SHARON HAS BEEN A FITNESS TRAINER, teacher, and coach for over 25 years. While earning a degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutics, Sharon competed in intercollegiate gymnastics. Sharon’s interest in athletics and fitness eventually led her to teach in the California Community College System where she earned a California Community College lifetime Physical Education Credential. A move from the Bay Area to Humboldt County led to a position as the fitness director for Health-sport Arcata. While working at Health Sport Sharon continued her education in fitness and garnered certification as an ACE Group Exercise Leader and ACE Personal Trainer. During the last 10 years Sharon has been studying the science of core conditioning resulting in her most rewarding certification as a Stott Piliates Level Two Instructor. All who know Sharon understand her passion for life, fitness, and well being. Sharon welcomes you to her studio and looks forward to helping you understand and achieve your fitness aspirations. When not at her studio training clients or teaching classes you will find Sharon tending to her garden, enjoying the company of friends and family, and playing with her grandsons.
CHERI HAS BEEN WORKING TO SHARE HER JOY and passion for Pilates with the people of our community for the past 10 years. She has a strong fitness background, teaching step and aerobic classes and strength training for the past 17years. Her knowledge and compassion help her work with a variety of clients, kids to seniors, post-rehab to athletes. She specializes in adapting her teaching style to fit each individual’s needs and goals. She has spent the past 10 years focusing her studying to achieve and continue holding a Level II full certification with STOTT PILATES. She also holds a Personal training certification with ACE (American Council on Exercise).
KATIE KANZLER IS A LOCAL DANCER and Pilates teacher. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She possesses a teaching certificate in dance and in 2005 became certified to teach Pilates through Body Arts and Science, International. In college, Katie studied Pilates as it relates to dance under the direction of internationally known dance and Pilates Educator, Karen Clippinger.
JESSIE LOVES THE INTEGRATION OF MIND AND BODY provided though Pilates practice. Jessie took her first Pilates class over 12 years ago and fell instantly in love with it. The concentration and inward focus needed provided a respite from her hectic life as a mom and Medical-Legal Specialist. Having suffered a tailbone fracture and subsequent back pain and issues, Pilates was the only exercise that afforded any relief and prevention of back pain. When the opportunity arose to take the certification courses from HealthSport, Jessie signed up immediately as she wanted to be able to provide this amazing exercise for others. She feels that everyone would benefit from a bare minimum of one Pilates class a week. The building of core strength, flexibility, and mental discipline gained from Pilates is essential not only for a healthy body, but mind as well. She taught all levels of Mat and Reformer for over 2 years at HealthSport and took some time off to pursue her teaching career in public schools. She continues to teach full time at a local middle school and is thrilled to be teaching Pilates again.
Tamra has a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science at Humboldt State University in May 2014. She finished her degree with an internship here at Arcata Core Pilates because Pilates is her passion. Tamra has played soccer ever since she could walk and when she discovered Pilates in 2009 she was convinced she discovered a miracle. Pairing rigorous exercise in college soccer with Pilates decreased her injuries, increased flexibility, and increased her balance. Experiencing the benefits of practicing Pilates first hand has unveiled Tamra’s passion to teach Pilates to anyone and everyone who is willing to learn.She is currently undergoing the BASI Pilates Training.
Emily discovered Pilates while attending Fortuna High School and found it helped relieve chronic back pain due to scoliosis. With further training, she realized how important it is to have a strong musculoskeletal system to maintain balance within the body, especially with an active lifestyle. She completed her Pilates training with Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in November 2015. After extensive research and taking several courses at Cabrillo College in Aptos, she decided to expand her knowledge in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and transferred to Humboldt State University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science. Emily has since started an equestrian specific Pilates class for she grew up riding horses and enjoys giving back to the community.
I moved to Arcata at the age of 18 in 2000 to attend HSU where I graduated with a BS in Zoology and two teaching credentials. I’m currently living with my fiancé in Arcata, working as a behavioral therapist and taking online classes to become a speech and language pathologist.
Fitness has always been a hobby, whether studying dance, yoga, playing sports or running along the beach. I began studying the willPower & grace© barefoot fitness method in the summer of 2014 and became a certified instructor a year later. This method has transformed my body (especially my feet) with new strength and flexibility and freed me from the knee pain I used to have while running (with shoes). I have since been a proponent of minimalist shoes and barefoot training. I hope to see you in class
Donald Hughes, Lac. received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California. He received his massage training from the Acupressure Institute, formerly in Berkeley, California, now a part of the McKinnon Institute. He has had a private practice since 2006.Donald Hughes has studied martial arts and qi gong for nearly twenty years in the Genbukan system, under Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura. His direct teacher is Brian Young in Portland, Oregon. Previous to his life as a kung fu doctor, Donald Hughes taught biology to junior high and high school classes in Richmond, California.