Pilates for All… by hain7 at Citysearch 02/18/11

I dropped in for a class while visiting my daughter in Dallas and SURPRISE! I had a wonderful time getting my first taste of Pilates. Since my definition of exercise consists of stirring coffee for three reps, a Pilates class was a little intimidating. Luckily for me, Don was attentive to my beginner status and took the time to point out the best positions for my level of inability. I actually got quite a lot of information from only one session. I find myself pulling my belly button in and lengthening my spine while I move about my daily routine. I suppose that is the beauty of Pilates…you can use the skills even when you are not in a class. You just can’t do that with salsa dancercise, can you?

Don would be an excellent choice for someone who wants to come in at a high level or as a beginner — he is patient and spends that litle extra bit of time that gives you the ability to improve from where you are. There were five in the class — all at varying levels and yet he gave useful feedback to each member. I would suggest you give Pilates a a try with Don. He is competent & skillfull and yet totally approachable and full of personality and positive energy. If you are thinking of Pilates, think of Don.

Fabulous Pilates Instructor! by cassandrads at Citysearch 02/14/11

Don is the very best kind of instructor… full of laughter, motivation and a kind heart and yet keeps you motivated and inspired to go further. I can not recommend him enough!

Fun by AnnEff at Citysearch 02/11/11

Don is a great instructor. His classes are enjoyable but challenging. He can effectively work with different levels at the same time. I always feel that I get a great workout but have fun at the same time.

Body by Don Kirby! by Kim Garrett at Citysearch 02/09/11

Don is the perfectionista of pilates! I was new to the reformer and every session with Don reminds me that I’m on the right track and with the right instructor! Don knows exactly when, and how tough, to be! I started to see changes in my physique almost immediately and now can tell everyone that I’m flaunting a body by Don Kirby!

Best Pilates Instructor I’ve Ever Had by Sheri5 at Citysearch 02/09/11

Don Kirby is an incredibly talented, knowledgeable, and versatile instructor. He combines his upbeat, gregarious personality with his background years as a dancer and fitness guru to tailor to the needs of every client he works with. As a physical therapist and amateur dancer, I am well impressed with Don’s ability to instruct in “layman’s terms” and technically as well to achieve my desired goals with every pilates session. When I go in for a session, pilates will be the focus, yet Don can ad lib and incorporate Thai yoga, boot camp activities, etc. depending on what my body needs that day. He is amazing!!

Best Pilates Instructor! by lenoresullivan at Citysearch 02/09/11

Seriously, run don’t walk to Downtown Dallas Pilates! I’ve been training with Don for over two years. He’s the best. Our sessions blend pilates, yoga, strength training and more recently zone cardio – he keeps it interesting, challenging and lots of fun, always focused on how you are feeling and what you need that particular day but keeping your long term goals in mind. He takes a whole body and mind approach and is really devoted to his clients. I highly recommend Don and Downtown Dallas Pilates!

Best Pilates Instruction in Dallas area by dreamland109 at Citysearch 02/09/11

I have trained with Don Kirby for about a year. He is an extremely talented instructor – thorough, motivating, patient, caring and fun! He focuses on your particular needs by building creative and intense workouts, which in turn help you achieve your specific goals. He also gently encourages a healthy lifestyle without lecturing or judgment. If you want to work hard, see results and thoroughly enjoy the experience, call Don Kirby.

I would recommend Downtown Dallas Pilates to anyone!

Yay for Pilates! by Siva7 at Citysearch 02/08/11

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I never work out and care very little for staying fit. However, I started Pilates with Don about 3 years ago and with his encouragement, patience and fun learning environment, I really enjoyed something I thought I could never be interested in.

Pilates/Don has worked wonders for me. I’m extremely toned, my balance is great, my flexibility is awesome, my back hurts a lot less and my weak joints grow stronger with each class. One of my favorite things about Don is that he will alter his technique depending on your body type/aches/injuries. After a while, you know how to adjust positions to suit your needs and that is a valuable knowledge set when working out.

Don is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and the classes are always fun! A great Pilates instructor!

Great personal training and pilates instruction by lml2 at Citysearch 02/06/11

I started taking pilates classes with Don a year ago. I had set a personal goal to exercise on a more regular basis. Don has been key in helping me meet my goal. I take both mat and reformer classes with Don. He is a very good teacher and works with you individually to get your best outcome. He is great at mixing things up and I have yet to bored. He is terrific at knowing just when to push me to the next level. I would definitiely recommend Don and Downtown Pilates. Especially if you are in the downtown area……easy to get to.

Master Pilates teacher – Don! by VickiJones at Citysearch 02/04/11

I have been taking Mat and Reformer Pilates classes with Don for over one year. He is fantastic and FUN! I am a devoted student and feel I get excellent work outs with personal attention. Don works hard to push you but to also consider your personal situation. He keeps the work out routines creative and challenging. It is a GREAT work out experience!!! I have referred MANY friends and co-workers which is a testament to the quality of Don’s Pilates instruction.

Quality Private Pilates Instruction by Tadd McCullough at Citysearch 02/01/11

My partner and I have a duet session with Don twice a week. I have a lot of experience with the Pilates method, and my partner is learning fundamentals for the first time. Don does a fantastic job of bridging the gap between our skill levels, keeping us both focused and working hard.

We have a very active week of varied exercise and activities, including weight training and running. Don takes this into account, giving us techniques to use while working with him and in our other activities. I’ve had many Pilates instructors, and I am very pleased with the work I’ve been doing with Don over the last couple months. He’s fun and friendly, insightful, and a skillful teacher. You just need to try him out for a few months and see for yourself! Thanks, Don.

Professional, personalized pilates by jblakeharris at Citysearch 02/01/11

Friendly, professional – always challenging, but encouraging at the same time. Don does a great job evaluating your skill level and ensuring you get the best pilates workout possible – whether a beginner or more advanced. Great downtown location, flexible hours.

Don is Amazing! by Lydia Zapata

I hesitantly joined Don’s class, thinking it was just another pilates class… but after the first session I was hooked! Don brings such a great spirited energy! His instructions and one on one with each of us sold me! He takes care of making sure body form is correct and his clients all look fantastic. I started seeing results immediately. He instills a can do attitude in us and his classes are intense yet so much fun! I highly recommend everyone taking a least one session with him and guarantee you will return and will feel fantastic and rejuvenated! Your body will love you for it! LZ

I highly recommend Don by Lindsay Seiders

I have been doing the private training with Don on Pilates and have been really enjoying the experience. I have back injuries and have finally found a work out method that helps with the pain by strengthening my back and not make the pain worse. I had taken a Pilates class during college but having the one on one really helped with learning the proper technique to get the very most out of each exercise. I would highly recommend Don to anyone that would like to learn more about Pilates!

I think I have finally found my exercise of choice by Sisty

Don, I think I have finally found my exercise of choice in your pilates sessions. They are definitely effective, beneficial, and far from being routine. I love the change of pace and the endless ways you have to make me more flexible while becoming stronger. There is no way I can be bored and unchallenged with you, and the benefits continue to improve. I definitely feel I can obtain my goal of being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue! [Maybe the Senior Edition in the wading Pool] Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

Meticulous and thorough, yet warm and caring Jody Sims

Don is a personal trainer you will not forget! His background starts with professional dance and includes Pain Management, Pilates and yoga. Don helped me both physically and mentally. I was challenged and injury free after working with him. He is meticulous and thorough, yet warm and caring also. I highly recommend his work based on results I personally achieved with him.

Amazing work in Dallas by Anthony Maxwell

Don does amazing work in Dallas with his health and fitness program! I took a class while in Dallas and I was so glad to see such a class being offered in Dallas. I live in NYC and travel a lot. So, it’s good to know that other cities offer some of the same type programs as NY. Great job, Don!

Personal Trainer by Peggy Davion

Don is a very good trainer, he knows his ‘stuff’ and cares about people… I recommend him highly!

Best Pilates by Sivadon at Citysearch 11/30/09

This place is run by an independent instructor, Don Kirby. It’s located inside the Davis Building in Room 211. He’s basically turned a loft into a workout studio. It’s pretty cool.

Anyway, so Pilates is only useful if you do it correctly. And you can only do it correctly if you have a competent instructor. Enter: Don. Don is great. He really cares about his clients and he will work extra hard to make sure you are satisfied with your work out. His biggest goal is to provide the best customer service at a great price. The classes are small (5 people at most) so he gives a lot of 1-on-1 feedback, which is helpful. It’s a small business but he’s looking to make it grow so you should definitely give it a try.

Don’s prices are great and the knowledge he offers is invaluable. Definitely give it a try!

Pros: great price, experienced and helpful teacher, great work out

Cons: none!

Pilates is Addicting! by Tammy Gonzalez at Citysearch 09/06/09

Don Kirby will challenge you to go beyond what you think you’re capable of while at the same time take into consideration any physical limitations you might have. Don is an empathetic coach who will make you feel proud about what you accomplish. Without a doubt, I’m more flexible, stronger, and am overall more toned – And sometimes I can’t believe I’m doing what I’m doing! I didn’t think it was possible! All of this in a clean, bright, non-stressful environment where you always feel welcomed. Just one warning: feeling like this is addictive!

Pros: Best workout for the best price!

Cons: none

GREAT PILATES!!!! by Lindsay Seiders at Citysearch 08/31/09

I have been doing the private training with Don on Pilates and have been really enjoying the experience. I have back injuries and have finally found a work out method that helps with the pain by strengthening my back and not make the pain worse. I had taken a Pilates class during college but having the one on one really helped with learning the proper technique to get the very most out of each exercise. I would highly recommend Don to anyone that would like to learn more about Pilates!!

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About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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