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Kaytlyn Shepherd

Originally from northern Idaho, Kaytlyn has lived in Aspen for nearly 20 years, having first been brought here by the beauty and endless outdoor activities first brought me here, and having chosen to stay in order to raise her 3 children in this incredible area. Kaytlyn received her Pilates certification from Body Arts and Science International 15 years ago. Since then she has acquired many continuing education certifications including athletic advantage, pre-natal, post-natal and spinal injuries.

Her favorite exercise is plank to pike on the reformer. It’s such a simple movement, but gives the feeling of elongation and strengthening for the entire body. She has a true passion for teaching Pilates; in her own words, “I love to make people feel better in their bodies which trickles over to a better quality of life.”

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Recent Blogs

Stretching | Our Top Pick of the month

Pilates and Lagree are both fantastic exercise methods which improve flexibility, and prevent injury. The Pilates Reformer allows clients to move through full range of motion with the help of the machine in a supported environment. The Megaformer is designed to allows client to work through full range of motion as well while performing Lagree […]

Lagree or Pilates | Which workout is for me?

All group fitness classes at Higher Terrain Aspen are accessible to any fitness level, however students might be looking for different things in their workout. We’re here to break down the differences between our Lagree Method classes, and Pilates Reformer classes. Lagree Method Classes Machine – Megaformer Fitness goals – Burn calories, build strength, and endurance, […]

6 Pilates Exercises that target your core

We all know that practicing Pilates exercise is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your core. Aside from having a chiselled mid section, having a strong core is important for helping you perform better during out door sports, stabilizing your lower back, and improving posture. Pilates is low impact, making it suitable for […]

Fuel your Pilates workout with Plant Based Food

Here are our top picks for a plant based boost before or after your Pilates workout in Aspen, Colorado! These favorite, locals spots are right around the corner from Higher Terrain studio! Power up with a Kermit Smoothie at JUS Aspen Pack a protein punch with a Go Green Scramble at Spring Cafe Aspen Energize […]

How is Lagree different from Pilates?

Are you looking to get in the best shape yet this year? If so, you might consider trying Lagree Method and Pilates Reformer workouts. Both of these versatile total-body workouts are designed to help you improve muscle tone and range of motion, get in shape, and improve your overall fitness level. A Comprehensive Comparison: Lagree […]

Why is Pilates good for back pain?

We’ve all heard how beneficial Pilates exercise can be for back pain, but why is that exactly? “We spend so much time sitting, or performing flexion based movements”, say physical therapist and studio owner Jen Metcalf. “Over time, this can cause a break down of the disks in the spine, in addition to a forward […]

Stretch and Restore with Pilates

Calling all athletes in Aspen, Colorado! Prevent injuries, and muscle over use by spending time stretching after hitting the trails and slopes hard. ” Many of the outdoor sports we participate in here in Aspen shorten lower body muscles,” says studio owner and physical therapist Jen Metcalf. “Pilates is a great way to incorporate stretching […]

Get Ski Fit with Lagree

Winter is in the air, and the ski lifts are about to open in Aspen. “Lagree is one of the best ways to strengthen your lower body, and work on functional strength and endurance,”says studio owner and physical therapist Jen Metcalf. “Keeping your quads, hamstrings, and gluts strong will help protect your joints, and reduce […]

Pilates Reformer Class: Survival Guide

So you’re ready to sign up for a Classic Pilates Reformer class in Aspen at Higher Terrain, great. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your workout for our Pilates newbies! Let the Pilates instructor know this is your first class. This will allow us to walk you through the use […]

Our Top Pilates Prop Picks of the Month

We love to use props in our Pilates Reformer classes to increase the intensity, and get more from each Pilates exercise. Engage more muscles, and ramp up your Pilates routine with our Pilates instructors favorite props of the month! ~Ultra Fit Circle: Used for upper, and lower body exercises, this little prop can be used […]