Teacher Focus Feature~ Monica Delgado

When you first meet Ms. Delgado, you are literally transfixed by her beauty. The thing is, she is SO much more than just her looks. Besides being stunning, Monica is an accomplished artist, phenomenal Pilates instructor, and all around inspiring person. I am truly blessed to have her kind, soothing energy in my studio. Here’s all about the woman behind that face…

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Unlike the majority of the Pilates community, Monica did not come to Pilates through dance. She did however find the method through healing an injury, as many instructors do. While weight lifting one day she injured her back and when rehabbing, her Physical Therapist introduced “pilates-based exercises” into her sessions. After doing them religiously for three weeks she was able to function normally again and she was hooked. That was ten years ago. After realizing the benefits of Pilates, Monica continued her practice and eventually became certified in the classical style through Peak Pilates.

Monica is most impressed with how Pilates is applicable to everything we do. Whether it’s sitting in a chair at your desk, climbing up or down the stairs, picking up a bag of groceries, throwing a football, or surfing some waves- Pilates is present. It’s the efficiency of movement that keeps her coming back, and while she looks “small and sweet” she’s not. Her sessions tend to be quite challenging but fun. She likes to give tons of “cookies”. Not the ones you eat…the Pilates ones. You’ll have to try a session with her to get your treat.

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When Monica is not in the Pilates studio putting her clients through their paces, she is at her art studio in Long Island City. She’s a visual artist, with a degree in painting but the work she’s doing now questions the conventional notions of what a painting is. Monica pushes boundaries not only in her teaching but with her art as well.

Here’s 5 fun facts about Monica:

1) I have a baby pillow I still sleep with, and can’t sleep without.
2) I was a cheerleader in middle school and high school.
3) I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
4) I have 200 something cousins, I think.
5) I was voted Teacher of the Year when I was an inner city middle school art teacher in Texas. Did that for 4 years.

For more information about Monica Delgado or to schedule a session email us studio [at] formpilates [dot] com at FORM Pilates today!

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Teacher Focus Feature~ Claire Danese

If you’ve been at FORM Pilates Union Square lately, then chances are that you’ve noticed our gorgeous Brit ballet dancer, Claire Danese slinking around. How could you not?!?! Personally, I first met Claire almost three years ago in a duet session with my mentor Shari Berkowitz. It was all I could do to keep up with this mother of two, while Shari put us through our paces.  I find that Claire is the perfect mix of strength and grace and is as inspiring to workout next to as it is to take a lesson with.

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Claire got her start as a ballet dancer, and trained at the Royal Ballet School in London. She quickly became a professional and has performed with major ballet companies throughout Europe. Her life as a dancer, led her to a deeper interest in the human body and eventually her Pilates certification from Power Pilates in 2008. Since then, she has developed her interest further focusing on Pilates benefits for the body and its ability to alleviate injuries and chronic conditions. After working at Equinox, Columbus Circle for more than 5 years, she is now focusing on her private clientele. She not only teaches privates but also duets at FORM Pilates. Being a mother has helped her hone the right balance between giving direction and being patient.  (We bet it does Claire!!!)

In alignment with her role as a Pilates instructor, she believes that mind body balance can lead to a healthier life. Claire is an avid runner, who has ran many half marathons and more recently the infamous NYC marathon. She will be running again in the NY Marathon this year, for the charity, NYRR Team for Kids (click here to donate and help Claire meet her goal!). It’s this dedication to exercising that makes for a excellent example for all of her clients. Claire is smart and cross trains year round with Pilates. She finds it elongates the muscles that have been contracted while running and skiing.

But don’t let the accent fool you though, she still likes to have fun.

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Here’s a couple fun nuggets you might not know about Claire:

  • She makes yummy kale chips and granola
  • She likes doing Sudoku (but only when she’s winning)
  • She’s a fan of Formula One car racing (from childhood)
  • She loves art, especially paintings from contemporary artists

When Claire isn’t hitting the slopes with her family she is enjoying her family life at her home in Battery Park with her family. We are lucky enough to have Claire at FORM Pilates Union Square.

Check out the video above to see Claire in action then click here now to view Claire’s schedule and book a session with her today!

New to our studio? Take advantage of our amazing New Client Special (3 Private sessions for $250). Do all three sessions with Claire or try out three different teachers until you find your match. Schedule your sessions today!

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