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Training for the Holidays

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

Thanksgiving is over and Pure Pilates has a gift for you.  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.

I decided that each workout should be short and sweet.  Our library includes classes as short as 15 to as long as 60 minutes.  Your time is valuable, but I am hoping you can squeeze in short bouts of movement during the holiday rush. I’ve opted for 15-minute classes for you to enjoy.

Variety in movement is truly the spice of life.  I want to feed your soul with different types of classes, styles and levels. Choose to breathe, stretch, sweat, release or all of the above. Every day is different and I believe our bodies will tell you what it needs. We just need to listen.

The shorter classes also offer an opportunity to layer a few workouts together to curate a unique 30, 45 or 60-minute workout. Here are my suggestions for what you might need to “train” for the holidays.

Is it Yoga? Is it Pilates? The 30 minute Chill Workout

Layer these 2 classes to start or end your day!

  • Chair Yoga with Laura H – I just love this class and how my body feels after! The seated stretches are based on yoga poses, but if you are familiar with Pilates you will enjoy what I think feels like “Mermaid” on the Chair. A great way to stretch, all while seated in a chair.
  • Yin Yoga with Rebecca – After the Chair Yoga class, I say grab a pillow (or foam roller) and hit the floor to release tension with slowly held poses. 

Sore back? Stiff Neck? The 30-minute I Must Step Away from On-line Shopping Workout

Get on your feet and layer these workouts that focus on standing exercises and strengthening your back!

  • Strong Legs with Katie – This workout is all about the legs, hips and butt and the resistance comes from performing all the exercises in a standing position. Focus on some balance work as well, but grab a chair for extra assistance.
  • Build to Swan with Kathy – Now that you have your lower body alive and awake, focus on opening your chest and strengthening the back line of your body.  Swan is a Pilates exercise that highlights the back muscles as well as the butt and back of the legs.  This workout is great for anyone sitting at a computer or in front of their phone.

Got an hour? The 45-minute Total Body Workout

Hit every muscle group and then stretch!

  • Head to Toe with Carol – You’ll feel every muscle in 15 minutes. First you’ll focus on your lower body in a standing position, then hit the floor to work on your abdominals and then end with pushups for the upper body.
  • On All 4’s with Tiffany – You’re already down on the mat, so continue with a quadruped (hands and knees) workout that highlights all the same muscles that you just worked with Carol, but in such a different way.  
  • Chair Yoga with Laura – Compliment your total body muscle work with a full body stretch, all in a chair. Now that’s the icing on the workout cake!

Access the gift of movement all month long!

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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.