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Up Close and Personal: Tiffany Mortimer

written by Tiffany Mortimer, Pure Pilates Instructor

Tiffany is a woman with many talents! She has been teaching at Pure Pilates for over 3 years and has been Carol’s right hand gal, taking on the role of studio manager. Get to know Tiffany in our latest up close and personal segment.

What are you binge-watching right now? I just started watching Broadchurch.  I rarely watch TV so this will take months, not sure if that’s binge-watching but it’s as close as I can get.

Favorite snack?Almonds/cashews I usually always have a bag of them with me but they have to be raw and unsalted.

5 songs on your current playlist? Good Life by Kanye West, Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Lovesong by The Cure, Room Without a View by The Smithereens, Terra Nova Cain by The Church. My music is all over the place and I’m not afraid to mix any genre together on my playlist.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor, I loved then and still love anything science/medical.  In college I decided that being in the lab was the most enjoyable place for me and switched to a chemistry degree.

First thing you do when you wake up? Stretch and try to figure out why today’s random song is playing in my head.   I usually wake up to music playing in my head (and it’s not my alarm) and it’s always a random song that I would most likely not listen to on a regular basis. The latest song was Casey Jone by The Grateful Dead. I really don’t even listen to The Grateful Dead very often, if ever. Maybe it’s a form of some psychosis but at least it’s pleasant.

Favorite type of food or meal? Sushi or anything seafood.

Rapid Fire:

Left Handed or Right Handed? RIGHT

Tidy or Messy? TIDY

Extrovert or Introvert? INTROVERT

Coffee or Tea? COFFEE

Mac or PC? MAC

Apple or Android Phone? APPLE

Dogs or Cats? BOTH

Beach or Mountains? BEACH

Meat or Fish or Vege? FISH

Summer or Winter? SUMMER

Favorite Pilates apparatus or Pilates exercise?  My favorite apparatus is the combo chair. I love the added balance challenge that can be achieved with the chair.  It forces you to stabilize before every movement and doesn’t allow the abs to take a break.

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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.