Hilary Opheim- Owner/Director PMI-CPT/PMA-CPT
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Pull Ups on the Wunda Chair
What I love most about teaching: Seeing those lightbulb moments with clients and the smile that it brings.
What I like to hear most from my clients: I feel so much better!
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: Be a writer or artist
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: Continuing to delve deeper into the work and the mind/body connection.
Pilates and WAP mean to me: Happy and focused.
Hilary trained with John Gossett here in Houston. She opened up WAP in January of 2005 and has continued her journey of learning and practicing Pilates as a teacher and as a student. She is the founder and director of the WAPilates Teacher Training School and enjoys sharing the passion of teaching with those that want to become instructors. She has studied with John Gossett, Jennifer Kries, Lolita San Miguel, Blossom Crawford and Benjamin Degenhardt and his 360 Pilates Program as well as reconnecting, learning and sharing with Pilates community at the PMA Convention every year. She enjoys the continuing journey of the Traditional Method and the work that Joseph Pilates created.
2017 one of the Top Ten Finalist for the Next Pilates Anytime Teacher Competition
2018 Pilates Method Alliance Conference Presenter
"I enjoy continuing to learn and grow as a teacher and a student. Pilates is such a journey and I have enjoyed every moment of it"
Kim Humrichouse- PMI-CPT/PMA-CPT/
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Reformer Leg strap Circles
What I love most about teaching: Seeing the good results on my clients.
What I like to hear most from my clients: That they feel better after their session and stronger from their continued practice.
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: An elementary school teacher.
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: Learning more and more ways to help people move.
Pilates and WAP mean to me: a clear mind body connection
Kim trained with John Gossett here in Houston. Kim has been at WAP since 2008. She attended the Houston High School for the Performing & Visual Arts with a major in Dance. She then danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, & Nevada Dance Theatre. Kim became a CE Program Teacher for the WAP Teacher Training Program in 2016.
"One of the best things about teaching Pilates is that I get to see how much better people feel after their Pilates session. "
Info on Kirsten Ochsner coming soon!
Favorite Pilates Exercise: I love the Walkover on the Cadillac. Makes me feel like I'm in the circus.
What I love most about teaching: Watching clients "get" the movements and share the feeling of accomplishment.
What I like to hear most from my clients I love it when they say the feel 2 inches taller when they finish their workout.
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: Astronaut or race car driver
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: Learning about the human body, what makes it work and how to make it work better.
Pilates and WAP mean to me: A place where mind and physical self coverge into happy people and a healthy lifestyle.
Scott is a USA Cycling Level 2 certified coach. Training Peaks Level 2 coach and WKO user. He came to WAP as a client and found that Pilates helped in his competitive racing. As a coach and training athletes in most forms of two-wheeled competition Scott realized how Pilates could also help his clients with their racing and decided to do the WAP Teacher Training Program. He brought his expertise in body alignment and awareness from racing and found that he enjoyed Pilates and seeing how he could again help others. He now teaches full time at WAP along with his Coaching and pursuing his Masters degree in Sports and Human performance. Scott has studied with Hilary Opheim.
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Rollups and Cat Stretch
What I love most about teaching: Giving people confidence.
What I like to hear most from my clients: I feel great.
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: Yoga Teacher
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: Being the student.
Pilates and WAP mean to me: Happiness
Astrid experienced Pilates as a student for more than 3 years and after she discovered how the Pilates method gave her confidence and a better understanding of her body, she decided to pursue her passion for Pilates and become a Pilates Instructor to help others achieve the same. Astrid went through the WAP Teacher Training Program while working full time and stayed on at WAP teaching part time. She has studied with Hilary Opheim. Astrid has a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering which has given her a better understanding on the mechanics of the human body and how that translates to the Pilates method. After a few years of teaching part time she realized that when she was at WAP and teaching her clients she was happiest and so she left the world of Engineering and is teaching full time. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Amber Krueger- WAPTT
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Legstraps on the Reformer
What I love most about teaching: I love that Pilates is a personal journey for each client and the relationships that are created.
What I like to hear most from my clients Is that they feel better after their session and that they apply what they learn to their daily routines.
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: A full time Mommy.
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: The journey of Pilates is constant. There is always more to learn and it is fun!
Pilates and WAP mean to me: Happy Place for everyone. It's where you know you'll feel better when you leave, mentally and physically
Amber was working full time in sales when she started to search for a mind-body career. She happened to work with WAP Director and Owner Hilary Opheim's husband who led her to WAP's Teacher Training Program. Amber soon found that Pilates was what she was meant to do. After the birth of her daughter she then moved from sales to Pilates full time at WAP and is enjoying the journey with her clients. She has studied with Hilary Opheim.
Emily Gonzales- WAP-TT
Favorite Pilates Exercise: Teaser on the Cadillac or the Mat Side Bend and Push ups.
What I love most about teaching: Empowering others to feel stronger and more confident in their bodies
What I like to hear most from my clients: I love to hear that they enjoyed the workout and feel good!
If I wasn't a Pilates Teacher I would: an interior designer
What I enjoy most about the journey of learning as a Pilates Teacher: Being about to translate what I've learned to my clients and teach them.
Pilates and WAP mean to me: I have been doing Pilates for a while and truly have a love for it and all the benefits it does for our bodies. Pilates and WAP has been my home away from home since moving here from California!
Emily moved here from Southern California and had been doing Pilates for a long time. She found it helped her so much she wanted to teach others and when she moved to Houston came to WAP and the Teacher Training Program to study with Hilary Opheim.
Emily's clients love her clear, concise teaching style.