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Gift Giving Guide from Pure Pilates

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

The holidays are here and the ladies of Pure Pilates have come up with their favorite gift ideas for you. We share why we love these items and include the links to make shopping quick and convenient for you.

I’ll kick things off with something FREE, something FITNESS and something for the neat FREAKS like myself.

First, the FREE. I’ve chosen 6 workouts from our OnDemand Library, featuring one class from each of our teachers. It’s 90 minutes of movement until January 2, 2022. It’s not only a gift to the community, but a thank you for the generosity and support you offered us in 2021. Share with everyone you know.

Now let’s talk FITNESS.  To re-create a Pilates apparatus workout, without the equipment, I recommend the Balanced Body Tower on the Go. The Tower on the Go is an affordable way to access all the Tower exercises that you perform with the arm and leg springs.  It attaches to your door! Yes, safely to your door.  During lockdown, my client purchased The Tower on the Go just so she wouldn’t miss her “feet in straps.” It’s just like an in-studio experience.

I am a proud NEAT FREAK so when I found this next item, I decided to purchase it for myself and for all my favorite ladies in my life! You must head to their website and watch the promo video. Genius! The Bagnet! This fashionable magnet will hold your purse (up to 8lbs). It’s a SMALL business started by Kelley Darling in 2014 and now employs 6 women to run The Bagnet Company.

Kathy Celardo shares gift ideas that highlight her love of cooking, organizing and sport!

I have purchased these beautiful handcrafted utensils and bowls for myself and well as gifts.  I am happy to support this small company in Montana. Earlywood Designs.

Who doesn’t need a little organizing!  RuxRoll winds up cords with ease. With a single tug, you can curl up headphones, mouse cords, chargers and cables.  I am giving these as a party gift for our Christmas Eve gathering. RuxRoll Organizer.

Funky socks that perform for the athlete in all of us.  I purchased these socks for my whole family as a “stocking stuffer” item. Endur Socks

Tiffany Mortimer loves to ski (except when she is blowing out her knee) and she came up with the perfect gift ideas from one of her favorite places for winter fun.

I like to purchase locally made gifts from places that we love to visit.  We love Vermont and they have a great selection of local foods and beverages that can be put together for a “Taste of Vermont” type thing.  Besides great beer and cider, Vermont is home to the Teeny Tiny Spice company, Runamok and Lake Champlain Chocolates. They all make great gift sets or you can purchase them individually and create your own themed basket!

Rebecca Noerr shares a great idea to stay warm this winter.

I love this oversized sweater, it’s super comfortable, cozy – not too hot or itchy. You can wear over leggings or with jeans. Bought one for my daughter & sister in-law. Definitely go down in size – it’s roomy!

Katie Huddleston lets us know what a great gift-giver her husband is.

My husband gave me this mini blender this year and it is my favorite! It makes just enough and you flip it over to drink right from the glass. Comes with a top for easy-to-go smoothies and a breeze to clear. I’m making so many more yummy smoothies now that I don’t have to pull out my big Vitamix.

Laura Harrell gave me the game Qwirkle last year for Christmas and Rico and I couldn’t get enough of it as we were shut in during the cold months. This year Laura shares another game for under the tree.

I highly recommend the Hygee Game. It is a great game for group gatherings. The Hygee helps bring people together by encouraging people to share stories and converse, both in a playful and thoughtful way. The game has more than 300 thought-provoking questions – it’s perfect for when you feel you’ve run out of conversation!

Don’t forget the studio has online options for your last-minute gift purchases!

Now you can purchase a gift card for our Virtual Library membership. Purchase one month for $15.00 as a thoughtful stocking stuffer or give the gift that keeps on giving and purchase the library for one year at $120.00.

Pure Pilates Gift Cards for in-person and virtual appointments make the perfect stocking stuffers.. We sell them in denominations of $25, $50, $75 and $100.

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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.