Our Story

Meet Dani and Li

8 Springs Studio is a boutique fitness studio dedicated to introducing Megaformer to Jersey City. Our goal is to effectively help you achieve your ultimate transformation and make it sustainable.

Escape the daily grind and step into our experience hub - a place where you can engage, feel supported and be empowered within our community.

We live by the slogan “8 Springs GETS YOU THERE” - wherever your there may be.


Dani Rubin

Dani is a licensed professional and entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in fitness with concentration in Pilates and the Megaformer™/ Lagree Fitness™ method. For over a decade, she has had the opportunity to bring the benefits of Pilates to hundreds of students from LA to NYC. She discovered the profound effects of Pilates after suffering a near career ending back injury dancing with the Radio City Rockettes. Her rehabilitation included daily Pilates classes which not only eliminated her back pain through strengthening, but also transformed her body and core unlike any other exercise she had ever experienced. She applies her extensive knowledge of the body, her descriptive, motivational cueing, and years of Pilates experience to this new, cutting edge, future of fitness method of Megaformer™. Dani has owned and operated Pilates Studios in NY and NJ since 2002. 

Certifications and Training:

Lagree Fitness™/ Megaformer™, Burbank CA

Pilates Sports Center, Los Angeles, CA.  Master Trainer certifying Pilates instructors

Center Studio, Dynamic Conditioning/ Rehabilitation teacher training program

Polestar Pilates, Neuromuscular Education

Mt Sinai,  Functional Anatomy Workshop for Movement and Conditioning

Extensive ballet and dance training from youth-professional

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Li Ng

Li is a local Jersey City resident and traveled around the metro area for Megaformer. This was a missing category for Jersey City and it was her goal to make it available in her backyard!

Li is a corporate professional and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience across the asset management and consumer packaged goods industries. She earned her B.S. in Finance (’09) and Masters in Economic Development (’13) from Fordham University.  Her career started working for the City of New York in asset management. Later she transitioned into the consumer packaged goods industry working for category leaders including PepsiCo, Pernod Ricard and Diageo.  Li has successfully climbed the corporate management ladder at a relatively early age through dedication and tenacity for success in what she does.  In 2015 she took on double duty, maintaining her corporate status and added entrepreneur to her title as she partnered with Dani to form 8 Springs Studio, Jersey City's first Megaformer™ studio.



Certifications and Training:

Lagree Fitness™/ Megaformer™, Burbank CA


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Meet the Team


Amy H.


Working in the fashion industry as a wardrobe stylist, Amy knows the importance of keeping your body healthy and fit. Six years ago she discovered the Lagree workout and immediately became hooked. Shortly after she started instructing in Miami. These days, when she's not working on a photo shoot you can find her teaching Megaformer at 8 Springs!


Gareth K.


While on tour performing in Australia, Gareth worked with casts of professional dancers and actors plagued with injuries and issues due to the demanding nature of their work. He wanted to help his colleagues with injury prevention and create better functional ability and stabilization. After his studies at PTA Academy, the pioneers of functional anatomy and effective movement, he created "Bind Fitness". A program that concentrated on the cohesion of body and mind, training his fellow performers to strengthen their bodies to prevent these on going injuries. Gareth specializes in group training, TRX and Primal Patterns movements training.


Shaye H.


Shaye has been performing all over the world professionally for the last 10 years. During that time she became extremely interested in developing a regime that she could do on a day to day basis for injury prevention, as well as strength and longevity. This led to Shaye obtaining her Personal Training qualifications from Acumotum Personal Training Academy. Under the guidance of Paul Taylor she received a comprehensive education in anatomy, worksite wellness, fitness assessment and prescription, as well as athletic training. Shaye has been working with professional performers for the last 6 years one-on-one in small groups, as well as starting her own successful PT business with her husband in Sydney, Australia.


Julia L.


As a manager at Lululemon Athletica and a Pilates instructor, fitness is not an option, it is a way of life. Julia has been an athlete since childhood and transitioned right from organized sports to becoming an avid runner. There was peace in the individual sport, but something was missing. She got back into group fitness with yoga, Pilates and spin and was most inspired by the mind body workout. She believes that the stronger you are from deep within will create strength throughout the whole body efficiently. Her fitness journey most recently introduced her to Megaformer, and there is nothing quite like it. Her classes are challenging, fun and sweaty with great playlists to keep you motivated. Feel stronger, longer and ready to take on the day after her class! Ready to sweat?!? 


Latesha W-F.


As a mom of two and holder of multiple degrees in marketing, Latesha is no stranger to hard work.  She was instantly impressed with the "less time, more intensity" model of the Lagree Method and how it fit into her busy life as an advertising executive.  

As an instructor, she loves to focus on thigh and core exercises and inspires her clients to push harder and dig deeper. According to her, music "is what powers you through your workouts" so she always keeps the playlist fresh. From rookies to veterans, her goal is to inspire and foster confidence for all of those ready to make a commitment to their bodies.


Mallory D.


Mallory believes in teaching a class that guides students to engage in a class that works for them. Every body is different and through Mallory's training she understands that yoga can be adapted to teach any type of body. She has a knack for being technical and she will guide each body into a safe and aligned pose through her words. Yoga has become an integral part of her day to day life and it is Mallory's privilege to share this knowledge with her students. Yoga began as a form of exercise and grew into a way of life. Yoga has encouraged her to be more mindful in her day to day life. It has allowed her to pause, evaluate and reassess every situation. While her practice on the mat is invaluable, it is her practice off that mat that has promoted her individual growth.


Lara M.


This Cast Iron Lofts resident is as strong as they come. Breast cancer survivor and entrepreneur, Lara believes in a wholistic approach to health and happiness. When she's not organizing charity events, or taking care of her beloved dog Lola, you can find her teaching Yoga at 8 Springs! Come unwind with the Jersey City Sweetheart.


MEGAFORMER, Total Body Sculpt

Born and raised in Melbourne, Rachel was put on the stage at the age of five. Training in all facets of dance, it became her absolute passion and life force. She has spent the past 20 years touring, performing, choreographing and directing all over the world in some of Broadways longest running hit musicals and more. Spending her life on the stage, her body has become her instrument. 

Rachel's passion for a strong healthy life is endless. She loves helping others dream, believe and achieve there goals. Nothing is impossible. Once you have built a strong foundation of loving and respecting your body, you will gain the confidence needed to achieve the long, lean, gorgeous lines of a dancer.  Join her for a fun-filled high energy Megaformer or Total Body Sculpt class!


Nicole T.


Hailing from Southern California, fitness is her forte. From tee-ball to competitive softball after high school, she has been an athlete her whole life and continues to search for ways to challenge her body.

Before finding Megaformer, she was a committed gym rat with her most recent emphasis on lifting weights. Body building led to an increased awareness of anatomy, muscle isolation, and proper form. Nicole holds certifications in Pilates, TRX, and Megaformer/ LaGree Fitness Method. Her knowledge of the body and body mechanics is substantial, and ever growing.  Anyone from seasoned athletes to complete newbies will appreciate this trainer’s hardcore yet nurturing approach.


Megaformer™ FAQs

I’m ready to take Megaformer™! should I take a private first?

Our classes are designed to work in a group environment, so a private session is not required. Each client has their own machine and each exercise can be modified to suit your fitness level. If you have any medical conditions, injuries, back pain and/or joint pain, it is recommended to take a private session to assess your fitness level and limitations.

How often should I attend Megaformer™ class?

We recommend three times a week to allow your body proper recovery time, but some our hard core clients love the the workout so much, they attend class four – five times a week.  Depending on your own fitness level and the intensity of your workout, you will need more or less time to recover.

What is the difference between Megaformer™ and Pilates?

The biggest difference between Pilates and Megaformer™ is, Megaformer™ challenges your endurance while Pilates allows more dialogue to hone the  mind-body connection.  The design of the Megaformer™ creates a non-stop endurance and stamina challenging workout, while Pilates has more cueing for alignment and specific muscle recruitment. Both workouts compliment each other. At 8 Springs Studio we feel Pilates provides the foundation to make Megaformer™ and all other workouts more connected and beneficial.

I’m pregnant, can I do Megaformer™?

Our clients who have been regularly attending classes may continue working out in Megaformer™ classes as long as they received approval from their doctors. 

General FAQs

Is there FREE parking?

YES! We validate your parking ticket. Park in the Sylvan Parking Garage located between Jersey Ave and 18th Street. Once parked, take the stairs or elevator down to the lobby and walk over to 18th Street and Coles. We are located on the corner.

How do I schedule session?

We have a user friendly and secure software system to assist in making a reservation.  Go to our website, click Book Now! tab, create a username and password, purchase a package and schedule a class.  If you forgot your password or need further information, please send us an email.  It is best to reserve your class online to guarantee a spot.


late cancel policy

If you do not cancel your RSVP within 12 hours of class, you lose your class credit. If you have an unlimited membership, you will be charged a $25 fee for each occurrence. Classes can be cancelled and rescheduled with no penalty at least 12 hours prior to the class start time conveniently through our app or website.

What happens if I miss a class?

If a reservation is not cancelled at least 12 hours prior to class or you do not show up for class, the late cancel policy noted above will be in effect.

Will my spot be given away if I am late to class?

We always appreciate a heads up with an email or call if you are running late, but our front desk staff cannot change your reservation after the 12 hour cancellation window. We WILL hold your spot for your reserved class - so get there as soon as possible and jump in. All scheduling and cancellations are done online or through our app. 

If this is your FIRST time at the studio, we ask for your safety that you arrive at least 15 minutes before class to get debriefed on the Megaformer or other class formats. You will not be permitted to join the class once class has started. Please schedule your first class at a time you have ample time to arrive, park and find your way in!

Why is there a 12 hour cancellation policy?

We have to maintain a very strict 12 hour cancellation window due to the high demand and limited number of machines. If you should need to late cancel and there is an open machine sometime later that day you are welcome to drop in, however you may not pre reserve this spot and it is walk in availability only.

What should I bring to class?

  • We recommend that Megaformer™ clients wear socks with grip on the bottom. These are available to purchase at the studio.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move in.  Similar to clothes you would wear to the gym.
  • Water! Also for sale at the studio. 
  • Cell phones must be silenced during class.  Please be respectful of the other class members and the instructor.


The core of the Megaformer is controlled by the resistance of eight springs. This control is what allows for the dynamic movements of the Megaformer and how the name 8 Springs Studio came to life.