Q&A-Heather Burgoyne: Owner, Soar Pilates

How did you come to practice in your career field?
I fell in love with Pilates in my early 20s living in NYC. I read that Pilates was the new must-do workout, so I gave it a shot. I was in the fashion industry for over a decade, and when I was living in London working 24/7, Pilates became my escape. I started saying, “One day I’m going to quit and become a Pilates instructor and open my own studio.” Flash forward 12 years!

What type of exercise do you prefer and why?
Pilates. It is hands down the only exercise to give me the results I was after — long lean muscle definition! I never dread showing up for it. Oh, and I love a good walk or hike with my family and/or friends.

Favorite healthy food/snack?
Half an avocado with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and chili flakes scooped right out of its shell with tortilla chips. Yum!

What is your favorite healthy meal?
I’m really into grilled salmon lately (my husband’s marinade is to die for) with roasted veggies, salad and rice. I love to turn the leftovers into salmon tacos or warm salmon salads.

I also love orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe on top of a huge heaping portion of fresh power greens drizzled with olive oil, salt, parmesan and chili flakes of course!

What is your biggest health, wellness tip?
Moderation. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t restrict yourself of food and beverages. Instead be mindful of your cravings and stop to think before you dive in. If you’re craving salt or snacks, stop and think of the last time you drank water as often we are thirsty. If you are craving ice cream have a small portion and don’t eat the whole container. But if that’s the choice, don’t beat yourself up about it; put in a little extra time for your workout the next day.

Don’t become a slave to your workout routine either. Give yourself a break when needed.

What is your next goal in your health, wellness journey?
I want to become a master trainer in Pilates. I want to be able to teach new instructors, and I want the continuing education. Learning excites me!