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Kate Hillmon

Kate Hillmon is trained through Balanced Body and has a BS in Kinesiology from Western Washington University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the American College of Sports Medicine, and she is certified as both a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

A trainer since March of 2012, Kate has worked with all fitness levels. In her spare time she enjoys long-distance running, backpacking, and traveling.

Kate has been a recreational runner for 12+ years. Kate and her husband have run over 12 marathons injury free. Her highlights include running an Ultra (32 miles) and is an active long distance back packing over 500 miles. She recognizes cross training and Pilates for her ability to stay injury free.

Email Kate at kate@joyofpilates.net with questions or to schedule a private session.


“Kate has been my instructor for the Pilates Reformer as well as for Aerial yoga for the past 2 years. She is very observant and knowledgeable of body mechanics and balance. Since I’ve been working with Kate, my core has become noticeably stronger and more symmetrical. My occupation as a glass sculptor requires me to use my body very physically. I deal with scoliosis and a number of back injuries that have sometimes immobilized me due to pain. I now have little or no pain on an ongoing basis. I am stronger in my work and I’ve been able to get back to my hobby of gardening which I love to do. I fully recommend Kate Hillman.”
— Shelley A.

“Kate has been my personal trainer for over two years, and has helped me exceed my expectations in many ways. She has a way of helping motivate me while remaining positive in her instruction. Kate challenges me to meet and exceed each exercise, and her way of working with me makes me want to excel with each exercise. She carefully watches me with every exercise and movement, and doesn’t hesitate in sharing concerns if I am overextending my back or a limb.

I’ve found her to be very knowledgeable in Reformer training, and has been very helpful in providing nutritional guidance and instruction. I’ve also participated in her Mat Pilates class, and find her leadership to be very constructive. Over the past 2 years, I have lost over 30 pounds and am much more flexible. I highly recommend Kate as a trainer and instructor!!”
— David L.

“Kate has been my personal trainer for 4 years and I have benefited greatly. Every session is always different from using reformer equipment, aerial silks, RX training, Crossfit and using you own body weight.

I have enjoyed working with Kate; she is very personable and knowledgeable. She is willing to work within any limitations you have. I would highly recommend Kate to anyone!”
— Bethany T.