Blending the principles of strength and cardiovascular training with the cutting edge practices of Pilates and functional/core training, ensuring the optimal health and fitness of each client.
Experienced, new, and aspiring instructors who desire to fulfill their personal, physical and intellectual objectives can receive STOTT PILATES® Education at pillarPERFORMANCE
What we do
Private Personal Training
Pilates Equipment Classes
Founded in 2006, pillarPERFORMANCE started with the idea of bringing a high-quality exercise system to the public.
Blending the principles of strength and cardiovascular training with the cutting edge practices of Pilates and functional/core training, our team merges their individual areas of expertise to ensure the optimal health and fitness of each client.
The result: pillarPERFORMANCE
For over a decade she has integrated knowledge and skills from her 25-year background as an athlete, dancer / teacher / choreographer, Pilates instructor, and personal trainer to create programs that inspire people to reach beyond their own expectations.
Jen developed her passion for fitness and health at a young age as a competitive swimmer. Maintaining a healthy body and mind has always been a top priority, and led her to discover the benefits of Pilates after dealing with severe rotator cuff tendonitis from years of distance swimming.
While attending the University of Michigan on a full piano scholarship, she fell in love with exercise and fitness. She earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science at Oakland University. She went on to study Pilates with STOTT PILATES® (2000), high-performance corrective exercise, and golf conditioning at the CHEK Institute in Encinitas (2001).
Gifford has been involved in the study of human performance for almost ten years, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Biology and Psychology from the University of California Davis. While working as a personal trainer, he continued his education, earning NSCA-CPT, CrossFit I, and RKC certifications.
Raquel (aka Rocky) has always been fascinated with the body for as long as she can remember. She loves how the body constantly changes especially throughout our lifetime. Being in alignment, structurally, spiritually, nutritionally, emotionally is crucial to longevity and vitality.
Kirstin Fender is the owner of The Fit Equestrian. Her passion for health and fitness is rooted in her athletic background and affinity for anything food related. She started riding horses at the age of 8 and it continues to remain a large part of her life.
Trish DaCosta is a Pilates instructor and Personal Trainer on a mission to boost her clients’ performance and longevity in whatever athletic pursuit they love. She is trained in both classical and STOTT PILATES®, studied under a Second Generation Master Pilates Trainer and holds several certifications from NASM, Spinning and ACE.
Susie Waloch Leisten was born and raised in southern California. Her interest in fitness started in high school when her mother became a group exercise instructor. After graduating from Vista High School in 1979, Susie took the appropriate training to also become a group exercise instructor.
“I have been training with Pilates for nearly five years and for the last three or four with Jen Bellenger at PillarPerformance. Pilates gives me both the things I needed to keep my body as healthy as I could. Strengthening and flexibility.”
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As pillarPERFORMANCE owner Colleen Naus puts it, there is a hierarchy to optimal movement: “If there is lack of mobility in the body, it cannot find stability and therefore cannot gain strength. If the client doesn’t have mobility, their power is going to get locked up.
pillar welcomes Dr. Roger Sheen with R.I.S.E Physical Therapy. Dr. Sheen will be present at pillar on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am – 6pm
Today we’d like to introduce you to Colleen Naus. Colleen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
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1010 South Coast Highway 101 Ste #107
Encinitas, CA 92024