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written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

I spent a good part of December trying to figure out what I wanted to share in this first newsletter of 2022. My writing process looks something like this: Jot down a thought, quote or recent experience that I think is shareable, put it away for a few days and then pick one and start purging my brain. Some of my topics this month included “Starting a revolution for resolutions”,  “Getting Covid solved my control issues“ and “2021: Goodbye, good luck and good riddance”. Thank you BurgerMeister, Meister Burger for that last witty subject line! 

I must digress by saying that I LOVE all the stop motion animation Christmas shows from the early 70’s.  Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and The Year without a Santa Claus, my favs. Yes, they are part creepy, part scary but watching them this past December did spark a surprising amount of joy.

Digressing……That sums up quite a bit of 2021. My word for last year was Linger. But with lingering came drifting, straying, turning away and wandering. It sounds negative, but it’s not.

  • Drifting….in and out of daydreams and finding deeper creativity.
  • Straying….from any set ideas of how I should run my studio.
  • Turning Away…..from toxic people.
  • Wandering….into the abyss of People magazine, the NYtimes Spelling Bee game and binging Netflix.

Taking care of your health is complicated because it’s so much more than exercise and diet. Your emotional health must be part of the package and the lingering (and my therapist) gave me what I needed for my mental health, my well-being. 

Now that I have some cohesive thoughts on paper, I believe the subject line for my first newsletter should be Wisdom for 2022.

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.

-Maya Angelou

So here’s to moving our bodies, enjoying beautiful food, deep connections with others, quiet time for ourselves, laughing, loving, and guilt-free indulgences in 2022.

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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.