Meet our Instructors and Staff

Core Strong is Birmingham's Premiere Classical Pilates Studio and Movement/Mobility. All of our instructors have a 450 hour program behind them – majority have 800+. Our studio is passionate about the fundamentals of Pilates so you can apply the correct method to your workout and get the full benefit of each exercise. First lesson is not a killer workout but more of a focus on the fundamentals.” We want to educate our clients on how to maintain their own their bodies and integrate better movement and biomechanics into their movement practice and daily lives.


Cari South

Cari completed her teacher training at the Pilates Center in February 2014. In October 2014, she opened Core Strong Pilates to bring Classical Pilates to clients of all ages, abilities, and body types. Cari’s desire to help others live a long, happy, flexible life provides the foundation for the work done at the Core Strong Studio.


Emily Dixon

Emily spent a year and two months doing the Intermediate Plus Teacher Training Program at the Pilates Center based in Boulder Colorado completing 600 hours of Instruction as well as being an Apprentice at Core Strong. 


Therese Laeger

In 2009, she completed the teachers training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, subsequently teaching at Pilates on Highland, The Country Club of Birmingham, A Center for Eating Disorders and as guest instructor at the Embody Practice Center before joining Core Strong Pilates. 


Kelley Davis 

Kelley continues to train with some of the most experienced Pilates instructors in the Birmingham area.  A recent highlight in her work was participating in a Kathy Grant retrospective workshop with Master Instructor Cara Reeser.