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
  • NASM CPT
  • 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 @aleighberk

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

Meet Karla (Tier 1 Instructor)

Karla Contreras, owner of OP/EN Body ConceptsTM founder of OP/EN Body MethodTM. Karla has been teaching movement for 30 years. Her experience as a Pilates, GYROTONIC® teacher, and Anatomy Trains Structural Integration body therapist led her to the realization that we are multidimensional beings in constant flow between gravity and ground reaction force. Where adaptability, balance, and strength within are about mastering one’s body regardless of the movement method or discipline. For that, it is necessary to understand one’s body biomechanics of the synergy between two cylinders, the dynamic core, and the muscles for gross motion. 

“Movement is a natural and instinctive way for us to heal and expand ourselves in many levels of our existence” – KARLA CONTRERAS.

Instagram @the_open_method

  • OP/EN Body MethodTM
  • GYROTONIC®
  • Anatomy Trains Structural Integration
  • Pilates Method Alliance NCPT

Meet Don (Tier 1 Instructor)

Don 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 Keri (Tier 2 Instructor)

Four years ago when Keri 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 2 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 Marcella Raneri (Tier 2 Instructor)

Marcella, 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