“You’re stronger than you think.”
Madeleine has always been passionate about fitness and played competitive sports her entire life. After discovering and falling in love with Pilates in 2007, she still missed the high intensity of her other workouts and never felt that Pilates offered a complete workout. Tonic Method is the perfect combination of Pilates and high intensity interval training combined with slow and deliberate movement focused around breath. She loves how meditative Tonic Method is, that you are sore after every class, and that no two classes are the same.
“Change happens when you push yourself to your limits.”
Hannah grew up with a passion for the outdoors, which brought her to Aspen. She found that she needed to supplement her love for the outdoors with Something else -Pilates. She fell in love with the full bodiedness of each exercise and followed her passion to get certified in Pilates. During her certification process, I found Tonic—which took Pilates to the next level. She loves that you are sore after every class and the creativity it involves to plan each class.
“You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.”
Lauren grew up as an athlete from the get go. With gymnastics, horseback riding, and soccer being younger interests, she discovered a new found love and passion for working out in her late 20’s. She has an extreme love for the Pilates Reformer as she’s been a frequent user of the machine for almost 10 years. This southern girl from Atlanta is ecstatic to show others what amazing results the Tonic Method will bring! She can’t wait for her clients to become stronger as well as feel and look fabulous!
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
Meghan’s passion for movement and full body workouts began with her involvement with competitive dance as a child. It was in the dance studio that she also discovered her love for teaching and inspiring others, and her talent for choreography. While skiing, hiking and exploring the great outdoors are her most-loved hobbies, pushing herself and guiding others in fitness studio workouts has always been her True North. Tonic Method is the perfect combination of focused, challenging and humbling workouts, specifically designed to strengthen us not only physically but mentally. Be prepared to focus, sweat, and push yourself in any one of Meghan’s classes!
“The comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
Hannah grew up in the Vail Valley playing a variety of sports both for fun and competition. When she went to college she found a love for CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, but she always felt like she was missing some of the smaller strength components, which is where Tonic comes in. She is still a big runner and weightlifter, but she loves how Tonic strengthens and stabilizes her smaller and deeper muscles that she can’t reach in her typical lifting. Not only does she feel so strong and confident on the machines, but Tonic has also helped her make tremendous strides in her life outside of the studio.
“You don’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.”
Abbey grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota and always loved being active. In 2004, she moved to Vail and became an avid skier, cyclist, and general outdoor enthusiast. She practices yoga and has done barre classes for many years. She took her first Tonic class when she was 6 months pregnant and immediately knew it is what her body needed, even though she modified the majority of class. Over the last year of practicing Tonic postpartum, she feels stronger in her body than she has ever been before. She loves that every class is different, it is a true mental and physical challenge every single time, and all the movements support ideal posture outside the studio as we move through life. She loves the community and pushing clients for find their edge every class.
“We can do hard things”
Kata grew up between San Diego, CA, and Park City, UT, where all outdoor activities became her playground. While enjoying skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, and running, Kata also danced competitively as a child, where she was first introduced to the integral cross training of Pilates and yoga. Living in Summit County, Kata continues these high intensity activities, and loves that Tonic Method is the perfect blend to keep her strong and capable while exploring mountains. Kata thrives on pushing herself and her classes will challenge you in the best way possible!
“Be stronger than your excuses.”
Growing up a competitive cheerleader, Ashley enjoyed pushing herself out of her comfort zone physically. She enjoyed being able to develop muscles she didn’t even know she had. Over the years, she had missed that push in her workouts. When she found Tonic she felt she had finally achieved something comparable. She enjoys knowing that each workout will be different, challenging, and rewarding.
“You are capable of more than you can imagine.”
Elizabeth Jane (EJ) grew up bouncing from sport to sport—soccer, volleyball, basketball—until her heart settled on theatre and pursuing her terrible dancing in college. While fame on the stage didn’t pan out, she did discover yoga and fitness training during those years. An avid hiker, HIIT enthusiast, gym lover, SUP explorer, and nature enthusiast, EJ has been teaching yoga for over 8 years. She fell head-over-heels in love with the Tonic Method because of its eloquent weaving of mindfulness, breath, Pilates, and strength building. She loves that every class is hard AF and leaves us shaking, but the greatest strength Tonic has given her is strength of mind and a fiery belief in herself off the machine!
“It never gets easier, you just get better.”
Becca fell in love with traditional Pilates when using it to rehab her body after a ski accident in her teens. She has been teaching Pilates since 2008, along with yoga, personal training, and nutritional coaching. Becca was introduced to Tonic at a time when her teaching and personal workouts were feeling stale, Tonic has brought energy, strength, and passion to all areas of her life, which she is excited to share in every class. Becca sees Tonic as the best combination of the Pilates Principles and total body transformation.
“But did you die?!”
Lanie began her fitness journey 12 years ago when she was introduced to Pilates by her older sister. Initially intending to get into “wedding shape”, she fell in love with the practice and it spurred her to engage in other athletic activities. After a hiatus, during which she began cycling and weight-lifting, she found her way back to Pilates when Tonic opened in Steamboat in April 2021. After one class, she was hooked, as the method combines her love of high-intensity movement with strength and flexibility. She loves most that Tonic Method supports functional movements that are necessary for both everyday life and mountain-life activities like cycling, hiking, and skiing. She loves being a part of her clients’ Pilates journey and watching them grow stronger both mentally and physically!
“Strive for progress, not perfection.”
Nicole was born and raised in Steamboat Springs and grew up playing competitive soccer, ski racing and enjoying all the outdoor activities Steamboat has to offer. Exercise and being active has always been a big part of her life. After multiple knee surgeries and a shattered ankle, Nicole turned to Pilates reformer to rehab and strengthen her core but she missed the sweat she got from her typical workouts. That is when she turned to Tonic and fell in love! Her favorite aspects of Tonic are that every class focuses on strengthening both sides of the body individually, that each class is just as challenging as the first class you take and how it burns out each muscle group.
“It doesn’t get easier. You get stronger.”
Texas native Laci moved to Aspen over 10 years ago with a passion for the mountains and outdoor pursuits. An avid skier, cyclist and rock climber, she has also been practicing yoga for many years. When Laci discovered Tonic method, she found the strength training and toning that was missing from her regular routine and she never looked back. Laci loves encouraging clients to push themselves and sharing the immediate, obvious results of Tonic.
“No one has ever regretted a workout.”
Growing up, Angelica excelled in many sports including track & field, golf, basketball, and, most fervently, soccer. After a serious knee injury playing soccer in college, her approach to health and fitness became more focused on longevity, taking a greater interest in yoga, surfing, hiking, and swimming. In December 2018, she took her first Tonic Method class and was instantly hooked, she loves that no matter how many classes you take, it’s always hard and you’ll always be sore. Tonic’s focus on core strength, deliberate movements, and breath work all aim to promote longevity and this method has proved to be an essential part of her fitness regimen since joining the studio. As an instructor, she enjoys challenging clients to push past their perceived limits and leave the studio feeling stronger after every class.
“You’ve done harder things in your life. You can do this.”
Morgan grew up as an athlete, playing basketball, volleyball, tennis and field hockey. When she moved to Aspen in 2011, she fell in love with yoga and hiking. After becoming a power vinyasa teacher, Morgan found Pilates and took her mind body connection to a new level. The Tonic Method challenged Morgan in a very different way, which taught her how powerful the Tonic breath work is in creating change and strength both physically and mentally. Morgan loves empowering Tonic clients to connect with their bodies through cuing micro adjustments.
“Take a breath and start again.”
Liz has been in Aspen for over a decade and truly embraces the Aspen idea of the mind, body, spirit connection. An avid hiker and yogi, she was first introduced to Tonic Method just a few months after it opened in Aspen. Immediately it was clear that this was what was missing from her routine. The strength and toning that Tonic Method introduced was like nothing Liz ever saw from regular yoga classes. Liz truly believes in this method and loves introducing new clients to the Tonic Method!
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Kate is a Midwest girl, who most recently lived on the East Coast running Surf Shops, but who grew up coming to the mountains of Colorado. She has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. As a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Bikini Bootcamp lover, when she discovered Tonic Method she fell in love with the combination of mindful movement and high intensity training. She loves how each time we step onto the Tonic reformer we challenge ourselves, meet our edge, and leave class feeling stronger, centered, and balanced. Kate is also currently pursuing her Integrative Nutrition Certification (March 2021).
“We can do hard things.”
Allie has been a competitive athlete her entire life, pursuing her dream of being a tennis player from a young age. Now, she enjoys an active lifestyle in the mountains, even after having to overcome many physical challenges and injuries. Tonic has made her feel like an athlete again, bringing strength back to her body and mind. Every time we step into the Tonic studio, it’s a reminder that we can overcome the challenges life may bring. Each class is a chance to prove that we can do hard things. Allie’s goal as an instructor is to help you become stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally inside and outside the studio.
“Yes you can!”
Fitness has always been a part of Morgan’s life. She grew up doing gymnastics, ballet, cheerleading, and track. She later discovered her love for a variety of workouts as an adult from CrossFit to Cyclebar and now High Intensity Pilates. She remembers going to the gym with her mother as a young child and being taught the importance of health and nutrition. Each person has their own individual fitness journey and it is important to appreciate the changes in your body and learn from every step along the way. She loves helping others reach their goals and watching individuals grow. She feels it is so important to support each other and that energy flows around the room during every class and between clients.
“Your only competition is yourself.”
Francesca’s pursuit of fitness began in 2013 when she wanted to take control of her mental health. In 2016 she fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding and the ability to push her body to its full potential. Her love for movement didn’t stop there, a few years later she discovered Pilates which gave her a new meaning of exercise because of its cross training capabilities, emphasis on balance in the body and overall improvement of physical and mental wellbeing. Each session no matter how experienced you are requires total mind/body connection and she believes in the ability of Pilates to make you better at everything you do!
“Mental grit creates physical strength.”
Ursula grew up dancing, participating in sports, and could always be found doing something active outside. As Ursula was exposed to different forms of physical activity, she quickly realized it was her stress relief. The mental grit and stamina she established from pushing and challenging herself physically directly transcended to her sustained mental health and positive energy. Ursula loves teaching Tonic because it’s an intense challenge like none other both physically and mentally. She most enjoys watching clients surprise themselves by their own strength and the connections and friendships made through the amazing Tonic community.
“Strive for progress, not perfection.”
Growing up figure skating, dancing and snowboarding, Karen developed enthusiasm for health and fitness. Since moving to Colorado eight years ago, her love for the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding and golfing, to name a few, has grown exponentially. Karen found HIIT Pilates to be a perfect bridge to balance her more intense activities and also deepened her connection between body and mind. With a background in Emergency Nursing, Karen is both knowledgeable about the human body and also prepared to lead quick and effective workouts. Karen will challenge you and give you the confidence and tools to push yourself to the next level!
“Strong in body, strong in mind.”
Michael has been an athlete her whole life, but it wasn’t until she moved to the mountains after college that she really learned what her body was capable of… BIG THINGS! She loves to sweat and try to keep it fresh with a mix of yoga, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, but The Tonic Method is her favorite. It keeps her toned and strong— inside and out. Michael loves teaching Tonic because it’s a kick-ass workout every time, you’re done in 45 minutes, and you work every. single. muscle.
“Today’s the day.”
Charlie’s fitness background consists mostly of endurance sports. She competed for many years in the swimming world, including attending a D1 program. After college she hopped right into trail running, and triathlons. She found Pilates as a way to get a hard workout done efficiently. Teaching Tonic is such a breath of fresh air. Class is constantly evolving and keeps the body guessing as to what’s coming up next. A challenging full body workout in 45 minutes!
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
Lisa has always loved movement. She grew up playing soccer and running track, but it wasn’t until she discovered group fitness in her early twenties that her true passion for fitness was unlocked. Lisa taught Pure Barre in Chicago before moving to Breck and finding Tonic Method, where she was hooked immediately—the combination of challenging Pilates moves with high-intensity bursts is absolute perfection! Lisa loves challenging her clients to push beyond their comfort zones and surprise themselves by what they’re capable of. You can count on her to bring high energy, good vibes, and that little kick of motivation when you need it most.
“Progress over perfection.”
Tracey grew up an athlete playing softball, cheerleading and gymnastics. She moved to the Vail Valley in 2014 for a lifestyle of adventure. She brought her love of yoga to the valley where she practiced and taught yoga to the younger generation. She focused on the connection of mind, body and breath. Tracey came to Tonic to try something new and she was hooked after her first class. Tonic was what she was missing — fun, energetic and focused on building strength. She loves a good total body workout that incorporates core, breath and cardio. Tonic is always challenging and just what you need to feel invigorated to get on with your day.
“Be consistent to make a change.”
Julia grew up playing competitive sports and has always been very active from skiing to horse polo. She found a passion for group fitness to compliment her outdoor sports and activities. When Julia and her family moved back to Vail, she discovered Tonic Method and immediately fell in love. She started right after her second baby and loves that it has been the best for her postpartum journey to become stronger both physically and mentally. She loves teaching Tonic because no matter where your fitness journey begins, Tonic Method is the perfect community and workout to constantly challenge yourself and make a change!
“Remember, you don’t have to do this. You get to do this.”
Texas native, Annette, grew up in a world of sports. When she moved to Colorado in 2015 she developed a deep love for the mountains and all outdoor activities but was missing a workout that truly set her soul on fire. One Tonic Method class was all it took. Annette loves that each class is challenging and humbling – but most of all, she loves that she gained a new found confidence in herself and her body. The fact that she is going to look strong AF in her future engagement/wedding pics is an added bonus.
“Do until you can.”
Natalie discovered her love for high-intensity pilates while living in Sydney, Australia. With hard work and dedication, she realized she could accomplish more than she ever imagined in transforming her body and her mind, especially without any formal experience in exercise science. Natalie joined the Tonic Aspen studio in November 2021 after being a loyal client since the studio opened. In her spare time she enjoys working for her other company (also called Tonic, meant to be?), and chasing after her husband, two daughters, and pup Milo.
“Later = Never. Do it now.”
Sam has always had a passion for the outdoors and fitness. She grew up snowboarding, dancing, trying every sport she could and with a love for the outdoors in northern Minnesota. Snowboarding eventually brought her to Colorado where she fell more in love with the mountains and every activity they offer. She began weight training when she moved to Breckenridge because she loved how strong she felt after and how much it helped her become stronger for hiking and snowboarding. She loved planning workouts and loved the results that she got from weight training over constantly doing cardio. She had added yoga into the mix but felt like her workouts became stagnant and was looking for something different. She then found Tonic and loved the places she felt sore after and how quick and effective every workout was. Incorporating Tonic Method into her fitness journey has challenged her mind and made her body stronger and leaner in places that she hasn’t seen results in such a long time.
“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
Shannon grew up in Minnesota engaging in many sports from competitive cheerleading to rugby. She moved to the Vail Valley because of her passion for snowboarding in the mountains and fell in love with all the amazing summer activities from rock climbing to river surfing. Just like with sports, she enjoys trying all types of workouts. It wasn’t until her first Tonic class that she knew she had found “the one”. Becoming a member at Tonic has her feeling stronger and more fit than ever and she loves sharing that passion with clients who feel the same.
“Be here now.”
Sports were not a big part of Daniele’s life growing up. She has always been active and leads a healthy lifestyle, but considers herself “uncoordinated” so group exercising was not a priority – in fact, she shied away from most workouts that involved teams. It wasn’t until her 20’s that Daniele found a passion for fitness. It became a way for her to de-stress, tune in and get-in-the-zone. Daniele is excited to share her love of Tonic’s intense, rewarding and safe workout with the rest of her hometown: the Aspen community.
“Find comfort in the discomfort knowing this is the start of your transformation.”
Ashley has been active for as long as she can remember. From soccer, softball, competitive gymnastics and even volleyball, she eventually found tennis and swim/diving and fell in love. Throughout high school and college she competed in tennis and diving and it was a huge part of her life. After college she felt that she was missing the lifestyle of being a competitive athlete and found orangetheory fitness and snowboarding, and was hooked. After a serious injury and multiple surgeries she found pilates and was in awe of how it helped her recover and gain strength in ways she had never previously had. Shortly after moving to Breckenridge she found Tonic Method and was instantly obsessed with it. She loves how you can never do the same workout twice, it’s always hard, and how strong she’s become.
“You can do anything you put your mind to.”
Chloe has always been active and involved in many competitive sports from a young age. After moving to the mountains, she fell in love with all of the outdoor activities there were to offer. Any free time she gets, you can find her outside snowboarding, skinning, biking, running, and climbing. The only thing missing was something to help balance all of those activities and that’s where Tonic Method came in. Chloe loves how Tonic helps build lean muscle and increases strength and stability.
“Stronger than you think.”
Jess was born and raised in Steamboat. Jess Nordic ski raced through college, participating in 4 NCCA Championships. Her summers were spent coaching swim team in Steamboat and Boulder, which complimented her Nordic Skiing. Jess has been coaching and teaching in various aways for all ages for 22 years. She received a BA in Exercise Physiology and Psychology with a minor in Coaching and Sport Psychology. Jess held the position as head coach of the Whistler Nordics Ski Team in Whistler, British Columbia. Most recently, has earned a Masters in Reading and teaching at Soda Creek Elementary School
Needless to say, Jess is a passionate coach and teacher!