WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to bring Pilates to the people. Our one of a kind, rockstar instructors guide you through an inspirational, motivational fitness experience that’s designed to benefit the body, mind, and heart. The experience is about you. It’s perfect. It’s fun.
We call it a passion. Our devotes say it’s changing their lives. With every rep, our minds clear and we connect with our true and best selves. Through this shared experience, our clients develop an unshakeable bond with one another. Friendships are made and relationships are built. In the studio, our clients share a one of a kind experience. We laugh, we cry, we grow — and we do it together, as a community.
Founder Allison Zang had a vision: To create an alternative to the gym and pretentious studio. She developed a space that’s as efficient as it is joyful — an experience that’s the best part of our clients’ day, every day, and that has transformed their relationship to exercise.
Anyone can be an athlete, a rockstar, a warrior… our clients come to us from all backgrounds, levels of fitness and experience. Absolute Pilates is for everyone and we mean it.
I could go on and on, but you won’t believe it unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Our community is calling your name, so come in for a class…. Take your journey. Change your body. Find your Passion.
Here is a little bit about me:
After more than 15 years of teaching movement, most of teaching Pilates, and with 1000s of hours of pilates training. My current focus has become those that feel they can’t exercise and can’t feel good. The people who feel their body is failing them and they should sit around feeling worse and worse each day.
I not only teach clients in my studio in Mechanicsburg, but I also help the instructors in all four studios with any clients that need some special TLC. Additionally I run our pilates teacher training program. I am the co-owner of the The Studio by AP and co-teach the barre teacher training program. These programs are producing quality instructors in good old central PA.
I have “been” in the industry since 2001. I began teaching mat pilates in college for fun money. What is better then working out and getting paid said 20 year old me! Then I ran a corporate gym in 2005. I have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and two undergrad degrees from PITT. (I am learning junkie) #H2P
I completed the comprehensive teacher training offered from Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM. This program was created in the Eve Gentry tradition. Eve is one of the Pilates elders who studied with Joe Pilates. I have taken specialty workshops for Pink Ribbon Pilates, Pilates for MS, the Center for Women’s Health and Fitness, Fusion Pre and Post Natal, Pilates for Neurological Disorders and Core Align Equipment. I am in a mentoring program call Skillful Teaching with Chantill Lopez right now.
I can not forget I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I am a gluten-free foodie. I am also here for online health coaching for ladies across the lifespan!
My Teaching Philosophy:
Try it. You are more powerful than you realize. Your session is going to be fun and we might get some laughing in. Most of all we are going to get you moving any way we need to.
I am supported by my amazing family, who I could do not this without. All the love goes out my husband Andy and daughter Alivia. I can not forget all the support from my mother who was my number one cheerleader all my life most importantly as I started this business. My dad, stepmom and best friend who now get the difficult task of being my sounding board and cheerleaders.
What Donna likes about Pilates is that we are not building bulky muscles. We’re working on those deep muscles, the ones that provide support and allow us to carry ourselves taller, that help us to look and feel stronger and more flexible. It makes a difference in our daily lives.
As a busy mom of 4 kids and 2 young adults, she has always maintained that no matter how busy you are, you HAVE to make time for yourself physically. You just do. She has struggled over the years with that love/hate relationship with fitness and nutrition. Do I really have time to work out? I’d rather take a nap… so many other things to be done… I feel selfish…. it’s… such… an… effort. And yet she has never regretted a workout: that’s the love part!
As a Pilates teacher, Donna loves motivating and encouraging people to reach their goals, and then some.
Maintaining a healthy body and fit mind are essential to living a fulfilling life!
Pilates has been influential in creating the best version of myself. I decided to train as an instructor to help people do the same! Since then I have been pouring my energy into instructing, observing, and participating in Pilates with the Teacher Training program. As a recent college graduate I am ambitious to start a journey doing something I enjoy!
I am Mat Pilates certified and participating in the comprehensive equipment training program as an Apprentice Instructor. I plan on becoming Barre certified in the near future as well.
My Teaching Philosophy Take some time for yourself! I am passionate about empowering women, as it is essential for long-term personal and professional success. My classes are energetic and combine classical exercises with innovative variations. As instructors we are not only motivating clients but inspiring them to feel their best inside and out!
My parents serve as my unyielding rocks! I aspire to be just like my mother – a committed mother, wife and professional. Fitness is something we share as workout partners (although she regularly kicks my butt). My father teaches me about dedication and strong work ethic as he embodies those traits every day.
Lacey, my yellow lab, is my ultimate supporter and snuggle buddy!
I believe we need to bring Mat back!!!!
After finding Absolute Pilates I completed the Compreshensive Mat Training and my goal in the future is to complete the full training once my life permits! 2016 is my year!! I will be finishing my Teacher Training and couldn’t be more excited.
Fast forward to my wedding in October 2011; I had really put some time in to my fitness and diet. I felt confident and healthy. Then, a few months after being married I became pregnant and that all went out the window. After gaining 70lbs in my pregnancy; I had never felt so bad and completely out of shape. 7 weeks after my son was born I found myself in my first Pilates class.
Thereafter, as a stay at home mom I found myself struggling to maintain my motivation. Allison suggested that I get certified and start teaching. I then got certified to teach Insanity and PiYo. It was just what I needed! Teaching keeps my head in the game! Exercise is the key ingredient to keep me mentally and physically healthy.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Bachelor’s in Theatre with Dance concentration from West Chester University. Her strong background in dance helped her to develop Absolute Barre, the formal barre training program at Absolute Pilates, along with Allison Zang. She held the first barre training at the studio in the summer of 2015. Lauren loves to challenge her clients to reach their fullest potential. She specializes in training dancers, brides, and barre students.
Mary loves the way Pilates can benefit everyone no matter their age or physical condition. She enjoys the rewards that come with teaching Pilates and helping students move better and feel better. She loves helping students understand how to use their mind and body together to improve core strength. . She believes there is no other exercise system that is gentle to the body while giving it a challenging workout. Her passion for Pilates, desire to help others enjoy its benefits and her commitment to continuing education has led her to further her teacher training through ABSolute Pilates.
Mary brings a warm smile and positive attitude into every class. She encourages her students to embrace the details and technique of Pilates.
Here’s a Little Bit about Me:
I am a public high school teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for about ten years now. I currently teach world history to eleventh graders and absolutely love it, there is nothing quite like the thrill of watching the “lightbulb” go off for a student when they finally understand a concept they had previously in which they had been struggling.
I became interested in Pilates through the help of my wife, Lauren. After asking quite a few times, I finally gave in and took a few classes and have been hooked ever since and have been taking Pilates for over two years now.
My journey with fitness started around the same time as my first Pilates class. I had put on a considerable amount of weight, around seventy pounds, and was struggling to find ways to take and keep it off. Even after just a few class, I could feel a difference in my body. I was losing weight, had better posture and was feeling more confident. With this new found confidence, I wish to spread my love of Pilates with as many people as possible.
I am currently a world history teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for close to ten years now. I went to Lock Haven University for my undergraduate degree and have been attending Penn State for my first master’s degree. I will be starting another master’s program at West Chester University in the fall.
I have been taking Pilates classes for over two years now. I am currently in the process of completing the Absolute Pilates Teacher Training program. In addition to teaching Pilates, I am also certified to teach Barre classes and can be found teaching Barre at The Studio by Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Anyone can do anything; it just takes the right support to make it happen!
I am supported by some amazing people, without whom I would not be able to accomplish everything in life I wish to accomplish. The first of which is my wife Lauren, who is my rock through everything! I also have to include the rest of my family who have stood by me through thick and thin!
I was a cheerleader for about 15 years and also did gymnastics in that time. I tried a lot different exercise programs until I found the one I like best. Pilates has made me love exercise again, after losing the love for a few years.
I am a certified Absolute Barre instructor and Babies at the Barre instructor. I plan on becoming a certified PIYO instructor in the near future.
My Teaching Philosophy:
Take a leap and try it! You don’t know if you like it until you try it. I love to laugh and have a great time while offering my clients a great workout. Also, if my clients shed a layer in my class, than I have done my job!
My biggest rock is my husband, Mitch. We work together all day at my full time job, and he supports my teaching (he will even have dinner ready for me when I get home!) My family is so supportive of any dreams that I am currently chasing.
Here’s a little bit about me:
Several years ago, I injured my knee and what I was able to do in the form of exercise came with a short list. I was left with cycling when it felt good, yoga, and Pilates. Well, Pilates was so hard, I hated it. Literally. I would go once a week and try, but I could always convince myself to not go. A new class came to the fitness center I belonged to and I fell in love with it – BodyFlow, a yoga/Pilates combo class. It felt right to me. I took it every day it was offered. Unfortunately, I started having serious knee issues and had to go to physical therapy. To my surprise, I was doing Pilates three times a week with the physical therapists. I became stronger and had no knee pain. At that point, I started taking reformer classes with Allison, in the basement of her house and hot yoga at a friend’s studio. It was exactly what I needed. I then added in mat and barre classes and fell in love again.
I feel stronger than I ever have in my life. I love teaching more than I thought I ever would. I like to share the knowledge I have gained and watch when a client gets that “AH HA” moment – I can do that now! Plus, one of my favorite feelings is at the end of a really hard class and you question, “Did I work out?,” because you feel so good. Mat and barre are like a physical therapy session for the day.
I teach mat and barre at Absolute Pilates and Barre in Mechanicsburg and also at The Studio by Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg.
I have my Pilates Mat Certification from Absolute Pilates and my Barre Certification from Absolute Barre. My volunteer list and “jobs” list are lengthy. Behavioral Support Aide at Eisenhower Elementary, registrar for the Camp Hill Soccer Club, Designer of the Camp Hill Borough Newsletter, President of the Camp Hill Middle School High School Association, Communicator for New Cumberland School of Ballet where my daughter dances, and I am sure there will be something added by the time you read this.
My Teaching Philosophy:
I have never given this a thought before with not quite two years under my belt. But I am going to say, my philosophies are that you should TRY IT and if it is hard, TRY IT AGAIN, Form is everything, Slow and Methodical, Be where you are, not where your neighbor is and Embrace where and who you are.
Would be my husband and my three children. They have watched me for years working out, being healthy. It was difficult for me to take the step into teaching but they all thought that was crazy because that is what I did, work out every day.
My Resume: I received my B.S. in Marketing from Albright College and a Masters of Education in Training and Development from Penn State Harrisburg. I believe learning is a lifelong journey, not a destination! It was at Albright where I put my love of running to the test by joining the cross country team, which provided me with the opportunity to challenge myself with longer distances and faster paces. As I have matured, I’ve gained a new appreciation for strength training, stretching, and really focusing on the importance of a strong core – and this is exactly how I realized that Pilates was a perfect fit for my fitness goals!
My passion for helping others carries over into my full-time career working at a non-profit, overseeing member insurance programs, human resources, and wellness initiatives. The majority of my free time is spent teaching and/or training clients, running or hitting the gym, and going on adventures with friends.
My Teaching Philosophy: I am very enthusiastic about fitness and helping others achieve new goals. I enjoy assisting them with living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing that I can help make a difference in another person’s life is what motivates me to teach and train others. I love knowing that someone who never knew what a teaser was – let alone had the abdominal strength to perform one – can now master the move, even adding in props for increased difficulty, and I had a part in helping them reach success! I like to challenge my clients, but also be there to support them throughout the entire process of transforming not only their body, but their perception of what they see when they look in the mirror. I rely on my background in adult education and utilize learning theories to create fun classes and workouts for my clients that will motivate and inspire.
My Rocks: I’m blessed to have an amazing family, the most supportive parents, a sister who encourages me to try new things and always be learning, and an absolutely incredible boyfriend, who not only lets me use him as my Pilates guinea pig and fosters my love for adventure and fitness, but inspires me to be the very best teacher and athlete I can be.