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25 Random Facts About Pure Pilates

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

  1. The first studio location opened in October of 2007.

3. I stand by the belief that an organized space allows for an uncluttered mind. This makes for a positive teacher/client experience.

4. One of my first gifts when I opened in 2007 was a “swear bear.” The stuffed animal still sits in the break room. It can be useful and fun all at the same time. Yes, the bear is a bit raunchy.

5. Teacher Kathy Celardo has been part of the PP Team since we opened in 2007.

6. Kathy was hired as a front desk receptionist and loved Pilates so much she got certified to teach.

7. Our Japanese Fighting fish named Joe lived at the front desk. Bettas are known for their positive energy. He lived quite a long time and when he passed he was replaced with another Betta we named Clara.

8. Before streaming music, the studio played a collection of CD’s. One favorite was by a Brazilian musical artist named Seu Jorge.  The CD was “The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions” (for the soundtrack to the film starring Bill Murray) a collection of David Bowie songs recorded by Jorge in Portuguese. 

9. Our candy bowl was filled with Tootsie Rolls.

10. Pure Pilates Green is Rain Forest Dew by Benjamin Moore with a complementary splash of Jalapeno Pepper.

12. Carol’s husband Rico was her first Pilates student when she was an apprentice, practicing to become a teacher.

13. Rico continues a Pilates practice one time per week.

14. Early on, Kathy and Rico struggled with the exercise, Teaser. They were in a competition to see who would be the first to perform a successful Teaser. I cannot remember who won.

15. Piloxing was once part of our small group classes.

16. Adding TRX suspension training to our programming was a wise decision. It’s the perfect complement to a Pilates practice.

18. The 3 deciding factors that sealed the deal to open on River Road: Size, Natural Light and Parking.

19. Virtual Pilates and our clients who Zoomed with us allowed the studio to survive and reopen.

20. Our teachers love coffee. We have a red Nespresso Maker in our new breakroom. The coffee and espresso are so good!

21. The “scent” of the studio is Festa by Alora.

22. I have “Juju Spray” made with Sage oil. I spray the studio if I believe the energy is bad.

24. There is no front desk at our new studio. But we do have a comfortable living room.

25. The workout area is now the Playground. Come play with us!

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.