Corinne is a ROCKSTAR pilates student. She is eager to take a correction. Her favorite exercise is the TEASER-most of us shudder at the thought. Corinne has been working from home for a few months now, and we love getting to move with her and reset her body after a long day sitting in front of her computer screen.
(Check out her inspiring technique in our instagram post)
We asked Corinne some fun questions, so you could get to know her a little bit too. (Fun fact not mentioned, she has several props at home to help deepen her practice….including a magic circle, foam roller, and two adorable pups, Paddy and Gemma.)
1. What do you do?
I’m a writer. Professionally, I work as a UX Content Strategist, but I also write creatively on the side.
2. Where are you from?
I grew up in Virginia, but I’ve moved around a bit. I’m currently based in Atlanta, GA.
3. How did you find pilates?
I started taking reformer classes a little over a year ago; it’s something I’d wanted to try for a while and then I discovered a local studio though ClassPass. Since quarantine began and I haven’t had access to a reformer, I’ve transitioned into mat pilates classes. Even though I miss being on the reformer, I love being able to take class more often now!
4. What’s your current favorite pilates exercise? I’ve gotten kind of obsessed with teaser! There are so many variations and new ways to challenge myself. It’s been exciting and encouraging to see myself progress over the last few months. (Honorable mention goes to rolling like a ball because it just feels so nice.)
5. What is your fav thing about pilates?
I love how strong it makes me feel! Before I got into pilates, I was training heavily in Muay Thai and even fought a few times, but I was starting to feel burned out and ready for something new. Pilates is so different than martial arts in a lot of ways, but they both revolve so much around breathwork and moving in ways that work with your particular body. I’ve learned that I don’t always need a high-intensity workout to challenge myself and feel like I’ve accomplished something. On another note, as a writer, I spend a lot of time seated, so working in a pilates class 4-5 times a week has really saved my spine!
6. If you could tell a beginner pilates student 1 thing before they take their first class, what would it be?
To focus on breathing! Even the most challenging movements become so much more doable when you breathe your way through them. It’s amazing how often we just stop breathing when something is hard, even though that just makes it so much harder.
7. What are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of classical music when I write (current favorites are Arensky’s Piano Trios and Max Richter’s recomposed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons). Outside of writing, Bruce Springsteen (my eternal summer favorite) and Metric’s album Pagans in Vegas.
8. What’s your favorite hobby these days?
I’ve been writing a lot of letters. It’s such a great way to connect with friends, plus I love finding cute stamps and stationery.
9. What’s the last bit of art that moved you?
I’m currently reading a new book of short stories by one of my favorite writers, Laura van den Berg. Normally I’m a fast reader, but I’ve been reading it really slowly and savoring it. Her writing can be very surreal but it captures the emotions that we struggle to identify; it feels like a really good book for right now. It’s called I Hold a Wolf by the Ears.
10. If things were normal and you could travel anywhere in the world (all expenses paid), where would you go?
I’d love to go to a city and just be around people and go to restaurants and museums and performances! My husband and I had a two-week trip to visit friends in England and Scotland planned in May that we had to cancel, so I’d like to get that back on the schedule.
11. Please, brag! We give you permission! What’s something you’re proud of recently?
A few months ago, I decided to start learning to write fiction, kind of on a whim but I’ve gotten really obsessed with it. I’ve been working on short stories all summer and have built a consistent daily writing process. It’s taken a lot of intention to find time and energy to write outside of work, since that’s what I do all day anyway, so I’m really proud of that! I’ve started submitting my writing to a few online literary magazines and zines, and (after a lot of rejections) one of my stories is going to be published!
Congratulations on your recent literary success, Corinne! We are endlessly impressed by you in and out of pilates class. That roll up though-DANG lady. Brava. You inspire us. Thank you for being a founding member of the collective!