Instructors

“The quality of instruction and expertise at Loudoun Pilates is unmatched. The instructors really pay attention to all the students and clearly love what they do. They all bring a wealth of knowledge to every session and continually strive to help me better understand my body mechanics and how I can improve.”
– Kelly Simcox

Amy Hershey

OWNER Amy Hershey holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado.  While attending college, Amy began her journey as a student of Pilates.  She took her Pilates training to the next level by graduating from The Pilates Centers’ 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program in Boulder, CO. Following her graduation, Amy began deepening her understanding of Pilates and movement by studying extensively under the mentorship of Cara Reeser.

In 2013, Amy was selected to participate in The Heritage Training Program, an intensive, post-graduate training program dedicated to the teachings and philosophies of first-generation master teacher Kathy Grant. The influences of both Cara and Kathy have given Amy a profound appreciation for the transformational healing capabilities of the Pilates method. Additionally, Amy currently serves as a Host Advisor for The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program, for which she mentors aspiring teachers as they complete their training program. Amy teaches her clients to use the Pilates method as an avenue to live a stronger, healthier, pain-free lifestyle.

Valerie Armistead

fitness teacherValerie was introduced to Pilates in college at George Mason University, where she received a B.A. in English and a minor in dance. She has taught children’s dance for more than a decade. After taking years of Pilates lessons and classes herself, she completed the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training Program in 2005. Since then, she has taught all levels, from professional athletes, children with scoliosis, pre- and postnatal women, and more. She enjoys getting to know her clients and watching their bodies change from using The Pilates method.

Kate O’Harra

core techingKate O’Harra began taking Pilates classes in 2001 and immediately loved both the challenges and benefits of the different exercises. Upon moving to New York City in 2005, Kate decided to take her interest in Pilates to the next level and enrolled in the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training Program. After completing her certification, Kate continued to teach for Power Pilates until moving back to Annapolis in 2007, where she worked for Evolutions Body Clinic before joining Loudoun Pilates in 2015. Kate’s favorite part of teaching is guiding clients to that ‘ah-ha’ moment when everything clicks and they discover a new understanding of an exercise. In addition to Pilates, Kate is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys yoga, hiking, running, and TRX training. She currently lives in Purcellville with her husband, son, and their 2 rescue pit bulls.

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