with Miranda Stone
(Miranda is an instructor at Plank Pilates)
Top 5 things we should know about you?
I am a bar connoisseur. And before you gasp, I mean nutritional bars. I am interested in their composition. It’s hard to make something that isn’t actually a meal, taste dynamic. I am always on the search for the perfect one. I like to have one on me at all times and can always recommend the latest one.
I LOVE hippos. In fact, I’m a hippo advocate. Hippos have got a bad rap as dangerous, but humans tend to be even worse. I mean, what could be cooler than an animal that self creates its own sunscreen. (And if you ask me nicely, I might even let you read my short story series “Hippo Talk.”)
I bike everywhere. By staying out of subways and avoiding the crowds, I significantly cut down on my stress and lateness factors.
I worked in political messaging and campaigns for five years prior to becoming a Pilates Instructor. I loved meeting new people in pockets of the country I would’ve never been to otherwise. Being part of a team with a mission to build something that culminated in one big day, was very exciting. But it consumed my life and had an exhausting quality that was founded in always fighting to win against someone else.
My nickname is Moo. Most people in my life call me Moo, even my bosses. It comes from my dad. He used to say “Mirando Maroo, Came from the Zoo, and always went Moo!” Alternatives are: Mooface, Moomoo, Mooey.
.How long have you been practicing and/or teaching Pilates?
I have been doing Pilates for seven years and joined Plank in the spring. I was trained at Core Pilates NYC by Sarah Ruback. It was a classical training program.
What brought you to Pilates?
I just wanted to find an exercise program that I could look forward to and mentally engage with. In Pilates, I feel like I am always improving. When I’m outside the studio, the work continues to help me function better and its effects are more wide ranging than any work out I had experienced in the vacuum of a gym.
Top 5 exercises to do between classes?
To start all exercises, knees hug in to your chest, come up into your Pilates curl, keep your gaze into your belly—for a challenge, don’t rest in between exercises!
Single leg stretch.
place both hands on one knee, drawing it closer in towards your body; reach the other leg out and switch (10 times each side)
Double leg stretch
reach your arms out in line with your ears as your legs reach out to a high diagonal; circle your arms by your sides and hug your knees in
Straighten legs up to the ceiling. grab as high up on one leg as you can with both hands, drop your opposite leg down on a diagonal, pull your leg in with your hands, and then switch
Reach legs up to the ceiling, lower legs down a few inches, and lift (slow lower, fast lift for 5, then fast lower slow lift for 5)
Hands behind your head, elbows wide—curl up so both shoulder blades come up off of the mat. Reach your right leg out and bring your right armpit to your left knee (twisting through your center), switch. THIS IS THE LAST EXERCISE OF THE SERIES SO REALLY KEEP UP YOUR FORM!!!
What do you always have in your refrigerator?
Skim milk: for my tea in the morning. (English background, clearly.) Strawberry Siggi’s yogurt. Papaya cubes. Honey Roasted Peanut Butter. Chicken Sausages. Eggs. Ezekiel Bread. (I feel better about myself eating that kind of bread, but I do put butter on it!)
What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?
Sometimes, when I’m wiped (and frankly, it’s more about not wanting to pedal over the Manhattan bridge), I will flag down a handicap cab and pile myself and my bike in, and splurge on the ride.
Be sure to check out Miranda’s classes on Sunday afternoons, and Monday evenings. She’s deceptively peppy….but will work you, hard!!
Miranda is also available for private sessions.