Kate Connor is smart: she holds both a bachelor's degree in athletic training and a master's degree in therapeutic kinesiology. Though she could have pursued a physical-therapy career, her passion for mind-body exercise led her to open Zen Fitness. Further proof of her expertise, she has earned certifications from both YogaFit and the American Council on Exercise, along with completing the Reebok Core Pilates training program and the PHI Pilates certification course. She uses her knowledge to train fellow instructors and give clients the tools to sculpt their bodies and minds amid pale-green walls, wooden floors, and mirrors. Their group yoga classes employ Vinyasa and Kundalini techniques that increase strength while cultivating a meditative state of mind. In addition to traditional mat Pilates classes, they also offer challenging Pilates boot-camp classes that employ the Reformer, the Tower, and the Wunda chair. When Kate and her staff aren't working with groups, they offer private sessions in sports training, Pilates, and yoga. Students can fly solo with a trainer or share the session with their most tolerable family members.