From the Pilates Studio is our new, once a week, column that offers specially designed fitness tips from our resident Pilates expert (and Patti's personal instructor), Sara Bogle of Pilates on 66.

But before we began actually sweating, we wanted to catch up with Sara and find out a little bit more about her! 

Restorsea: For someone who doesn’t really know anything about Pilates, how would you describe it?

Sara Bogle: Pilates is a movement system that strengthens and stretches the entire body using a series of mat exercises as well as spring driven apparatuses. It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, increases flexibility, and was created to provide a healthy body, mind, and well balanced life. The best part of Pilates is that it’s really good for everybody – my youngest client is 13 and my oldest is 86!  

R: Wow. What are some of the other benefits of Pilates?

S: Everyone always says they want the Pilates body, because we’re all about ‘stacking our core’ in our workouts. Another one of our big things is circulation. All my clients tell me how much it has helped with their cellulite, because we’re strengthening all those little muscle groups in the body by pulling everything tighter. My aunt actually describes this experience the best: she calls it shrink wrap, and says that after she’s done a Pilates session she feels likes she’s been sucked up and wrapped away.

R: Have you always been a fitness person? How did you get involved in Pilates?

S: I’ve always been active my whole life: I danced, did gymnastics and ran track – a little of everything. When I decided that I wanted to go to school for dance full time, I also purchased a Pilates DVD and became obsessed. I started going to the classes and doing it every day religiously and eventually just fell in love with Pilates. It totally changed my body, and made my dancing so much better.  I just kept going ever since.

R: What are some other fitness things you’re obsessed with right now?

S: I’m running the Brooklyn Half Marathon, so the other day I went to get fitted for new sneakers at JackRabbit, and I loved it. In their store they literally put you on a treadmill hooked up to a computer and analyze the curve and arch of your run. It’s crazy. I bought these Saucony sneakers and I ran 9 miles in them the first day. I don’t know how I did it, but I did it. I also really like these new Clif Shot Blocks. You take 3-6 before any physical activity and they’re literally blocks of gummy energy. I’m going to start eating them before Pilates – they get you so amped up.  

R: Your husband, Justin, is a two star Michel chef. How do you balance fitness when I’m sure there’s so much good food?

S: During the week I’m very good and regimented, but on the weekends I let myself enjoy. I think that there is a balance and you can’t really restrict yourself too much.

Every now and then I do a little challenge with myself where I don’t have any wheat, dairy, and alcohol for 24 days. I’ve done this three times, and I felt amazing each time afterwards. I like doing fun little things like that, but it’s also important to recharge your body. It’s like, juicing for a few days is great, but you also need to have a balance and stay healthy.

R: It’s not really healthy to just juice?
Right. The thing with juicing is that you starve yourself for five days, and then you eat something solid and it just hangs off your bones, because your body is literally starving. We just bought a juicer, and it’s great I love drinking things fresh, but we also eat too.

Be sure to check back next Friday for her first weekly tip.