Timea Presley is a Pilates professional with over 16 years of instructing and managing experience in the health and fitness industry. She is the Pilates Program Director at MINT's two studios in DC. She is a Pilates Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist and holds certificates from STOTT Pilates (fully certified, advanced level on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels, Injuries and Special Populations, Pre-Natal), Yoga (200hr in the Shivananda Tradition) and Spinning.
What makes your teaching style unique?:
My students with diverse needs inspire and push me to find educated, safe and challenging solutions during our sessions, while respectfully working within the frame that Joseph Pilates provided. I work with a wide array of private and group class clients and because I had excellent teachers, I am able to adapt the method to address each of my students on their level and take them to the next one. The post rehab focus of my work is very interesting, because every once in a while I would have a client walking in on crutches, having a blast of a workout and walking out sweaty and with red cheeks. I love the challenge of working around people's injuries and special conditions.
Tell us a little about the classes you teach. Who are they geared toward?:
My group Pilates Mat, Reformer and Tower classes are designed for the smart exerciser who thinks long term and wants to learn, establish and maintain ideal alignment and biomechanics to reduce the chance of injury and various age related health conditions that are a result of under-, or over-exercising.
If you could change one behavior you see in class participants, what would it be?:
Please don't let the group dynamic, or the teacher push you to do things that you know will not benefit, or even hurt you. Well trained instructors offer modifications. Follow them! It is not embarrassing to not lift your head for the hundred, to bend your knee for leg circles, or to take a break. The instructor sees what you are doing and notices that she/he doesn't have to worry about your safety, because you know how to navigate your way through the class.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I get my cardio through my commute to work by bike 2-4 times a week and work and by taking a 30 minute walk outside after lunch every day. I work out on the Pilates equipment every day and alternate workouts that focus on dynamic stretches and stabilizing&conditioning work. My weekend workouts are spending time with my 3 year old daughter.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
Through mobilizing work on the Pilates equipment, combined with 30 minutes in the saunaand an evening, floor based stretch routine before going to bed.
What is your favorite Washington D.C. area outdoor activity? Share a favorite hike or run.:
I love long walks in Rock Creek Park with a visit to the Park Police Horse Stables in Chevy Chase DC.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal? :
My favorite healthy meal is the lentil salad with avocado served by Le Pain Quotidien. It has just the right amout of satisfieing protein through the lentis for a vegetarian's needs, but it also has a generous serving of greens and avocado.
What do you like most about teaching fitness classes?:
Teaching Pilates is very rewarding, because I see clients, who stick with it achieve balanced bodies, better posture and a happier spirit. I am their partner and support on the road and we work together to maintain what they achieved.
Where and when can folks come take a class with you?:
I teach Monday through Friday from 11.00am to 8.00pm at MINT Health Club and Studio. I see private clients during the day and teach group Reformer and Tower classes in the evening, spiced up with a few Mat Pilates classes here and there. You can find me teaching groups at following times. Monday: noon Mat, 6.00pm Reformer, 7.00pm Reformer (Dupont), Tuesday 6.00pm Tower, 7.00pm Reformer (Dupont), Wednesday 5.00pm Mat (Downtown), Thursday 5.00pm Mat, 6.00pm Reformer, 7.00pm Tower (Dupont), Friday 6.00pm Reformer (Dupont).