The Pilates Loft instructors are a diverse group of fitness professionals. While each comes to Pilates with a unique background, all are armed with the skills, knowledge and dedication to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Jennifer has owned & operated The Pilates Loft since 2003. A graduate from the University of Florida, Jennifer’s background is firmly placed in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. She studied Pilates under and was certified by Romana Kyrzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé, in 2000. With a specialization in spine care, Jennifer found an easy transition from helping people find relief in the physical therapy arena to using Pilates to strengthen and eliminate most pain associated with the back and neck.
With a physical background beginning in gymnastics as a youth, power lifting through college and marathon training currently, Jennifer uses Pilates as a form of cross training to improve flexibility and core strength.
In 2009, The Pilates Loft was named a certification center for the NY Pilates Studio Teacher Certification Program through the United States Pilates Association ® LLC and The New York Pilates Studio ® and Jennifer was invited to be a Teacher of Teachers. Since that time, she has continued her education with Brett Howard, the Director of Education for the program, and continues to pass that knowledge on to her instructors and apprentices.
Mark was introduced to Pilates in the year 2000 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the time, Mark was competing in trampoline for the United States National Team on the World Cup Circuit. Physical Therapists for the United States Olympic Committee used Pilates as a way to combat Mark’s chronic back pain caused by instability of the joints in his back and pelvis. After a few sessions Mark’s pain disappeared and he was hooked! He continued training at the International Elite level and earned 19 National Titles and a World Championship Title in the sports of tumbling and trampoline.
Mark received his Pilates Instructor certification in 2005 from Power Pilates based in New York City and has been teaching at The Pilates Loft since then. In addition to teaching Pilates, Mark is a performing acrobat in Cirque du Soleil's resident production of 'La Nouba'. He is personally committed to the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning to help him not only prevent injuries but to maintain a demanding fitness level. Mark also enjoys weightlifting, volleyball, tennis, and scuba diving. Most recently in 2009, Mark was inducted into The USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Meghan grew up a dedicated student of ballet and modern dance. After graduating from Boston University in 2002 and beginning her career in advertising, she was eager to find a new exercising passion that could offer the same benefits she experienced from dancing- long, lean muscle and core strength. Meghan began training extensively at The Pilates Loft in 2007. She was amazed at how much strength and flexibility she quickly regained with a dedicated, consistent training schedule and decided she wanted to teach the Authentic Method herself.
In 2008, Meghan was certified as an Authentic Pilates Instructor by the United States Pilates Association®LLC, a licensee of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, which is the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world. Her Apprenticeship included over 700 hours of intensive training with Jennifer O'Mara, owner of The Pilates Loft and Teacher of Teachers for the U.S.P.A.®; Brett Howard, owner of The Pilates Haus, Senior Teacher of Teachers and Director of Education for the U.S.P.A.; and David Freeman, Director of the U.S.P.A.® and owner of The Pilates Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Meghan maintains a consistent schedule of Pilates training and running to keep in shape. She has completed two half marathons and doesn't want to stop there! Meghan is also a mother of 2 who practiced Pilates during her pregnancies. She loves helping other mothers-to-be use Pilates to stay healthy and fit, as well as for regaining strength post-pregnancy as she did. Since being certified, Meghan has worked with a variety of clientele, including expectant mothers, athletes, dancers and Pilates enthusiasts like herself.
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Lori has been dedicated to a fit and healthy lifestyle for most of her life. She was a student of Pilates for more than six years before she decided to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. This solid transition is a natural fit for Lori, who graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching.
With her strong instructional background, Lori knew-after her first few sessions –Pilates was something she would continue for a lifetime. Not only did Pilates help her balance, posture and flexibility, but it was also a great way to strengthen and tone her core after having a child. As an avid runner for more than 13 years, Pilates has also given Lori another outlet for cross training. She has successfully completed over 7 half marathons and plans to continue competing in future distance and strength events. In addition, Lori has been actively spinning and weight training for more than 6 years.
Lori was first introduced to Pilates in 2003 after the birth of her first daughter. She is personally committed to the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning and she strives to keep the integrity of each exercise Joseph Pilates created. Lori has completed more than 600 hours of extensive training and apprenticeship hours with Teacher Trainer Jennifer O’Mara, Owner of the Pilates Loft, and Stephanie Ellis, Certified Power Pilates Instructor and teacher-trainer from Pilates of Boca in Boca Raton, Florida.
In June of 2009, Lori was certified as an Authentic Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates, based in New York. She prides herself on being a lifelong learner and an enthusiastic teacher. Lori has been married for 11 years and has three children.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Fabienne Sponagel, originally from Switzerland, fell in love with Pilates after moving to Singapore with her husband in 2013. Her first class immediately sparked Fabienne's passion for Pilates and her ambition to start a new career. She completed a 550 hour Teacher Training Program through Pilates Bodyworks in Singapore and was a Pilates Instructor on their team until moving to the United States in 2015.
Fabienne relocated with her husband to Virginia, where she met Alia Staples, the owner of The Pilates Loft in Arlington, Virginia. Fabienne was eager to deepen her knowledge of the Pilates method and joined the United States Pilates Association ® Bridge Program to start The New York Pilates Studio ® Teacher Certification Program in the summer of 2015. She is looking forward to enhancing her teaching skills with a deeper understanding of the principles of the Authentic Method. Fabienne is fluent in English and German.
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Elizabeth grew up with a dedication to gymnasics starting at an early age through her teenage years. The structure and hard work instilled in her carried with her creating a lifelong passion for fitness. As a teenager she began weight lifting, spinning, yoga and kick boxing as a way to stay fit. A mother of twins, she is constantly busy and found in Pilates a new way to strengthen her core, and a mind body connection to exercise she had never experienced before. The overall strength and tone she gained was life changing, and from that point knew Pilates was the answer to achieve her fitness goals.
Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Central Florida in 2002, and enjoyed a fruitful corporate career in the field after deciding to pursue her passion for Pilates full time. In late 2012, she entered the NY Pilates Studio Teacher Certification Program through the United States Pilates Association ® LLC and The New York Pilates Studio ®, receiving over 700 hours of training at The Pilates Loft, extensively training with studio owner and U.S.P.A. Teacher of Teachers Jennifer O'Mara, and at The Pilates Haus in New Jersey with Brett Howard, Senior Teacher of Teachers and Director of Education for the U.S.P.A.. She continues to be a lifelong learner in the Authentic Pilates method, and shares that passion with her clients.
For as long as she can remember, Lexi has always been passionate about health and fitness. She played soccer and actively participated in sports growing up. Lexi needed something to cross train with her constant movement that stretched and strengthened her body. She took her first Pilates class at the age of sixteen and was captivated. Her passion for Pilates and the results she achieved encouraged her to become an instructor aiming to help others strengthen their core and reshape their bodies.
In 2013, Lexi became a certified Authentic Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates, based in New York City, NY. She completed her 600+ hour comprehensive program at a certified Power Pilates training center in West Palm Beach and at The Pilates Loft Orlando under Jennifer O'Mara, owner of The Pilates Loft and Teacher of Teachers for the United States Pilates Association®LLC.
Lexi's passion for teaching Pilates also influenced her education. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and in addition to teaching Pilates she teaches 5th grade for Orange County Public Schools.
Lauren is a native New Yorker who had a successful career in corporate fashion for over 10 years. Her position included extensive international travel, which she loved and valued, but it became extremely taxing on her body. Spending six to eight months in foreign countries, she was looking for ways to keep her body healthy and her mind focused. Lauren was introduced to Pilates in 2004 and fell in love with how strong, long and lean Pilates made her feel. She primarily trained with instructors in New York and Los Angeles, although her passion for Pilates drove her to seek out classes in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Buenos Aires and many more cities. In 2015 she relocated to Orlando, found The Pilates Loft and committed to a fulltime career in authentic Pilates. In addition to Pilates, Lauren practices yoga and enjoys hiking and rebounding to stay fit. She is eager to inspire her clients with the Authentic Pilates method and share her passion for health and wellness.
Lauren received over 700 hours of intensive training at The Pilates Loft, where she trained with studio owner and United States Pilates Association®LLC and The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher of Teachers Jennifer O'Mara; Brett Howard, owner of The Pilates Haus in New Jersey, Senior Teacher of Teachers and Director of Education for the United States Pilates Association®LLC and The New York Pilates Studio®; and David Freeman, Director of the United States Pilates Association®LLC and owner of The Pilates Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Jessica first tried Pilates when she was an undergrad in college. After several car accidents, she found that the core strength she gained with Pilates was the only thing that helped resolve her lower back pain. Later, Jessica went to work for Cirque Du Soleil, where being surrounded by professional athletes, she was inspired to increase her fitness goals. There she met Mark Griffith and she began working out at The Pilates Loft - Orlando in 2005. After 10 years of practicing the classical Pilates method she decided she wanted to share what she had learned and become an instructor.
Jessica spent 600+ hours training at The Pilates Loft, where she trained with Jennifer O'Mara, studio owner and United States Pilates Association®LLC and The New York Pilates Studio® Teacher of Teachers; Brett Howard, owner of The Pilates Haus, New Jersey and Senior Teacher of Teachers and Director of Education for the United States Pilates Association®LLC and The New York Pilates Studio®; and David Freeman, Director of the United States Pilates Association®LLC and owner of The Pilates Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Jessica earned the degree, Master of Liberal Studies from Rollins College in 2014 and also works as a college Humanities professor. She loves being able to combine her love of teaching with her love of Pilates.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Samantha grew up training as a classical ballet dancer. Now, as a professional dancer, Samantha is intimately familiar with the importance of cross training and strengthening the body uniformly. Early in her career she suffered a severe lower back injury due to overuse and imbalances because she, like many young athletes of aesthetic sports, lacked the knowledge needed to maintain peak physical strength and stamina while keeping her body safe. After taking time away from dancing and completing months of physical therapy, she was still in pain while performing and in her everyday life.
In her search for relief, she tried Pilates and after her very first session at the Pilates Loft, she felt a change. She began practicing at the studio on a weekly basis and very quickly her pain decreased, her mobility started to return, and she became stronger than ever before. Pilates was the answer to living pain free and getting her back to doing what she loves!
Samantha now strongly feels that everyone should learn the tools needed to maintain their bodies in the healthiest way possible. Inspired by the revolution she had gone through, Samantha decided to become a Pilates teacher so she can empower others with this amazing method of body conditioning. She spent 600+ hours studying under Jennifer O'Mara, Teacher of Teachers for the United States Pilates Association and owner of the Pilates Loft Orlando, and Brett Howard, Director of Education for the United States Pilates Association, and in December of 2017, she became a USPA certified Pilates teacher. She is excited to help others learn how to properly strengthen their bodies so that they too can perform to the very best of their abilities every day, no matter what capacity it may be in!