Hello again everyone!
We hope you all had a wonderful January, and are having a healthy start to February. We know that February can be a tough month… The weather is cold and dreary, the glamour of the holidays has worn off, and maybe your New Year’s Resolutions have not gone entirely according to plan. We know how you feel! Over here at Hysteria, we are continuing our three-part Find Your Fit series, where we are interviewing local studio owners, getting to know them a little bit, and seeking their advice on how to make 2017 your best and fittest year yet.
This week, we had the pleasure of meeting with the lovely Betsy Weissman from Pilates ProWorks. Located just a couple blocks off bustling King Street, Pilates ProWorks is a workout studio that incorporates multiple types of pilates classes into one bright, airy location. With different class options including Pilates Pro on their proprietary reformer (called the FitFormer), a mat pilates and yoga fusion class, matBox (our kickboxing/pilates fusion), and barre coming later this quarter. Pilates ProWorks has a variety of classes for anyone who is looking to spice up their workouts on a regular basis. Betsy was kind enough to sit down with us this week, chat with us about her studio, and give us healthy living tips for 2017.
Suzanne: Can you give us a little bit of information about your background, so we can get to know you a little better?
Betsy: Before I moved to Alexandria, I was a full-time attorney in Manhattan and then Connecticut, and fitness was just something I became interested in on the side. I was very interested in barre while living in Manhattan, but I wanted to try something different. I previously had issues with my back and neck from CrossFit and a wrist injury that affected my ability to do traditional yoga, so then I found Pilates. When we moved to Alexandria, I decided I wanted to focus the next twenty years on fitness and wellness and not just a full-time desk job anymore. The kids are teenagers, so it seemed like the time to lift off my own studio. I am still working as an attorney, but it is nice to have this business as well. I get the best of both worlds.
Suzanne: What are the benefits of pilates?
Betsy: I really do think pilates is the perfect workout. It is challenging, yet low-impact. I did hardcore workouts for years that left me with lots of chronic aches and pains. Our Pilates classes are attainable yet sustainable. Our workouts are hard core, challenging and work small muscle groups without putting you at risk for other injuries.
Suzanne: What makes Pilates ProWorks different?
Betsy: What really makes Pilates ProWorks different is our sense of community. We try to make it a welcoming environment for all of our clients, and we really make the effort to get to know everyone who comes through our door. I have a great team. It really does take a village to run a small business Our studio is great too, because we offer so many different classes, like PilatesPro reformer, our mat pilates & yoga, kickboxing classes with barre coming soon. Our clients can try many different things without getting bored. We find that it is also a great workout for couples to do together, as it is something that both men and women enjoy. Many times the men come for the kickboxing classes, and end up in the reformer classes before they know it!
Suzanne: A lot of Hysteria’s customers are busy working professionals. What advice do you have for them regarding a healthy lifestyle when time is limited?
Betsy: If time during the week is limited, then really make an effort Sunday night to sit down, look at your schedule, and plan out when you are going to workout. One thing about smaller studio classes is that if you cancel too close to the class, you still have to pay. This is actually a great thing because it holds you accountable, so you really do have to put it in your schedule like an appointment. I also recommend that you drink at least 60 ounces of water a day and have 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. Hard-boiled eggs are a great option that you can make ahead of time and easily have available in the morning. I can guarantee that if you prepare ahead of time to incorporate wellness into your lifestyle, you will feel the benefits pretty quickly .
Suzanne: What is your favorite thing about your job?
Betsy: My favorite thing about my job is that it has expanded my circle within Alexandria. I love getting to know the different members of the community, and the Alexandria small business owners are all so supportive of each other. I just love being a part of that.
Suzanne: What exciting things do you have planned for Pilates Proworks’ future?
Betsy: We just opened last August, so I am excited to continue our expansion this New Year. I am excited just to continue our success and take that success beyond just the Old Town area.
Pilates ProWorks is located at 1103 Queen Street in Old Town. Thank you so much to Betsy, Suzanne, and Hailey for their collaboration!