(Apple is an instructor at Plank Pilates)
Top 5 things we should know about you?
1. I am obsessed with travel.
I ALWAYS have my passport nearby and have no problem traveling on my own. At 14, inspired by a last minute invite, I dropped everything, ran to Penn Station and jumped on the next train to Montreal. At 24, I moved to Italy for a year without knowing a soul. Most recently, my boyfriend and I (on a whim) decided to backpack through Asia for three months.
2. I went to FIT.
I attended FIT twice. First time round, I got a degree in fashion design, then worked doing illustrations for several designers. I then went back for business and photography. And continue to freelance as a photographer around the city.
3. My last name is Apple but I use it as my first name.
Everyone has always called me Apple instead of my first name. I used to feel really uncomfortable about introducing myself as Apple. But then I saw how much people enjoyed it and more importantly how people NEVER forgot it. So Apple it is! (BTW my first name is Stefanie but the only people who ever call me that are my family!)
4. I’d like to know how to speak more languages!
I grew up around Greek and Hebrew with my grandmothers but didn’t retain it. This was a big regret of mine. I would love to know more languages but I find the only way for me to learn a language is by living in that country and immersing myself. (Another great reason to travel!)
5. I was super nervous to teach at Plank!!
Before Plank, I was used to teaching primarily privates. I also was more familiar with other Pilates apparatus. The members really know their stuff and I want to be able to give them a real challenge! It took me pretty much till the third class to become really comfortable (and it didn’t hurt that a member tweeted about how much my class rocked!!!)
How long have you been practicing and/or teaching Pilates?
Ten years. I practiced Pilates on my own for eight years before getting certified. I had suffered a shoulder injury and rehabilitated it with Pilates. I have always been active in many sports: martial arts, snowboarding, and any HITT/ Boot camp like training. Pilates was a fantastic addition and compliment to those activities.
What brought you to Pilates?
I had done Pilates for a long time. And was working as a freelance photographer for Coach as well as bartending. The lifestyle was not working for me and I really wanted to find some way of being healthier (and happier). I was urged by friends to get certified in Pilates. After I got certified, I stopped bartending for good and have been living a totally different existence, which has proved to be a lot more rewarding all around.
Top 5 exercises to do between classes?
Thigh/ Glut Series with a Flexband:
Prep: take FB and tie around mid thigh
Start position: Side-lying, Hips & shoulders stacked w/back to edge of the mat head resting on bottom arm. Bend knees to 90 degrees (hip height)
***Remember all movement comes from the hip!
1. Lift knee and heel straight up & down 10 times
2. Glue heels together and only open & close knees
3. (Bottom heel moves closer to butt for this one) top knee comes up and over bottom knee to touch mat then up and over so the heel hits the mat in front of the bottom foot.
4. Straighten top leg, lower & lift
5. Top leg stays straight finish with 5 small circles forward and 5 backward. (After remember to flip over and work the other side!)
What do you always have in your refrigerator?
Hummus. Avocados. Always tons of fruit and veg. I have a special weakness for the brown rice wraps from Trader Joes. After going gluten free, I missed sandwiches in a major way. These wraps were my savior. They’re super delicious and don’t hurt my belly. Win! Win!
What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?
Day drinking in the sun. Anytime it’s warm, I want to have a cocktail with friends, while soaking up some rays. It makes feel like I’m on vacation!
Be sure to check out Apple’s classes on Sunday mornings at 9, 10 and 11 am! (As well as the 1 and 2 pm classes starting on April 27th.) Her classes give you a kick ass workout that will push you to try new things… so you can “Feel Better at Brunch!!” She is also available for private sessions by request. Visit her blog at: YouNeedCoreTraining.tumblr.com