With Julia Mercier and Marisa DiLemme
So for a change in pace, this week’s Plank Profile focuses on two friends who work together, shop together and most importantly…Plank together! Meet best friends: Marisa and Julia.
Top five things people should know about Julia? (as told by Marisa)
1. Julia loves Schiller’s
If you want to find Julia, that’s the first place to look. She loves it!!! We try to suggest other places to go, but somehow she always ends up there. It was her favorite place before she moved to NYC: she had dreamed of living in the neighborhood…and this wish came true.
2. Julia used to be a lawyer
She now works in professional development, which means, most of the time, that she is the in house therapist at her firm. She helps everyone become better lawyers in an endlessly stressful environment. She is a super positive presence that is missed when she’s not in the office.
3. She’s Canadian
Actually, she’s a Montrealer and proud to be so. We make fun of that fact at least once a day. Nuff said, eh?
4. She loves to SHOP
The other day, we sent each other sample sale notices at the same time! We love a bargain, especially on high-end goods, of course!!! It’s a fun activity we share and can do together.
5. Julia has a rockin’ husband
He is so good to her and they are incredibly in love. He is supportive of her and all of her friend’s endeavors (he even sends us sample sale notices!!!) I admire their relationship.
Top five things people should know about Marisa? (as told by Julia)
1. Marisa has great style
She’s one of the few people I look up to in terms of style. She’s always brilliantly put together. When she first came to Pilates with me, I asked for her not to “glam up” and she showed up, looking fabulous as always. (SEE PIC OF HER TANK BELOW!!)
2. Marisa is a corporate lawyer
She went to Fordham law school where she, of course, was a force to be reckoned with…a natural trendsetter. She made t-shirts for her class that became a tweeted sensation.
3. Marisa used to work at Sony
She loves music, and still talks about the time she worked on the Beyoncé video “Single Ladies.” It some ways, it seems to have prepared her for the high stress environment of law. I mean, what could be more stressful than dealing with a Beyoncé video?!!!!
4. Marisa is a HUGE Fall Out Boy fan
She even appeared in one of their videos! She has been to over 100 concerts of theirs and wrote a personal statement about them for her entry into law school. She would do anything to represent them one day.
5. She’s a pescatarian
For those of you who don’t know, that is someone who just eats fish. She has been since fourth grade…in fact; she is very picky about all food.
What brought the two of you to Pilates?
Marisa hates exercising. She wanted to focus on toning her body and fell in love. Her mom has been doing it forever (and even sends her Pilates clips online!) It helped her with her back problems as well.
Julia had always gone to the gym but was looking to try something new. One of her colleagues had mentioned Pilates, and she looked into what was available close by. As a lower east sider, a love for PLANK PILATES WAS BORN!!
Why PLANK PILATES?
Julia introduced Marisa to Plank. Marisa loves the early morning walk from NOHO to the studio. Sky and Shawn make her laugh constantly. As someone who didn’t work out often, PLANK made her feel immediately comfortable. She was able to be weak or make mistakes and not feel judged.
Also the small classes are a huge plus in terms of personal attention.
Julia had initially been intimidated. Pilates seemed like an activity of the “fabulous.” But she was sold by the welcoming environment, Mason jar water and eucalyptus towels. It was love at first workout.
They both are excited for every class…it makes every day better. And a bonus: these two friends get to spend some extra time together.
Top Tips for staying slim
Marisa: “Talk to my mother!!! She has all the answers.” In NYC, you walk so often, it’s a great way to burn some calories and take in the scenery. Portion control is important as well.
Julia: I stay away from carbs. I work out to work off my Prosecco. Do I need to say anything else?
GO TO PLANK!!!!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Julia: Prosecco. I have nothing else to add. I love Prosecute.
Marisa: Top 40 dance parties. And I love Prosecco too. A lot. But I don’t want to copy Julia. That’s just creepy….
Marisa and Julia have been members at Plank Pilates since March 2014