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: Mat Pilates
Faith Coben, originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, has studied Pilates for the last ten years and been a dancer for most of her life. Her physical training background also includes over a decade of intensive skiing and figure skating. She earned her BFA in Dance and her Pilates Mat Teaching Certificate from Cornish College of the Arts, and is currently pursuing her comprehensive Pilates teaching certification. Faith believes that students deserve a creative, enjoyable, safe, & anatomically-based fitness experience in an egalitarian environment that promotes their individual achievement while facilitating a positive group dynamic. It is her goal to share Pilates with joy so that students leave class feeling healthier, happier, and energized. Faith is both an instructor and our Front Desk Coordinator.
In Seattle, Faith performs with Ktisk Contemporary Dance and teaches ballet and creative dance to youth & families. In her free time, she loves to hike, ski, and explore the fantastic Seattle music and performance scene.
Methods: Pilates Reformer, BARRE, Mat Pilates
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: LAB5 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 and Pilates Academy International 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, LAB5 Reformer
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: Pilates 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, 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: Pilates Reformer, BARRE
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 Reformer, HIIT, TRX, functional movement, foam rolling, strength & conditioning, PiYo
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.
Methods: Pilates Equipment, Pilates Reformer, Mat Pilates
Methods: BARRE, LAB5 Reformer
Methods: Pilates Equipment, Pilates Reformer, Mat Pilates, BARRE
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: LAB5 Reformer, TRX Suspension Trainer, S Factor Pole Dance & Tease Teacher.
Marian’s goal is to get her Clients moving! She’s passionate about helping Clients become active and build strong bodies so that they can embrace and enjoy life more fully. Marian has an extensive and diverse background in Pilates, pole fitness, gymnastics, dance, aerial, suspension and weight training.
Her certifications include: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Lagree Fitness Instructor, TRX Suspension Trainer and S Factor Pole Dance & Tease Teacher.
She has worked in the top Lagree Fitness studios in the Los Angeles/ Orange County areas and has taught in all three S Factor locations in So. CA.
Marian likes variety and loves a challenge, so when she took her first Proformer Pilates class she was hooked on the intensity and variation of exercises that could be performed on the machine.
Marian’s favorite exercises target the Glutes, Obliques and Triceps, so get ready to get sculpted and ripped. Equal parts drill sergeant and cheerleader, Marian’s approach is to lead fun and creative classes that will challenge her students.
Marian is new to Seattle (just moved August 2015) and is excited to experience all that Seattle and LAB5 have to offer!
Methods: Yoga, LAB5 Reformer
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.”
Nicole has been sportive all her life. She is certified STOTT Pilates in advanced level and practice with her own Reformer at home. Her background as an RN reminds her that fitness is crucial for a healthy living. She loves training people and did so in teaching French at schools, dialysis to staff and coaching multiple populations achieving positive results. She is currently still teaching weekly AQUA-Fit, BARRE, Reformer & Mat Pilates. Her diverse professional skills amplified with a friendly approach, make Nicole also very distinctive with her Quebecois accent. Her focus is to keep you well & happy each time your return to LAB5!
I was personally introduced to Pilates in Palm Springs, California in the Spring of 2008, 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. In October 2010 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!
Just in case you were a little curious… I was born and raised in the Great Pacific Northwest, I moved to Olympia, WA after high school in the Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA area to attend The Evergreen State College. While at TESC I had strictly studied business start-up, marketing, management and visual art and while at LAB5 Fitness I’ve been presented the opportunity to utilize, grow and evolve these skills while also being given the opportunity to utilize the studios facilities (one of my favorite aspects!). I was introduced to the LAB5 Founders, Alan & Bonnie Cashman, when I moved up to Seattle after graduation by a friend and we hit it off instantly, when I found out they were looking for staff I took the unique opportunity presented to me to work for a Pilates studio! I had never been and extremely active person, exercise wise, except for taking yoga here or there but at LAB5 Fitness I’ve taken more Pilates classes, TRX and Aerial classes then I would have anywhere else all in one place! I was surprised, though I had been warned, that after my first 5 classes I had already noticed a difference in my abdominal core! Slowly but surely the change is starting to show on the outside as well as in my attitude and I can’t stop taking classes now that I’ve started! This is just the beginning and I look forward to broadening my schedule in the future to accommodate more Barre and Kickboxing classes as to fully utilize the variety of programs LAB5 has to offer to improve my physical and mental 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 :)
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!