How did you get into Pilates?
I discovered Pilates while in nursing school. At the time, I was sitting for 5-6 hours, and everything was starting to hurt. One of my nursing instructors was a Pilates instructor and suggested that I try it out. Not only did Pilates help my body feel better, but it mentally helped me too. This was my outlet during school: it was the best hour of the week. My husband was a pro athlete, and I saw that he could also benefit from Pilates. I wanted to find a workout modality that would include everything: cardio strength training and mental health.
Why is Pilates your passion?
Because it’s my outlet when I’m stressed. I turn to Pilates for everything. I saw the benefit through my husband, family, and everyone I know – so I’m just a Pilates cheerleader for everyone!
Why did you become an instructor?
I became an instructor because of New York Pilates. I began taking privates through NYP, and an instructor suggested I go through the training. When I take classes, it’s the best hour of my day, and I want everyone to feel that way.
What makes your class sweaty?
We do a lot of butt stuff. When you have strong glutes, you look great, your back feels great, and you feel strong. I include heavy springs squats, lunging, and side-lying. We’re not taking too many breaks – similar to a high-intensity workout. We hit every single body part with an emphasis on the butt! Everyone loves that next day burn.
Why do you love teaching at NYP?
It’s really fulfilling to have come full circle. I started as a student, went on the retreats, and I’ve truly met some of the most amazing people. I’m drinking the NYP Kool-Aid!
How long have you been an instructor?