A Day in the Life of a Pilates Guru
July 18, 2012 | Homepage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food! I usually pop out and grab a lentil salad (add grilled chicken breast, please) from Le Pain Quotidien down the block.
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 at training@reABnyc.com)
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.
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!’
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.
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.
The boys are in bed and I read them a book or two.
Lights out now, but I lay on their bedroom floor to tweet and check emails with my phone’s brightness setting on dim.
Downtime with the hubby. Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show sometimes followed by a movie and often canoodling on the couch.
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.
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.