Laura Strawser
Owner/Instructor

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Laura graduated college with a dance performance degree and moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre. While living in New York, Laura was fortunate to work at Manhattan’s premiere Pilates studio, re:AB® Pilates, owned by bestselling author of "The Pilates Body", "The Pilates Body Kit", and "The Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge," and the new "Womens Health Big Book of Pilates," Brooke Siler. It was here that Laura realized how Pilates could benefit not only her as a dancer, but also every person in building strength, flexibility, and control.

After completing the re:AB® Teacher Certification program 600 hours and additional seminars in 2007, Laura moved back to Fort Worth. She taught at various studios before opening NYA Pilates in 2009 which has now developed and grown into today’s Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC.

Laura is on staff at the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at TCU, is a member of the Authentic Pilates Union, and continues to study and train in workshops and classes in New York, Dallas, Chicago and Austin throughout the year. Learning from industry leaders like Brooke Siler, Mari Windsor, and Kathy Ross-Nash is a privilege, and she is honored to pass down the incredible work and knowledge of Joseph Pilates.

Lynn Hicks
Instructor

Lynn has degrees in both pharmacy and business, but wanted to explore other interests and ways to help people. Pilates, and the mind/body connection that this exercise method provided, intrigued her. She found the difference Pilates can make in one’s mind and body to be challenging and inspirational. Lynn gained her certification in the genuine Pilates method by Pilates Heritage, in May 2011, after completing an apprenticeship of 1000+ hours. She studied under the tutelage of Romana Krysanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates, and Master Instructor ChaCha Guerrero at Metroplex Pilates in Arlington, TX. Additional education/training was provided by Master Instructor Michael Rooks during seminars and workshops throughout her apprenticeship. Lynn loves being able to share the gift of Pilates with others and to hear her clients talk about the difference Pilates makes in their day-to-day lives. She strives to offer each client a beneficial and enjoyable experience and make each lesson challenging, but fun.

Liz Boyd
Instructor
Elizabeth Boyd started with Pilates as a student working at the Monterey Sports Center in Monterey, California as a front desk attendant. Upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, Liz accepted a job as an assistant language teacher in Fukuoka, Japan teaching English to thousands of elementary through high school Japanese students. Liz brought several Pilates DVDs with her, and over the course of her three years abroad, she consistently worked out to them. She realized Pilates was her true calling and she wanted to become an instructor.

Upon returning to the States, Liz immediately began taking private Pilates lessons and inquiring about becoming an instructor. “Everyone I asked told me that Romana Kryzanowska was a renowned protoge of Joseph Pilates. From the first private lesson I took from a Romana's PilatesTM certified instructor, I recognized the difference in quality between that single lesson and all the DVDs I had followed or group mat classes I had ever attended at a gym.”

In November of 2007 Liz moved to Arlington, TX, to study with Romana herself and devoted her whole self to this work and becoming the best instructor she could be. She apprenticed at Romana's studio, Metroplex Pilates, under the direct instruction of Chacha Guerrero. After an extensive apprenticeship of workshops, observation, practice, continued sessions, and student teaching, Liz passed her certification exam on her birthday in 2008. She is proud to be a Romana’s PilatesTM certified Instructor, and has taught in Tucson, Arizona, Arlington, TX, and owned her own studio in Las Colinas, TX.

“Pilates continues to challenge and inspire me and teaches me how to become a healthier person by constantly requiring that I balance all aspects of myself - mind, body, and spirit - just as Mr. Pilates intended. I love the benefits that this amazing workout method and lifestyle bring me, but ultimately I strive to pass along all I learn to my clients and maintain the integrity of Joseph Pilates' genius work. I love every day that I go into the studio. Even on the worst of days I am always able to put any negative energy behind me when I walk through the studio door so that I can help my clients achieve their goals of becoming healthier, happier individuals.”

Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC
The Boland Shopping Center
3418 W 7th St, Suite 111
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817.533.1716 - Studio
info@fortworthclassicalpilates.com

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