on anything.

Jennifer teaches on Sundays.   She can be reached at jennifer@kinesispilatesde.com.


Aja VElasquez, student teacher

Starting in ballet and gymnastics at the age of six, movement has always been a big part of Aja's life.  She spent her childhood and teen years at the ballet studio almost everyday for hours, which began to strain her body.  At the age of twelve, she started experiencing hip pain during dancing and throughout the day. Her mom encouraged her to try Pilates, and after four private sessions, she saw a huge difference in not only the pain but also with a new found core strength and body awareness. Not only did her dancing improve, but the way she moved started to change.  Supplementing ballet with Pilates became the new normal.  Soon it became more than a supplement, as she started to become very passionate about it.

Recently, Aja decided to dedicate herself to teaching and sharing her passion for Pilates with the world.  She is currently going through the 500-hour Balanced Body University comprehensive Pilates teacher training. Pilates has changed her life, through incredible exercises that help relieve pain by training the body to move in correct alignment while building long and lean muscles.  Her goal is to help clients feel amazing through this mind body experience. 

Aja teaches on Thursday mornings.  She can be reached at aja@kinesispilatesdenver.com.


Sherena ElharmeLl, PMA-Certified Substitute teacher

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Sherena is a PMA-Certified Pilates Instructor, graduating from the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder. Originally from London, she moved to sunny Florida in 2006 to continue her career as an Account Director in Advertising. After 12 years in the industry, she had reached a point of success that was no longer fulfilling and wanted to make her passion for healthy living her career. She loves how empowering and revitalizing Pilates is and how it truly makes a difference to the health of the whole body and the mind. She’s the healthiest, strongest, and most fit she’s ever been due to Pilates and is inspired to share her passion and help others find their best and renewed selves. Outside the studio, Sherena pairs fitness with her love of food and wine and finds opportunities to travel as much as she can.


Ara Haupt, Substitute teacher

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Ara was first exposed to Pilates more than a decade ago and was quickly hooked, realizing that it complimented all of the outdoor activities she enjoys. She received a masters in Physician Assistance in 2011 from the CU Anschutz Medical School, and has worked at a pediatric PA at Partners in Pediatrics for the past six years. Throughout this time, she has learned to integrate many complimentary modalities into healthcare. Recently, she has become more eager to promote healthy movement and an understanding of the mind-body connection that Pilates brings. Ara enjoys exploring how Pilates can provide a boost in mental and emotional along with physical health in her patients.

In the spring of 2018, Ara graduated from the 600-hour Intermediate Plus Pilates Teacher Training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder. She's excited to teach anyone looking for an opportunity to experience what Pilates has to offer, but especially kids, teens, expectant and/or postpartum moms. 


Interested in working at Kinesis Pilates?  Email sophia@kinesispilatesdenver.com.