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Laura Konz-Featured Teacher January

January 2, 2018



The Essentials  

Name:          Laura Blaise Konz 

Birth Place: Plainfield, New Jersey 

Raised:         Allentown, Pennsylvania 

Birth Date:  January 7th 

                      Happy Birthday Laura!!!!  

Education:   B.S. in Marketing from Smeal College of Business at

                       Penn State University 


                                   Laura's Pilates Life

Pilates Training:    Certified here at JK Zen Fitness by our very own Juliet Kaska! 


Laura's Pilates Love Story:  I had come to Zen Fitness as a student number of times. I was even a "practice body" for Ava, Chris Ann & Courtney while they took Juliet's Apprentice Program in 2012! There was a part of me even then that thought I'd really enjoy teaching Pilates, but didn't think it was something I could actually pursue. When Juliet was starting her certification program in 2015, it felt like the perfect time for me to get certified.  Juliet's background in fitness & her extensive Pilates knowledge are what drew me to studying with her and now teaching at JK Zen Fitness! 


Laura's Favorite Pilates Move(s):   I have so many favorites! Ha! Glute work & oblique work are always on the top of my list, even if I only have a few minutes to move around on the reformer.  Twisted planks on a light spring with your hands on the footbar while using your obliques to pike your hips & pull the carriage in, is a go-to feel good move for me.  I have some issues in my left shoulder, so bringing myself into a proper plank, opening my chest & getting strong through my shoulders always helps me relieve any discomfort there.  


Laura's Trouble Spot:  My hips!  My hips are really tight in every directions, hip flexors and external rotators are the worst! I believe a lot of this tightness came from the 5 years I spent standing on my feet for long hours running my restaurant in Pennsylvania! That has had a huge effect on my flexibility, and range of motion in my hips.  


Laura's Ideal Client: It's always really fun to work with people who enjoy focusing in on their form and specific muscle activation as they workout.  The athletes I've worked with have had a really great ability to concentrate on a particular movement & dial-in to really get into that proper alignment. It's a personal thrill of mine, to watch clients execute a move with precision! 


                                               Laura's also loves....

I love taking BIG leaps of faith and creating new experiences. So, in-line with that.... drumroll.... I am, officially announcing, that I will be moving to Spain in May of 2018!!! I will miss teaching here at Zen, but feel free to jump on a plane and take classes with me in Spain!!!  I'd love to hear about any of your travel, living experiences and recommendations for Spain! 


Checkout our past Teacher Features: Ava, Alexandra (Alex), Chris Ann 


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