Pat Propes, Maret Pottschmidt, Janice Dulak, Tasha Burks

Featured in photo left to right: Pat Propes, Maret Pottschmidt, Janice Dulak (guest instructor, a Romana’s Pilates Master Instructor Trainer), Tasha Burks

Maret Propes Pottschmidt, owner

Maret was first introduced to Pilates her Freshman year at Ohio University. She began learning Pilates and found that it went hand in hand with her studies in Kinesiology. By the end of her Sophomore year she decided audition for The Pilates Method teacher training program. Maret’s took lessons and observed Professor Mariana Walchli. (certified in The Pilates Method) to prepare for Pilates program. She later auditioned and was excepted into the teacher training program. Maret continued her studies to later receive her BFA in Dance. After graduation she move to Evanston Ill to begin the teacher training program. This was a year long program at The Pilates Studio of The Midwest taught by Juanita Lopez. Juanita is a long time student of Romana Kryzanowska who was Joseph Pilates student. Romana herself observed Maret teaching for her finial test, Maret received her certification in 2001. Maret stayed and taught at The Pilates Studio of Midwest and well as other studio in Chicago Area. Maret moved back  to her home town of Louisville Ky. and opened PilatesFirst in 2002. Maret has continued to learn more about fitness over the years. She has additional certifications in PowerPilates, TRX and Mad Dog Spinning.

Tasha Propes Burks, instructor

Tasha was first introduced to Pilates at the PilatsFIRST studio. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 2004 with a degree in Sociology. After graduation she worked at 4 C for Children in both Dayton and Louisville. She decided to fulfill her lifelong desire to help others achieve their fitness goals after taking classes at the studio. Power Pilates Certified, TRX Certified, Mad Dog Athletics Spin Certified and Personal Training Certified, she keeps current through various continuing ed classes. When not at the studio she takes care of her two children and works on nutritional foods for her family. For a real challenge and some cardio try one of her TRX classes!

Pat Propes, instructor

Pat began taking Pilates in 2002 at the studio as a means of supporting Maret’s new business. With a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and 20 years work experience at area advertising agencies, she opened her own design firm in 2000. Her clients range from Louisville Water Company, Locust Grove and The Official Art of the Kentucky Derby. After taking classes she began to see real improvements in her flexibility, strength, posture and focus. As Joseph Pilates himself is quoted as saying “Pilates is the fountain of youth” she could see the improvements in her own body and to- tally agreed. The opportunity to not only continue taking Pilates but also teach seemed a win-win proposition. She took the comprehensive Power Pilates Training and was Certified in 2008. She continues to learn more about Pilates through her work at the studio with Maret, continuing education classes and research on aging, movement and related problems. She says “Pilates is for everyone—its a very personal workout, the more focused you are the more you’ll get out of it and the more you’ll love it.” When not working at the Pilates or design studios, her passions are nature and photography.