The Studio and Owner
Studio Owner Holly Holland
Holly is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, a Pilates Sports Center Master Teacher Trainer, a licensed Buff Bones® instructor, a RYT-500 certified yoga teacher, and a certified TRX® instructor. Additionally, Holly has completed Level 1 and 2 training in the CoreAlign® system from both Balanced Body and Cascadia Pilates as well as the StretchFit assisted stretching method developed by Anthony Lett of Australia. She also has completed training in Pilates for Neurological Conditions through the Neuro Studio. Holly also has a master's degree in journalism from American University and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Louisville.
Known for her energetic and innovative workouts, Holly brings passion and precision to her classes. She forges deep relationships with her students and helps them see that making a commitment to regular exercise can be a gift for their future.
"Holly is wonderful! She tailor fits each Pilates to your own body. She has helped me beyond words!" ~ Hope Yudkin
"I could not imagine my life without Pilates and Holly in it. My profession requires lots of chair sitting and bending (thanks Dentistry) and Pilates has saved my back and life."
~ Dr. Rachel Davis Stockton
"Holly is dedicated to the individual person and their healing. This takes the impact of working with Holly to a new level, for me, because her approach allows me to internalize what I learn and take it with me. I tell Holly that she truly 'teaches us how to fish.'
She continuously studies, researches, and then shares this with everyone she touches. Holly sets the standards at Holly’s Pilates, and I am forever grateful."
~ Martha Campbell
Holly won the 2008 WLKY-Spirit of Louisville Bell Award for Outstanding Community Service, the 2009 Alumnae of the Year award from Sacred Heart Academy, and the 2009 Pioneer Innovator Award from the Gheens Foundation. Founder of the Sudanese Refugee Education Fund, Holly and her all-volunteer board raised more than $200,000 to help the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan earn more than 60 college degrees. She was also featured in One Hundred Fascinating Louisville Women (2013).
A former journalist and education communications consultant, Holly previously worked for The Courier-Journal & Louisville Times, The (Rochester) Times-Union, The Washington Business Journal, The Ford Foundation, and The Wallace Foundation, among others. She served as an Acquisitions Editor at Stenhouse Publishers, and is the author or co-author of 5 books about education.