Sarah Smysor Panning: Owner

Pillar of Strength, LLC is owned and operated by Sarah Smysor Panning. Sarah’s Pilates and GYROTONIC® training career began after working with two major league sports teams. Prior to becoming a studio owner she had been training clients for eight years at a PhysicalMind Institute certifying studio, where she also taught certification courses and mentored students.

Continuing education and specialized training adds to her PhysicalMind Certification. She most recently completed a Pre and Post Natal certification from The Center for Women’s Fitness. Sarah’s GYROTONIC® background started with training from Master Trainer, Lisa Marie Goodwin in 2001. Sarah completed her Level 2 GYROTONIC® course with Master Trainer Clyde Rae Jolie-Ashe in 2011. She has continued her education with Master Trainers, Juergen Bamberger and Angela Crowley. She loves to work with golfers and is certified in GYROTONIC® for golf.

A Broadcast Journalism Degree from Northern Arizona University and her world travel began Sarah’s commitment to excellent communication. The creative style of her teaching is inspired by her background in ballet and athletics. Her classes are always challenging and customized for the clients. Sarah’s patience and compassion guide her clients to levels of fitness they never knew they could achieve. Unlimited potential through Pilates and GYROTONIC® is Sarah’s goal for her clients with her encouragement and training.


Krista Overly: Certified Pilates Instructor

Krista Overly connected with Pilates during her first mat class in 2004. Her previous experience through a Pilates DVD had left her wanting, but it was the experience with a live teacher that led to the “a-ha!” From that moment on she knew that sharing Pilates with others was part of her path and since 2006 Krista has studied and taught Pilates in the Denver area.

Krista’s Pilates certification is through PhysicalMind Institute and she continues her education with Pilates teachers from around the world. She has completed workshops in osteoporosis protocols, chronic pain and exercise adaptation, musculo-skeletal issues, and Pilates for structural integration in the body, to name a few. She is deeply interested in the bodily connective tissue systems and how they are affected by movement.

From her Bachelor’s degree in Education through a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology Krista has always strived to help others grow stronger in all dimensions of their lives. She is also certified in Vinyasa Yoga (2004) , Anjali Yoga, a restorative yoga practice (2008), and as a Personal Fitness Trainer (2012).  Each of these movement modalities has added more knowledge and awareness of body, breath, and spirit. Most of all Krista enjoys helping her clients find deeper strength, stability, and flexibility through Pilates to carry into their busy lives.