Randi WhitmanOwner & Instructor
Founder and director of Frog Temple, Inc.,Randi Whitman studied and was certified in the pure, classic Pilates form by The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a Certified Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist™ through The Center for Women’s Fitness. Randi has a lifetime of experience in fitness, dance and massage therapy. She earned her BFA in Dance and Art from University of Wisconsin and danced professionally as both a member of Joseph Holmes Dance Theater and as an original member of Chicago’s River North Dance Company. She has also taught aerobics, was certified by IDEA and AFFA, and worked as a certified personal trainer for six years prior to teaching Pilates. In 1983, Randi was certified by Chicago School of Massage Therapy as a massage therapist and has practiced massage ever since. Randi has also studied Iyengar and Astanga Yoga extensively. As owner of Frog Temple, Randi spends most days, when not with her young family, in the studio working privately with clients, teaching a variety of classes including all levels of Pilates, Yoga, and Piloga – a blend of Pilates mat and Yoga work, as well as running the Frog Temple Teacher Training Certification Program. Randi never tires of teaching Pilates, as every client brings such a new perspective to the work, always challenging her to dig deeper as a teacher, guiding bodies toward whole body health, inside and out.
Marcia first tried Pilates in January of 2007 after multiple stress fractures sidelined her running workouts, and became an overnight devotee. She received her Certification from the Frog Temple Pilates Teacher Training Program in 2009. A working writer and teacher, Marcia is an adjunct faculty member in the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago where she is a three-time nominee for the Teaching Excellence Award, and directs Story Workshop® classes which focus on improving communication through visualization—elements key to Pilates. She is a Certified Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist™ through The Center for Women’s Fitness by Carolyne Anthony. Marcia passionately believes each Pilates session is a chance to reconnect physically and mentally with ourselves, to be fully aware of our body and mind in the present so that we may reach our fullest potential of physical and mental well-being in the future.
After practicing Pilates under the instruction of Randi Whitman and Frog Temple for five years, Maria began the 750-hour teacher training program at Frog Temple. She initially sought out Pilates as a means to soothe chronic lower back pain. As her back condition improved, she developed a deep passion for Pilates. Her journey from student to teacher is fueled by Maria’s love for helping others realize their own potential; gaining physical strength and personal confidence. Maria is also a freelance producer and mother of her amazing son Gabrielle.
Alison first tried Pilates in 2003 and spent years taking classes before finally deciding to enter Frog Temple's Teacher Training in the winter of 2015. Alison spent many years performing as an actress and a dancer in Chicago area theatres, and continues to write and direct from time to time. Though she trained for many years in dance and yoga, it was through Pilates that she found the perfect medium which connected all the various techniques she had explored in her academic and artistic life. Alison believes that every body can benefit from Pilates and continues to expand her knowledge of the human body and how it moves in order to better help her clients achieve their goals. Alison is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)® Certified Pilates Teacher, and proud mom to her incredible son, Julian.
Tabitha studied the Pilates Method under Randi Whitman at the Frog Temple Pilates Studio, Inc. She currently teaches at Frog Temple and thrives on the challenge of sharing her knowledge of Pilates with students. Tabitha completed her dance studies in January of 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Fulfilling a life-long dream, Tabitha has been a member of Breakbone Dance Co. since 2001. She shares her love of Pilates and dance with children by teaching creative movement for the Chicago Moving Company. Tabitha has also taught for the Gallery 37 Connections Program and at Woodstock Ballet Studio. In July 2004, Tabitha traveled to Paraguay to co-teach dance workshops with fellow Breakbone member, Elisa Foshay, courtesy of the Peace Corps. Tabitha is also an Eric Franklin Level I teacher. and is a Certified Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist™ through The Center for Women’s Fitness. Most importantly, Tabitha is thrilled to be creating a life in Chicago as a Pilates instructor and performing artist.
Jeanne’s interest in Pilates was sparked when she attended her first class at Frog Temple back in 2010. Inspired by the healthy and strong instructors and clients, Jeanne started taking Pilates classes regularly. She was impressed by the intense strength she gained, and the mental awareness Pilates gave her to navigate life with her husband and two adorable boys. During her time with Frog Temple, Jeanne witnessed the physical and mental benefits of Pilates. At the suggestion of Randi Whitman, Jeanne enrolled in and completed Randi’s teacher training program at Frog Temple in 2012 and was certified in pre and postnatal Pilates in 2014. She was inspired by Randi and other Frog Temple instructors who were literally changing people’s lives, one body at a time. Jeanne is honored to be teaching at Frog Temple, where she continues to learn every day through Randi and the instructors she so greatly admires. Jeannes' goal through teaching this method of fitness and health is for her clients to connect their mind and bodies in order to move freely from a grounded center with strength and flexibility and confidence.
Becca had been practicing Pilates for several years and found something unique with this form of exercise. With encouragement from friends and fellow Pilates practitioners, she became a certified Pilates instructor in May 2012 after completing her training program with Essence Pilates in Chicago. In addition, Becca has been a licensed physical therapist since 2004, with experience working with both the pediatric and adult population. With her experience as a physical therapist, and now Pilates instructor, she feels she can take her client and patient care to the next level. She believes Pilates provides endless benefits in restoring uniform muscle balance and promoting total body health. Becca is passionate with her teaching and loves experiencing progress in her clients!
Paula, a graphic designer, began her pilates journey fall of 2006. She came to Frog Temple studio looking to improve her posture and increase her overall strength. Instantly, she became a devoted fan of pilates, loving the mind/body connections that pilates established. It is her belief that core strength, flexibility and agility are essential to a healthier life. Paula became a certified instructor at Frog Temple pilates in early 2014. Client’s goals become her goals and she will strive to see that these goals are met. Her enthusiastic love of pilates comes through when she is practicing and teaching the pilates method.
Katie Tomaszewski began practicing Pilates in 2010. She pursued her certification under the mentorship of Randi Whitman, Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago, and began teaching in 2012. Katie has an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology with a BSc from the University of Illinois from The College of Applied Health Sciences, Human Nutrition Science (2010). She is certified as a Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates specialist by The Center for Women's Fitness under the direction of Carolyne Anthony. Katie welcomes the challenges of injuries and wholly believes that the principles of Pilates promote rehabilitation for all conditions and cases. Katie’s goal is to promote understanding and control of every "body" she works with. She finds honest satisfaction when these goals are realized, and as her clients reach their goals. Katie is also mom to beautiful Bea a, joy of her life.
Once an avid spinner and cardio junkie, Jillian came to Pilates after a nagging knee injury that developed over time. She began regularly taking Pilates mat classes, healing her pain and immediately became obsessed. She decided to pursue a Mat certification at a contemporary studio called Core Concepts. After completing her Mat work, Jillian came to Frog Temple to meet with Randi and discuss ways to deepen her education. She pursued her Comprehensive Pilates Certification at Frog Temple to cover all of the equipment repertoire and to learn more information about the Classical Pilates Method with a richer, more educated knowledge of anatomy and the body as a whole. Jillian is currently teaching at Frog Temple as well as other Pilates locations throughout the city. She is constantly working with different bodies of all ages, needs, shapes, and sizes. Jillian loves working with new people and finding different ways to achieve each individuals goals.
Taylor Marie MeheranInstructor
In 2006,Taylor began practicing true classical Pilates with Beth Elkins in Buffalo, NY. She was hooked on the exercises and it quickly became her primary method of fitness. After moving to Chicago in 2012, she continued her Pilates journey at Frog Temple where she found the same passion for the classical method. She decided to delve deeper into her practice and entered the Teacher Training program under the guidance of Randi Whitman at Frog Temple in 2015. During this time, unfortunately, she suffered from a herniated disc and other related injuries. This set back was a disappointing challenge during her training; however, it was a blessing in disguise. Using her new found deeper and evolving knowledge of Pilates, along with the help of physical therapy, massage, and cranial sacral therapists, as well as Feldenkrais teachers, she was able to avoid surgery and heal her injuries. These intensive studies into self healing and body work are evident in her teaching style. She appreciates the opportunity to work with each client's most sacred possession- their body- and aims to provide them with new options of movement to incorporate into their daily lives.