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 Pilates of Cherry Creek, Leah opened her own studio, Pilates Bodies, in the spring of 2005. By utilizing spring- based equipment and floor work, while incorporating breathing and concentration techniques, Leah created individualized workout programs for clients wishing to increase core strength and flexibility as well as improve posture to help prevent injury.
Additionally, Leah has been trained as a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) through the Pink Ribbon Program, specializes in Pilates for pregnancy, and has continued her work with Pilates for Rehabilitation and the Pilates Method for geriatric clients. She specifically tailors exercise programs for each of her client’s current physical and emotional needs.
Prior to her Pilates training, Leah worked for ten years as a corporate sales manager in the hi-tech industry selling software applications to Fortune 500 clients. She specialized in customer relationship management software for telecommunications and established strategic alliance partnerships with a variety of technology and consulting partners.
Leah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pomona College in Southern California, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Economics and is an active member of the Denver Art Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens. Leah continues to learn more about the benefits and techniques of Pilates by attending various workshops throughout the country. In addition to Pilates, Leah enjoys spending time with her wonderful daughter and loves to play tennis, ski, bike, draw and read.