The Oak Fitness Club Team
A New England native, Aaron has been passionate about fitness since age 5. After many years of participating in hockey, baseball, football, power lifting, and track & field, he went on to study sports medicine and exercise science at Bridgewater State University. Aaron has spent his entire life committed to learning how to train and improve the body. He’s worked with a variety of clients, including NCAA athletes, teams, injured people, avid fitness enthusiasts; even the everyday person who is just getting started with a fitness lifestyle! Simply put, Aaron loves working with people and hopes to inspire you to achieve more than you thought possible.
Nikki’s life in fitness and movement has spanned over most of her life. Growing up in North Carolina, she began studying dance at the age of 3. After several prestigious internships with renowned dance companies, Nikki studied and graduated with a degree in Dance and minor in business at the University of North Carolina Greensboro under John Gamble as well as completing certifications in Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates. Nikki moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue a career in the movement arts where she quickly developed simultaneous careers performing with the world famous dance companies Diavolo, Tongue and Method Dance as well as becoming a highly sought after pilates Instructor, class Instructor and fitness pro. In 2012 Nikki helped cofound Oak Fitness where she has grown to be an industry staple.
Physical fitness and movement have always been a part of L.J’s life. With her strong background in dance, gymnastics, and circus arts, she has performed around the globe as a flying trapeze artist, aerialist, and modern dancer, performing with circuses such as Big Apple Circus and Cirque Du Soliel. L.J. was first introduced to the exercise form of Pilates in 2001, and has been committed ever since. After completing her first Pilates Certification, she wanted to learn more about the body, which lead her to study Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University where she received her Bachelor Degree of Science. L.J. holds certifications with STOTT PILATES, Lents Pilates, Pilates Method Alliance, and Pilates Sports Center. L.J. is eager to help others reach their fitness goals, improve their postural needs and enhance their overall wellbeing. Her teaching experience has allowed her to work with diverse populations in several different forms of movement. L.J uses her knowledge & experience, combined with her patience & enthusiasm to provide clients with fun, challenging and personalized programs.
Much of her life engaged in fitness and physical activity. Growing up she was involved in everything from soccer, to cheerleading, to competitive ice skating, which helped her gain a foundation of physical fitness and a good work ethic. In addition to teaching HIIT classes, she is also a personal trainer. She has a real passion for helping people achieve their best results and reach their full fitness potential. If you are looking to set goals, work hard and have fun while doing it, try one of her classes!
A country girl at heart, Lucy was born and raised in a small town 3 hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. At 18, Lucy quickly became recognized on the international modeling scene and at 21, moved to Los Angeles to further her career. In order to up with the demands of her new profession, Lucy soon recognized that true and lasting success would require much more than simply having the “right look” or standing passively in front of a camera, to truly flourish she would need to cultivate both her physical strength as well as her mental stamina. A veteran of conventional weight training, Lucy soon found Pilates and fell in love with the way Pilates made her body feel; stronger, longer and leaner. “I love Pilates because it isn’t about how many reps you do – its how well you do them – that mind/body connection.”
With that her passion for fitness, health and wellbeing was ignited. After a few years of practicing pilates on her own, Lucy felt compelled to share its benefits with others and finally became certified through Pilates Sports Center ( PSC ) in 2017.
While Pilates may have been the catalyst for Lucy’s professional transition, she has always enjoyed a healthy curiosity about spirituality and living a conscious, connected and compassionate life. Most recently, after returning from a trip to India, she decided to complete her 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training. Her belief that the mind is the most powerful tool that we possess is carries over from her personal practice into her teaching where she uses the physical challenges of both yoga and Pilates as metaphors for the obstacles in life, “we can overcome and persist through anything, any uncomfortable position or physical weakness – if we have the belief that we can.”
Lucy is excited to share her mindful approach with her clients, understanding that Yoga and Pilates truly compliment one another by promoting happiness through connection of breath awareness, muscular focus and the relationship between the mind, body and the eternal, limitless self.
Annie is very passionate about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Starting at age 6, everyday after school, Annie was involved in various types of dance, ranging from ballet and jazz, to tap and hip hop. Although always disciplined and active, it wasn’t until her last year in high school, where Annie learned about fitness from a weight training perspective and incorporated various types of cardio and weight training into her daily routine. Since then, Annie has become well rounded with her fitness knowledge by becoming a certified personal trainer, certified spin instructor, and certified group fitness instructor; with continuing education in boxing, TRX, kettlebell sport, Olympic lifting and power lifting.
Annie is passionate about her training and loves to watch people progress and get stronger. Annie loves to connect with people and learn about their goals and strives to not only provide her clients with an effective and personalized fitness regime, but also to truly get to know her clients individually.
Jon Brandi is a life changing fitness coaching professional and artist. As a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and nutrition coach with over 15 years of experience, he is building bi-coastal communities of mindful, fit individuals.
In studying yoga, mindfulness, various fitness modalities, nutrition, and applying his desire to live a fuller more vibrant life, he was able to transform his body, ignite his energy and break down the walls of anxiety and depression. Jon is committed to empowering individuals to boldly take ownership of their lives, master their health and cultivate peace. His certifications include- NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach Pn1, and Certified Yoga Instructor.
A Los Angeles native, Danielle Dougherty began studying dance at the age of 6. Danielle has competed across the United States at world famous competitions and conventions, earning numerous awards and scholarships for her talent. At age 16, Danielle had to endure hip surgery in order to continue dancing. This challenging obstacle demanded a full year of recovery before dance could become possible again. During that year, Danielle trained with a Pilates instructor to regain strength and mobility. She immediately fell in love with Pilates and was stunned by how quickly it advanced her recovery process. Once Danielle was back on her feet dancing again, she became signed with Los Angeles’s renowned dance agency, Go 2 Talent, and was accepted into the nationally ranked dance program at The University of Arizona on both an academic and dance scholarship. Here she accelerated her learning process to graduate one year early as magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance, a minor in Nutritional Sciences, and a Pilates certification. As a professional dancer, Danielle’s approach to Pilates stems from a deep understanding of movement and she truly believes that building balance, flexibility, and strength within the body is crucial to keep us healthy and thriving. She has a passion for helping her clients achieve their fitness goals and is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Pilates with others.
Korbi Kay Blanchard
Korbi Kay loves helping people transform their bodies and minds in the same way that Pilates has helped transform hers. As a college athlete that sprinted like a T-Rex, Korbi struggled with her form until discovering Pilates through a home workout video. Even before fully understanding the practice, she fell in love with its ability to change the way she moved.
After graduating with a psychology degree from the University of Oregon, Korbi moved to Los Angeles to pursue creative endeavors. Pilates empowered her to flow freely in front of cameras as a model, calm her racing mind enough to shatter writer’s block, and to remain strong but flexible in her approach to life.
It wasn’t until earning her certification through Whole Body Method, that she discovered the depth and expansiveness of Pilates. Combined with her National Academy of Sports Medicine and High Intensity Interval Training certifications, Korbi Kay merges her knowledge from these fields into her sessions. She adores helping people challenge themselves and more than anything is committed to leaving clients feeling better than when they walked in.
Farrah’s journey into the Pilates World started eight years ago with a desire to improve her posture, elongate her muscles and strengthen her core. Not quite sure what to expect, she took her first class and instantly fell in love. After consistently taking classes, she saw not only a physical transformation but also a mental transformation within herself. This is when she knew Pilates was her passion and the perfect career choice. She knew she wanted to help others find their inner strength the same way she experienced through her education. Certified both classically and progressively through R & D Pilates and using the techniques of Joseph Pilates Contrology, Farrah’s goal as a pilates instructor is helping individuals to achieve their personal best.
Christian’s fitness story began as a child, accompanying his mother to physical therapy after having torn her MCL. There he observed his mother in both her weakest moments and her strongest. She instilled in him a sense of what there is to be accomplished when the will finds a way. Christian credits his mother for his love of fitness and his desire to motivate and inspire others to reach the versions of themselves they want to be.
Since beginning his professional career in the health and wellness field, Christian has been fortunate to work alongside fitness professionals from all corners of the industry. He has trained alongside professional athletes, physical therapists, chiropractors, yogis, energy healers, and even a former US Women’s Muay Thai champion. Christian has received certifications in personal training (NASM), nutrition (Precision Nutrition Level 1), and level 2 Reiki practitioner. His belief is that in order to make lasting changes in our lives, we must take a deep look at the road blocks that inhibit us and develop the tools to tear them down one by one.
Chris Stanley was introduced to Pilates through his dance training. While teaching for more than a decade, Chris continues to train with master trainers from around the world. He believes in the work and has seen it changes people’s lives.