Pilates-4-Virginia Beach is a contemporary pilates and barre studio. The pilates studio is equipped with STOTT PILATES reformers, stability chair, cadillac, ladder barrel and other miscellaneous props. Pilates is a mode of exercise that lengthens and strengthens the muscles while focusing on postural alignment and stability. It is a great form of exercise for anyone. The studio also offers private training on the GYROTONIC tower pulley system. The barre studio provides an authentic ballet-barre inspired workout and is also home to our mat pilates and GYROKINESIS classes. A variety of TRX formats round out our offerings at Pilates-4-Virginia Beach. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent government mandates, we have adjusted our class sizes to follow the CDC recommendations and continue to offer online classes via Zoom for those who are more comfortable participating from home.
Jennifer’s love of dance led to her career in fitness which began in 1989. She discovered pilates in 1999 while rehabilitating an injury and recognized the benefits of incorporating pilates not only into her regular exercise routine, but also into her clients’ routines. In 2001, Jennifer began the process of obtaining the comprehensive STOTT PILATES instructor certification, which is a rigorous, intensive yet contemporary approach to pilates. Prior to opening Pilates-4-Virginia Beach in 2014, she owned and operated a private pilates studio in the Los Angeles area for 13 years, specializing in pain management. She has been teaching barre since 2011 after completing the certification for Cardio Barre in Los Angeles, CA.
Jennifer recently began pursuing certification in GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS. She is actively working as an apprentice for both formats and is scheduled to test out in 2021. She has traveled with Crystal Cruise as a guest pilates instructor for over 10 years and hopes to continue doing so whenever the opportunity presents itself again. Jennifer’s philosophy on exercise is that it should be results-oriented without being debilitating. Find what you enjoy doing and make it a part of your daily routine.
In 2000, Margaret was taking her regular step class when the instructor pulled her aside and asked if she had thought about teaching classes. She thought he had lost his mind. However, the instructor persisted and provided information on upcoming certifications. She finally relented and looked at the website. It did seem to be a perfect match. Margaret had always been active. She was a competitive gymnast from the age of 5 to 17 and was always moving. After taking the primary certification through AFAA and starting to teach classes, she realized how much she loved helping people get and stay active. She has taught a variety of fitness formats but discovered pilates in 2007. She loved how the modality challenged participants, but could also be modified for any participant. She completed her STOTT PILATES matwork certification in 2012 and her STOTT PILATES reformer certification in 2015. Barre seemed to be the next logical step for Margaret so she took the Booty Barre® certification in 2013 and also the STOTT PILATES Total Barre course in 2014. She completed the Comprehensive STOTT PILATES Certification in 2017, was accepted into the STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer Program in September 2019 and will complete the intensive process in 2021.
As a former competitive gymnast and cheerleader from elementary school through college, Jan has always displayed a passion for physical fitness. After college she continued her fitness pursuits through running, Crossfit and taking various fitness classes. However, there was always a piece of the puzzle missing. That piece was found in 2010 when she took her first pilates class. She instantly fell in love with this form of exercise as it brought back memories of her days in gymnastics of using her own body weight for resistance and allowing her to get an amazing workout without adding more stress on her already over-worked knees and joints. Jan has always dreamed of helping others to become healthy and to reach their fitness goals. Knowing pilates is for everyone she realized she could put forth her passion of helping people become healthier through fitness by teaching pilates. Jan became a certified instructor through American Aerobics Association International and International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA). She completed the STOTT PILATES reformer certification in 2016 as well as the STOTT PILATES Total Barre course. She is currently working towards her Comprehensive STOTT PILATES Certification.
Sara Bendrick is originally from Richmond, VA but made her way down to Virginia Beach in the summer of 2014 after graduating from VCU. Her love of fitness came in the form of endurance running. Having completed well over 15 half-marathons and marathons, she is constantly amazed at what the human body is capable of with a little bit of perseverance and determination. During her 2015 spring training, she discovered Pilates-4-Virginia Beach. At first barre served as a cross-training activity that promoted balance and flexibility, but soon became a long-term love affair. From that moment on, she was hooked. Having completed over 150 studio hours, she is no stranger to barre and all it has to offer. Sara earned her Group Fitness Instructor certification through ACE in 2017 and has since added Zen Barre, TRX and a variety of other sports conditioning and strength training certifications to her repertoire.
LeeAnn began her love affair with exercise while in college. She found aerobics as a more fun and social alternative to running. After working as a flight attendant, LeeAnn found that the long days on her feet, confined work space, and erratic schedule had left her with chronic back issues. After struggling for years with therapy and chiropractors, doctors suggested pilates as a means to increase her core strength and reduce likelihood of back stress.
LeeAnn received her certification from Pilates Certification Center in Raleigh, NC which began her role as instructor. After teaching mat pilates for 14 years she discovered barre classes while visiting her daughter in St. Louis and has been hooked on both pilates and barre ever since.
When LeeAnn found Pilates-4-Virginia Beach she knew she had found her studio! With encouragement and counsel from Jennifer she was certified in barre from Barre Above ® in Richmond. In addition, when she and her husband travel, LeeAnn seeks out barre studios not only for her personal fitness but also to keep her barre routines fresh with ideas from other professionals in the industry.