The Flex Team
Founder/Owner, Master InstructorTrained in Beverly Hills, owner Tracy Zindell discovered hybrid Pilates 12 years ago as a way to build muscle and bring harmony into her hectic lifestyle. While working for E! Networks in LA, Tracy was was introduced to Pilates by a co-worker. After seeing and feeling immediate muscular changes in her body she was hooked after her first week. It wasn’t long before Hollywood stars also caught onto the hybrid Pilates craze. Celebs starting popping into her classes and hybrid Pilates quickly became a phenomena in LA. So it was a no-brainer for Tracy to want to bring her dynamic, high intensity format of Pilates home to Chicago — And in 2012, opened Flex Pilates inside what was once the Schwinn bicycle factory in River North. Trained in both west coast pilates as well as traditional pilates she created the Flex Method, her own unique take on modern reformer studio work.
Master InstructorLocally trained in the Stott pilates method, Molly quickly fell in love with the flex method as a compliment to her traditional training. Although comprehensively certified on all apparatus she especially enjoys utilizing the reformer for the most effective full body workout!
Rachel discovered reformer pilates in 2012 when she started taking classes at Flex Pilates Chicago. She quickly fell in love with its challenging workouts as a compliment to her classical and competitive dance background. Over seven years later she is thrilled to fulfill a dream and join the Flex Pilates team. Rachel believes Flex is more than just a killer workout, it’s a community that’s strengthens your mind, body, and spirit.
Master InstructorLauren first discovered reformer Pilates in 2010 while living in Dallas, and has been hooked ever since. She is trained in both classical Pilates and The Flex Method, and often incorporates influences from yoga, barre and dance in her classes to add new challenges. Don’t be afraid to sweat a little in her classes!
Master InstructorA pilates student for over a decade, Sophie has developed a true passion for both the mental and physical challenge it provides. Finding her pilates home at Flex Pilates Chicago, Sophie is trained in The Flex Method and developing creative classes and challenges to keep the practice fun and exciting. You’ll be sure to leave happier and stronger!
Master InstructorGrowing up a competitive, multi-sport athlete, Carrie has always respected a physical and mental challenge. When her athletic career came to an end, Carrie continued regular exercises – adding running, weight lifting, and spin classes into her routine – but noticed a change losing the strength she once had. At a pivotal time in her life, Carrie was reintroduced to Pilates. Immediately feeling the strength, agility, flexibility, and mental peace was back! She began duet lessons with her cousin before moving on to Private Lessons. Soon after, she was introduced to Flex Pilates by a friend, and fell in love with the Flex Method. Now molding her athletic background and Pilates practice together Carrie found a passion to pass along the magic she’s gained. She believes Pilates is beyond a workout; it is a practice that strengthens the mind and the body.
Liz discovered her love for pilates when taking reformer and mat classes at DePaul University and quickly fell in love with the practice. She spent years staying active by trying different workouts around the city, but always came back to the reformer. In early 2016 she was introduced to the Flex Method by a friend and was instantly hooked. After only a few classes she noticed a difference in her body; feeling stronger and leaner than ever before. She has found a sense of balance through Flex, pushing her mind and body to new limits each time she walks in. Liz is a big believer that fitness, strength, and challenges are all equally as important for the mind, as for body. She’s excited to bring high energy and positivity to her classes to help students experience the same changes she’s seen in herself with the help from the amazing Flex Team!
Stephanie has been a yoga instructor for many years and her love for Pilates has created her next chapter. She chose the Flex Method to complete her training because of the emphasis on physical and mental conditioning, community of the studio, and the importance of growth. In addition to teaching, she is a behavioral therapist and sport psychology consultant. Stephanie integrates somatic approaches such as yoga and Pilates into her work in psychology in order to bridge the mind-body gap. Her classes at Flex will do the same. They will challenge you to be present through movement while connecting to the mind and strengthening the body!
Lulu discovered reformer pilates in 2013 when she started taking classes at Flex Pilates Chicago. She immediately fell in love with the challenging workout and incredible sense of community at the studio. Over six years later, she is now certified in the Flex method and is honored and excited to be an instructor.
Playing sports and growing up with brothers who played in the NHL, Brittany learned the importance of physical well-being early on. She has continued to make fitness a priority and ritual for herself. She enjoys beginning every day with some physical activity whether it be Pilates, Barre, HIIT, Running, or Yoga. Brittany was introduced to Flex in 2013, fell in love with the unique high intensity format instantly and knew she wanted to eventually be a part of the Flex Team. In September of 2019 she made the dream a reality. She took a short hiatus from her full-time job in the beauty industry to train and dedicated three months to learning everything she could about the Flex Method. If you’re interested in a challenge, come take Brittany’s Class!
Sophie has always been passionate about fitness—she played ice hockey and other team sports for over a decade. As an adult, Sophie sought out forms of exercise that had similar physical and mental challenges to those she’d loved as a young athlete. When her mom brought her to a class at Flex, Sophie was hooked right away. Not only did the dynamic movement and intensity of the Flex Pilates method make her stronger than she’d ever been, but she also found the sense of community that had drawn her to team sports for her whole life. She’s thrilled to be an instructor so she can share the challenge and passion she’s found at Flex with other students.
Tawney has been a part of the Flex family since our doors opened in 2012 and is thrilled to join our dynamic and dedicated team of instructors. A former dancer and competitive all-star cheerleader, Tawney always had a deep appreciation for movement and fitness. After a cheerleading injury left her with scoliosis, Tawney discovered Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and immediately experienced a complete body and mind transformation.
InstructorGrowing up, Jess was always active, doing gymnastics and playing soccer and field hockey. Years of intense training put a strain on joints and muscles which motivated her to seek out the perfect exercise routine. After spending years trying various workouts – from boot camps and biking to barre and running; she discovered Pilates. Pilates became more than just an exercise routine; it became a way of life. She found Flex in 2014 and quickly developed a deep respect for the method. She loves the Flexie community and teaching gives her the opportunity to share her passion and experience.
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