She exudes a love for pilates, fitness and health and loves nothing more than helping others become healthy and strong. Since obtaining her 600 hour full comprehensive certification in pilates and apparatus instruction through Power Pilates in 2006, Andrea has been teaching full-time in the top studios in LA.
Andrea developed a style and method of teaching pilates that incorporates modern cardio aerobics with lengthening and sculpting movements that deliver amazing results, which has attracted an impressive roster of private clientele. She has been featured on multiple media outlets, even gracing the cover of Women's Health Magazine and Pilates Style Magazine. She was named one of the top 5 next fitness stars in the country by Women's Health and starred in workout videos for their site. You can see her in magazines, blogs and TV including- Shape, Self, Fitness, Women's Health, ABC News, Fox, Hallmark Channel, ESPN.com, FatFitFun, Lorna Jane MNB, Activeliving.com, Greatist, Carbon38, and more.
Andrea stars in two top selling DVD’s, “Trim, Tighten and Tone” (2014) and “Perfect Pilates Body” (2013). She developed Perfect Pilates Body into the first Pilates-related fitness app on iTunes. Her app reached the iTunes top 100 fitness apps charts within weeks of its release and remains one of the best selling pilates apps on the platform.
She's become a leader in the industry with her involvement in pilates-related digital content.
She is the face of Pilates for DailyBurn.com, she leads the "virtual" Pilates-ballet training course in 272 locations of Cyberobics - part of the largest gym chain in Europe, and has a number of innovative and exciting projects in the works.
Andrea is a pre and postnatal fitness specialist, and is a featured writer and contributor for Parenting Magazine, Fit Pregnancy Magazine, and The Tot.
Andrea realizes not everyone can travel to the studio to get a Speir Method workout in, so she is currently in production for a subscription-based TV station called SPTV that features online workouts of various lengths and incorporates signature props, style, and top Speir teachers. New content is added regularly. There is also an entire channel devoted to pre/postnatal fitness which will change the ability of mammas and mammas-to-be in the accessibility for getting a proper fitness regiment at the click of a button.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alyssa began dancing at the early age of three years old. Her true love of performing allowed her to begin competing in dance at age 8, where she went on to win national scholarships and awards with her competitive team over the next 10 years. Her love of dance led her to the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with a B.A. in dance and a minor in education. A serious hip injury during her junior year of college forced Alyssa to undergo surgery and take time away from school to recover. After using Pilates as a form of rehabilitation to learn to walk again from surgery in less than three short months, Alyssa knew that her calling was to educate and lead others towards living a stronger, happier life through fitness.
After graduating from UC Irvine in 2010, Alyssa continued to teach Pilates and dance professionally in Los Angeles. With years of successful dancing on television with Disney, performing in commercials for products like Sensa, and touring with rising artists across the country under her belt, Alyssa made the difficult decision to retire from dance to focus on teaching. Her love and passion for dance and fitness has continued to drive her as an incredible Pilates and Barre instructor throughout Los Angeles. Alyssa's nurturing but upbeat personality attracts clients to her classes where she pushes them out of their comfort zone and into a place of strength and growth. With Alyssa's musicality from dance, fierce personality from competing and performing, and extensive understanding of the body from fitness and wellness, Alyssa is a force in the classroom!
Alyssa is a senior teacher and teacher trainer at Speir.
Alyssa's dance groove style will get you rockin' to the beat during class, almost to the point of not realizing she is completely kicking your booty. With the background as one of the top Ballet Barre instructors in Los Angeles combined with her classical Pilates certification, Alyssa is a force to be reckoned with and one of a kind. She will change your body, inspire you and leave you walking out the door with a huge smile on your face. We are honored to have Alyssa on Speir team.
Jeni, a So Cal native, grew up dancing and being active from an early age. She danced competitively and professionally for 18+ years, almost scoring the leading role in the move "Step Up.." She majored in fashion and worked in the apparel industry for four years until she realized that she was missing the amazing feeling that dance and being active would make her feel throughout the day. She decided to take a chance and leave the apparel industry to go back to her roots.
Jeni is a senior teacher and teacher trainer at Speir.
Her upbeat and supportive attitude makes you not only want to come to her class every day for the challenging workout and playlist, but also to spend time around her completely amazing personality. Basically you want to get Jeni's attentive workouts but also be her best friend. What could be better than that?
Jeni is nationally certified through the Pilates training program at Equinox. She is also certified in Barworks through Yogaworks.
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Jessi Lucatorto began dancing at the age of three, which quickly turned into a deep passion. When Jessi was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Although dance did not help the back pain, it kept her grounded. When Jessi was 15 years old she trained at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater in New York City. She returned to Southern California to perform with her dance company before her first spine surgery in 2007. This was an absolute heartbreak.
After a few months, Jessi went back to her dance routine but her body could not take the intensity of her previous dance practice. Before her second spine surgery in 2009, Jessi was introduced to Pilates. Once she started a regular Pilates regime, her body and spirit improved quickly allowing her to study Dance at the University of Arizona.
In her senior year of college, she decided to pursue her Pilates career and take an intensive instructor training program. After college, Jessi also studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to better coach her clients in a more holistic approach.
Jessi's quick wit and contagious sense of humor fits perfectly with her bold, bright teaching style (which always boost the energy and mood of the room). She enjoys challenging her clients and pushing them to the next level.
Jessi is a certified kettlebell pro, which is what initially caught Andrea Speir's eye and wow'ed her with the multitude of skills she brings to the table. Not only is Jessi a killer Pilates teacher and practitioner, but her cardio, HIIT, tabata and personal training knowledge combined with her expertise in yoga has made her an all around fitness expert. This is what makes her classes so creative, always challenging and so much fun.
Kristen is co-founder of The Pilates Fix and co-creater of the "Trim, Tighten & Tone” Pilates DVD with Andrea Speir. She also shares her love of all things health and wellness as a contributor to sites like MindBodyGreen.com, Pravassa.com, and Pilatesstyle.com - and has also appeared in Pilates Style magazine.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, Kristen moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and began taking Pilates as a way to find relief from her own back injuries.
Encouraged by her progress, Kristen wanted to share Pilates with others. She completed a 600-hour classical teaching certification from Power Pilates in New York City in 2003, where she studied under celebrated teachers Bob Liekens and Susan Moran.
Kristen’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge grows every year. In 2010 she completed a 200-hour yoga training with James Brown and in 2012 got certified to teach The Booty Barre. In 2014 Kristen completed the 360° Pilates immersion. This comprehensive continuing-education program, created by Benjamin Degenhardt, was designed to bridge the original concepts and teachings of Joseph Pilates with modern movement science.
Most recently she finished the AFS training program with The Grey Institute and the Precision Nutrition certification for sports nutrition. It’s important to Kristen that she’s able to educate people with their food choices along with exercise.
Jennifer grew up in Australia, immersing herself in health and fitness while at the same time obtaining a degree in journalism from Australia's top communication university. It wasn't until she met her American soulmate that she was whisked off to America. Since arriving, she has proven herself a fitness force to be reckoned with - becoming a top celebrity trainer in Los Angeles and starting her own company; Jennifer Dene Wellness and Mind Body Bride.
She is certified in personal training from the Australia Fitness Network, full comprehensive Pilates as well as pre/postnatal Pilates from Balanced Body University and to top it off is a certified health and nutrition coach from Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC.
She is also a self-proclaimed early bird, has never met a potato she doesn't love (mashed, fried, you name it), and in our opinion has blue eyes that even Sinatra would be impressed by.