Core Pilates NYC
My journey with Pilates began in 1991 when I was injured as a dancer and encouraged to try Pilates to help rehabilitate me through my injury and it worked! As I continued taking Pilates classes, I realized that even though I had been dancing and working out for years, Pilates was the only form of body conditioning that made me feel grounded, stable, and strong.
Cut to 2002 when I opened my Pilates studio Core Pilates NYC® and started on a mission to share the benefits I experienced through Pilates and to help people feel just as good as I did, or better.
Some say Pilates is a fad or a trend, but in reality it is a proven method of exercise that is truly the foundation for everyday living.
I’m preaching to the choir for those of you who have done Pilates and are hooked. But for those of you who have not experienced the method, know that it will change your body and move your spine in a way that stabilizes you for all of those things that you love to do.
So let’s look at Pilates from this perspective; I always love a good analogy. If you think about Pilates as the cement in the foundation of your house — the walls and roof that keep you safe and your home held together — then the paint, furniture, and curtains would be like your daily activities: spin class, walking your dog, standing as you cook, sitting at your desk, or playing with your kids. Without the structure, the other things would not have a stable place to exist. Without the stability, breakdown begins to occur. Pilates is a process — and as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s the real deal and if you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go — your body will thank you!
Now, almost 15 years later, I continue to be a passionate Pilates fan and stand by the method for all it has to offer. Pilates is a focused, mindful form of exercise that requires you to be present in your body in order to notice and to focus on how you are moving, while practicing each exercise with intention. One of my dear clients, celebrity chef and author of newly released “The Chef Next Door”, Amanda Freitag has said, “As a professional chef who endures long hours and aches and pains, Kim and her Pilates instruction got me back on my feet and stronger than ever.”
My studio, which started out with 450-square-foot space in a chiropractor’s office, has grown to a 4,500-square-foot loft space in a historical landmark building in the Flatiron district of New York City.
As my business continues to evolve with new, fun classes and rock-star teachers, I see my clients change their bodies, eliminate chronic pain, and live happier lives. My personal growth, and the growth of my business, is proof to me that Pilates is here to stay.
So now I invite you to experience some Pilates with me in this 10-minute video. We will practice the half roll down to gain stability in your abdominals and back while using your arms to challenge your core. If you choose, you can add 1 or 2 lb. weights to this exercise to add a little extra to the workout. It’s a nice, quick way to start your day, so let’s do it!
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