LINDSEY BLANCHARD is our fearless and fun leader and the owner of Lacy J Pilates & J Fit Boutique! She established the Studio in 2016 to bring her love and enthusiasm of Pilates to the Permian Basin. With a background in dance and a love for the art of movement, she decided to pursue a career in Pilates after graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Dance. Her certifications include Level 1-4 Mat & Equipment, Advanced Level 5 Mat & Equipment, Pilates for Golfers, and Pre & Postnatal from Core Dynamics, as well as a certification in Barre, ViPR & Power Plate from Equinox. Her career began at Barton Creek Resort & Spa and has continued at several studios across Texas, eventually landing her in Midland. Lindsey brings precision and effective movements paired with laughter and authenticity to her classes and private clients. With Lindsey, what you see is what you get - which is our *favorite part* about her! Outside of running the Studio and JFit Boutique, she enjoys spending time with her three boys, her husband, and their pets. She also enjoys running Bean & Grape with her husband and caring for each and every animal she comes in contact with!
JAMIE EDWARDS is our Assistant General Manager , in addition to her role as an instructor! Jamie found her way to instructing Fitness and Pilates classes through her personal Yoga practice. Her chiropractor recommended that she start practicing Yoga, which she initially hated. But after four months, she came to love it and eventually heard a voice calling her to teach. She attended training through the encouragement of another instructor, and the rest is history! Jamie is certified in AFAA Sunrise Yoga, SCW Ballet Barre, Aqua Strong, and all Lacy J Pilates & Fitness program formats. In class and in personal sessions, you will find Jamie making jokes, laughing, and dancing, all the while motivating you to push your personal limits and sneaking in clever ways to work harder. She will always welcome you with her sweet smile, loving spirit, and fun wit! Outside of teaching at Lacy J, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, twins, and friends. There isn't a cube of cheese or glass of wine that she will turn down! Her guilty pleasures include tuning in to Dr. Phil every day, binging Real Housewives, and all things Taylor Swift.
DESIRE HERNANDEZ is our head staff of Kids Club. Each day she watches all of the children in Kids Club while their parents enjoy our classes. She also helps in the Boutique. With her calm, sweet, and patient demeanor, it is no wonder that Desiré enjoys being around children. "I love getting to play with the children during Kids' Club. I enjoy hearing the stories they make up! They just bring so much energy and joy every time they're here." When you drop off your little one you can experience her warm welcome to each kid and her genuine excitement to spend time and listen to them. She also keeps this special area of the Studio clean and safe for the children. Our clients have truly come to trust her and value her role in their fitness journey. She has been a long-time part of the Lacy J team and we couldn’t imagine our Studio without her! We have pride in being able to provide childcare so parents can take time for themselves. We could not fulfill this vision without the help of Desiré. She is always willing to help in any capacity with no questions asked. Outside of the Studio, Desiré enjoys joining friends for a movie or dinner, taking her dog to the dog park, and spending quality time with friends and family.
ASHLEY MAST is new to the Lacy J Instructor Team! She recently completed her training, but has been attending class as a client since 2017. Her sister Jamie (Manager and Senior Instructor) encouraged her to try Pilates and Ashley has enjoyed its safe and effective work ever since. Ashley loves the fun and caring environment of the studio created by both the staff and the clients, which made her choice to become an instructor an easy one. Outside of instructing, she is an accountant for an oil and gas company. Spending time with her fiancé and their dogs, as well as escaping to the mountains, are some of her favorite things! Catch an early morning and the occasional Sunday afternoon class with Ashley.
ROSA ORLAINETA has recently become a part of the Lacy J Instructor Team! She began with us as Front Desk Staff, then took her love of Pilates to the next level by attending Level I training. After moving to Midland with her family, Rosa quickly sought out a Pilates studio. The moment she stepped into Lacy J's, she loved the energy and immediately started her practice with private sessions then moved her way into group classes. Lacy J's not only served as a location for working out but also a way to create connections and a sense of community for herself as a newbie to Midland. With her bright smile, caring heart, and pleasant demeanor, Rosa is hard to miss and hard not to love! She is a wonderful addition to the Lacy J family. Outside of the Studio, she enjoys traveling, reading, self-care, and family time.
DANIELLE RUNYAN is an Instructor at Lacy J Pilates Studio. Before becoming an instructor, Danielle was a long-time, dedicated client of the Studio. As a client, she loved the atmosphere and the special bond with other clients and staff. When the Studio was looking to hire, Danielle jumped at the opportunity to share her love of working out with others by becoming an instructor. She began teaching in May of 2019 after completing training in all Lacy J programming. In class, you will enjoy Danielle's relatable and bubbly personality, along with a class format always involving something new or a fresh spin on something familiar. She brings a special perspective and experience to her classes with her transition from client to instructor. Outside of teaching, Danielle enjoys watching football with her husband (even though they cheer for different teams!, playing board games with her children, and deciding how many nights it's acceptable to have taco night!
JESSICA SMITH is an Instructor and our Marketing Manager! Classes with Jessica are as unique and wonderful as she is. If you're needing a challenging workout with a dose of kindness and laughter, she's your go-to-gal. Her passion lies in helping clients move and strengthen from the inside out, with an emphasis on correct alignment. Her background in Yoga gives her a unique teaching style that has often been described by clients as methodical, purposeful, with a focus on body awareness. Even with over 10 years of teaching experience, Jessica continues to enjoy attending training to expand her knowledge and provide the best experience for her clients. Her attention to detail is appreciated by all who attend her classes or private lessons. Jessica is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, working on her 500 Hour certification, and an Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Stress Management Specialist. She holds certifications from Lacy J in all Pilates & Fitness programs, American Barre Technique, AFAA in Practical Pilates and Group Fitness, Balanced Body, TRX, and Myofascial Release, Anatomy, Mental Health, and Women's Health from Yoga Medicine. When she's not teaching, she enjoys traveling, art, a good meal and cocktail, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
MICHELLE THIBODEAUX is a new member to the Lacy J Instructor Team! She has recently completed her training and is currently teaching classes on the schedule. Michelle began with Lacy J's as a client looking to get active again. Soon after beginning her Pilates practice, she was hooked! Years later she was called to attend training in order to share the benefits of Pilates with others, to enhance the studio's community, and to make a change in others' lives through fitness. Her past experience as both a private and group class client gives her a great perspective, which shows in her teaching style. Outside of instructing, Michelle is a professional landman with a focus on research into oil and gas mineral interests. She comes to us from Orange, Texas and often travels back to see family and friends. Michelle enjoys spending time around and within the water, gardening, listening to good music, traveling, and good food.