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​​Kristen Bernier

Kristen is a choreographer, dancer, Pilates Instructor, and arts administrator based in Chicago, IL. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University. There, she assisted and trained under Dr, Tom Welsh, a leading Dance Scientist and Pilates instructor, learning many of the holistic benefits of Pilates as a cross-training method. She earned her Pilates Certification through Balanced Body University in 2014 and received her Pilates apparatus certification through Core Chicago Pilates in 2016. Kristen teaches dance and Pilates classes in both open and private settings while continuing her work as an arts advocate and educator through international dance festivals, non-profits, universities, and as an independent artist.


This class is ideal for beginners of all fitness levels and does not require any prior experience.  We will focus on Pilates fundamentals, as well as, the safe and effective use of different Pilates equipment such as the Reformer, Chair, and Tower. We will align, strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body and prepare a solid Pilates foundation to help you advance your practice to the next level.  Max class size is limited to 5 people allowing for personalized attention in a semi-private setting.

**​After completing 2-4 Intro/Level 1 classes, you will be ready to join our regular Level 2/3 classes.


Join us for this full body conditioning class that focuses on the body's "core" (abdominals and back muscles!). The Pilates Mat system is designed to align, strengthen, tone, and lengthen the body. We will show you modifications to make the exercises easier or more difficult so you can progress at your own pace!

alex manov

After studying economics in graduate school and spending a decade in the fast paced world of floor trading, Alex decided to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Alex founded Spring in 2006 and has overseen the company’s growth from a small Pilates studio into a diversified fitness center. Alex's business philosophy is to find activities and training methods that he thinks are effective, engaging and complimentary and then bring in expert teachers to teach those methods at Spring.

Alex grew up in Europe where he spent weeks at a time in the mountains hiking and skiing, he was a multi sport athlete, and remains an avid rock climber, surfer, skier and snowboarder. Alex is also the father of a 7th grader and a newborn, and it is very important for him to be able to engage with his sons in the sports and activities they choose. Alex has a deep respect for functional fitness, which for him includes strength, mobility, power, endurance and balance coupled with skill, technique, mental focus and enjoyment. Alex trains clients the same way he trains himself, using methods drawn from Gymnastics, Pilates,  TRX, Kettlebells and Yoga.

Welcome to Spring Pilates!  Join us for a Private or a Reformer (+) session using our Reformers, Wunda Chairs and Pilates Towers. You can also just grab a mat and enjoy a Mat Pilates class!  We specialize in fusing complimentary disciplines such as Pilates, Gymnastic Strength Training, TRX, and Kettlebells training in our Personal Training sessions.



We will use the Pilates Reformer, Wunda Chair and Tower to build advanced Pilates exercise progressions with flowing and at times fast transitions.   Max class size is limited to 5 people allowing for personalized attention in a semi-private setting.

 **Pre-requisite:This is an advanced class and does require significant experience on the Pilates equipment.

 Please contact us with any questions or if you are unsure if the class is right for you.

private SESSIONS  -  reformer (+)  CLASSES  -  mat pilates 


paula Palmer

Paula first began practicing Pilates in 2003 to improve muscle tone. However, she quickly fell in love with the way she felt after a Pilates session, invigorated and light, as though weight had been lifted off of her joints! She credits Pilates with teaching her how to use her newly found muscles more efficiently in everyday life, such as bending, and squatting without pain and with renewed vigor. Paula enjoys sharing her practice with others in hopes that they will enjoy the many revitalizing benefits of Pilates for years to come.

beth braun

Beth has been inspired to understand the human body since she was a teenager.  She’s taught and tutored Anatomy & Physiology at the college level for over 20 years, and worked as a professional massage therapist in an integrative healthcare practice for 15 years.  She was a performing modern dancer in high school, college and graduate school; socially, she likes ballroom, swing, and especially Argentine tango.  Movement is clearly the key to health and the joy of life; Pilates is a perfect way for Beth to share her experience with her students, continuing to learn from them and with them.


In this class, we focus on full body alignment, strength, tone, and stability as we explore intermediate (and sometimes advanced) Pilates movements. We will use the Pilates Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Tower to build complex Pilates exercise progressions with smooth and flowing transitions.  Max class size is limited to 5 people allowing for personalized attention in a semi-private setting.

 **Pre-requisite: Completion of 2 Privates OR 2-4 Intro/Level 1 Reformer(+) Classes.