Brooke Siler, named one of the top pursued trainers by Vogue magazine, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Pilates Body, and owner of the celeb haven re:AB Pilates in NoHo, gives us a glimpse into her daily life in NYC.
6:30 AM If my husband and I haven’t been woken up by one of our sons yet then this is my normal waking hour—no alarm needed. As a natural ‘morning person’ I don’t need coffee to get me started. A few stretches in bed and I’m ready for action! We immediately tag-team and start getting the kids ready for their camps. My 8 year-old has ADHD, so his routine is very orderly and involves checklists. He’s out the door with dad at 7:21 AM. My 6 year-old and I get a little more time together before heading out at 8 AM.
9:00 AM Arrive at my little one’s soccer camp in Central Park and, if no rush, I sit on a towel and take in the morning air. A little tweet of gratitude, then answer tweet-peeps who write me @BSilerPilates, interspersed with cheers of ‘Go! Go! Go!’ at my charging boy.
10:20AM Train it down to my studio, re:AB Pilates (since 1997!), and do my walk-through, saying ‘Hellos’ to all and making sure things are in order. Into the back office to get caught up on yesterday and readying for today.
11:40 AM Pilates workout to get the body on track for my two shoots this week! If there’s an apprentice around to teach me, I’ll rope them into giving me a session for their practice. If not, I give myself a tough workout anyway.
12:40 AM Food! I usually pop out and grab a lentil salad (add grilled chicken breast, please) from Le Pain Quotidien down the block.
1:00 PM Work with the apprentices in my Pilates Teacher Training Program by watching them teach non-paying client ‘bodies’ as we call them (not so P.C., I know!) and give them feedback and tips to increase the efficiency of the Pilates workout for the client. (If you’re interested in being a client ‘body’ for one of these free sessions, no experience is needed. In fact, the newer the better. Contact us attraining@reABnyc.com)
3:00 PM Shoot for LXTV. During the segment, I demo various Pilates exercises for getting toned for summer. The producer would also like to incorporate ‘Pilates moves you can do while sitting in a chair.’ Later this week I shoot for HollywoodLife.com, which will be similar stuff—minus the chair—and with a celebrity bend.
4:30PM Downtime for me in the studio is always spent fraternizing with the clients, teachers, and cleaning. My studio mantra: ‘If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!’
5:30 PM Train Women’s Health editor in chief [Michele Promaulayko]. I haven’t taken on regular clients (meaning regular standing weekly bookings) for two years, but I do make exceptions for extraordinary people, and this awesome woman is one of the exceptions.
7:00 PM Home to relieve the sitter, eat dinner, and hang with my little men. My older son gets home rewards from camp and almost without exception chooses a 10 minute massage from mommy. Love that! So here I am, massaging.
8:00 PM The boys are in bed and I read them a book or two.
8:30 PM Lights out now, but I lay on their bedroom floor to tweet and check emails with my phone’s brightness setting on dim.
9:00PM Downtime with the hubby. Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show sometimes followed by a movie and often canoodling on the couch.
10:30 PM ZZzzzzzzz….
P.S. For every day that takes me hour-to-hour, like this one, I try to take a recharge day to work from home, research, write, and reflect.