VIDA Featured Instructor — Lauren Fredston-Hermann
If you’re on the hunt for some traditional Pilates moves coined by Joseph Pilates himself, look no further than Lauren Fredston-Hermann’s Pilates class, offered at our Metropole, Verizon, City Vista and U Street locations!
Lauren Fredston-Hermann, a New York native new to the DC area has been teaching Pilates at VIDA for several months now, with plans to start teaching Pilates Reformer, VIDA Barre and Zumba in the near future (stay tuned!)
Growing up in New York, Lauren danced for most of her life and attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from age 10-18. Lauren has always had a passion for dance but her time at the Theater eventually ran its course, and with the addition of a poorly-timed sprained ankle she decided to switch gears and focus on her career in social work instead.
It was while attending Middlebury College in Vermont that Lauren began taking Pilates regularly and discovered it was a perfect transition from her dance background. She trained at the Vermont Center for Classical Pilates in Middlebury where her instructor was trained by Romana Kryzanowska herself. Lauren loved that she was receiving classical Pilates training in its truest form that Joseph Pilates meant it to be.
“It’s such an awesome and safe way to strengthen the entire body while improving posture and flexibility. My studio was very traditional and directly linked to Joseph Pilates’ teaching style – very focused on technique and by the book,” she says.
After moving to DC with her boyfriend in November and accepting a position at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Lauren decided she wanted to further develop her Pilates practice and received her certification to teach here in DC.
Lauren’s teaching style mirrors the classical techniques she was taught in her classes – using minimal props and focusing strongly on identifying and developing core muscles that support the spine (back, abs and glutes.)
“All participants, from beginning to advanced Pilates students, will find and meet the physical challenges in my class. I would recommend Pilates for everyone, from runners and skiers to rugby and basketball players!” says Lauren.
After auditioning at a bunch of gyms in the DC area, Lauren says she couldn’t be happier to have ended up at VIDA!
“I started out as just a member here – I loved the energy and variety of classes offered. The instructors are highly trained and the facilities are excellent,” she says. “The timing worked out really well with them hosting auditions right when I got certified. I feel so lucky to be working here now!”
Lauren has definitely fit right in with the VIDA community. Her classes stay packed, and she and the other instructors are regulars in each other’s classes.
“I usually take Chris’s yoga class and then he’ll stay for my Pilates right after. Also working with Tami, Colleen and Alexx to get certified in Zumba and Barre too – everyone has been so supportive!” she says.
When Lauren’s not teaching she enjoys hosting dinner parties in her Adam’s Morgan apartment or spending time outdoors (skiing, mountain biking & hiking are some of her faves!)
Whether you’re a Pilates pro or just checking it out for the first time, Lauren’s class will definitely give you the core-strengthening, leg-shaking workout you’re looking for!