With Marissa Jurmark
Top five things people should know about you?
1. I love garden gnomes
In high school I would collect them. In fact, my bedroom had a corner dedicated to my collection. I have a replica of a traveling gnome that comes with me wherever I go. I just think they’re cute and reliable!!!! I feel like they take care of you, as silly as that sounds….
2. I used to train to be an opera singer
I went to Fordham for English but was involved with music. I would be asked to perform at different events around campus i.e. the Ave Maria at Xmas concerts. I ended up sidestepping into a more financially viable pastime: namely, finance. But I would like to get back to it at some point.
3. I try to educate people about healthy eating
At work, people often complain about fatigue. I suggest that instead of caffeine, they try eating a kiwi or another super food for extra energy. My mother passed away from cancer. Being part of that experience inspired me to learn more about how to take care of my health and be responsible for it without depending on western medicine exclusively. It helps me feel empowered.
4. I volunteer for an expat community (Internations)
I put together events at tapas bars that our Latin culture inspired. It’s fun and brings different people together. The last thing I organized was a salsa lesson: People attended from Germany, France, India and the US. It was great to have all these different people coming together for a unique experience.
5. I love to travel
I am very curious about the world. I want to see how different cultures live. I’ve already made my way through most of Europe, but I’m interested in seeing all the other continents. Ultimately I would like to be able to one day say I’ve seen it all….Next on my wish list is Thailand.
Why Plank Pilates?
I was trying to find a really good studio downtown and I was having issues. I came across PLANK online and went in. It was love at first class. I’ve never gone to a bad one. Pilates is known as the rich man’s exercise, but at PLANK, anyone can do it. It’s affordable and amazing. Also, different studios really vary in terms of difficulty, friendliness, expertise… All the teachers at PLANK are not only experts but really understand women’s bodies. Even if you feel like you’re not being pushed in class, afterwards you feel worked!!! I don’t feel the classes at other studios really understand women’s particular needs and that’s something that is important to me.
Top Tips for staying slim
I try to go to PLANK at least twice a week. I walk everywhere. I try not to take life too seriously: if you’re stressed, at least for me, you balloon up. Eat badly, you know, all that stuff. I’ve tried all these other types of exercise but I find Pilates is the most comprehensive. It works your muscles more specifically than anything else I’ve ever tried.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. I can’t live without chocolate. I love Nutella crepes. I love the rich milky texture. If I’ve had a hard day chocolate tends to make things feel better….but only good chocolate. From a specialty store. Now all I need is for Godiva to start making chocolate gnomes!!!!
Marissa has been a member at Plank Pilates since January 2014.