Alina Gibson,Owner/Barre and Reformer Instructor I started dancing at the age of 3 and have never stopped. It has always been apart of my life no matter what stage I was in. My youth, college, working as a Dental Hygienist, and as a mom of 2. I taught dance in college and while working as a Dental Hygienist. I coached the St. Mary’s High School dance team for 3 years and loved every minute of it! When we had our two girls, I dedicated my time strictly to them. Once they both got to preschool, I had the opportunity to train through Balance Body to teach barre. I’ve been teaching since October 2015. Now that our girls are getting older, I decided to do what I’ve been pondering for over 2 years, have my own studio! My love for barre started in 2009. I grew up dancing everyday, spending countless hours in the studio. Of course as an adult we just don’t have time for that. I wanted my body and muscles feeling like they did as a teenager! I started ordering every barre DVD I could get my hands on. It did the trick and with less stress on my body than dancing. I continued barre with some modifications through both my pregnancies. 9 years later….. I love it more than when I started! I never feel like my body hits that plateau, nor is it ever an easy breezy workout. I make my self sore constantly, whether from teaching or working out at home. The more you do barre you learn how to quickly tap into your muscle groups and find the barre shake! I’m beyond excited to bring this to Stockton. MY hometown I grew up in! Barre works for every age group. You can push yourself to your limit, or take breaks as you need them. Our focus is building strength, balance, and most importantly doing so with proper body alignment and positioning! You’ll never regret going to workout, but you will regret not going…
Ashley Piccardo, Barre and Reformer Instructor Welcome Ashley to Define Barre and Fitness! She is also a Stockton native. Ashley is a mom of 3 boys ages 7, 9, and 11! She fell in love with Barre years ago and knew she had a passion she wanted to share. The opportunity arose for Ashley to become Balanced Body trained Barre instructor, so she went for it! We are thrilled to have Ashley as one of our barre instructors, her passion truly makes her shine!
Leslie Bayer, Barre and Reformer Instructor Leslie is passionate about teaching, learning, and movement! After completing her barre certification in 2014, she began teaching classes at the east coast college where she was also a Spanish professor. Leslie is now the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of the Pacific and thrilled to continue teaching barre and Pilates in the Stockton area! She also holds an AFAA group-fitness certification and is currently completing her comprehensive Pilates teacher training program. She is also the proud mom of a high-schooler who shares her thirst for knowledge and adventure
John White, DDP Yoga Instructor When I weighed in at 360 pounds several years ago, I never thought fitness instructor would be one of my future endeavors. With 40 just around the corner and a newborn son at home, I knew I needed to make some pretty drastic changes to my life. Luckily I found DDP Yoga to help me turn my life around. Created by Hall of Fame wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, DDP Yoga combines traditional yoga moves with physical rehabilitation moves and old school calisthenics to create one of the best workout programs around. While experiencing minimal joint impact, DDP Yoga will give you a great cardio workout while increasing your flexibility and strengthening core muscles.Our workouts are modifiable for all fitness levels. Less than 15 months into the program I was able to lose 150 pounds and got myself down to 180 pounds, half the size I was at my highest weight. This program has literally changed every aspect of my life, physical and mental. Come join us sometime to experience all of the positive effects DDP Yoga can provide you.