Seattle's Premier Boutique Fitness Studio | 606 Broadway East | (206) 325-0662
Meet Our Instructors
Methods: Yoga, Reformer, Barre, Mat Pilates
Power Yoga is my first passion. I believe whatever you do yoga makes you do it better. Clearing out what doesnt belong and making room for what does. The only thing holding us back from our highest potential is our own self limiting thoughts. Fitness is about having a quality of life, health, well being. As well as being trained in Power Vinyasa Yoga. I also have a backround in massage therapy and personal training. I am on the constant quest for new ways of having the best life possible, while keeping to the roots of what I know works. I live to be inspired and to inspire. Trained in Power Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga. Backround in Massage Therapy and Personal Training. Practicing Yogi since 2005.
Methods: Reformer, Barre, Mat Pilates
Janna is a comprehensively classically trained Pilates instuctor, completing her teacher training in early 2010. Certified through the PMA. Always learning, she discovered SPX (power Pilates) and was certified with Sebastien Lagree. Recently completed Barre Training with Booty Barre creator Tracey Mallett, finding her inner swan at the barre. Janna believes the mind body connection is important in your workout. Intuitive and observant, with a focus on form and alignment, she will create a thoughtfully fun and sweaty LAB5 experience. When not in the LAB, Janna can be found enjoying the outdoors with her Shiba Inu, admiring art or kicking butt at Scrabble.
Methods: Reformer, TRX, Barre, Mat Pilates, Yoga, Self-Defense, Kickboxing, Kung Fu
Jessie Smith, has over 17 years of fitness training and teaching. She is an ACE Personal Trainer, and is now leading various Pilates classes, TRX, Conditioning Classes, Barre, Self-defense seminars, and Senior Fitness. Her current goals are to finish her STOTT Pilates certification, and work on rehabilitation training for baby boomers and more. Jessie brings a fun and playful energy to all of her classes. She strives to help people become inspired by their fitness routines. Her motto is “Move, and be moved”. In addition to having a fun class, with THE BEST music mixes, be prepared to be challenged on every level. Move the mountain!
Methods: Aerial, Yoga, Mat Pilates
Melinda Ritchie has been active and dancing, along with tumbling and flying, since the age of three. Growing up on the Eastside, Melinda trained at Emily’s Dance Arts for 14 years, performing in yearly Nutcracker productions, dance competitions, recitals and BYT summer theater productions. At 18, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended college at Loyola Marymount University, graduating with a BA in Dance, and minors in both French and Asian and Pacific Studies. During school she was active in pursuing extra curricular training in the aerial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics – anything – in the LA dance community. Within a month of graduating from LMU, Melinda auditioned for and got into Diavolo Dance Theater, LA’s premiere dance company which fuses a hyper-physical, impact-rich style of modern dance with theater, pedestrian motifs, acrobatics and aerial stunts. Diavolo is helmed by Jacques Heim, a french-born choreographer who, as a part of Cirque du Soleil choreographed “KA” at the MGM in Las Vegas, among other notable works, as well as pieces for film, television and awards shows – to much international acclaim. Diavolo is unique in the dance world for many reasons, but most of all for its boudary-breaking synthesis of stunts and technique, its inclusion of the dancer’s choreographic material, and its mass, magnetic appeal to all types and walks of life. Diavolo is a non-profit company, which both means “no nets, ’cause there ain’t a budget for that!” and an enormous component of education and outreach in the community and in schools – from everything like donating free shows and dance classes in New Orleans within a month of Hurricane Katrina, to being a staple in the the Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and special re-designed workshops at Autism camps, mental health facilities, and burn units. Touring so extensively for 8 years brought Melinda around the globe, to two Premieres at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, and to dance before thousands and sold-out crowds, often times high above their heads, on almost every continent, and in every state in the Union except five.
Methods: Reformer, TRX, Mat Pilates, Strength & Conditioning
Ron has always been interested in fitness, health and sport. He has personally trained for and completed 3 marathons, and has coached others to successfully run marathons. He has worked as the district fitness manager for Gold’s Gym in central California, developing a training program that focuses on whole body movement, strength and endurance. He is STOTT Pilates trained, NASM-CPT certified, Crossfit Endurance, as well as TRX group certified. Ron finds great satisfaction in helping and motivating others to successfully reach their fitness goals, whether it is weight loss, health, strength, mobility, or preparing for a marathon. Your workouts with him will always be: different, challenging but achievable, and of course…fun.
Susie is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor and owned her own studio for eight years. She has trained high level athletes, populations with chronic injury and is a core specialist. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and danced professionally for 17 years. In addition, she was the Co-Artistic director of a small theater/dance company, which performed, “insanely dangerous, site specific spectacles”, for ten years. She continues to study physical theater and performed original work in the French clowning tradition. Helping people discover the power of inner strength and a lifetime of mobility and movement is Susie’s ultimate goal. Work hard and please remember to have an enormous sense of humor.
Methods: Pilates, Yoga
Brenna is a seattle native, lover of food, and a yoga and fitness instructor. She has 15+ years of dance experience which first exposed her to the practice of yoga, and she never looked back. She first began teaching yoga and Pilates at Western Washington University when she was completing her B.S. in Community Health. She is 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and is a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. Her passion and experience in dance has led her to begin teaching high energy Barre classes. Her classes are a blend of two worlds. She believes, that in creating a practice based in both art and science we can become more embodied and integrated human beings. Trained as a dancer as a child and young adult, her classes move with grace and beauty synced with rhythmic breathing. Yet, she directs each student to support their bodies, by having proper body alignment and spinal stability. By moving with integrity, we can more genuinely create a beautiful, sustainable lifestyle on and off the mat. When she is not teaching classes she enjoys exploring this wild world through travel, cooking and eating, literature, art, and hiking the great outdoors.
Methods: TRX, functional movement,foam rolling,resistance bands, strength & conditioning, PiYo
David Lyman has a passion for fitness, self-improvement, and following what inspires him. He holds an MBA degree and CPA license, but decided to leave his desk job to take on a new challenge professionally. He studied personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His certifications include:
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
- NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
- NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
- NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS)
- Certified PiYo instructor
- Registered TRX instructor
David loves helping people restore functional stability after injury or long-term inactivity. He has ample experience working with deconditioned adults, youths, and seniors as they get back into an active lifestyle. He loves researching difficult issues for clients, and he relentlessly studies health and fitness, keeping up with new evidence as it emerges. He enjoys century bicycle rides including the STP, RSVP, and international bicycling touring. He completed one marathon and two triathlons. He especially enjoys muscle building, having once added 50 pounds to his frame in a year for fun! David recently spent a year in Hawaii, studying advanced fitness techniques and training clients at the Island Club and Spa in Honolulu. In Hawaii, he enjoyed hiking, snorkeling, and ocean swimming. David has performed as a dancer and a singer. When not at the gym, you can find him practicing yoga in local parks, running, biking, or meditating in the great outdoors.
I was personally introduced to Pilates in Palm Springs, California three years ago where my wife and I live during most of the winter months. I found the high energy workouts were very beneficial to me for flexibility, cardio, core strength, balance and toning using the latest equipment to get a complete workout in the least amount of time. We got to know one of the instructors well and discussed the possibilities of opening a studio in Seattle since there was nothing like this that we were aware of in our hometown here in Seattle.
My wife and I had sold our main business interests in July, 2007 and were looking for the right opportunity to get back into a new exciting business. Even though our background is not the fitness area I could see the positive results for myself and my wife to our bodies and overall well being. Last October we began serious discussions how we could bring a new and uplifting fitness studio to Seattle. Our research indicated that Pilates had been around for many years but with new state of the art equipment and expanding the fitness studio workouts there was a great business opportunity to reach many people and also the chance to give something back to our community where we have lived for over forty years.
It was also important to me to be involved in something that we could provide an unique culture to the fitness arena but provide price points affordable for those serious about a quality overall workout. We strive to be the gold standard in up scale fitness in Seattle and provide the up-most in customer care. One of my mottos is we are here to help people in Seattle “Move the Mountain.”
Alan Cashman Co-Founder, LAB5 Fitness
My passion and vision for this fitness studio began as a result of proformer Pilates experiences in Palm Springs, California where I live part time commuting between Seattle and the desert. Let me start at the beginning of my fitness journey. During the past thirty years I have faithfully strived to be mentally and physically fit. I dedicated about an hour a day at least five days a week exercising. Usually my workout took place very early in the morning at five before work. I am blessed with being naturally disciplined, tall, petite, and a mindful eater. I should also mention that I have suffered from lower back pain for the past thirty years and rarely remember a day without pain. I also suffered a herniated disk in my C7, which left me with very little use of my left arm, plus balance and strength issues on my whole left side. During these thirty years, I tried several exercise disciplines—running, aerobics, treadmill, yoga, exercise videos, matt Pilates, and stretching routines. I truly never felt any measurable change in my physical body. I did, however, reap benefits mentally. I found that the exercise strengthened my mental health in business and helped de-stress my physic. In February 2008 I was introduced to Reformer Pilates, or what I call a hybrid Pilates which incorporates balance, flexibility, coordination, strengthening, elongating and building core strength.
My first “beginner class” included two other women who were obviously not beginners. They were in much better shape than I, yet I had been at it at that time for twenty-seven years. These two women moved like beautiful, agile cats and their bodies were just beautiful. I knew that they were older than I, but after class I found out that they were in their late seventies while I was fifty-seven at the time. Imagine how excited I got seeing how amazing they made almost eighty look! I left that class with a mind set to mirror what they had achieved.
I enrolled in what’s called a monthly unlimited package and attended classes five days a week. Imagine my excitement when after three weeks I could see a visible difference in my body, form, muscle definition and overall conditioning. Oh, I forgot to mention that at some point after that first month my back pain was gone and the usage of my left arm had greatly improved. As my three years have progressed, I continue to gain more strength, balance, flexibility and move like a woman years younger than my age. Let’s talk for a moment about vanity. My husband of almost forty years claims that my body looks better than ever. We met when I was twenty, so that’s a huge statement!
I should mention that I immediately dragged my husband to class with me. Our Pilates workouts have become a passion and actuality that we share together. I don’t care how long I live; I care about the quality of my life. Having the opportunity to watch our parents’ long lives, they’re all lived into their eighties and nineties but not with the physical quality that I am determined to have. My goal in life is to live a gracious, healthy, fit lifestyle. I make a conscious effort to surround myself with people who have common and like interests. Our studio will continue to create and grow this kind of community. I have been given so much during my life I look forward to sharing and giving back to our community.
Bonnie Cashman Co-Founder, LAB5 Fitness.
Ms. Molly is the official greeter at LAB5. She loves our members, community and always enjoys a friendly pat on the back!
I have lived in Washington State for nearly two decades. As a navy brat I moved from Hawaii to California before finally settling down on the opposite side of the peninsula from Seattle. With the desire to stay in state, I went to Washington State University to receive a degree in Communications. After spending four years in Pullman, a small and isolated town, I moved to this city seven months ago. Luckily I found an apartment in the heart of Capitol Hill and it has been like a breath of fresh air. This neighborhood embraces all of my vices; coffee, delicious and diverse food, and vegetation in every direction. When a close family friend told me Lab5 was searching for a new family member I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been inconsistent with workout routines my entire life jumping from one practice to the next: long distance running, yoga, judo, weight training and attendance at a multi-purpose gym. During my final two years of college I allowed my time to become consumed by friends, classes and cheap food that was never healthy. As a result, old back pains returned and the pounds crept on me so slyly I barely noticed. Pilates and TRX sessions are of the greatest draw for me because they’ll help with both issues while elongating my spine. I’m 5’1”, I could use an extra couple inches! I’ve entered a new phase in my life where the goal is health; healthy habits and mind.