We at Marathon align with the best instructors to ensure that your needs are uniquely met. Meet Team MP!
SUSAN LeGRAND - Manager, CBI
Susan took her first barre class in September of 2011 and eventually started teaching not long after in May of 2012. With a background in dance and an interest in anatomy, it didn't take long to realize barre was the perfect union of those two interests. Originally from Chicago, Susan has taught barre in several cities and states and eventually landed in Nashville in 2015. It wasn't until she was 20 weeks pregnant with her first baby that she thought it would be a good idea to try her first Pilates class ever and walked into Marathon's studio ready to work. From that first class she fell in love with the parallels of barre and Pilates and continued her practice at Marathon. In March of 2020 after the tornado hit Nashville and at the start of a pandemic, Susan took on the role of manager of Marathon. Even though the timing was interesting in starting a new role, she was (and is!) so excited to be a part of the Marathon family!
ANISSA POLLARD - CPI
Anissa has been teaching Pilates for the past 10 years and is a fully certified Balanced Body instructor with over 800 hours of training and CEU’s in anatomy, comprehensive training in mat Pilates and equipment Pilates. A native of Louisville and a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, she worked successfully in corporate America for many years. Anissa has two children and started taking Pilates after the birth of her second daughter in order to strengthen her core and correct issues associated with childbirth. That experience taught her the unique restorative techniques of Pilates, which has helped her not only reform her own body, but of others as well. Anissa believes deeply in Pilates to achieve maximum results. Her approach to Pilates is unique as it incorporates the Pilates principles but then cross trains with other exercise disciplines to achieve the result of an integrally strong and balanced physique.
LISA BROWN - CPI, LMT
Lisa is the owner of bWELL Corrective Massage, (a partner company of Marathon Pilates) and has over 20 years experience in Massage Therapy and Pilates. Lisa has studied and developed many bodywork tools over the years such as: trigger point, myofascial, postural correction, neuromuscular, prenatal and has experience as a doula. She exceeds in pelvic, hip and shoulder work and is “magical at building a booty!”
After experiencing years of chronic back pain from an injury, Lisa began taking private sessions in Pilates and found that after a month’s time she no longer experienced pain. She became a Certified Pilates Instructor and is now a Master Instructor through Balanced Body.
With Pilates and bodywork combined, bWELL Corrective Massage provides a custom massage that looks at clients as a whole, working to understand not only the current condition of the body but also the condition of the body once the client leaves their session. As a trained movement and Pilates practitioner, Lisa’s sessions provides clients with exercises and techniques they can use at home to release tension or help strengthen under active muscles that might be contributing to pain.
EMILY BARBEE - CPI
Emily became a certified Pilates instructor at the age of eighteen, just prior to moving to NYC to train with the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet School for two years. In 2009, soon after returning to Nashville, she suffered a spinal injury that resulted in severe scoliosis, multiple relapses, and disintegrating hopes for a career in dance. The next year she providentially discovered Balanced Body University, and under the mentorship of Erin Myers, became fully certified in their approach to rehabilitative training and anatomical application.
Her personal restoration fuels her profound empathy and intuitive insights for those in pain, and she has experienced great fulfillment in inspiring hope, strength, and joy through movement in her clients. Her exuberance, mastery of technique, and deep faith in our bodies capacity to heal are essential elements in the training she provides.
LINDSEY BAYLOR - CPI
Lindsey’s Pilates journey began in college and it could not have come at a better time. Growing up, Lindsey struggled with tight hips and hamstrings and took dance in high school to improve her strength and mobility. Wanting to try something new, she signed up for a Pilates course at Belmont University, hoping that it could help her the way that dance had. She quickly noticed improvements in her strength and flexibility and fell in love with the practice. Seeing the benefits of Pilates firsthand, Lindsey decided to pursue Pilates Instructor training under Balanced Body Master Instructor, David Gensheimer. Lindsey loves working with her clients and teaching others about the benefits of Pilates.
Lindsey’s approach to teaching is energetic, approachable and inclusive. She’s encouraging and gives a challenging workout providing modifications as needed to ensure successful movement experiences for all.
SIRKKA WOOD - CPI
Sirkka is a graduate of The Pliates Center in Boulder, Colorado where she grew up and also received a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a young dancer, Sirkka sustained a hip injury that required surgery at the age of 18. Discovering Pilates and her new found passion for anatomy and the body’s amazing abilities to heal lead to a full recovery and a continued pursuit of her dance career. She was certified as a Pilates instructor in 1995.
In 1996, she moved to NYC to teach Pilates at Hila Pauldi’s UBC Studio and scholarship to study dance with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. The she also continued to study movement with legendary teachers such as Irene Dowd, Kelly Kane of the Kane School of Core Integration and Robin Janis and Kevin Gardener of the Iyengar Institute. She taught anatomy and repertoire for the Kane School training program in years 2000-2002. Sirkka also taught at The Moving Body in Woodstock, NY from 2001-2013 and was the primary repertoire teacher for The Moving Body Teacher Training.
Sirkka joined the MP Team in 2016 and brings 25 years teaching experience for persons of all ages and abilities. She has a passion for exploring new ways to mobilize and strengthen the body and uses a creative approach to teaching as well as a deep knowledge of the traditional Pilates method.
SHASTA WILLIAMS - CPI
Shasta played Division I basketball at Troy University, where she suffered a knee and back injury that never quite completely healed. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles where a friend told her about the healing benefits of Pilates. She began practicing regularly and became stronger and more balanced than she had ever been while being a competitive athlete. While there, she worked in entertainment management for 7 years, but ultimately decided that world wasn’t for her and she wanted to focus on getting back into health and athletics. She was then comprehensively certified through Balanced Body and really found her calling in life. She has trained everyone from professional athletes to children.
Shasta has lived in Nashville since 2013 with her husband, their adorable and opinionated son, and their two pups. Although "free time" is very different with a toddler ruling the roost, her favorite things to do are to go see live music, watch scary movies, eat sushi, enjoy a glass of wine, and take care of her plant babies.
ERIN JARRETT - CPI, PT
Erin Jarrett received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN in 2009. Since graduating she has specialized in the treatment of pelvic floor rehabilitation, furthering her specialization and knowledge in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Rehab Institute. Erin is skilled in treating a variety of diagnoses including pelvic pain, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and pre/postpartum musculoskeletal conditions. She is also skilled in outpatient orthopedic rehab.
Erin discovered Pilates on her continued journey of treating patients with chronic pain conditions as well as addressing her own long standing injuries from playing competitive sports/soccer. She received her certification through Polestar Pilates, has enjoyed interlacing Pilates principles into her holistic treatment approach, and has seen the benefit of incorporating Pilates principles in the treatment of complex conditions. She is passionate about helping people of all ages break pain cycles and poor movement patterns, as well as creating positive movement experiences getting them back to the things they love to do.
She believes that posture and alignment along with addressing muscle imbalances are key in treating chronic pain and movement dysfunctions. The power that perspective has on a person’s pain experience is profound as well. Pilates is an amazing tool to help change that perspective and relationship to pain and improve overall quality of life.
Erin combines her expertise in physical therapy and Pilates in an encouraging, relaxed environment to help her clients achieve long-lasting results. She firmly believes in a multi-faceted approach to health and wellness.
MARANDA ZIMMERMAN - CPI
Maranda loves to move and to challenge her mind and body. Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, she was heavily involved in dance and gymnastics from age eight until she graduated high school. In 2009, Maranda decided to continue her passion for dance at Ball State University, where she received a B.S. in Dance Performance with a Sports Medicine minor. Being active growing up, she was intrigued with how the body moved and worked. Having several injuries from dance and gymnastics, Maranda enjoyed learning how to heal her body. In 2010, while studying at Ball State, she was introduced to Pilates. In just one semester, she noticed a difference in her strength and awareness and an improvement in her dancing. She knew she wanted to continue Pilates. In 2015, while living in Chicago, Maranda finally decided to take her love for Pilates a step further and signed up for the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Program. Maranda has been teaching Pilates since 2015 and dance since 2010. She loves to share her love for Pilates with her dance students so that they can find the same benefits as she did and to prevent future injuries. Maranda wants to be able to help her clients find their own body awareness to reach whatever their goals may be. Understanding how our bodies move and learning how to make connections within our body can help us find balance within our mind and body to feel great! Maranda, her husband, and their two fur babies moved to Nashville from Chicago in January 2019, and they are enjoying the nice weather and change of scenery.
MEGAN CARVAJAL - CPI
Megan Carvajal received her M.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in choreography and performance from The Florida State University’s (FSU) School of Dance in 2016, where she also earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During her graduate career, Megan became Mat 1 and 2 Pilates certified through Balanced Body under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Welsh, a renowned dance scientist. After graduation, Megan moved back home to Miami, FL where she further extended her knowledge of Pilates, receiving her comprehensive Pilates training through Polestar Pilates and recently became a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher. Currently, Megan is a Budokon Mobility ambassador, graduating from teacher training in October 2020.
Megan is an explorer looking for like-minded adventurers who want to discover their full potential by taking risks and trying on unconventional movement patterns to unlock new sensations and strength in the body. Megan pulls from her diverse background to create experiences that are an amalgamation of her movement knowledge. She is passionate about helping others to move more efficiently, with breath and awareness. She has a keen eye for putting people into perfect alignment. When Megan is not teaching Pilates, she is dancing, choreographing, rock climbing, training in calisthenics, and making connections in the dance community.
VONNE ATKINSON - CPI
Originally from Virginia, Vonne moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. While studying at Belmont Vonne started running leisurely. After graduating from Belmont, Vonne started running in local races. She’s completed everything from 5Ks to Ultra Marathons, the longest being 50 miles. After getting runner’s knee several times, a friend told Vonne about Pilates. Once Vonne started taking classes she became devoted to the movement and the way Pilates made her feel. It also kept her injury free! Falling in love with Pilates led Vonne to become certified in mat Pilates by Power Pilates in 2015. After having her second daughter, she decided to complete her comprehensive certification in 2018 with Classical Pilates Education. Vonne is excited to share her love of movement and Pilates with the world, and is grateful for the opportunity to teach her passion.