Meet THE WOMAN OF THE MONTH: Renee Weingrad, Classically Certified Pilates Instructor and Owner of Scarsdale Pilates.
I am so excited to introduce you to this incredible woman who I have known and admired for many years, Renee Weingrad, a loving mother, talented Classical Pilates Instructor, Lady Boss and just a beautiful woman inside-out. We had met years ago when our older kids were in preschool and followed our lives since then.
Tell us briefly about yourself and what you do?
I own and manage a classical Pilates studio in a Scarsdale, New York. We have 15 certified instructors all classically trained in the original tradition of Joseph Pilates. Scarsdale Pilates (originally Center for Movement) was the first pilates studio in Westchester and has been at its location for over 20 years! In addition to managing the studio I am also classically certified and teach Pilates to clients of all ages and from all walk if life.
What’s your daily self-care routine?
I meditate every morning even if its only for 5 minutes to enjoy my cup of coffee. I hit the mat right after for some basic mat Pilates and stretching. I try to squeeze in some light cardio every day too. Hiking or walking my dogs on the Bronx river parkway is my favorite way to do get the heart rate up but also get the benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun. Other ways I love to focus on self care is with a daily bath. I am a huge fan if epsom salts and own every brand out there for nightly soaks! Lastly for a little extra self care I do restorative yoga before bed. My kids know this time is non negotiable and even join me on the mat sometimes to do their own version of yoga. Often the dogs join too (mostly to nap!)This routine really helps me to unwind after a long day of teaching.
How staying active benefits you physically and mentally?
I live by Joseph Pilates belief “you are as young as your spine is flexible” staying active with my body has kept me stronger now than I was in my 20s! I had 4 c sections and spent all of my pregnancies on bed rest so I know the difference and how lack of movement can really affect your mood. I feel lucky to have found Pilates as a way of staying fit but also as a practice for overall well being. The principles behind the method of Pilates help you to find your center in each session and, much like yoga, there is a real mind-body connection that happens if you practice on a regular basis. You can’t help but feel energized and in a good mood after every session.
What is one thing you would recommend women to do in order to stay healthy?
Move your body. Every single day. Just make some time for you. Even just 10 or 20 minutes. You don't have to be dripping sweat, out of breath or “feel the burn” to get the benefits of exercise. In fact as we get older a safer approach is often recommended. Pilates, yoga, biking, walking, swimming, stretching … all great ways to stay active at any age. The key is to stay consistent. Just carve out time for you to get up and move!
What inspires you?
Joseph Pilates of course! Even though he passed away his legacy remains. Over 26 countries now have studios and in the US alone over 9 million people practice Pilates regularly!
Have you ever been so discouraged that you wanted to quit?
I am huge advocate of moving forward in spite of circumstances! I love the concept of making lemonade from lemons. I strategically placed art depicting lemons all around my home as a daily reminder.
What are your favorite W&W pieces, and why do you love them?
The completer! So soft and versatile. Wore it on a recent trip to Florida. Was great as a layering piece!
Renee Weingrad, Classically Certified Pilates Instructor and Owner of Scarsdale Pilates.