We met up with Brooke Chaffee in the studio to find out how Pilates can turn you in to an everyday athlete.
Who are you & what is your position at Pilates on 66?
Brooke: Hi, I am Brooke Chaffee, a fun-loving, passionate and enthusiastic Pilates Instructor at P66.
What brought you to Pilates and what keeps you coming back for more?
Brooke: As a child, I was a dancer and figure skater who also played sports. I found the Pilates method through my college dance program. What I love about it is that Pilates never gets easy, there are always more places that you can take the work. In the beginning I couldn't help but notice that the level of my performance in dancing was escalated by my Pilates practice.
What motivates you when you teach Pilates?
Brooke: It motivates me to see the quality of movement improve for my clients. I aim to inspire my students to be everyday athletes no matter what age they are.
What do you focus on most with your clients?
Brooke: It depends on the individual but in general I focus on getting my clients to feel their bodies more fully through Pilates method so they can understand their strengths and limitations. Which leads to a better understanding of when to push themselves and when to just sit back and enjoy the results.
What are your current goals in your own Pilates practice? and what do you struggle with the most?
Brooke: Currently, I am working on hip stability, deepening my connection to my lower abdominals overall. I really like working out so weather its a really vigorous workout or a slower focused workout I just want to feel strong. Occasionally it is a struggle to hit my goal of consistently working out at a high level 4-6X a week.
What are the greatest benefits that you have experienced from your Pilates practice?
Brooke: Pilates has given me the ability to go into any other workout and instantly have an elevated level of connection and control in my movement and body. It gives me an advantage going into any physical activity so I can push myself further from an already elevated level.
What is your favorite workout to do outside of Pilates?
Brooke: I love biking in the warm weather or rowing in the cold weather.
How long have you been teaching Pilates?
Brooke: It will be 8 years in January 2017.
What do you love most about it?
Brooke: I love when my clients have epiphanies in the middle of their workouts and are able to connect what they do in the studio with their life outside of the studio.
Besides Pilates, what brings you joy in life?
Brooke: I love to take long bike rides to cultural sites around the city. I take acting class regularly and also travel abroad anytime I have the chance. My last destination was Tulum, Mexico. More than anything I love spending quality time with my friends and family.
What is your favorite meal or snack to recover from a challenging workout?
Brooke: Dates stuffed with almond are a great mid-day snack.