Libby Bradley is the owner and founder of the PBX® method. Libby started doing pilates in Los Angeles and completely fell in love with high-intensity pilates. After growing up a competitive gymnast for 10 years, Libby was looking for something that would help heal old injuries while still feeding her love for challenging exercise. Libby returned back from Los Angeles and dreamed of opening a modern pilates and barre studio. She created the method of PBX® pilates barre extreme to give people a whole-body workout that is easy on the joints, while still creating the results of high-impact exercise. With Libby’s past experience of dance, gymnastics, and pole vaulting, the PBX method was born. The PBX® method uses the new modern reformers and the barre really opens up the possibilities beyond traditional pilates and weight training to achieve that long sculpted and toned look. PBX® provides all the benefits of traditional pilates combined with principles of modern kinesiology with a touch of cardio. Libby’s energy and enthusiasm helps challenge her clients and inspires them to get stronger. She believes that you can get stronger every day both mentally and physically through the PBX method.
Ethan has always been active and loves sports. He played baseball, basketball and football while growing up in Raleigh. He focused on baseball in college, pitching for four years at Brown University. After graduating, Ethan started to go on longer and longer runs. The last few years, Ethan’s running became more competitive as he completed the Tobacco Road and City of Oaks marathons. In search of a workout to counter-balance the aches and strains of distance running, a friend suggested PBX® to Ethan. He could not believe how much better his hips, lower back and legs felt from the stretching and strengthening of PBX. He also noticed a huge difference in shoulder stability and strength after years of weight lifting and pitching. Ethan looks forward to working with clients to improve core stability and enhance overall fitness. He loves starting the day off with a high-intensity PBX® class. His favorite move is inchworm because it engages the whole body, stretches the hamstrings and hits those abs hard!
Michelle is originally from the east coast of Florida and grew up dancing, swimming and surfing. After moving to Seattle and having two children, the rainy weather and busy lifestyle of two small children caused her to lose that connection with fitness. In 2006, her family made the decision to move back to the east coast to Raleigh, North Carolina. The beautiful weather renewed her passion for exercise and movement. Starting slow with walking every day, she transitioned into lifting weights and running. It was during some heavy-duty circuit training that she got injured and had to stop exercising, or so she thought. When a friend talked her into trying pilates, she realized this was one way that she could work out during her injury. In the past year she has fallen head over heals for pilates. For her, this form of exercise and movement gives her the strength training and cardio she craves. Coming to the PBX® studio and working with Libby was so inspiring that she wanted to be a permanent part of it. The PBX Core Jump class helps Michelle to work her core and her legs when her injury is bothering her. But the intensity of the PBX Cardio Circuit class merges together her love of high cardio and pilates for a great well-rounded workout. Helping others to become stronger and exercise in a safe environment is something that she wants to share with everyone.
Kristen grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Raleigh with her husband in 2004. Exercise and learning new types of movement then became a huge part of her life. She learned to swim as an adult and has completed several sprint length triathlons as well as a half marathon. After attending classes for almost two years, she decided to learn the PBX method and join the team! The PBX method has taught her how to use her core to move and stabilize the body. She loves the variety of movements and class types that can be done using the reformers in combination with modern pilates. She loves any whole-body exercise because it maximizes your workout and hits every part of the body. Kristen lives in North Raleigh with her husband of 12 years, two precious little boys, and two crazy chihuahuas! She is also a part time preschool teacher. She loves being a positive influence in physical fitness to her boys.
Ashley is originally from Georgia but has moved all over the South. She started dancing, gymnastics and other sports at a young age but found her passion in cheerleading. She cheered from elementary through high school and also did competitive cheer. Her passion for being active and fitness started at a young age and as stayed with her throughout her life. Ashley moved to Raleigh in 2015 with her husband and two children. Soon after, she decided to her passion was fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals and got her certification as a personal trainer. Ashley discovered the PBX method and was hooked! Her fitness background was weight training and bootcamp, so she loves the variety of classes and getting an amazing workout on the modern reformers without the pain she was getting lifting heavy weights. What she loves the most is you can do these workouts at any age!
Suzanne is a North Carolina native, who has lived in Raleigh for the past 14 years. She was first introduced to Barre over 6 years ago looking for a break from the gym routine and running. She loved her results and how much stronger she became. While pregnant with her first son she began taking reformer Pilates classes to help with the aches and pains of sciatica and fell in love with the whole body integration and how she was able to regain her body after pregnancy. After having her second son, Suzanne began to look for a challenging workout incorporating Pilates and Barre to help lengthen and tone her body. She found PBX® and was hooked on the method and dove head first into teacher training. Her favorite classes are Endurance and Barre! She finds passion in providing clients with a challenging whole body workout that lengthens and tones the body. Her personality and zest shine through each pulse and plank!
Michelle, originally from Hershey, PA, grew up with a love of dancing and performing from the young age of four. This led to a love for cheerleading which continued into college, cheering for Penn State, and even coaching high school squads after graduating. Michelle was first introduced to Pilates in college and loved how challenging each exercise was. After moving to Raleigh with her husband in 2007 she wanted to start taking Pilates classes again and one day she found PBX! She instantly became addicted to the studio and has been a regular member since the studio opened. PBX was even able to give her a challenging workout through her entire pregnancy. After the birth of her son she realized she wanted to become an instructor and share her passion for PBX® with everyone. Michelle loves all the classes offered at the studio but Core Jump and Barre are her favorites. She wants potential clients to know that anyone can do Pilates at PBX®!
Leanna was born and raised in Hawaii. Growing up she enjoyed the freedom of the outdoors and the beaches of the Big Island. Swimming and surfing were a way of life and she continued to swim competitively throughout her childhood and into her early twenties. Traveling and exploring have always been a passion even with three kids in tow. It was after her third child that she found pilates. With the low impact but highly sculpting benefits that the Pilates method she quickly became a fan. After many years of studying, working as a baker and living abroad in Tel Aviv and Hong Kong, Leanna finally relocated back to the U.S, settling in Raleigh. The moment she walked into PBX® she fell in love with the blend of cardio and pilates. What was a love for Pilates quickly become a passion and instructing seemed like the natural progression. Helping other women meet their fitness goals through the PBX® method gives her a sense of pride and allows her to do what she loves.
Kristy grew up in Western North Carolina. She received her Exercise Science degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. A job opportunity took her to Atlanta, GA where she worked helping to organize the 1996 Olympics. There she met her husband Doug and together the two relocated to CA. Once again calling NC home, Kristy has over 15 years experience with personal training and teaching group fitness classes. As a former competitive runner, she always remained active through various strength/cardio routines but she fell in love with PBX® as she noticed a difference in the way she was able to move and perform not only while pursuing her new love of road cycling but also while overcoming years of overuse injuries from running. The “gentle yet tough” aspect of the PBX® method utilizing the reformer really spoke to her and ignited a fire in her core that she had to keep burning! Outside the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two active kids (daughter and son) and two dogs (big and little). A self-proclaimed “anatomy geek”, she loves studying movement and ways to improve movement patterns we often see-- everything from overdoing it in endurance training to lack of movement as a result of a desk job or sedentary lifestyle.
Lauryn grew up in the Raleigh area but moved away after college to pursue her career in the film industry in Los Angeles and then Charlotte. She has always been active and played fast pitch softball, cheerleading, and figure skating while growing up. She's run several half marathons and is an avid fitness enthusiast. She moved back to Raleigh four years ago to work for Yelp as the community manager in the Triangle area. Through Yelp she hosted several fitness events and was introduced to her first PBX® class, she immediately fell in love with the workout. The PBX® method brings her three favorite workouts together: yoga, barre, and pilates while utilizing the modern reformer. She enjoys challenging herself in Endurance and Core Jump classes but has overall found incredible strength especially in her core since starting PBX®. She thrives on creativity and variety and she finds both of that with the PBX® method. She looks forward to working with clients to help them reach their fitness goals in a positive and fun environment.