I sat down with Heather Andersen, the 30-year-old founder and pioneer of the beloved pilates studio to discuss the beginnings of New York Pilates and what it takes to be a young woman in business. Heather is in incredible shape, evident of her years as a trained dancer with over fifteen years of practicing pilates under her belt. It comes as no surprise that she professionally performed with Ballet Oklahoma and Polaris in Portland, after training with Steps and the American Ballet Theatre’s summer program in New York, all the while teaching pilates on the side of course!
While pilates has long been thought to be your mom’s workout, Heather has revamped its image with contemporary classes that are soundtracked by uplifting indie beats. New York Pilates’ core purpose is provide high quality classes in a cool, downtown environment. Fast forward three years later after opening in 2013, the establishment now occupies two studios (soon to be three) after quickly becoming a cult workout in the New York fitness scene with features in WWD, New York Observer, Well+Good, and The Coveteur, amongst others. Read on for our one-on-one chat with Heather below!
What is your educational background?
How do you differentiate yourself in the market?
Aside from pilates, how do you stay fit?
“You just have to be very tenacious and if someone doesn’t take you seriously, you can’t let that bother you.”
Do you have words of wisdom for young women creating their own path?
That’s who you are!