The Oak Fitness Community
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 is currently completing the Pilates Sports Center teacher training. 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!
Greg grew up in Buffalo, NY, where sports were a part of daily life from an early age. From soccer and baseball as a kid, to high school football, he switched to rowing in college. Several years and several injuries later, though, it was a chance encounter with a Pilates class that really changed things. “It revolutionized my understanding of fitness,” Greg says. “Pilates is about taking ownership of ourselves. We live in a world where so much is out of control; taking care of our bodies–making ourselves truly strong from the inside out–is something we can, and must, take control of. Pilates teaches us to do that.”
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.
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.
Sarah Alice Burns
Sarah is a professional dancer who moved to Los Angeles 8 years ago from Perth, Australia. She has been passionate about the body and movement since forever. Her experience as a dancer helps her create full body workouts that flow and are fun ! Sarah has also rehabilitated herself from injuries in her career with Pilates, so she loves helping other people reach their ultimate body goals no matter the issue.
Natalia has over 10 years of experience as a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer. She’s been working with people of different age groups, fitness levels and physical conditions. She has abundant experience in working with prenatal and postnatal clients and also people with injuries of various kinds .
Natalia holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Moscow State University (2005-2010). In 2008-2010 she got certified as a Fitness Trainer and a Pilates Instructor back in Moscow, Russia with Fitness Professionals Association FPA and Wellness Academy.
Natalia moved to Los Angeles in 2011 in search of new opportunities for her fitness career. In 2013 she completed 200-hours Yoga Teacher Training with Rudy Mettia in Santa Monica, CA. In 2015 she did an immersive training in Five Element Thai massage with Sarah Vosen and Sarah Yovovich, and has been participating in their various workshops ever since.
When teaching her private clients, Natalia fuses yoga, Pilates, functional training, stretching and Thai massage, depending on clients’ conditions, needs and fitness goals.