All of our instructors are certified in Pilates and/or Barre, and have had additional training in pre/ post-natal exercise, and exercise modifications for injuries and special health conditions. Our instructors regularly meet for additional in-house training on topics like new exercise research, specific injury guidelines and new exercise choreography.
CARYN CONNARTON is the owner of Beyond Fitness Pilates & Barre Studio. Caryn's background as a sport medicine physical therapist and her extensive fitness background as a trainer and a Spinning/ Aquatics/ group ex instructor, inspired her want to create a place to merge both worlds. She is the person you want your initial session with here if you have an injury or health concern. Caryn currently offers pilates and barre-based physical therapy, private pilates sessions, weekly group pilates and barre classes, sport-specific athletic conditioning classes, Anatomy using Anatomy in Clay Workshops and Instructor training and mentoring. All of her classes are challenging AND therapeutic!
MONICA CONNARTON’S passion of for Pilates began when she was looking for ways to stay injury free during marathon season. After her second Marathon she decided to get certified in Pilates to deepen her knowledge of the practice and discover how pilates can complement other sports she participated in like running, cycling and skiing. Monica is certified in Barre though Balanced Body University, Pilates though Equinox Institute, and Spinning through Mad Dogg Spinning. When Monica isn't teaching classes, skiing, or training for a marathon or a tri-athalon, she works full time at a Boston Financial Firm.
KATHLEEN CURRAN CHENG
has completed training and is certified in STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer Level 1. She has also completed training in STOTT Cadillac, Chair and Barrel (CCB) and continues to take STOTT Instructor Workshops to keep current and enhance her Pilates and movement coaching and teaching. Kathleen has taught and trained at many local studios and clubs and has numerous years of working in the fitness business. She holds a Master’s Degree in Cardiovascular Health and Exercise from Northeastern University and a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory. Kathleen attended the Institute for Integrated Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She enjoys sharing her knowledge to improve health and wellness. Kathleen strongly believes that practicing Pilates can bring positive changes to her client’s bodies including strengthened abdominal and back muscles, improved alignment, increased flexibility and heightened body awareness.
ALI EVANS is a Beyond Fitness Pilates Studio class enthusiast turned Barre instructor! She originally came to the studio to find a safe way to exercise without aggravating her scoliosis and fell in love with the classes here. She spent months completing Beyond Fitness Pilates Studio's own one-on-one intensive barre training program, including Pilates Arc Barrel and BOSU training. She has also completed workshops in pre and post-natal exercise, injury modifications, and exercise for building bone density. You'll find her enthusiasm for barre contagious and her love of music apparent in her fun playlists.
ROSE GIOVENETTI has been teaching all kinds of exercise - aerobics, step, slide, yoga, stretch, and pilates-- since her first job at Woman's World in 1979. She has taught at all the premier fitness centers, including The Squash Club, Le Pli, Harvard Health and Fitness, and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and has worked at The Mount Auburn Club for over 20 years. As a pilates instructor, Rose has realized new strength and awareness, first as a student, and now as a certified Stott Matt Instructor. With the help of pilates, Rose has kept her body going: in 2009 at 50 years young she walked the 600-mile Camino de Santiago across Spain. She is still happily performing, singing and tap dancing with Josh Hilberman's "All Tap Dancers Band" (Nuremburg and Berlin, Germany), and in her own band Little Rose and the Allstars (featured at Somerville's Porchfest). She loves keeping all ages moving, from her 90 year-old clients to teaching children tap dancing at Boston Percussive Dance.
MJ KENNY is a Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Certified Zumba Teacher. She has been teaching pilates since 2004, holding both mat and apparatus certifications, through Spencer National Endurance and Sports Trainers Association, SCW Fitness Education, and Stamina. MJ's original training was in a classic pilates studio, and her continuing education has included training with various populations and specialized studio equipment, as well as integrations of core pilates work with yoga and fitness. She discovered Pilates as the capstone to a personal post-surgery rehabilitation, and loves sharing it with others as a way to reach their physical goals. She became certified with Yoga Method Alliance, in Yoga of Energy Flow in 2010. She also teaches Zumba. She tells her students "Your body will thank-you for taking pilates!"
BETSY MCLAUGHLIN is a STOTT PILATES certified mat and reformer instructor who has been teaching in and around the Boston area since 2006. Betsy is the former co-owner of Curves in Watertown and host of the television program Watertown Women's Health Stop. She now teaches pilates full time. Her advanced training has included courses on pilates for breast cancer survivors, pilates for people with injuries and special circumstances, postural evaluation, pre-natal pilates, pilates for teens, TRX training, STOTT PILATES barre and our own barre workshop. Betsy believes that everyone can benefit from a consistent Pilates practice regardless of age, physical limitations, injuries or fitness level. The focus of Betsy's classes are form, technique and safety. Most importantly though,
she wants each student to feel comfortable, confident, to have fun and feel good about what their bodies
and minds can do.
JOHANNA SCHICK-COUTURIER is certified through Barre&Soul's Barre teacher training program, a program that infuses barre classes with yoga and meditation. Johanna practiced yoga and pilates for years, but discovered barre classes while recovering from a skiing injury. She became instantly hooked and found both barre and pilates very beneficial in helping her to recover from her injury. Barre classes gave her great strength, much joy and a lot of confidence. As an avid skier and golfer she uses the barre exercises as her preventative strengthening and stretching program, not only for the body but also for the spirit and mind.
Johanna teaches barre class in French and English, but she also speaks German and the Scandinavian languages.
SASHA TETER completed her training with Polestar Pilates, an organization focused on rehabilitation based pilates and is now a mentor for their instructor training program. She has also graduated from the Midwest Pilates Instructor Training Program. Sasha had her pilates aha moment when she tagged along to a pilates lesson with her mom who was post ankle surgery. She had taken pilates before, but never with such a great instructor. This inspired the University of Wisconsin - Madison grad to transition from her previous role as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MS from Edgewood College) to teaching pilates full time. Sasha has taken advanced courses in pre/post natal pilates, postural analysis and pathokinesiology. Sasha has been teaching pilates since 2010
VERONICA WOLFE discovered pilates at a young age. As a competitive skier, she used pilates to rehabilitate from various skiing injuries and it became her preventative strengthening program of choice. In 2012, she completed the comprehensive Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Program in her home state of New Jersey and has been teaching ever since. After graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida with a major in Homeland Security, a job offer brought her to Cambridge. In addition to teaching at Beyond Fitness, she helps keep her day job colleagues strong, flexible, posture-perfect and injury-free by teaching on-site pilates classes at her company.