Meet Your Instructors

Photo of our instructorsEach of the instructors at pilates performance strive to offer the very best in both their teaching and all that pilates has to offer. Instructors are certified and qualified in the pilates method, and required to maintain this certification on a yearly basis.

While there is a standard number of continued education credits that must be obtained each year, all of the teachers at pilates performance go above and beyond this requirement. They are passionate in their teaching, and value the opportunity to assist clients in meeting their health and fitness goals.

Take a look below to meet our instructors!

Leah Bender


Leah Bender is passionate about building relationships with people and seeing the impact movement has on their well being.  She is a graduate of University of Waterloo, with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Therapeutic Recreation. She is currently certified in Pilates mat classes and plans to continue her Pilates education, and therefore deepen her knowledge and understanding of the body.  Leah knows the importance of healthy living, in order to enhance one’s physical, mental and social well being. Her goal is to share this with others of all ages and abilities, and take the opportunity to make their life and each day, a little easier.

    Mary Pat Hergott

    Owner and Instructor

    Mary Pat Hergott is the owner of Pilates Performance. She shares over 15 years of pilates training with both her clients and her instructors. She is privileged and grateful to work with so many wonderful people. Mary Pat is passionate about sharing her knowledge in health, wellness and fitness, after overcoming serious health challenges of her own. She uses her studio as a platform to teach, motivate and encourage others to develop their power within, both through body movement and spirit. Mary Pat is certified in all mat class levels, springboard, and all of the pilates large apparatus (reformer, trapeze table and wunda chair). Mary Pat also specializes in post rehabilitation body conditioning and classes for osteoporosis and arthritis.

      Kimberleigh Halsall


      Kimberleigh Halsall knows both physically and intuitively how pilates can benefit others. She loves to learn and share her knowledge with others. Kimberleigh has a gift for seeing what others need, and draws on this in working with her students. She truly enjoys teaching and values the opportunity to share the benefits of movement with others. Kimberleigh is certified in all mat class levels, reformer and springboard.