I began my journey into the Art of Contrology with one very specific goal, to help others. This journey began in 2007 after facing life threatening challenges that caused my body to deal with daily, chronic pain. Not only did Pilates help me significantly reduce my level of pain, but it also helped strengthen and tone my entire body.
Joseph Pilates once said “Patience and Persistence are the vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor”. These qualities are cornerstones upon which I have dedicated myself to complete over 1000 hours of Classical Pilates Training as well as completing a Peak Pilates Comprehensive certification with an additional 700 hours of tutelage training. Pilates can be done throughout a lifetime not just a season in your life.
Becky Lenski was first introduced to the Pilates Reformer after the birth of her first child in 2005 and has been hooked on it ever since! Amazed & impressed by the results in her own body, she become a Pilates instructor so that she could share the many benefits of Pilates with others. In 2009, she became certified in Mat Pilates through both the PhysicalMind Institute and through Power Pilates.
In 2010, with a desire to further her Pilates education she became certified in equipment through the PhysicalMind Institute. She has also been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2009. Having worked with a range of clients including Pre & Postnatal moms, those recovering from injury and/or surgery as well as the intense athlete, Becky passionately believes there is a place for Pilates in everyone’s life. Regardless of your shape, size, age or athletic ability Becky would love to introduce you to Pilates or further your Pilates practice and help you reach your fitness goals.
When not participating in her own Pilates practice, Becky enjoys TRX suspension training, weight training, barre classes and spending time with her two boys 🙂
I was born and raised in Naperville, and spend my childhood dancing. I received excellent training in classical ballet, jazz, modern and other types of dance with Salt Creek Ballet Company. After graduating high school, I attended Western Michigan University as a dance major, having won the New Dance Major scholarship. After transferring to Illinois State University to pursue my education degree, I continued to dance with Illinois State University Dance Theater and graduated with a degree in Secondary English Education.
I spent the next phase of my life teaching high school, continuing to dance, and teaching ballet in various locations around the Midwest. I also took up a love of running, culminating in the completion of my first marathon in 2014. I came to Pilates in 2014 after marathon training had taken a toll on my body. I needed to work on strengthening my body in a new way, a way that was comprehensive and functional. I immediately fell in love with the method of Contrology. I love the history, the difficulty and the spirituality of Pilates. For me, the classical method of Pilates is so similar to dance, that I couldn’t help but dive right in, beginning my rigorous teacher training in early 2015. It has been an amazing journey, only serving to deepen my passion for the method.
I live in Oswego with my wonderfully supportive husband and three lovely children.
Michelle’s interest in fitness was inspired by 15+ years of ballet practice and a love of dance that followed her into adulthood. She has been a AFAA certified group fitness teacher, with certifications in cycling, kickboxing, and Group Power since 1991. She became a student of the Lotte Berk inspired exercises in 2004. Over the course of becoming a certified Pilates reformer/equipment teacher, she gained an abundance of knowledge in both anatomy and the study of mechanics of body movements. With rich history in choreography and fitness instruction, combined with her extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology, she owned and co owned 2 Dailey Method studios from 2011-2016. Currently Michelle is teaching Pilates Reformer and Barre at More Than Core Pilates.
Jessica Fonseca was introduced to Pilates in 2004 while living in Chicago. Having spent her childhood as a classically trained ballet, tap, and jazz dancer, Jessica instantly fell in love with the Pilates movement principles. She decided to pursue her Pilates certification in 2009, and completed the Pilates Mat and Reformer training through Balanced Body. She spent the next few years teaching Pilates in Shorewood, IL, while also working as a high school English and fiction writer.
After dealing with several life and health issues that created mental and physical challenges for her, Jessica found relief through Pilates. She believes that the healing movement and deep mind-body connection of Pilates can aid in overcoming many mental and physical limitations.
In 2016, Jessica completed her 500-hour comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body, which included in-depth work on each Pilates apparatus. She has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2016. Having worked with clients of all ages, physical abilities, and genders, Jessica believes that Pilates can benefit EVERY body at ANY stage of life. She strives to make Pilates accessible to all her clients to help them discover their own healthy mind-body connection.
When not continuing her own Pilates practice, Jessica writes fiction and English curriculum, practices yoga, and gets her cardio in by chasing her crazy mini-schnauzer around. Jessica also runs a Pilates informational website, www.roottocorepilates.com.
Sabine was first attracted to mat Pilates in her home country of Switzerland in 2002. After she moved to Chicago in 2015, she discovered apparatus Pilates and was immediately hooked.
At the beginning of 2016 she had a back surgery and her medical professionals advised her to go back to Pilates to assist in recovery. With clearance from her PT, she worked with a studio teacher while also doing physical therapy. She re-discovered Pilates and appreciated how it helped her gain greater fitness, fully supporting her rehabilitation and successfully returning to daily and athletic activities.
She was fueled with passion to then share what Pilates has done for her recovery and completed her 600-hours comprehensive teacher training in September 2017 through Pilates Artistry, Inc., in Chicago before moving to Naperville.
She is working as a full time Pilates teacher since December 2017 and is teaching a wide spectrum of diverse people with different body shape, age, with prenatal and some with a history of previous injury or other conditions.