What led you to become a Barre instructor?
Growing up I was always into athletics (really just any way to move my body!) and breaking a daily sweat. Whether it was running 35+ miles a week for cross-country or sprinting over hurdles on a track, I wanted to get moving. This amount of mileage and stress at a young age unfortunately led to three bulging and rotated discs in my back by the age of 16. Luckily enough for me, this also led me to test out my first Pilates Class. I instantly fell in love with the movement and mindfulness of the practice and became hooked. By the time I was 18 I was working under my mentor and was certified at 19. I taught throughout college and fell in love with being an instructor when I saw that my students, whether they were in college or in their 60’s, were growing stronger and more confident in their abilities. Personal reasons may have led me to Pilates and Barre, but the love of my community and friendships has kept me engaged as an instructor.
What pose, exercise or sequence challenges you the most right now?
I am always a fan of a good full body workout, but I tend to always hit glutes for a few extra minutes in my classes. I have a sequence of standing and side-laying moves that always challenges my class (and me!) when they’re added into my routines. No matter how many times they’ve been done before, we all always feel them! That’s the amazing thing about Barre and Pilates, we work the small muscles that are so often missed that you’re sure to feel that fire churning!
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
The connections that you make with the community! It’s amazing to walk into a class as strangers and leave feeling this amazing connection to one another. Some of my Pilates Barre Students have become great friends and even knew about my pregnancy before some of my family did! (Sorry to any family that’s reading this!)
Where would you most like to travel, and why?
Now THIS is a hard question! My husband and I were fortunate enough to travel to 9 different countries in Europe over 12 days this past February and it struck an amazing bout of wanderlust in us both.
The two biggest places I’d like to travel next would be a hiking trip in Peru and an extended stay in Greece. We actually had planned a 5-day hiking trip on the Lares Trek in Peru for July 2017 but unfortunately had to cancel (or post pone I should say!) when we found out I was pregnant and had a rough time with morning (all day) sickness. We’re just postponing that adventure in order to start our biggest adventure ever coming in December!
Outside of teaching, what do you like to do for fun?
Anything outdoors! There is no better time for me than being on a tough hiking trail with my family and friends. Whether it’s a 4-mile hike at Gunpowder with my husband and dog (Wildlands Loops is my favorite) or a 28-mile hike in the Appalachians with my Dad.
When I’m not outside breaking a sweat, I will admit I can be quite the homebody! I love having friends and family over to cook a big meal or just hanging out with my dog and a big cup of tea J
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Well I would say that most people might not know that I’m pregnant- but the cats out of the bag on that one! When I announced it to my class I was so touched by all of the well wishes I received, and also had quite the laugh when my regular 6:15 AM crew said that they already knew… I guess you can only claim food poisoning so many weeks in a row before people catch on 😉
A real fact though- growing up I was a State Champ in horseback riding! I started riding when I was 7 years old and was instantly in love with these amazing animals. I almost always rode retired/rescued thoroughbreds and owned one horse named Trouble!