Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy
Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy
Seattle's Premier Boutique Fitness Studio | 606 Broadway East | (206).325.0662
Methods: Power Reformer, Pilates Reformer, Yoga
Emily is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor! She brings her intuitive, natural, West Coast style to her classes that are inclusive for all body types. Emily has a background in psychology and is a 200-hr Registered Yoga teacher (2013) with Yoga Alliance, and continues to earn her 500-RYT through 8 Limbs Yoga centers here in Seattle where she began her formal training. Emily fell in love with Pilates while she lived in LA for the past 2 years, teaching at WundaBar Pilates, and continued studying with classical teachers to start her rehab path. Her education has an emphasis on therapeutics, and functional movement in both yoga and Pilates. She’s passionate about breath, anatomy, alignment, and anything related to wellness- both mind and body.
Methods: Power Reformer, Pilates Reformer
Janna is a comprehensively classically trained Pilates instructor, 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: Power reformer, Pilates Reformer, Tone and Stretch, TRX, BARRE, Mat Blast, Kickboxing
Jessie Smith, has over 17 years of fitness training and teaching, and has extensive pilates training through STOTT, PEAK and PAI. She is now leading various Pilates classes, TRX, Cardio Kickboxing, and Barre. 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.
Methods: Power Reformer, Pilates Reformer, Tone and Stretch
Marlys is a fully certified Equipment and Mat Pilates instructor, receiving her training from Balanced Body in San Francisco, CA and Vitality Pilates in Seattle, WA. She danced professionally for 5 years in a ballet company before exploring more contemporary movement; finding her place here in Seattle and now continues to perform across a wide rang of mediums. Her experience in dance as well as her knowledge of the Pilates system allows her to tailor specialized cross-training regiments that challenge and bring balance to the body. Marlys is excited to bring her skills to LAB5 and will be offering group classes as well as private sessions to clients of all ages, levels, and ability.
Methods: Aerial, Yoga
Melinda Ritchie has Pilates Academy International reformer training. Melinda 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 boundary-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: Power BARRE, HiiT
Methods: Power Reformer, Pilates Reformer, Tone and Stretch
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, a Pilates Academy International Instructor, 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.
Methods: Power Reformer, Yoga
Shana’s background in yoga provides the foundation for her mind body approach to training, nutrition, stress reduction and overall wellbeing. A lifelong student of hatha yoga, Shana became certified to teach vinyasa flow in 2006. Realizing the importance of cross training in a variety of activities in order to achieve a balanced, well-conditioned body and a vibrant, stimulated mind, Shana began practicing a discipline of exercise that combined the fluidity of traditional Pilates with high intensity aerobic conditioning. She found this combination so effective and fun that she completed her SPX training in 2011 and began to teach Sebastian Lagree’s method of total body fitness. Shana’s philosophy is simple: “We’re designed to move and sweat, eat nutritionally dense food, drink water, rest, reflect, and repeat. Sometimes we lose sight of this, I’m here to help folks remember.”
Methods: Pilates Reformer, Mat Blast
Methods: Pilates Reformer, Tone and Stretch
David Lyman, our Fitness Director, 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 accounting job to take on a new challenge professionally. He studied personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His certifications include:
-Pilates Academy International – All Populations Reformer 1 Certified
– 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 recently completed his Reformer Pilates certification through Pilates Academy International, and has pursued advanced education as a Certified Personal Trainer. David loves helping people lose weight and 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 enjoys muscle building, as well as weight loss (he is 35 pounds below his high weight). 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 training in local parks, running, biking, or meditating in the great outdoors.
Method: Power BARRE
Originally from Orange County, Ca, Amy is a former professional dancer and certified Barre instructor, and has been teaching for over 10 years. As a professional dancer, she performed with numerous theatres in Southern California as well as places like Disneyland, House Blues Hollywood, and on ships with the Holland America Cruise Line. She spent seven years kickin’ it as a Radio City Rockette in New York, where she first discovered Barre. She immediately fell in love with the technique because it combined two of her favorite things- dance and fitness. After sustaining a broken foot and undergoing shoulder surgery, Barre became her go-to during recovery as the best low-impact workout that had a high enough intensity to maintain her strength. Amy is a brand new Seattle-ite, is loving getting to know this beautiful city, and is extremely excited to be LAB5’s Fitness Director (the reformer classes have changed her life!). Get ready for high energy, music based classes focused on specific muscle group strength and conditioning, with one or two (or three or four) jokes thrown in. She feels very blessed to have the opportunity to share her love of Barre and fitness with the LAB5 family!
Dakota Crist is originally from Montana. She moved to Seattle in 2013 to attend Cornish College of the Arts. She graduated in spring 2016 with a B.F.A. in Dance. Dakota continues to pursue her dance career as a current company member with The Three Yells. When not dancing or working at LAB5, you can find Dakota exploring the outdoors.
Sierra has been a Seattle resident for two years now after moving from Oregon. She attends Cornish College of the Arts and will be receiving her B.F.A. in Dance in the spring of 2017. Besides being a full time student and working at LAB5, Sierra enjoys her free time working on choreography projects, taking Pilates classes, babysitting and sleeping. Her favorite workout is at a high intensity and has a lot of core exercises. She lives a very active lifestyle and has a huge passion for anything related to fitness and health!
Hi LAB5! I grew up in a small town in central Washington. I attended Wenatchee Valley College for two years where I played college basketball. I then transfered to Eastern Washington University where I obtained my bachelors degree in applied developmental psychology. Shortly after college I got married to a handsome man who I met in the small college town of Cheney, Washington. We moved to Seattle in the Spring of 2015 to pursue more opportunities in a bigger city.
I grew up playing tons of different sports. I enjoy a high intensity workout and have recently fell in love with power pilates! I live an active lifestyle and love anything fitness related or health and wellness related.
When I am not at LAB5 working I am either working on our families nutrition business or looking at new homes out on the market in the Seattle area. I enjoy anything outdoorsy like hiking or boating and also enjoy arts and crafts. I also enjoy friends, nutrition, good wine, pug dogs, any and all types of coffee or espresso, and interior design.