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!
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.
No one has ever called Julie a 'gym rat.' Formal exercise programs and sports never worked for her, but Pilates is completely different. Julie enjoys the musicality of barre, the rhythm of tabata, and the transformation they have made in her body.
Julie obtained her Power Pilates Mat I certificate in July 2016 and is currently pursuing barre instructor training through Fuel Body Lab. This is part of her holistic approach to wellness, as she will also receive her master's in health promotion in May 2018.
Julie calls D.C. home now, but still makes regular trips to her homeland Nebraska. She finds rolling hills and cornfields soothing and if anyone wants to know about the Great Plains, she's your girl.
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.
Sara discovered yoga at her local gym when she was in high school. What started as a fun fitness class quickly evolved into a therapeutic practice that guides her daily life. Her favorite styles to practice include Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga. Yoga brought Sara a huge sense of both physical and mental relief. As a result, she decided to become a yoga teacher in order to help others follow a similar path. She completed her 200 HR teaching certification from Green Tree Yoga & Meditation in Los Angeles and is currently in the process of completing her 300 HR certification at Tranquil Space here in DC. Sara is very excited to bring yoga to Fuel Body Lab because its focus on breath and movement can serve as an excellent complement to the classes offered there. When she is not at the barre or on her yoga mat, Sara also enjoys practicing AcroYoga, going to concerts, discovering new foods, and spending time with the people she loves.!
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.
With 16 years of formal ballet training, Shawn was constantly on the lookout for a workout that combined her love of dance with a bit of an added kick. She took her first ever barre class at Fuel BodyLab in 2013, and she was hooked! While over the years Shawn tried out many barre studios in the DC area, she kept coming back to Fuel BodyLab for its unique combination of dance, cardio, and pilates which makes for an incredibly effective, accomplished, and most importantly, fun workout!
When she is not at the barre, Shawn is a Director of Operations for a global nonprofit. Originally from Boston, she has called DC home since 2007. She spends her downtime running, reading, traveling and cuddling with her pup, Reba
Rachel’s love for dance and fitness began when she was just three years old. She was able to give other young children the same introduction to dance when she founded an after school dance program as a teacher in Houston. As a college cheerleader, Rachel suffered from injuries, and was looking for challenging fitness classes that she could do without re-injuring herself. When she discovered Pilates and barre she was hooked! As a barre instructor, Rachel’s goal is to ignite the same love of barre in every student – while giving you a fun but challenging workout. When she isn’t on the barre, she’s managing nonprofit fundraising campaigns, cooking, trying new restaurants, helping run an after school reading program, and cheering for New England sports!
Tara discovered Pilates in the early 2000s while studying at Syracuse University. Having undergone three reconstructive foot surgeries as a teenager, she was impressed with the way Pilates safely strengthened her whole body while helping her feet. After graduation, Tara moved back to the D.C. area to attend law school. Law didn't end up being the right fit, so she decided to help others by sharing the gift of Pilates. Tara began teaching Pilates mat classes in 2012 and completed her comprehensive apparatus training through Power Pilates in the summer of 2016. Ever the student, she still takes weekly lessons with senior teachers, and has attended continuing education workshops with Anula Maiberg, Andrea Maida, Benjamin Degenhardt, and Bob Liekens, among others. Tara loves helping her students find that "aha!" moment in Pilates, whether they are recovering from serious injuries or looking to improve their athletic performance, and is known for her warmth and playfulness while teaching. Also an avid yogi, Tara completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Tranquil Space in 2018 and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. When she's not teaching, Tara is most likely traveling around the country (and the world) to follow her favorite band, Marillion - and she takes Pilates lessons wherever she travels./tabata