8 SPRINGS TEAM
8 SPRINGS OGs
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
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
8 SPRINGS INSTRUCTORS
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Adriana is a recent fitness junkie convert - trying megaformer for the first time when 8 Springs first opened here in JC! She was immediately hooked and soon sought out megaformer training. As a full time teacher and musician, Adriana approaches her workouts with lots of research to maximize your burn, and plans music to keep you moving and motivated! Get ready to sweat, shake and leave with a smile on your face!
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.
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.
Kali moved to the New Jersey/NYC area in 2009 and quickly found herself frequenting the large variety of fitness studios throughout the NJ/NYC area. After working at her local fitness studio as a front desk associate, Kali quickly realized that her passion for taking class could be translated into teaching. She completed her Barre Fitness teacher training in the spring of 2016 and her Lagree training in winter 2018. Kali has taught in NYC, Jersey City and Hoboken. She is currently on staff at Exubrancy in NYC and JCBarre Studio and 8 Springs Studio in Jersey City. In addition, Kali is currently the Development Director at The 52nd Street Project, an arts organization that brings together kids from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan with theater professionals to create original theater offered free to the general public.
Nicol is a runner turned megaformer addict. After running competitively for 15+ years, she was looking for a low impact workout to add to her routine to become a stronger and faster runner. In December 2016 she tried the megaformer for the first time at 8 Springs and it has been a staple in her workout ever since. After suffering an achilles tear that ended her competitive running career, she decided to go through megaformer teacher training in hopes to help others achieve their fitness goals. When she’s not working out or teaching at 8 Springs, she can be found at New York University in Manhattan coaching the varsity track and cross country teams.