Instructor Spotlight- Susan Foley!

Susan Foley

Susan holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is also trained in Ballroom Dance and instruction. She originally came to Pilates through Lisa Graham, founder and owner of Agile Monkey Pilates in Santa Cruz, California. Pilates taught Susan how to understand and work with many of her postural deviations, with which she constantly struggled as a performer. She studied for several years with Jeannette Palmer who inspired and encouraged her to pursue teaching. Susan received her training and certification from Pilates Academy International in New York City. She taught as a senior instructor at Pilates on Fifth and as a recurring substitute instructor at Mark Morris Dance Center. She welcomes students of all fitness levels and incorporates modifications appropriate for each individual to ensure that the everyone is working optimally and safely for their own body, skill level, and background.

Originally from: California (Bay Area)

Currently live: Shoreline

Everything you teach (are certified in): Pilates mat & apparatus, ActivCore, Cardiolates, Silk Suspension system, CoreAlign

When/where did you first discover Pilates/Barre/TRX/etc?: A friend of mine who was getting certified in Pilates needed a person to practice on and she asked me. I had never heard of Pilates before and we met weekly for a private session every Friday evening. I was hooked after the first 5 minutes.

Favorite class you teach: Reformer Pilates

Favorite past time: Hanging out at the beach

Hobbies: Running, Cycling

Family/pets: I have one older sister who lives in NYC. I had a fish named Warren, but he passed recently.

Mantra: Life is short, enjoy it.

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Instructor Spotlight- David Lyman!


David brings his extensive knowledge and body awareness to each class he teaches. As one of the NICEST people you will ever meet, clients love the fun and happiness that come from a David session!

Originally from:  Richfield, Utah

Currently live:  Capitol Hill

Everything you teach (are certified in):  I am certified in Pilates Reformer and Mat Pilates (test results pending), including beginning and advanced.  As a Certified Personal Trainer, I hold four certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  I also have a TRX Suspension Trainer and a PiYo certification.  I have taught HIIT, Power Reformer, TRX, Foam and Stretch, and Fit Recess at LAB5.  Currently I teach Tone and Stretch and Reformer Pilates.

Other job(s)?:  I am a fitness writer for a new fitness app (top secret).  I used to be a Certified Public Accountant, but I have finally fully transitioned to fitness work.

When/where did you first discover Pilates/Barre/TRX/etc?:  My wife introduced me to YouTube videos from Cassie Ho.  Cassie Ho's videos are hilarious, and I was quite surprised at the intensity of the core work.  After a neck injury following YouTube routines, I decided that I needed to take Pilates only from well qualified instructors.  LAB5 subsidized my Reformer and Mat teacher training, which I recently completed, and the rest is history!

Favorite class you teach:  Reformer Pilates, the core work is intense!

Favorite past time:  Pokemon Go!  

Hobbies:  Cycling, running, karaoke

Family/pets:  I am married to a wonderful woman named Kelly, who has two of the world's cutest chihuahuas, Wally and Trixie (Trixie is short for Bellatrix LeStrange).

Hidden talent:  Music!  I play drums and some piano, and I used to be a sing barbershop.

Something not many people know about you:  I traveled all over the Northwest as a belly dancing drag queen for charity events.  While dressed as Lady Gaga, I once performed on the stage in front of TRIBE during the Capitol Hill Pride Fest. 

Mantra:  Carpe Diem!  Seize the Day!

Anything else you might want the Tribe members to know about you:  I have traveled to a dozen countries and I used to live on Waikiki!

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Resolution Jumpstart Challenge!

If it takes 30 days to make a habit, why not make those 30 days as fun as possible? Starting Monday, 12/5, TRIBE's Resolution Jumpstart Challenge will help you set a habit before the new year. Choose from three different goals (or choose all three!):

  • Try Something New
    • take every class style TRIBE has to offer in one month
  • Improve Endurance
    • hold a two minute plank by the end of the month
  • Consistency
    • take 4 classes per week for 4 weeks in December

Complete the goal by 12/31/16, and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $150 Spa Gift Cards (one for each goal)! You can enter all three drawings by completing all three goals, however, only one gift card per member will be rewarded.

What better way to reach your fitness goals than with your TRIBE's support the entire way? Talk to the front desk today to have your goal recorded and tracked, and then get started right away!



Instructor Spotlight- Emily Henry!

Emily Henry

TRIBE is so lucky to have found Emily, who brings a ton of intensity to her Power Reformer and Reformer Pilates classes alike. On Sundays, you can even have the pleasure of taking one of her phenomenal yoga classes. Emily fell in love with Pilates while she lived in Los Angeles for the past 2 years and continued studying with classical teachers to start her rehab path. Her education has an emphasis on therapeutics, and functional movement in both yoga and Pilates. She’s passionate about breath, anatomy, alignment, and anything related to wellness- both mind and body.

Originally from: LA, Cali 

Currently live: Issaquah, WA

Everything you teach (are certified in): Yoga and Pilates

When/where did you first discover Pilates?: I discovered Pilates in LA. I loved working-out at this local studio near my home, it had a strong community, the instructors were fabulous, and the owner was inspiring! So began my love for Pilates, which was relatively recently, in 2013!

Favorite past time: My favorite past time is walking to coffee with my pack. 

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, photography, trying out new ways to sweat! 

Family/pets: Soon to be husband, Kevin, Clover (labradoodle), Pumpkin (small, rescue mutt), and our two black cats, Toby and Pepper.

Hidden talent: Hummmm.... I'm a little bit of a green thumb and I really love to bake (GF, SF). 

Something not many people know about you: Before switching careers to the world of fitness, I was a banker for 10 years. 

Mantra: "May I be happy. May I feel loved. May I be healthy. May I be filled with kindness." 

Anything else you might want Tribe members to know about you: I am honored to be part of people's wellness journey!! I'm a big fan of modifications, and having a community to support each other's goals! Let's do this!  

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Instructor Spotlight- Marlys Yvonne!


*New Power Reformer Lite Class time: Tuesday/Thursday 12pm!

Since her first day at TRIBE last year, Marlys has quickly become a client favorite. Her methodical and technical approach guarantees a challenge in all of her classes, from Tone & Stretch to Power Reformer. She is on the schedule 4 days a week, but be sure to sign up ahead of time! Her classes tend to fill up quickly!

Originally from: Baltimore, Maryland

Currently live: Capitol Hill, Seattle

Everything you teach (are certified in): 
Traditional Reformer, Mat, and equipment Pilates, Power Reformer, Barre

Other job(s)?: Art producer, performer/dancer, curator

When/where did you first discover Pilates?: 
When I was dancing in San Francisco - I got fractured a rib and was told to stay still + lay down for up to 2 months.... my Physical Therapist suggested Pilates. It was the only thing that allowed me to recover and actually come back to dancing stronger than I was before.

Favorite class you teach: 
Reformer Pilates - it's a classic for a reason. 2nd favorite is Power - I like to push clients to their max. 

Favorite past time: 
Long walks, reading, exploring my surroundings

None currently - all of my hobbies have become part of my job(s). I'm an all-in kind of person ...

Something not many people know about you: 
My dad is a musician and instrument maker in Canada, I have my own tune called Marlys Norman's Reel. 

Mantra: "Create + Discover"

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