Meet Joy!

You've seen her name on the schedule the last two months. You've thought about possibly coming to Pilates & Barre on a Thursday night, but something else came up. Maybe you've come to Joy's classes before, and you've loved them - but you don't know much about her. 

We are bringing Joy to YOU! Learn a little more about our instructors on our blog every so often as we interview and introduce them to you in a different way! You may learn something about them you wouldn't have expected! :)

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?!