lissette valdes

owner / pilates instructor / Redcord active



  • MS, Parkinsons, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Alzheimers, stroke and other neurological conditions and auto-immune diseases

  • individuals undergoing cancer treatment and cancer survivors

  • pre and post natal individuals

  • kicking ass, taking names


  • The Pilates Standard Teacher Trainer - 2019

  • Redcord Active Trainer - 2017

  • Physical Culture Kettlebells Certified - 2010

  • Power Pilates Comprehensively Certified - 2009


  • currently undergoing a mentorship with The Neuro Studio

  • The Pilates Standard LEAP with Bob Liekens

  • Force and the Nervous System - Neuro-Logic Training: Pilates

  • Pilates for Neurological Conditions Advanced Course

  • Pilates for Cancer and Auto-Immune Conditions

  • AMN - Applied Movement Neurology

  • Resistance Training Specialist 1

  • numerous courses in Pilates Cont Ed

  • Baccalaureate in Religion and Ethics

  • BS double major in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry (she created a Neuroscience degree where there wasn’t one)

Lissette came to pilates, and later, to owning a studio in a round-about way.  She has held many a position, none of which were athletic - from VIP Manager at a hip-hop nightclub, HR assistant manager at a prestigious law firm, bridal consultant, owner of a promotional modeling agency, and behavioral neuroscientist...  just to name a few. It wasn't until she took a part-time job at a pilates studio while she was getting her company off the ground that she found her forever career.  

Lissette joined Studio Lotus, Atlanta to run their marketing and client retention programs. Hoping to get into shape, she cleverly proposed a new program to the owners, Danielle and Davidson Reid, to test the Pilates Promise: In 10 sessions you'll feel a difference, in 20 sessions you'll see a difference, in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body. She offered to be the inaugural participant (free pilates!), and by session 15 she was hooked.  The owners, recognizing her interest, asked if she would consider running one of their satellite studios. Nine months later she was a fully certified Power Pilates instructor, teaching full time and running Studio Lotus's flagship studio as well as their other two locations.

Lissette moved to DC in 2011 and continued teaching pilates.  Having taken every Power Pilates continuing education course twice from the late Bob Liekens she followed him to his new venture, The Pilates Standard, ultimately becoming a Pilates Teacher Trainer for the institution.

In addition to being well versed in classical pilates, Lissette has taken many courses outside of the classical style in order to better serve a growing population of clients with special needs. Some of these include EDS, Alzheimers, and other neurological conditions.

After realizing they shared a similar world view, Lissette and Alma joined forces to create a space where trainers, teachers and clients could grow and learn together - Kinesis! When Lissette isn’t teaching, you’ll see her around, running the empire.

Lissette's signature teaching style strikes the balance of delivering a precision-focused workout that is safe and very challenging, while being light and fun. After all, it's just a workout!

price per session

pilates - $120 / redcord - $120
privates sessions at the Platinum Level