Tower Class


This class is taught by:

Sheena Jongeneel

Sheena Jongeneel, UpRise Founder and President, has been involved in the health industry since 1993. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University Fullerton, and she began studying Pilates due to a knee injury. After college Sheena moved to NY to become certified in the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. She had the opportunity to study under, and get certified by Master Teacher Romana Kyrzanoska, sole heir to the authentic Pilates Method. Sheena has now been teaching Classical Pilates for the past 13 years. Prior to founding UpRise in Santa Monica, she owned a Pilates studio in Newport Beach in 1998, which she sold in 2006 to move to Los Angeles. Looking to integrate a complimentary alternative method of rehabilitation to Pilates, Sheena discovered the Healing Arts of Oriental Medicine. She studied at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica and is also a California State licensed Acupuncturist. UpRise was born out of a passion and desire to continue the true work of Joseph Pilates. Sheena wanted to create a studio where the integrity of his work would remain pure and authentic. She also wanted to integrate her Acupuncture practice to offer a holistic health and wellness program at a single location.
 
 

Kristen Matthews

Kristen Matthews has established a presence and voice in the Pilates community over the past few years through her teaching classes and privates, as a teacher of teachers, and by contributing articles to health and wellness print and online magazines. She is known for creating fun yet challenging full body workouts while focusing on length and opposition, attention to detail, and the body mind connection.

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Kristen moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and began taking Pilates as a way to find relief from her own back injuries. Encouraged by her progress, she wanted to share Pilates with others. With Kristen’s movement background as a gymnast, diver, and dancer, Pilates seemed like a natural progression. Kristen received her 600-hour classical certification with Power Pilates in 2003 in NYC, where she studied under celebrated Bob Liekens and Susan Moran.

Kristen has continued to expand her knowledge of fitness and the body over the years. She studied anatomy for a semester with Irene Dowd, took a Thai massage course in Thailand, completed a 200-hour yoga training with James Brown, and got certified to teach The Booty Barre with Tracey Mallett. Most recently, Kristen completed the 360° Pilates immersion. This comprehensive continuing-education program, created by Benjamin Degenhardt, was designed to bridge the original concepts and teachings of Joseph Pilates with modern movement science.

Currently, Kristen is working her way through the AFS training program with The Grey Institute and the Precision Nutrition certification for sports nutrition. It’s important to Kristen that she is able to education people with their food choices because what you eat is just as important as exercise.

Kate Marcin

Kate came to Pilates while living in New York City and became certified through Power Pilates in Philadelphia in 2012. With a background in dance, musical theatre, and movement Pilates was a natural transition for Kate.

Still a lover of dance and fitness, Kate loves a variety of workouts from ballet to circuit training, hiking to yoga. She has worked at Uprise Pilates since moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Kate also has a certification in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learned how to coach people on living a clean and healthy lifestyle!

The tower class is designed to incorporate classical Pilates mat exercises along with exercises on the tower (wall unit) for a unique and challenging workout. It’s an efficient way to experience the equipment. You will utilize leg springs, arm springs, the push through bar, and roll back bar to work all parts of your body. The springs will help you identify various muscles as well as provide additional support for a more effective workout. The tower also gives you added resistance for toning, lengthening, and strengthening of your muscles.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Sheena Jongeneel
  • Mon Aug 21 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Aug 28 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Aug 28 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Sep 04 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Sep 04 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Sep 11 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Sep 11 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Sep 18 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Sep 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Sep 25 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Sep 25 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Oct 02 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Oct 02 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Oct 09 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Oct 09 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Oct 16 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Oct 16 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews
  • Mon Oct 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kate Marcin
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kristen Matthews