This upcoming Monday, September 22, we are joining forces with Ali Baldassare from Move SWEAT Love to host a free Cardio Pilates Bootcamp in Greenway Park! Special guest DJ JT Stevens will be scratching live beats to keep you pumped during this one-hour session! Ali does it all—a full time pilates and fitness instructor, brand ambassador for several brands, and recreational marathon runner—it’s no wonder she has been featured as an influential fitness guru in a handful of publications and blogs. We were able to catch up with her and learn more about the bootcamp babe behind Move SWEAT Love.
Ali has been a dancer, athlete, and all around fitness enthusiast all her life. A Jersey girl at heart, she has been teaching group fitness classes and training private pilates clientele for over nine years. She holds certifications through Mad Dogg Athletics (spinning), Schwinn, Power Pilates, Piloxing, and Zumba. Not to mention, she’s a brand ambassador for several brands including Energybits, Sweetgreen, and Lululemon Athletica. Sheesh, talk about an all-star athlete!
“This is the second year I’ve hosted the Move SWEAT Love Cardio Pilates Bootcamp on the Greenway,” she says. Ali’s ultimate goal from the beginning of Move SWEAT Love series (summer 2013) was to fill the greenway and to get as many bodies as possible working out together under the city lights. “It came back this year by popular demand since the series was so successful!”
The class is a fusion of cardio drills, pilates, and innovative core exercises designed to challenge, strengthen, and tone your whole body. Ali’s passion towards teaching and motivating students to achieve their best and feel good demonstrates her integrity and strong work ethic as a fitness professional.
“The greatest reward of teaching is watching the impact it has on my students’ lives outside of the gym or studio.” Ali continues, “I feel honored to be able to provide an experience in every class that not only promotes physical fitness, but a way to de-stress, to meet new friends, to escape from their day to day, to connect with their bodies on a deeper level through movement and music, to build new self-confidence and to create a positive environment that poses new challenges and new discoveries of strength and capabilities that are carried through to other aspects of life outside class.”
In Ali’s spare time, she runs marathons, takes classes, hangs out with friends, and tries to keep up with her little mini Dachshund, Oscar. As much as she loves being an instructor, taking classes as a student is a way for Ali to stay motivated (yoga is her favorite!). We can’t wait to team up with Ali this upcoming Monday and be a part of the energy that’ll hit the Greenway. The class is open to everyone no matter your skill level and it’s FREE. Best of all, we’ll be giving away Pact swag bags filled with fitness goodies to the first 250 attendees & if you check-in to the event on Pact you will automatically earn $5 in bonus rewards. You can RSVP here!
This year’s Move SWEAT Love series has been the highlight of Ali’s teaching career and she hopes it continues to evolve and grow. “It’s unlike anything else to be outside in the heart of Boston with a live DJ pumping you up and a community of friends old and new that come together to workout.”
Ali’s Biggest Fitness Tips:
- Cut yourself a break. It’s great to have goals and a plan to get you to that goal, but make sure the goal and the plan is realistic and flexible. If you miss class or the gym one day before you got caught up at work, it’s not the end of the world!
- Try new things and try them more than once. It’s just a fact. If you don’t enjoy something you will not stick with it, however don’t be so quick to decide if you love or hate something. Try that new class or workout at least 2-3 times to decide if you like it or not because your second experience might be very different from the first!
- Be mindful inside and out. You can work your butt off in the gym, but what you put in your mouth and the rest you give yourself is equally important. Be mindful with what you eat and drink, how you workout and honor when your body needs to rest. Because it does!
Be sure to wear athletic attire to move and sweat in. Sneakers are optional as most participants do the class barefoot. Everyone must bring a yoga mat, a towel (optional), and water! See you there.
Let’s get to it,
The Pact Team
Published by Casey Leong