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Up Close and Personal: Kathy Celardo

written by Kathy Celardo, Pure Pilates Instructor

Kathy Celardo has been part of the Pure Pilates team since we opened our doors in 2007.  She was hired as the front desk receptionist, became the studio manager and loved Pilates so much that she went back to school to become a certified Pilates teacher.  In our Up Close and Personal series,  Kathy shares a few interesting things you may not know about her.

What makes you smile when you get up in the morning?

I love waking to the sound of birds singing outside my bedroom window. When the sun is shining and the birds are singing I know it’s going to be a great day. It reminds me to appreciate all the wonderful things in my life — even the simple things.

What is one book that has influenced you the most?

10% Happier by Dan Harris.  I found this book funny and insightful as the author navigates his personal challenges to balance work, life and relationships. He begins his journey not knowing what is missing in his life, takes a few wrong turns but eventually finds his happiness.

What are you binge watching right now?

Escape to the Chateau. I enjoy spending time in the French countryside while an English family renovates a 19th century chateau. The very creative husband and wife team take on interesting projects with the goal of hosting elaborate wedding events on the beautiful property.

Favorite snack?

Kettle Brand salt and vinegar potato chips.  The perfect balance of crunchy, salty and tangy deliciousness. I have to buy the smallest bag because I cannot stop eating them but it’s worth every bite.

1st Celebrity Crush?

Saun Cassidy.  He was a pop singer who also starred in the Hardy Boys Mysteries. I had several large posters of him in my bedroom. He had the perfect feathered 1970’s hair.

Rapid Fire:

  • Morning or night person?  MORNING
  • Extrovert or Introvert? INTROVERT
  • Coffee or Tea? COFFEE
  • Apple or Android Phone? APPLE
  • Bath or Shower? SHOWER
  • Dogs or Cats? DOG
  • Beach or Mountains? MOUNTAINS
  • Meat or Fish or Vege? VEGETABLE
  • Summer or Winter? SUMMER
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE

Favorite Pilates apparatus or Pilates exercise?

Chair.  I find that most exercises require a good deal of stability and balance on Chair.  It makes you work just a little bit harder for every exercise.

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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.