We sat down with Victoria Torrie-Capan the owner of Pilates on 66 to find out how she got interested in Pilates and what keeps her passion for the practice alive.
Who are you & what is your position at Pilates on 66?
Victoria: As the owner of Pilates on 66 my goal is to bring together a team of highly motivated and educated fitness professionals. My vision is for each client to have a team of instructors invested in their individual fitness goals.
What brought you to Pilates?
Victoria: While attending a summer dance intensive at Goucher College my first Pilates class was mandatory and I disliked every moment of it because it was so hard! Five years later as an undergraduate student at Goucher College I began studying Pilates, seeing immediate results in my overall strength this time around I was convinced I had to stick with the method. The system of Pilates is so comprehensive I am never bored with my workouts. A basic exercise can become the most challenging when executed properly, after 15 years of practicing I continue to find room for improvement.
!(/content/images/2016/06/WAL_8863_edited.jpg) Victoria with her client Michel during a Pilatesology shoot in 2014
How long have you been teaching Pilates, and what do you love most about it?
Victoria: I have been teaching Pilates for 12 years. My clients inspire me to continue learning about the possibilities of the human body.
What motivates you when you teach?
Victoria: In my undergraduate work I studied the physical and psychological development of the body while also studying Pilates at the same time. I quickly realized that the Pilates method is unique in the approach to movement. The original Pilates method uses movement sequencing and spring based equipment to communicate directly with nervous system. This is how we build habits which is really the only way to promote lasting change. There are many principles that guide us in Pilates, first and foremost is concentration.
What do you focus on most with your clients?
Victoria: I like to first use the Pilates system to correlate my client’s workouts to their strengths and interests. Each client must be motivated to be present and promote change in their bodies, only the individual can do this. When I know a client is ready to take the step toward change I use movements familiar to their bodies to illustrate weaknesses. This is when the real work begins and sometimes it takes people many lessons to get to this place, others walk in with this intention from the start.
!(/content/images/2016/06/DSC_3709.jpeg) Victoria teaching in Santiago Chile during a conference 2015
What have been the greatest benefits you have experienced from your personal practice?
Victoria: I have the confidence the to start any athletic pursuit and know that I can be successful because of the coordination, strength and spatial awareness I develop through my Pilates training. Currently I am trying to learn to be stable and supported without tension. With an athletic body that can be easily overworked, my goal is achieving more strength with less effort.
!(/content/images/2016/06/VTC-Atlast-CPE--Upside-down_edited.jpg) Victoria taking a lesson with Alisa Wyatt at Atlas Pilates Seattle, WA
What is your favorite workout to do outside of Pilates?
Victoria: For cardio I do indoor rowing and sprints with my very fast dog Delilah, she outruns me and enjoys winning. I also have been working on building a yoga practice. My favorite application of my Pilates practice is horseback riding, it is constant work in progress.
What do you do outside of Pilates to keep your mind sharp?
Victoria: I love to read and learning to run a business has given me lots to read about.
What is your favorite meal or snack to recover from a challenging workout?
Victoria: Half an apple with almond butter and a hug from Delilah