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Sounds of My Summer

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

Do you have a favorite “summertime” song?  Can’t think of any? As a singer and lover of most music, I’ll start the list for you.   I’ll go way back with Frank Sinatra and Summer Wind, which I would put into a category of the perfect song that could bring your BBQ or picnic to a close.  Next, if I am planning a late August brunch, I am thinking of a Sly and the Family Stone vibe, Hot Fun in the Summertime. 

Summer Nights from Grease. Ah, 1978, I am 10 years old and my sister and I just wanted to be Olivia Newton John – goo goo eyed for John Travolta.  Bananarama with Cruel Summer brings me back to my high school days, but if I had to pick the song, my song for 2022, it is Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith).

Is it the warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I hear this song because I am transported back to 1991? I was a year out of college, ready to conquer the world. I had already met Rico who would become my partner for life (he didn’t know it yet) and I was thinking I could be the next Patti Lapone. 

Today, I am obviously not the next Patti Lapone, but a pretty fine director of a little Pilates studio. What I do know is that the groove and the lyrics will set the exact mood for the upcoming summer season I want to have:

“Here it is the groove slightly transformed, Just a bit of a break from the norm…..

Summer, summer, summertime

Time to sit back and unwind.”

Our doors re-opened November 2021, but I think some time to sit back and unwind is needed. To nourish our bodies and souls. To re-charge the battery that has been on overdrive since the world slowly reopened. 

Pure Pilates will be open for services throughout July and August, but my musings you read in Inspire will go quiet. The virtual library membership is here for you, with over 100 workouts, but the ladies of Pure Pilates will not be recording any new content until the fall. Having a break from the norm is what I wish for you all this summer.

Until September…..Enjoy my Summertime Playlist on Spotify!

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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.