Allison is one of our newest instructors with a backround in competitive sports and an MBA from NYU!
Who are you & what is your position at Pilates on 66?
Allison: Allison Bowers is the name my parents gave me. I'm a Pilates instructor!
How long have you been teaching Pilates and what do you love most about it?
Allison: I began teaching in 2008, as an apprentice. I finished my certification in 2010 and could officially call myself an instructor then. I view myself as a facilitator. I'm there to provide information, to coach you and offer support. Ultimately though, it's the client who is putting in the work and making changes. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing your clients work hard and reap the benefits.
What brought you to Pilates?
Allison: I found Pilates in college. I was rehabbing my knee post surgery, doing physical therapy and not getting results. My mother, who's been doing Pilates longer than I have, bought me a package of sessions as a Christmas gift. I remember leaving my first session clueless as to what we had done but feeling this immediate sense of relief. I floated out of the studio that day. I knew I had to keep doing it.
What keeps you coming back for more?
Allison: The work is informative and keeps you honest. I'm very active and enjoy a variety of activities, which all have different focuses.I find Pilates to be foundational to other forms of exercise where everything just shows up. If I'm tight on one side, weak in an area, etc. I will pick up on this in the studio and make corrections.
What motivates you when you teach Pilates?
Allison: My clients and content. Clients because they are trying to better themselves, which is brave and exciting at the same time. Content because Pilates works and I want everyone to benefit from it.
What do you focus on most with your clients?
Allison: Technique and fun. I can look at someone and instantly know if they have Pilates in their body or not. It's a noticeable connection that occurs when you're moving properly and there's a coordination of "mind, body and spirit," to quote Joe. Ultimately It's my goal for each of my clients to posses this, along with fun! Well that one should be obvious :-)
What are your current goals in your own Pilates practice and what do you struggle with the most?
Allison: I'm working towards a more mobile thoracic spine and opening my hips. Extension is hard for me because I'm not naturally flexible that way. It feels great when I do it correctly. When I don't do my regular workouts every week my back goes into distress.
What are the greatest benefits that you have experienced from your Pilates practice?
Allison: Learning how to breathe efficiently has led me to be more in-tune with my body than ever before. That is the greatest gift.
What is your favorite activities to do outside of Pilates?
Allison: Tennis was my first love, it's the best sport ever to play!! I also love to swim, ride bikes and do yoga. Once a week I do Zumba, to remind myself to let go and not take myself so seriously!
What do you do outside of Pilates to keep your mind sharp?
Allison: Outside of Pilates, I go outside. I feel very connected to nature and when I feel it slipping, it's time to leave the city for the great outdoors. I also rely on music and creative projects to keep me inspired. Oh and I sleep, the recommended amount.
What is your favorite meal or snack to recover from a challenging workout?
Allison: I love avocado, whether it's a supporting cast member or has a lead role. My newest thing: Vega protein powder, chocolate almond milk, avocado, banana, and ice. It's a nice treat.