Alissa has taught at Pilates on 66, on and off for the past 8 years. As a theater actor, she embodies the benefits of Pilates as a method designed for performers!
Who are you & what is your position at Pilates on 66:
Alissa: I am Alissa alter and I have been an instructor at pilates on 66 going on 8 years!
What brought you to Pilates?
Alissa: I started pilates when I was 15 at my ballet academy. It was part of the curriculum and I remember how hard it was when I started. I've been practicing ever since. Pilates has helped me prevent and rehabilitate injuries throughout my professional dance and acting career.
What keeps you coming back for more?
Alissa: There is always something new in every exercise. I find the stronger I get, the harder every exercise becomes!
What motivates you when you teach Pilates?
Alissa: Helping my clients do things they couldn't do before. From climbing a flight of stairs pain free to executing the teaser unassisted on the mat. I love when my clients surprise themselves with their strength
What do you focus on most with your clients?
Alissa: Enjoying their workouts and taking control of their bodies. I like to empower my clients to take charge in their workouts and take what we work on in our sessions with them when they leave the studio.
What are your current goals in your own Pilates practice?
Alissa: To balance out my pelvis! From years of dancing in heels and doing 8 shows a week my imbalances like to take over!
What do you struggle with the most?
Alissa: The neck pull. It is my kryptonite
What are the greatest benefits that you have experienced from your Pilates practice?
Alissa: A positive relationship to my body and injury prevention and rehabilitation while touring.
What is your favorite workout to do outside of Pilates?
Alissa: Yoga and dance class!
How long have you been teaching Pilates?
Alissa: 10 years :)
What do you love most about it?
Alissa: I love that there is always something new to learn. Our bodies are constantly changing so the exercises almost never feel the same.
What do you do outside of Pilates to keep your mind sharp?
Alissa: I do musical improv comedy at the Magnet Theater. Everything is completely improvised, the scenes, songs, and choreography.
What is your favorite meal or snack to recover from a challenging workout?
Alissa: Hard boiled eggs. I love them!