1. How long have you been a Pilates and barre instructor?
I've been teaching Pilates for almost 5 years. I always used many Barre moves in my Pilates classes, but just recently began teaching Barre.
2. What brought you to teaching Pilates?
I fell in love with Pilates over 10 years ago. Fitness was just becoming part of my life and I broke my foot. As I was healing I began doing different Pilates videos at home to just get moving and somewhat active again. I couldn't believe how long and lean it made me feel. Over the course of a few months I noticed the strength in my core and everywhere else and my flexibility was remarkably improved. I also loved the feeling of finally mastering a move I never thought I could and that I always had to modify. I always explain to my students how important the modifications are...they truly make you stronger. I simply had to share my love of this practice with others and that's why I decided to get certified.
3. How has Pilates and barre changed you? Physically and/or mentally.
Pilates has certainly changed me both physically and mentally. Physically I am so much stronger than I was before I starting practicing. The strength I built in my core as a result of Pilates, made so many other types of fitness doable for me. I am also much more confident and I am very happy and proud of my body. Before I discovered my love for Pilates, my weight was a constant struggle. Pilates changed that. In addition to the physical benefits I reaped many mental ones. I learned the importance of patience.
Next, I learned the importance of consistency and perseverance. I needed all those things to practice Pilates at the level I do today and that carries over to daily life.
4. What intrigued you about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre?
After taking a few months off from instructing I was so excited to join the team at Home Yoga & Barre. I couldn't wait to get back and share my love of of yoga, barre and Pilates with others. I absolutely love the way the studio is so involved in the community that it is located in. I think that's so important. Of course, I also looked forward to working with Jonelle and Alyssa and meeting new friends in fitness.
5. What's your favorite post class meal or snack?!
This is a tough one! I usually make protein shake that combines protein powder with frozen berries, spinach, almond milk and flax-seed. Currently I am also obsessed with Quest protein bars, the chocolate peanut butter is my favorite!
6. Complete this phrase..."On a typical Saturday you can find me..."
On a typical Saturday you could find me spending time with my husband, our families, or our friends. I normally get up and get my workout done in the morning so I have the rest of the day to do what I need to. My husband and I are big football fans, so during football season you could find us watching Penn State!
Join Joy this Thursday evening at 7pm for Pilates & Barre! Why not try something new and get ready for the weekend?!