Meet Lesley (Owner/Tier 1 Instructor

Lesley Clayton is a Dallas based fitness professional and Founder and Owner of Train Pilates Studio.

Her expertise includes Pilates, strength and conditioning, CoreAlign and TRX suspension training.  She originally established herself in Chicago in 2010 when she began working as a NASM certified personal trainer at private gyms.  After a year of building her client base she decided to expand her fitness knowledge to include Pilates.  Having practiced Pilates during her years of dancing professionally she knew this was an important aspect to being a well-rounded athlete.  Lesley is trained through STOTT Pilates and certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in addition to being trained in the revolutionary CoreAlign method.  She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently hosts training programs through Pilates Academy International for those seeking to become certified Pilates instructors.

Since relocating to Dallas in 2014 she has continued to train individuals and design programs that cater to their specific goals including strength, weight loss and rehabilitation.

Lesley opened Train Pilates Studio with her vision that training your body is a lifelong commitment to moving mindfully and efficiently.  Training is movement and Pilates is a practice that incorporates movements for all bodies and all ages.  You are given one body… be strong, move well and live pain free.

  • Comprehensive STOTT Pilates Certified 
  • Pilates Academy International Certified 
  • Pilates Method Alliance NCPT
  • TRX Certified
  • Pre/Post Natal Pilates
  • Injuries and Special Populations
  • PAI Teacher Trainer

Meet Amanda (Tier 1 Instructor)

Amanda Leigh is a passionate instructor who has always been intrigued by the mind-body connection.  Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina she was an award- winning theatrical actor, competitive cheerleader and classically trained dancer.  She spent every day moving and working on her fitness.

Amanda began a new chapter in her life in 2014 when moving to Dallas. Shortly after the move she discovered the brilliance of the Pilates Method, and it was after receiving her certification with Club Pilates that she began her career.  She gained her second certification under the tutelage of Rebecca Beckler, creator and founder of The Pilates Suspension Method.  Amanda is currently working on her next certification with Pilates Academy International and continues to perfect her practice within the Pilates world.

She is so excited to share her journey and hopes that it will inspire others to stick with their goals and stay committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Instagram: @amanda_trainpilates

  • Pilates Academy International Certified Instructor
  • Pilates Method Alliance NCPT
  • Club Pilates Certified
  • Trigger Point
  • Acumobility
  • Pilates Suspension Method Master Trainer

Meet Don (Tier 1 Instructor)

Don Burgess has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and has worked with a broad range of clients. Professional athletes, competitive and recreational endurance athletes, post rehabilitation clients, youth and teenagers as well as those with general fitness needs all benefited from working with Don. Prior to moving to Dallas with The Burgess Blueprint, he owned and operated PPW Chicago for 14 years, consulted with Power Plate North America as an academy trainer and served as the Personal Training Coordinator at Holmes Place Health Club.

Instagram @donburgess____

  • MS Exercise Physiology
  • BS Kinesiology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • BASI Pilates classically trained

Meet Becca (Tier 1 Instructor)

Becca Conner’s passion for fitness and wellness began as a child, watching her mom run her own wellness company and attend as a presenter/educator at well known fitness conventions around the US. Becca started in the fitness industry in 2007 as a Group Fitness Instructor and then as a Personal Trainer. Her Pilates journey began after taking her very first class as a client, but she was hooked and never looked back. Throughout the last 8 years she has earned many certifications that have fueled her knowledge to teach at local Pilates studios around town. 

Becca’s love for Pilates comes through in her classes and she cannot wait to continue helping others feel the power of Pilates through healthy movement and flows. 

  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 and Movement Principles Certified 
  • Barre Certified 
  • Pilates Suspension Method 1.0 and 2.0 Certified 
  • Pilates Sports Center Comprehensive Certified

Meet Keri (Tier 1 Instructor)

Four years ago when Keri Heye Ellis decided to leave consulting to spend more time with her family she quickly turned to fitness to focus on her health. She started this fitness journey at her neighborhood Lagree studio. Within the first six months of being a client she joined their Teacher Training Program and became a Lagree Certified Instructor. Through connections at that studio Keri was introduced to Train Pilates and Lesley. This introduction lead to Keri completing Pilates Academy International’s Comprehensive Teacher Training program. She is committed to helping clients improve their quality of life while reaching their individual fitness and wellness goals. Having walked two parents through extensive cancer journeys she understand the need to balance fitness with diet and treatment.

Instagram @keriheye

  • Pilates Academy International Trained
  • Lagree Certified
  • Pilates Suspension Method Trained
  • CoreAlign Level I & II Trained

Meet Kathryn (Tier 1 Instructor)

Kathryn Hunt Anderson is a movement specialist and Internationally known Pilates Instructor. Her extensive background includes competitive gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, Pilates, tennis, and dance of all styles. Kathryn has danced professionally throughout the United States and South America and now uses her talents to help enrich and heal others. The greatest joy for her is to help others and take them where they never thought they could go. 

Kathryn has been practicing yoga and Pilates for over 20 years and teaching for 17 years. She has been featured on news programs, websites, ESPN, chiropractors, conservatories, physical therapy clinics, universities, gyms and studios across the country. She integrates yoga, Pilates, dance and martial arts into her sessions, classes and workshops, which helped her develop her own technique, Flowbarre. Find her fitness workouts on- Amazon: Flowbarre and  Tris,Thighs & Killer Abs.  Along with her passion of teaching, Kathryn has owned and operated many Pilates studios and fitness facilities throughout the country.

Instagram: @kathrynhuntanderson

  • Bachelor of Art from California State University, Long Beach (Dance & Visual Arts) 
  • Certified Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • PMA, Pilates Method Alliance
  • BASI Pilates and Fletcher Pilates
  • Prenatal, Postnatal and Postpartum Pilates
  • 200 YTT Yoga
  • Dance Conditioning and Dance Science
  • Ballet Core and Barre Unlimited Certified
  • Harkness Dance Center New York, Injury Prevention

Meet Marcella Raneri (Tier 2 Instructor)

Marcella Raneri, a dancer of 30 years, has a background in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and Acro. She starred as a choreographer in the Netflix Reality Series “Dancing Queen”. Specializing in stretching and knowledge of movement in the human body, Marcella started Pilates classes in 2016 and fell in LOVE with it. She decided to become a trainer because of her passion for Pilates and helping others achieve their goals and over all well-being. Marcella loves to empower and motivate others. She is trained in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and the Pilates Suspension Method.

Instragram @marcellaraneri

  • Pilates Academy International Trained
  • Pilates Suspension Method Certified
  • Owner Prestige Dance & Performing Arts Center