Meet NEW Bodylines Instructor Linda
Division 1 Athlete, Mom of 4, and new Grandma!
How did you discover Pilates and what do you love about it?
I discovered Pilates about 20 years ago after my 3rd child was born. Up until then, I had worked out at a traditional gym, lifting weights and running on the treadmill or outdoors. I bought a Winsor Pilates set which included 3 DVDs and a mat. I was drawn to Pilates because it is an ever evolving exercise for all people in different ways. You may take the same class weekly and each week a new cue will affect you differently recruiting deeper muscle connection, increasing flexibility, etc.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love helping clients work toward their goals. Seeing them have an eureka moment – after emphasizing anchored hip pockets and abdominals in and up during a private session, the client looks at you during a group class and says “thank you for the emphasis, my back doesn’t hurt anymore while doing swan.” I also love sharing my experiences and growth in Pilates to help others expand their depth.
Describe the type of client you are uniquely qualified to teach?
Because of my love of sports and experience in sport I am uniquely qualified to teach those who want to practice Pilates to improve their performance in the weight room, on the court, field, or track by improving their strength, stability, stamina and flexibility. I also think it’s important for clients to be excited to come to their workouts so I keep it upbeat and fun while working hard.
Tell us a bit about your life story
I grew up NYC, went to college and played volleyball at the University of Pittsburgh where I met my husband who was a member of the men’s basketball team. After college, I continued to workout and stay active while working as a realtor. We moved from Pittsburgh to Ohio and then to France for 3 years in the early 2000s. We always wanted to get back to the northeast so finally in 2016 we had an opportunity to move back, ultimately settling in Harvard.
What is life like for you outside the studio? (Hobbies, family, pets)
My husband and I have 4 children, all who have played or are playing sports in college. We’ve spent most of the last 12 years coaching and traveling with them. We have 2 doodle pups, Ollie and Rubie.
How would your family describe your personality?
I think my family would describe me as fun or funny (Bodylines team agrees- you are funny!), hard working and determined.
If you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you? and why?
1. My husband and 4 kids (oops that’s already too many)
2. A box of matches
3. A Pilates mat
4. (2) 15 lb. dumbbells
You’re dream vacation…(and why)
Sailing the British Virgin Islands with my family. Sailing is a work/play type of vacation. Sail to a new harbor, helping the captain with sails and ropes. Arrive at your destination for play and relaxation.
What’s a Fun (or funny) fact?
I ran a half marathon in 2014 and haven’t run since.
I speak French fluently.
When you were little you thought you were going to grow up to be?
I wanted to be a lawyer but instead I married one.