Spunk, Energy and Positivity: Meet Courtney Yarch – November Instructor of the Month

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Energy. Spunk. Positivity. These are just a few words that one might use to describe Courtney Yarch. She is one of our dedicated Reformer and Barre instructors at Pilates in East and Pilates in Ada. If you have ever taken a class from Courtney, you can feel her love for fitness and movement ooze from every ounce of her body. We took a few minutes to catch up with Courtney to get the backstory on her passion for Pilates.

Courtney said, “After the birth of 2nd child, I had a tough time toning back up. A friend who was going through reformer training offered me a few sessions free as part of her practice. I fell in love with reformer and signed up to begin my Pilates training just a few months later. “

That was several years ago and it has been a fun journey since. Courtney loves the benefits from not only teaching, but doing Pilates and Barre. “I love that besides a physical challenge, it is a mental challenge for me, never letting myself quit when it gets rough. I also love the fun-factor. I truthfully have a blast doing barre!!!”

As an instructor, Courtney loves the fact that she gets to watch others get stronger and more confident with each class or session and that her clients get to have fun while doing so! “There are so many ways to exercise, and so I always encourage people to find a way they love. That means the women in my classes are here because they love it too!  The social aspect of group classes is great for accountability and for fun!” Courtney has a group fitness background that brings an athletic feel to her classes. “I taught group fitness for several years before Pilates (and still do). I bring an athletic edge to my classes and love helping others gain strength.”

When Courtney is not at either of the Pilates studios, you can find her playing with her 3 amazing kiddos – ages 10, 9 and 6. As a family, they stay active together and enjoy bonfires in the summer.

For those considering giving Pilates a try, Courtney has some advice. “Any new form of fitness is challenging (Both mentally and physically). Don’t give up. Commit to Pilates for 7 weeks and you will never go back. Have fun with the progress, and do not worry about perfection.”

Courtney Snake

Courtney demonstrates “Snake” on the Reformer.

 

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