Personal Best Pilates Studio

Carrie Cohn, MBA, PMA-CPT, Certified Juvo Board Teacher

Carrie CohnCarrie Jessee Cohn, MBA, PMA-CPT, is the owner and founder of Personal Best Pilates Studio and Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy (PBPIA). She has been a passionate fitness instructor since 1986, and has experience with types of group fitness and personal training. She was named one of Kansas City’s Top Women Business Owners in 2005 by the Kansas City Business Journal. Also in 2005, Personal Best Pilates Studio was named top woman –owned business in the state of Kansas by the Kansas Department of Commerce.  Elected to the Board of Directors for the Pilates Method Alliance in 2010, she is currently serving as Secretary to the Board.  Her professional credentials include:

  • Certified Pilates Teacher – Pilates Method Alliance
  • Pilates Instructor Certificate - Physical Mind Institute
  • Pilates Mat Instructor Certificate - Physical Mind Institute
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor – American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Certified Yoga Instructor – American Aerobic Association International (AAAI)/International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Continuing Education Provider
  • Balanced Body Partner in Pilates Education
  • Certified Spinning & Instructor – Madd Dog Athletics
  • Certified Box Aerobics Instructor – Promise Enterprises

Since becoming certified to teach Pilates, she has continued her study by with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as: Rael Ishikowitz, Elizabeth Larkam, Brent Anderson, Kathy Corey, Mari Windsor, Shelley Geier, Michael Miller, and Michelle Larson.

Formerly, she has held part time faculty positions in the Physical Education Department of Penn Valley Community College, and hosted Penn Valley Fitness, a weekly television program in Kansas City, MO.

Prior to opening her studio, Ms. Cohn worked in the private sector for 14 years, and has experience in manufacturing, construction, and information technology. She held executive positions in management and organizational development, training, organizational assessment, strategic planning, leadership development, organizational transformation, and human resource development.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Park College (magna cum laude), and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Why she loves her job (in her own words)

I love the special relationships I’ve developed with our clients! And - I love it that I get to come to work every day with the best, most dedicated team of Pilates Instructors in the city. I love that my business partner, who is also my sister, is also one of the finest and most accomplished teachers I have ever known.

When I first started teaching Pilates in 1999, there were only a few places in the country to go for quality education. It was my dream to create a Pilates Center in Kansas City, where instructors and practitioners alike could go for the highest quality instruction for a reasonable price. There are lots of places to go in town if you’re looking for a typical gym experience. Our Pilates Studio is definitely NOT a typical gym experience. I love sharing our beautiful 5,100 + square foot spa-like studio with all our wonderful clients and customers!


Personal Best Pilates Studio is the ONLY Pilates Studio in the Kansas City area that requires PMA Certification for all our Pilates Teachers.
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