Kelly Griffith — Founder
Kelly discovered pilates nearly a decade ago and was instantly passionate about it. Within the year she began her journey to become a mat, barre and then a fully certified pilates instructor with BASI (Body Arts & Science International). She has continued her studies with a Pre/Post Natal Certification with the industry's expert Carolyne Anthony from The Center of Women's Fitness. Kelly continues her studies as she travels; she has spent time at The Pilates Center of Boulder and trained with amazing instructors in Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Lake Tahoe, Vail, France and Bermuda.
In 2010, Kelly founded Fuel Pilates in Georgetown and was one of the first to bring barre fitness to DC; she added her second location in Shaw in 2012. In her former life as a Creative Director and Graphic Designer, she was versed in branding, so as she reinvents Fuel Body Lab in 2017 she is excited to be the first to bring trampoline - or "tramp" as she likes to refer to it - to the DC fitness scene!
Sara — PMA®-CPT
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sara discovered Pilates after moving to DC In 2011. After years of injury and chronic back pain, a regular Pilates practice enabled her to return to her active lifestyle feeling better than ever, and most importantly, free of pain! Inspired by the transformation, she decided to let her passion become her career so she could share the gift of Pilates with others. Sara completed her Comprehensive Teacher Training Program from the world renowned BASI Pilates in 2014 and has held her certification through the Pilates Method Alliance since 2015. Sara places a strong emphasis on continuing education and has worked with numerous Pilates master teachers to further study anatomy and fascial relationships, enhancing flexibility and controlling hypermobility, Pilates for injuries and patholigies, pain management and rehabilitation. Sara enjoys educating her clients and travelling with them on their journey towards a stronger body AND mind.
Sara is a former dancer, and in her spare time enjoys: traveling, cycling, hiking, paddle boarding, and yoga!
Alissa was drawn to barre classes at Fuel Body Lab beginning in March of 2013, after running injuries demanded a workout that was easier on her joints. She was thrilled to learn that the classes gave her the same energizing cardio workout with the added benefits of strength training and flexibility. Originally a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Alissa performed as a professional dancer and cheerleader for several pro sports teams in Phoenix over the course of her college career, and later went on to coach high school cheer and dance before moving to DC. Alissa hopes to bring that same enthusiasm and fire to your classes at Fuel Body Lab. When she's not at the barre or on a trampoline, you can find Alissa eating her way through DC with her two dogs and husband in tow, or wandering the halls of Congress as a government relations consultant.
An Alabama native moving to DC in 2010, Carithers was worried that her newfound fitness obsession, barre, wouldn't be available in this foreign "northern" city. Luckily, Kelly Griffith was ahead of the curve and fed Carithers' addiction with her fantastic Fuel Pilates studio in Georgetown. When Kelly opened her second studio in Shaw just a few years later, Carithers was quick to follow her across town. Over the years, she has continued to cultivate her skills in barre, Pilates, and fitness and is thrilled to be joining Kelly and the team as an instructor at Fuel BodyLab. Her current project is mastering the art of the trampoline - and she can't wait to share this newfound passion with all of you this spring! When she isn't at the barre, Carithers is traveling, exploring, cooking, wining, trying new workouts, golfing, or decorating.
Danielle has had a passion for working out, fitness, nutrition, and health ever since she can remember. She’s been hooked on Pilates and Barre, running (including a marathon!) and other high intensity workouts and classes all over DC for years. She loves classes with instructors who are fun, energetic, encouraging, and inspiring, and play awesome music. She loves when she leaves feeling like she got a solid workout, and makes sure her clients feel the same way!
Originally from outside Boston, Danielle moved to DC after college and works in public health and nutrition policy and research. She also works at farmers markets administering nutrition assistance programs to low-income DC residents and other market management. She believes in helping everyone achieve their unique health and fitness goals!
As a Midwest native and D.C. transplant, Danielle has always enjoyed sports, fitness, and nutrition. It wasn't until she started taking Barre that she felt inspired to become a certified instructor. She loves how the Fuel Bodylab Barre combines cardio, strength, and balance to improve overall fitness, and she's excited to help others improve their fitness, as well. She also jumped at the chance to teach Trampoline classes, which provide a fresh, fun, and intense workout. When she is not doing Barre or Trampoline classes, she spends her time trying local restaurants, exploring new neighborhoods, and taking in all that D.C. has to offer.
Natalya is a fitness enthusiast, constantly chasing the best barre, pilates, yoga and spin classes around DC. Wanting to share her excitement about the one-of-a-kind trampoline classes at Fuel Body Lab, she decided to become an instructor to help others reshape and reform. She looks forward to motivating and challenging her clients with fun music and new choreography.
Natalya’s hobbies outside of Fuel Body Lab are traveling and making jewelry at Jewelry Class DC. She is originally from Ukraine by way of Miami, FL, and works in renewable energy finance.
Monica has always had a passion for fitness. After multiple moves to numerous countries and cities, Monica made fitness her career and became a certified personal trainer through CanFitPro (Canada's leading accrediting body) in 2015.
In 2003 Monica took her first Pilates class and was hooked, she has been practicing ever since. In 2016 Monica pursued her Basi Mat certification, as she never lost her passion for Pilates. After two kids and recurring back problems she whole-heartedly believes in consistent Pilates practice and incorporating it into one’s daily life.