The heart and soul of Plank Pilates is our incredible team. These women come from all different backgrounds and experiences, and they bring their own personality to their classes. We wanted to shine a spotlight on each of them and give you a chance to get to know even more about your favorite instructors with some fun questions!:
Jill Hambrick, Owner and Pilates Instructor
When did you first started practicing Pilates/Yoga/Barre- My first Pilates class was a Pinot and Pilates party in December 2015. I immediately fell in love and started my Pilates journey through consistent Private reformer training and mat classes throughout the winter of 2016. I started taking Barre in the Summer of 2016. I started practicing Yoga once we started offering it at Plank in the summer of 2017.
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre- Summer 2016
Favorite local restaurant-Haynes on Main in Mackinaw
Favorite way to unwind- Read or Snuggle with my little man Truman
Favorite dessert-Key Lime Pie
Favorite song/album to work out to-When on the reformer I like to listen to Ray Lamontaugne. When doing cardio I like to listen to LMFAO :)
Favorite song to karaoke to- Salt and Peppa- Schoop
Favorite fall activity- Pumpkin Festival with my family.
Katie Dubois - Pilates and Barre Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre
I found a love for Pilates 14 years ago when a Pilates class was offered at the gym I belonged to. I started going to the class weekly and loved the moves and the way I felt during and after class. I continued practicing (and later teaching Pilates) for many years and then found Barre in the same way I found Pilates. I started attending a Barre class about six years ago and I became instantly hooked. I loved the barre burn and the barre shake. I also loved how much Pilates and Barre compliment each other.
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre
I obtained my AFAA Group Fitness Certification nine years ago and began teaching group fitness classes. I did a Pilates workshop through AFAA and also obtained my Spinning certification. This led to me teaching weekly Pilates mat and Spinning classes. In the past two years I have continued learning more by taking numerous Balanced Body Pilates courses including Mat 1 and Mat 2, Reformer 1, and Apparatus 1 trainings. I also recently took a Barre Intensity course. I have been teaching Pilates classes for over nine years and I have been teaching barre classes for over two years. I feel blessed to be able to share my love of Pilates and Barre with clients, and I teach these formats five days a week.
Favorite local restaurant
With three small children my favorite restaurants are loud environments where I don't have to worry about keeping my kids quiet! Our favorite places to eat out as a family are Qudoba, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Chilli's.
Favorite way to unwind
I love spending time with my kids. We love being together and just having fun. Small weekend trips to Indy and St. Louis are some of my favorite times. We love to explore parks, museums, and zoos. Over the summer we swim as much as we can as a family. In the spring and fall, hiking as a family brings us all so much joy. But honestly, if I'm with my kids and husband, I'm happy.
I love chocolate covered fruit (like blueberries or strawberries) and chocolate covered nuts.
Favorite song/album to work out to
I don't have a favorite song or album to workout to. I love variety in my music. Sometimes a pop song is my favorite, sometimes it is a rock song, and sometimes it is a country song. I just love music and the movement it inspires.
Favorite song to karaoke to
I have never done karaoke in my life but if I did I think I would choose "I Will Survive" or "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Or perhaps I should choose a Disney movie song because I know ALL of those.
Favorite fall activity
Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about fall from the decorations, the smells, the weather, the clothes, the things to do, etc.
My favorite fall activity though is taking my kids to Tanner's, Ackerman's and Rader's. We have fun playing, seeing the animals, choosing pumpkins, taking hayrack rides, and eating apple everything.
Abi Amstutz - Yoga Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre - 13 years old, taking yoga with my Mom (it was her first time too!)
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre- I've been teaching for two years
Favorite local restaurant- Eat and Evolve or Corelife
Favorite way to unwind- Yoga! (Or a glass of wine and some painting )
Favorite dessert- I'm allergic to chocolate and coffee so I don't always have a ton of options but a glazed donut always hits the spot.
Favorite song/album to work out to- Currently it's any song by Lorde
Favorite song to karaoke to- Do Disney songs count? Because definitely Disney!
Favorite fall activity- Wearing scarves and fluffy house sock slippers
Casey Moltrup - Barre and Pilates Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre- I fell in love with Pilates in 2016 when it helped me totally transform my core strength after having two babies by cesarean. I was amazed at how strong I became and saw my posture change before my eyes. I knew from that point on, I wanted to share my excitement with other people and help them find their strength again! Nothing makes me happier than cheering people on during their fitness journey!
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre- I have been teaching Pilates and Barre for 2 years.
Favorite local restaurant- I don't know if I have a favorite restaurant (any place with fresh guacamole really), but my husband and I love to cook! We especially love to cook for friends and family. It's funny considering I did not cook for years, but once I learned, I now find it therapeutic and very relaxing.
Favorite way to unwind- I love to read! I mostly read biographies or books about nutrition , health, wellness or the body in general. I'm usually reading three books at once and have a nightstand full of others. I always have late fees at the library and should just start checking out with my debit card. lol
Favorite song/album to work out to- I love to work out to hip-hop, but please don't ever ask me to sing publicly. I once had someone tell me that I even sang Happy Birthday off key! Yikes!
Favorite fall activity- I love to boat in the summer and I love to hike in the fall. The last few years I have been able to take trips in the fall to get some amazing hiking in. My favorite place has been Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. This year my schedule is too packed, but I'm excited to discover some beautiful Illinois trails!
When I'm not teaching Barre or Pilates, my time is filled with photographing families and weddings. Most Saturdays find me at weddings and I pinch myself every week that I'm so blessed to share in others such joyous occasions. I'm such a sap and every week is just as beautiful hearing people make vows to each other. It never gets old! And I usually cry at least once during wedding day!
Jeni Pendl - Yoga Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre- About 9 years ago, roughly a year after I had my son.
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre- Consistently since the beginning of 2018. I taught a little here and there a couple years prior.
Favorite local restaurant- One World
Favorite way to unwind- I enjoy hiking and spending time with my 10 year old son, Cole.
Favorite dessert- Coconut cream pie
Favorite song/album to work out to- Any Turnpike Troubadour album
Favorite song to karaoke to-I don't karaoke, lol!
Favorite fall activity- Hiking and bonfires with family and friends
Jamie Hafele - Pilates Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre- 2007
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre- Since May 2018
Favorite local restaurant- 2 Chez in Peoria
Favorite way to unwind- A great workout on the reformer
Favorite dessert- Any gluten free donut from #donutlove
Favorite song/album to work out to- Cold Play- Viva La Vida
Favorite song to karaoke to- Sweet child of mine Guns n Roses
Favorite fall activity- Pumpkin carving with my hubby and boys
Megan Patterson - Pilates Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre- Pilates-July of 2016 in Jill’s basement. I took my first barre late 2016 and yoga in 2017. Love all of them now!
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre?- I started teaching Pilates February 2017. I fill in occasionally for barre and started that late 2017.
Favorite local restaurant?- Perdues or Hacienda
Favorite way to unwind?- I have 3 ways to unwind and it all depend on how much time I have. I like to work out (run, pilates, barre, yoga), read, or play a new game on my phone called word cookies.'
Favorite dessert- Carrot Cake or lately frozen hot coco from Eli’s. Don’t get yourself started, it’s hard to stop drinking it.
Favorite song/album to work out to?- It kind of depends on my mood, but right now I like Perm by Bruno Mars, or Natural by Imagination Dragons.
Favorite song to karaoke to?- Goodbye Earl, Dixie Chicks
Favorite fall activity?- Bonfires with friends and family.
Kristen Finck - Pilates Instructor
When you first started practicing pilates/yoga/barre- I started Pilates in 2012. I was 16 at the time and used it to cross train for dance. It helped me to gain much more body awareness as well as work on less superficial muscle groups that are so often put to the wayside.
How long you have been teaching pilates/yoga/barre?- I’ve been teaching for a year now and have been certified in May and reformer since January 2018. (I officially went through training during the summer of 2017). I’ve been with Plank for one month (just moved here from Kansas City).
Favorite local restaurant?- I really love Old World! However, as an avocado toast aficionado, I can’t discount Zion Coffee (their avocado toast is out of this world).
Favorite way to unwind?- I love to sit poolside, on the beach, or curled up by the fireplace with my dog with a good book. You can also find me laughing and spending time with friends while enjoying a glass of Pinot noir.
Favorite dessert- Creme brûlée
Favorite song/album to work out to?- I like to run and workout to a mix of fast paced music. During especially rigorous workouts I like to put on Tech N9ne, Lil Jon, or other music that “motivates” me to continue. (It makes me feel like someone is yelling at me to continue and somehow it works? It’s a total mind game).
Favorite song to karaoke to?- I’m gonna be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers or any Mamma Mia/ ABBA song.
Favorite fall activity?- I love to go apple picking and sitting around bonfires with friends and family!