Team Long + Lean: Get to Know Jacquie

Long + Lean Pilates instructor Jacquie

Long + Lean Pilates instructor JacquieIf you’ve worked with Jacquie you know she gives a super challenging workout and comes up with the most creative ways to strengthen, stretch, and tone. If you haven’t taken class from Jacquie yet, what are you waiting for!? Get to know the (super active) girl behind some of L + L’s best power moves today!

What brought you to Buffalo?
I moved to Buffalo when I was three and my family is still here!

What inspired you to start teaching Pilates?
I discovered Pilates when I was experiencing unbearable low back pain my sophomore year of college. Seeing how Pilates could rehabilitate my body like nothing else could inspired me to learn more about it and help other people achieve the same results.

What’s your favorite activity outside of the Pilates studio?
Ha, too many to list! But to name a few: classes at Rev, hiking/walking with my dogs, horseback riding and dance.

Best thing about living in Buffalo?
Being close to friends and family and the strong sense of community for sure. Living in the Elmwood Village is the best: the shops, dining and cafes, being able to walk everywhere. Also Buffalo architecture is out of this world <3

What is your favorite act of self-care?
Getting a massage (when my budget allows). More regularly, I love going on little walks alone for fresh air, it revitalizes me and just before bed I love to unwind with a few yoga poses and a cup of iced (believe it or not) Yogi tea.

Why do you love teaching Pilates?
I teach Pilates because I love helping people feel good. I found Pilates because my body didn’t feel good and it’s helped me so much so I love to give that others. Whether it’s starting or ending their day on a good note, crushing that new power move, or seeing clients improve week to week it just makes me genuinely happy to see their success. The best is when clients come in and tell me their bodies have never felt better than before they started doing Pilates or when I have clients that are rehabbing an injury, regaining strength from an illness, getting back into fitness postpartum or working out to reach a goal. Client love=job love. Plus I get to work with an amazing team at Long + Lean!


Long + Lean at Hive Closing

It is with great disappointment that we must announce we will be closing our Long + Lean at Hive location. As Hive Lifespan Center has come under new ownership and is undergoing a change in configuration of the gym, there is no longer a designated space for Long + Lean Pilates. We have loved working with everyone and will miss our time at Long + Lean at Hive greatly.

The final date for classes at Long + Lean at Hive is January 13th. Currently, we do not have an alternative space in East Amherst available to us, but we will be pursuing the possibility of opening at a different location in the area. For the time being, Long + Lean will be operating solely out of our Elmwood Village location on Elmwood Avenue at the corner of West Utica.

Thank you so much to all of our amazing clients for providing us with such a wonderful experience at Long + Lean at Hive. We hope to continue to see everyone on Elmwood!

Team Long + Lean: Get to Know Jenn

Jenn is an OG Long + Lean Pilates instructor who has been with us since day one at the Elmwood studio! If you have had the opportunity to work with Jenn, you know she is an amazing instructor who is pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy! Here’s your chance to learn more about Jenn.

What brought you to Buffalo?
I moved to Buffalo from home (Schenectady) just about 6 years ago in order to start my undergrad studies in Exercise Science. As soon as I moved here I felt an immediate love for the city and it’s people. Buffalo had just started expanding in big ways and I was loving the community support. I hung around Buffalo after graduation, applying to Physical Therapy schools, eventually enrolling in D’Youville’s DPT program.

What inspired you to start teaching Pilates?
Actually, my last semester of my undergraduate career I had the opportunity to pick almost any location within the health and wellness field to do a full time internship. I knew I wanted to eventually go into Physical Therapy but wanted to have fun with it my last semester. So, I ended up having the great pleasure of working with Dane Burke (previous owner of Northstar Pilates). Dane is a Physical Therapist, Pilates instructor and a huge anatomy geek. He mentored me and opened my eyes to the amazing world of Pilates, helping me get certified in Mat Pilates. I was officially obsessed with Pilates and how it can be a rehab tool, a strength and conditioning tool or flexibility and balance tool for anyone of all ages and conditions. For the next two years I spent well over 500 hours (and a whole lot of money) gaining my comprehensive certification.

What’s your favorite activity outside of the Pilates studio?
Anything to get outdoors and in nature! Summer is my preferred season but with the winter weather coming up, my favorites will be getting out to Ellicottville to go snowboarding and snow shoeing. With the snow coming and having to stay indoors more often, crafting is a big pleasure of mine, too. Crafting anything from knitting scarfs, to making my own lotions and chapsticks, to building furniture.

Best thing about living in Buffalo?
I live on the West side and everything is in walking distance! If I do drive, anything I would need or want to go to is within a 20 minute drive (even Canada)! Everyone is very friendly, neighborly and seems to be heavily involved in the community and making Buffalo a better place.
Everyone and every place I have crossed paths with thus far has made Buffalo feel just like home. <3

What is your favorite act of self-care?
It’s hard to remember how important self-care is especially trying to balance work, grad school and personal life. Taking a spinning class, yoga class, working out or simply meditating helps tremendously to clear my head from a hectic week. One of my all-time favorite things to do to unwind is taking a warm bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book!

Summer Announcements

This summer brings free classes, new regular class times, a new apparel line, and more to Long + Lean. Read ahead to get all the details on summer happenings at L + L!
Free Class with Long + Lean Teacher Trainees
Get excited! We are offering free, yes FREE, Reformer classes with the Long + Lean Method Teacher Trainees on July 1st and July 8th at our Elmwood Village location. This is an amazing opportunity to take advantage of free classes while our newly trained instructors perfect their teaching skills. Spots are going fast for these classes so sign up now!


New Classes on the Schedule
Looking to add more Pilates classes to your schedule? We’ve got some awesome new class times available now! At Long + Lean Elmwood, check out the Reformer+ Classes Mondays at 8:30 AM and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. At Long + Lean at Hive, try the new Thursday classes, Jumpboard at 9:00 AM and Reformer+ at 4:30 PM.


July 4th Holiday Hours
Long + Lean Elmwood and Long + Lean at Hive will be closed on Monday July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th to give our team a much deserved summer break! Classes will go on as normal July 1st and 2nd and will resume on Wednesday July 5th. We hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday!


Brand New Apparel
We are so excited to introduce Nux Activewear in the Long + Lean Boutique! There are three new styles of leggings and capris and two new tops perfect for your summer workout wardrobe. Come on in to shop the boutique!


100+ Pilates Class Super Star: Molly

Next time you see Molly at the studio, go ahead and give her a high five because she has far exceed 100 classes at Long + Lean Pilates! Between private sessions and group classes, Molly does a great job making sure she always gets a new challenge. Molly has been coming to Long + Lean Pilates before we were even in our current location! Thank you for your dedication, Molly. You rock!

What do you love about Pilates?
Since I’ve started Pilates I feel stronger and longer and definitely more flexible.  It has become like an addiction to me.  I wish that I had time every day to come to class.

What motivates you to workout?
What motivates me is the fact that my body feels instantly better after every class.  I am stretched and ready to tackle the rest of what the day may bring.  I am more relaxed and feel more centered in both mind and body.

What changes have you noticed since starting Pilates?
My body is toned and I have discovered muscles that I didn’t realize I had.  My body has become more of a source of pride rather than something to hide.  If I go even a week without Pilates I can instantly see and feel that my body is suffering. Pilates is now officially a part of who I am and what I love. My dog walks get longer and  faster after every Pilates class. Not only does that benefit me but it benefits my dog, Winnie, as well.

Other than Pilates, how do you like to stay active?
Being a mom of two young kids, Pilates has helped me to stay very active and to truly be a hands on mom.  Whether its playing soccer at the park with my family, doing Girls on the Run with my daughter or hockey in the house with my son…I am energized, fit and ready to roll.