About the Instructors

Monica Dawson, AFAA, Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Pilates Method in Lincoln is the first Pilates Studio in Nebraska. Monica Dawson brought Pilates to Lincoln, Nebraska in October of 2000. Monica is a Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner, an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, and an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Alan & Monica Dawson 2014

Monica has trained a number of Pilates practitioners who currently own and operate Pilates studios in the Lincoln/Omaha, Nebraska areas.  She has also worked with athletes in the areas of professional football, gymnastics, swimming and equine sports. Monica brings recognition of the benefits of Pilates not only to dancers, athletes, rehabilitative patients, but also to any individual in pursuit of a healthy balanced li

Her detailed instruction increases awareness and emphasizes safety in Pilates. Instruction is adapted to each student’s skill level from beginner to advance. Her personal practice inspires the application of simple techniques to improve daily life and overall well-being. Students leave her class feeling energized and relaxed, ready to take on anything that comes their way.

As an avid triathlete, Monica brings to the Studio a unique knowledge of how Pilates can benefit the endurance athlete. Monica continues to expand her abilities and interest in the discipline.

Monica is married to her husband, Alan of 26 years.  They have a twenty one  year old son, Connor, who is in his third year studying at  ASU in the area of Exercise Science, Health and Nutrition.  Connor is also a Certified  Polestar Pilates Practitioner.  They are very active and enjoy many outdoor activities.

 

 

 

Kristine Fischer, Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Kristine  is a proud graduate of Polestar Pilates Education teaching training program.  She graduated from Bellevue University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and for the last 4 years, was employed by Scheels Sporting Goods in the hunting and fishing department.  Her passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors and healthy lifestyle persuaded her to change her career path.  Having had firsthand experience of using pilates for rehabilitation and physical therapy of lower back pain from a car accident, Kristine is a firm believer in pilates and its benefits.


“The biggest benefit in my eyes would be personal awareness–awareness of how one sits or stands or how one moves and being able to related those habits to the aches and pains and injuries from the past,” Kristine says.

For example, she says, pilates can help make you aware of that chronic tweak in the neck you get from sitting at the computer all day with rounded shoulders and a phone cradled between the ear and shoulder.  She sees clients with injuries or weakness of the postural muscles, as a result of work, lifestyle, or not exercising the right way.  ”People sit slouched at their computers all day, then go to the gym and work their extremities,” Kristine says, “they don’t use their core muscles.”

“Think of a tree,” she continues.  “Does it have all its strength in its limbs? No.  The tree is only as strong as its trunk and roots.  Without a strong trunk, the tree would topple over.”

Kristine  believes in helping people of all ages and fitness levels develop a good foundation and a strong trunk or core in order for the body to be balanced, less injury-prone and susceptible to the pitfalls of their occupation or chose form of exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connor Dawson, Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Having grown up with Pilates since I was five years old, I recalled early memories of playing on the equipment while mom was doing her own Pilates workout.  Throughout the years, I have heard  and witnessed testimonies of people’s lives changed because of Pilates.  How pain was eliminated and range of motion was restored.  I knew it was a matter of time before I was old enough to follow my mom’s footstep.  Helping people reach their optimum level of physical wellness has become my goal at a very young age.
Since the age of 5, I was trained in Shotokan karate, a Japanese form of martial art.  I was grateful for the opportunity to teach Shotokan both to youth and adults students at both Lincoln Budo-Kan and   the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
My Pilates training through Polestar Education, my college background in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science and my years of teaching Shotokan will allow me to design a well balanced workout program, but also incorporating nutrition to give clients a complete picture of wellness. 


I am a believer that practicing Pilates under a trained Pilates instructor can help you gain long, lean and balanced muscles.  A body that is balanced will be less likely to become injured.  My goal is to guide the Pilates enthusiasts to learn to incorporate breathing, alignment of the body and execute the movement safely and properly.  My training and education will enable me to tailor the program to his/her specific need and towards a life of wellness through a healthy diet and exercise plan.