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Up Close and Personal: Carol Crincoli

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

Before opening the doors of Pure Pilates in 2007, Carol Crincoli was a singer, hoping to have a career in the theater and then found her love of fitness and movement. She realized she loved being an entrepreneur just as much as performing and in 1993 started her first business. CMP Fitness Inc. offered in-home personal training, programming for group exercise and “Fit Kids” birthday parties and nursery school movement classes. Carol loves to share her passions and what sparks joy for her in Up Close and Personal.

What is one book that has influenced you the most? I was given Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” around 1991 or 1992 by a member of Gateway Health in Fitness in Newark, NJ. I was the Aerobics Director at the time and still dreaming of becoming a Broadway star. The first “habit” of being Proactive taught me that I alone had the responsibility and ability to create whatever success I wanted.

What is your current obsession? The NYtimes Spelling Bee game.  I have it on my phone and I play it everyday.  When you become a “Queen Bee”, it means you’ve spelled all the words possible using the 7 letters provided.  I’ve been titled Queen 2 times!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? In 1982, my history teacher created a time capsule to be opened by our class when we were high school seniors.  One thing I wrote was that I was going to be a lead singer in a band. When I read this answer in 1986, I had been accepted to attend the Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre! 

1st Celebrity Crush? Donny Osmond. I had his album “A Time for Us”. He was so “dreamy” sitting in a field of flowers on his album cover!

Last thing that made you cry? I cry all the time!!! The last thing that made me cry (and consistently does) is the TV program “The Great British Baking Show.” I find the genuine kindness the bakers have for each other and their passion for baking to be pure joy.  I cry when they do something amazing and then I cry when they fail with one of the challenges.

Rapid Fire:

Left Handed or Right Handed? LEFT

Extrovert or Introvert? EXTROVERT

Coffee or Tea? COFFEE

Apple or Android Phone? ANDROID

Bath or Shower? SHOWER

Sweet or Savory? SAVORY

Meat or Fish or Vege? MEAT

Summer or Winter? SUMMER

Texting or Phone Calls? PHONE CALLS

Vanilla or Chocolate? VANILLA

Favorite Pilates apparatus or Pilates exercise? I have 2 favorite exercises. Swan Dive and Teaser. My body loves spinal extension and I feel like I am flying when I do Swan Dive on the mat. Advanced Swan on the Tower also feels amazing.  Teaser is a love/hate type of exercise, but when I can successfully perform straight leg teasers, I feel like a rock star! Teaser on the Reformer is really hard and it’s such a different exercise than Teaser on the mat. Teaser on the Tower is more of a feel good experience.  I love them all!

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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.