Mat Pilates Express

This class is taught by:

Liz Thoburn

Pilates Instructor
One of our awesome Pilates instructors, Liz, fell in love with Pilates during her very first mat class and they have been together ever since! Now, Liz is teaching Pilates at Pulse Fitness and wants you to fall in love, too. Liz wants to guide you through the physical challenges of Pilates while teaching you that the quality of your movement is more important than the quantity of the repetitions. Quality over quantity!
Liz knows what it’s like to be a beginner so her fun and supportive approach will help you improve your core strength, balance and flexibility so you can reach all your fitness goals. Liz is a certified Mat Pilates instructor and she is working towards finishing her comprehensive certification of Classical Pilates at Equinox.

Lisa Platnik

Founder, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer
Founder, Lisa Platnik, is the heartbeat behind Pulse Fitness. Lisa believed in a gym where clients could find everything they needed on their fitness journey under one roof.
Whether its Pilates, cycling, even on-site Physical Therapists; Lisa knows a person’s health and wellness depends on a strong support system.
From the compassionate instructors to the cutting-edge apparatus, Lisa has the built the foundation of Pulse Fitness on making a positive difference in your life. She has developed and directed group exercise and Pilates programs in the D.C. area for more than 20 years and was even named “Best of the Best Personal Trainers” by Bethesda Magazine.
Lisa is known for her high energy, contagious enthusiasm and her dedication to every client from age 8 to 80. In addition to building excitement around new workouts and new techniques, Lisa also knows many ways to help you build muscle!
Lisa’s teaching background includes athletic conditioning, Pilates, Step Training, MELT, Bosu, Core Training, Kick-Boxing, and more. As a personal trainer, she’s worked closely with young athletes, senior clients and even clients healing from injuries.
No matter how Lisa makes you sweat - whether in a group class or in a personal training session - you are guaranteed to experience her one-on-one compassion and commitment to your health.
Along with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, Lisa holds numerous fitness certifications, including Personal Training from New York University, Group Exercise from ACE as well as FMS. Her Pilates training is from Quantum Fitness, Stott, Physical Mind, and Powerhouse. Lisa also has training in Post Rehabilitation and Pre- and Post-Natal, and has completed coursework with YogaFit and Yamuna Body Rolling. She is also a MELT Method certified trainer.
This 30 minute class incorporates Pilates principles including control, fluid movement, breathing, concentration, stability and postural alignment. Pilates dramatically changes the way your body looks, feels and performs. Activate your core through proper breathing using the Joseph Pilates sequence of exercises.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jul 30 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Liz Thoburn
  • Sun Aug 06 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Lisa Platnik
  • Sun Aug 13 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Lisa Platnik
  • Sun Aug 20 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Lisa Platnik
  • Sun Aug 27 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Lisa Platnik
  • Sun Sep 03 11:00 am - 11:30 am with Lisa Platnik