Heather was born and raised in Livonia, MI, a suburb of Detroit. She attended Western Michigan University where she was a member of the dance team – no, not a cheerleader ;-) She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. During a sales internship in New York City’s Garment District, she met her husband, “Big Rick.” The couple settled in NJ and have two children, Rachael (19) and “Little Rick” (16).
Now a favorite Pilates instructor, ironically, Heather was initially very skeptical Pilates. She was basically a “gym rat” but knew something was missing from her workouts. After having her children, she could not quite get her abdominals back to their pre-pregnancy shape, regardless of how many sit ups she did. She decided to try Pilates at a local studio where she lived. She did 10 private sessions, but did not see a difference. However, she remained committed and after more sessions, she started to see a difference. Furthermore, her gym workouts became more efficient. One fateful day Heather attended a Metuchen street fair where she met Michael and Wendy, two of Pilates & Company’s owners and the rest is history….
I had an intimate and insightful conversation with Heather. Read below to learn more.
Q: What is your favorite muscle group?
Heather: The brain! (Not sure if that’s a muscle, but we will take it.)
The brain allows us to focus on the muscles that we want to recruit and use.
Q: What is your favorite prop?
Heather: Bands – they enhance and intensify your workout.
Q: What different exercise disciplines to you practice?
Heather: I enjoy all different fitness modalities. But, I always comeback to Pilates and realign myself.
Q: What is your goal in teaching?
Heather: I want my clients to leave class feeling better than when they came in.
Q: What is your intention as you teach?
Heather: Every class is different, but I think each class should have one “ah-ha” moment - something that makes my students think and/or share with others.
Q: What fascinates you?
Heather: I’m fascinated with the ability for the human body to heal itself - mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Q: How do you spend your time off the mat?
Heather: I love to watch volleyball.
Q: Fun fact about yourself?
Heather: I always wanted to be a Rockette. I met the height requirement, but my proportions were off. My legs were too short and my torso too long.