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Speakeasy Pilates owner and instructor Jessie Knadler


Owner & Founder

After years of distance running and Ashtanga yoga, Jessie turned to Pilates after finding it to be the most efficient, foundational form of exercise there is, emphasizing not just strength and flexibility, but overall balance, structure and body awareness. Since turning to Pilates, she has never been injured, a fact she attributes to all her years of Pilates conditioning. 


Jessie received her Pilates teaching certification through STOTT, regarded as one of the more preeminent Pilates certifying bodies nationally because of its roots in physical therapy. She has been teaching Pilates and other forms of group fitness for more than sixteen years. In 2017, she transitioned exclusively to apparatus training, which includes the Reformer, Tower/Cadillac, Pilates chairs, jump boards and Bosu balls. In addition to teaching fitness-oriented group Reformer classes, she is trained to work with injured and special population (pre- and post-natal, seniors, scoliosis, obesity, back pain, labral tears, etc). When working with private clients, she examines dysfunctional biomechanical patterns first then develops an individualized program to correct them. Her group classes are more focused on delivering a fantastic workout and are appropriate for a variety of different body types and skill levels.


When she’s not helping clients look and feel their best, Jessie is a writer and author. She is the author of Rurally Screwed and co-author of Tart and Sweet. Her novel The Frequency is set to be published soon. She is also mom to two awesome daughters, June and Katie.

Speakeasy Pilates instructor Kristen McCabe



Kristen began her love of moment in a dance studio at a very young age. She at one time thought she would study to be an architect but discovered the design of the human body was even more fascinating. Dance led her to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. After several years at home raising four daughters, Kristen returned to UNLV to earn her Mat Work I and II Pilates certification. In 2011, she joined the group exercise staff at Washington & Lee University to teach Pilates. In 2017, with her youngest child headed off to kindergarten, Kristen accepted a position as Health and Wellness Manager at Kendal in Lexington, a continuing care retirement community. 


Over the years she has continued her Pilates education with workshops in Pilates for golf, stress management and reformer certification. She is also a certified Barre Above Instructor, American Red Cross Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, ACE Functional Aging Specialist, and is in the process of earning her 200 hour yoga certification. She is also co-owner of Center of Gravity Yoga and Pilates in Lexington. 

Kristen teaches a high energy, playful class with a strong focus on form. When not on the mat, she enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, wine tasting, cooking, hiking and being on the water. 

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