Lee Vallely has dedicated her life to movement and wellness. After an eight-year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer in New York and San Francisco, and 20 years as a teacher and consultant in the health and wellness industry, Vallely saw a need for a higher level of education and a commitment to the precision of movement.
In 2007, she moved from teaching Pilates for other clubs, and developing and managing large corporate fitness programs in Austin and around the country, to teaching small-group training programs. RedBird Pilates & Fitness has grown every year since then, necessitating four moves to progressively larger studios.
Lee and her team of teachers—all handpicked from RedBird’s intensive 450-hour teacher training certification which she co-founded and co-developed—provide high-touch, technically oriented classes using a definitive methodology that emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment.
Earlier in her career, Lee was the national director of corporate sales for Gold’s Gym International. She designed and built the chain’s first corporate sales division and managed their national sales team. Prior to Gold’s Gym, she was an owner of eight Austin-based World Gym locations, where she won Best Corporate Fitness Program for five consecutive years and presented at IHRSA and Club Industry multiple times on business development in corporate wellness. Lee spent her early years in the fitness industry as senior fitness director for the YMCA of Austin. In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified teacher, Lee holds many other fitness certifications including Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Teacher, Z-Health Brain-Based Movement Educator, Primal 7 Suspension Band Athletic Trainer and is an accredited fitness specialist with the national YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a specialization in dance.
Elisabeth Kristof, RedBird co-owner and co-director, began her fitness career in 2006, as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. In 2007, she joined Lee to help build the RedBird method and business model.
Elisabeth has a large and loyal clientele that has been with her for many years. She enables lasting change for clients through education, sustainable and progressive training programs and supportive communities. Applying RedBird’s definitive methodology, which emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment, she regularly develops RedBird innovative programming.
As media and marketing director for RedBird, Elisabeth designs, develops and oversees RedBird’s online fitness platform, RB360online.com, RedBird social media, client communications and blog.
A passionate researcher, Elisabeth has worked with Lee to bring neuromuscular re-education to the RedBird curriculum, as well as to develop a partnership with Texas State University to measure and track client outcomes. As co-creator of the RedBird Teacher Training school, Elisabeth uses the results of this research to develop instructional curriculum for the rigorous 450-hour RB Pilates teacher training certification.
In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher, Elisabeth is a Body Arts and Science International Pilates teacher, Z-Health Practitioner, Primal 7 Suspension Band Athletic Trainer, AFFA-certified personal trainer and AFPA-certified Prenatal Exercise Specialist. Elisabeth earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship for her reporting and writing on public health.
As a Pilates Method Alliance certified and RedBird Master Teacher, Victoria has been teaching mat and Pilates equipment classes at RedBird Pilates since graduating from the RedBird Teacher Training certification in 2014. Her personal training sessions focus on individual clients’ needs and goals; working with recreational and high performing athletes, including runners, triathletes and equestrians, clients with scoliosis and spondylolysis and pre- and postnatal women.
Victoria is also a faculty member of the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program and Director of RedBird’s Corporate Wellness program.
As a competitive runner and horse-rider, Victoria draws on her Pilates practice outside of the studio to remain in great physical shape, with constant awareness of correct body mechanics and postural alignment. Get in touch with Victoria if you want to try Pilates and RedBird’s Starter Bundle Package, or if you’re interested in private or duet sessions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea has practiced and enjoyed movement all her life, starting with ballet and modern dance in her native Argentina, and then taking up yoga and tango when she moved to the United States. After discovering Pilates at RedBird, she enrolled in the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program to study the method in greater depth and to advance her own practice. She joined the RedBird team in 2014 and is now a Pilates Method Alliance certified and RedBird Master Teacher. Andrea loves RedBird’s focus on precision and alignment, and she believes in the power of movement to make lives better.
Andrea is a highly-skilled and technical teacher who excels in personal training and educating clients on the foundational principles of good movement. To schedule a your RedBird Starter Bundle or a private Pilates session with Andrea, contact her at email@example.com.
A Pilates Method Alliance certified and RedBird Master Teacher, Molly is passionate about all aspects of RedBird programming from suspension band athletic training to Pilates to dance-based toning.
Always a mover, Molly has competed in team sports since a very young age. From swimming and track to playing college basketball, Molly relishes an athletic challenge. Her love of fitness camaraderie and healthy competition make group classes and the strengthening focus of RedBird a perfect match.
Molly is a faculty member of the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program and finds great joy in helping new teachers understand the details and challenges of the work.
Also a classically trained chef, Molly is currently the Culinary Development Coordinator for Whole Foods Market.
Molly is high-energy, athletic and fun, but also a stickler for details and hard work! schedule the RedBird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Molly, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kati, a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher and graduate of the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program, began practicing Pilates at a young age as a way to balance out her athletic lifestyle as a competitive cheerleader, gymnast and dancer. She saw early on the value of a mind-body connection both in and outside the studio. It wasn’t until she discovered RedBird, however, that she found the inspiration and courage to pursue Pilates and fitness instruction as a career. RedBird has allowed Kati to become an intelligent mover and share her love for fitness and health with others.
Kati received a degree in advertising and English writing at Loyola university New Orleans. Prior to working at RedBird, she was an editor for a nationally syndicated beauty magazine and a lead graphic designer in the hospitality industry.
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As a RedBird Pilates Teacher Training certified teacher and Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor, Judy believes that therapeutic movements should be used at all stages of life. Judy is certified by the Center for Women’s Fitness in pelvic floor and pre-and postnatal Pilates.
Judy’s goal at RedBird is to help her clients use Pilates and the RedBird method to transform their bodies, strengthen their minds, prepare them for the various phases of life, improve their health and self-esteem.
In 2006 Judy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She was a labor and delivery nurse for several years, then received her master’s in Nursing and a master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in 2012. Currently she works as a family nurse practitioner focusing on women’s health and prenatal care at People’s Community Clinic.
To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or Pre/Postnatal Pilates training session with Judy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachael began her venture into the fitness world at the age of 15, while sitting on the couch, eating pop tarts and watching an early morning aerobics show. Once she got off the couch, Rachael took her body and fitness into her own hands and 50 pounds later, she never looked back. Losing the weight gave her the confidence to compete in the Miss America Pageant system, winning swimsuit competitions, and becoming an AFAA certified aerobics instructor in 2008. In 2012, she took her first RedBird class and realized then that it’s not just about how thin you are, but about finding the joy in movement, strength and health every day! She is a classically trained professional vocalist and found Pilates also gave her the poise, endurance and even stronger breath control she needed on stage. Rachael graduated the RedBird Teacher Training Certification Program in 2015 and is now teaching Pilates in her new home of Saudi Arabia. Racheal is a part of the RedBird teaching team each summer, as she returns home to deepen her practice and reconnect with her fitness community.
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Lauren is a RedBird Teacher Training Certification program graduate and Primal-certified movement junkie who joined the RedBird teaching staff in 2014 with an extensive history of fitness training. She began taking Pilates as a supplement to dance training in middle school and found it again while attending the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006. Lauren is now settled in Austin and recently graduated with honors in the Didactic Program of Dietetics from the University of Texas. She knows that abs are made in the kitchen and that the marriage of nutrition and fitness has the ability to transform lives and bodies. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of both with RedBird clients.
To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or personal training session with Lauren email firstname.lastname@example.org
From an early age, Lindsey was a competitive soccer player and runner. Her strong leadership and belief in supportive team building lead many of the teams she competed with to statewide victories. While she continued these athletic pursuits through college, she also discovered her passion for dance. It was through salsa, lindy hop, West African, blues, and tango dancing that Lindsey learned the real joy of movement and how deep mind-body connection and core strengthening can promote newfound confidence.
However, in 2012 Lindsey’s dancing and athletic training came to a brutal stop as she struggled with a thyroid imbalance and excruciating sciatic nerve pain from hypermobility in the hip and pelvis. After four years of striving to completely regain her health, Lindsey finally found Pilates at Redbird where she has been able to revive her passion for movement and the confidence she lost during this difficult period.
With the desire to share this passion and help others feel their best Lindsey is currently participating in the RedBird Teacher Training Program and hopes to become a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor within the next year.
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