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Up Close and Personal: Katie Huddleston

written by Katie Huddleston, Pure Pilates Instructor

Katie is a wife and a mom of 3 adorable tiny human beings, but before that she was a professional dancer who performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and in the Broadway 1st National Tour of Anything Goes. She left a NYC Pilates studio to work at Pure Pilates and the clients just love her! Katie’s personality shines through as a teacher and in her answers in our latest Up Close and Personal blog post.

What are you binge watching right now?
Currently looking for the next favorite series, but some recent favorites: Queen’s Gambit, Yellowstone, Little Fires Everywhere, Billions, and Handmaid’s Tale

Favorite person in the world?
My husband is my favorite. We’ve been together since I was 15 so we know each other better than anyone. He continues to amaze me in the way that he strives to do better, not only as a human being, dad, and husband, but in his work. He is a television producer, and his work over the last five years has greatly impacted so many lives for the better.  He is the most humble, and can make me laugh harder than anyone….and let’s be honest, we all needed to laugh during, through, and after this past year!

Favorite snack?
My latest favorite snack is a Medjool date with a little bit of almond butter on top. It’s delicious. But I also love chips and salsa 🙂

Last book you read?
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo….a fascinating and important read especially as a white woman in America raising little humans. Highly recommend, as it makes you think outside your box, just when you think you don’t have one.

First thing you do when you wake up?
Drink the rest of my water on my bedside table. I try my best to start my day with water rather than coffee 🙂 Lots and lots of coffee.

Rapid Fire:

Morning or night person? MORNING
Left Handed or Right Handed? RIGHT
Tidy or Messy? TIDY
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE
Mac or PC? MAC
Dogs or Cats? DOGS

Sweet or Savory? SAVORY

Meat or Fish or Vege? FISH

Summer or Winter? SUMMER

Vanilla or Chocolate? VANILLA

Favorite Pilates apparatus or Pilates exercise?

The Chair! I have one at home and it has completely kept me sane this year. Longing for days in the studio, having a small apparatus at home has allowed me to not only work out, but connect with other teachers, past mentors, and create and explore exercises for my clients.

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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.