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The Gift of 15 Minutes

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

In early 2020, when Pure Pilates was forced to close, we pivoted with virtual workouts and focused on what our community wanted and created workouts that supported our clients and the challenges they were facing.

If you scrolled through social media during this time, you would have thought that work/life balance was easily achieved with all the bread baking, puzzle making and virtual cocktail hours being shared with the world.  But during the pandemic people struggled to fit in quality time for themselves. Many of you had children “going” to school from their bedrooms. I know that I tussled for office space with my spouse. Did you? And without a commute or anywhere to go, we found ourselves working longer days and wondering where the time went.

I started to fit in a minimum of 15 minutes of movement into my day for myself and I wanted to encourage that for my clients and the Pure Pilates community.  We started offering Flash-15 workouts where you could take yourself out of your head and enjoy 15 minutes of movement.  Our teachers also taught complimentary live and recorded workouts to share with all of you. We’ve recorded so many that we have an amazing virtual library of over 60 workouts to offer!

Even before the pandemic and now as we are coming out of it, time is a precious commodity. So, how can you make the most of 15 minutes? And yes, I can hear some of you saying, “what can I accomplish in 15 minutes?” Plenty! With a bit of planning and creativity, you can put together a simple, effective movement routine for yourself. To help you get started, I offer you the gift of 15 minutes with my workout Head to Toe as an example.

Just as the title suggests, the class starts with a standing routine that focuses on your lower body. Head to the floor to work your core and finish this total body workout with planking and push-ups your upper body.

Head to Toe with Carol (15 minutes)

In 15 minutes you can meditate, do yoga or focus on your core strength or increase your flexibility.  Our virtual library offers a variety of 15, 30 and 60 minute for all levels of fitness. Love Head to Toe? Maybe try our library free for 7 days.

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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.