with Tatiana Pohotsky
Top five things people should know about you?
1.I’m a goofball.
You only live once and you should never apologize or be embarrassed by who you truly are. I happen to be quite goofy…I sing to my cat. Regularly. And he loves it.
2. I’m clumsy.
My knees look like a five year olds. They are always bruised or scabbed no matter what time of year. I seem to trip over just about anything…maybe it’s time to invest in some kneepads?!
3.I’m a closet geek.
I listen to NPR on my headphones at work all day, every day.
I also get super excited walking around a store not because I love to shop, but because I am fascinated by people’s businesses: what makes them work, branding, etc.
4.I have a music degree.
Despite working in finance, very few people know that I am also a trained classical singer. I started singing when I was five in the choir at church, my father was the choir director. As I grew older, I knew that a career in music would be a long road of uncertainty and I was not prepared to wait till my early 30’s to achieve some kind of success. I still love to sing but am happy to have found success in another domain as well.
5.My hands shake constantly.
It’s called an essential tremor. It usually only manifests itself in people over 65 years old but I’ve had it since birth. Having this condition has made me figure out how to do things my special way for example: putting on make up can be tricky. And I won’t be a surgeon!
But I have overcome this disability by finding unique ways of doing whatever it is I set my mind to.
What brought you to Pilates?
It was a while ago. I wanted an exercise to strengthen my core and I found yoga was a bit too time intensive and my flexibility was never very good. Pilates is a great hybrid between strength training and body conditioning. I have been doing it since 2003. I don’t think I could’ve run the New York Marathon without the training I got in Pilates. And with my balance issues (caused by the tremor) The core strengthening has helped improve it significantly.
Side perk: It gives you the best ab definition of any exercise I’ve ever done.
Why Plank Pilates?
A friend of mine had been taking the Plank 360 classes and she told me about the studio. I didn’t even know it existed before then. I decided to come to class and give it a try and got HOOKED. It’s the most intimate group class experience I’ve ever had. Most of my previous tower classes were upwards of eight people, and the teacher was not able to give personalized attention. Tower classes can be complicated and dangerous. At Plank, I feel like I get the individual attention I need. It’s also one of the most laid back, friendly studios I have ever been to. It feels like it wants to be part of the neighborhood, not just another business on the lower east side.
Top tips for staying slim
One should never give up something one truly loves….just love it in moderation.
I try to avoid any food product that’s white like: sugar, flour and rice. Principally things that will adversely affect my glycemic index.
I believe in high intensity cardio at least four times a week. (I’m a firm believer in heart rate monitors as a way to gage how hard you are pushing yourself.)
I believe in healthy fats such as avocados, nuts and olive oil. They help keep you feeling full and sated.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I have a few. I love my wine. I am a sucker at times for salt and vinegar chips. And the world would be an awful place if cheese didn’t exist….
Tatiana has been a member at Plank Pilates since March, 2013.