KM: I discovered Yoga in Acting School at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. I fell in love with it and certified to teach upon graduating in the early 90′s. In the gyms where I was teaching, I kept getting asked to sub Pilates classes and so I became certified in Pilates as well. I think they are both awesome and complement each other perfectly.
FG: What do you enjoy most about Pilates and Yoga? We realize they are two different disciplines, but do you find they compliment each other?
KM: They are definitely complimentary to each other. What I enjoy about both of them, is when I do Pilates and it strengthens my core, it makes me that much stronger for my yoga classes and the more flexible and mindful I become in yoga, the easier it is for me to connect with my core and the muscles I need to be working in Pilates. As far as Pilates goes, it really is about the core strength, there is no form of exercise like it, makes you feel plenty of power house from 45 minutes to an hour. It’s really been functional training for everything I do because our midsection and our spine supports everything we do. So I find that kind of emphasis on the core strengthening and I like that Pilates you can see some results. You can get toned in all those areas that women really want to concentrate on.
FG: What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
KM: Setting time limits. I think our health and well being is a never-ending journey and the process is the most fun! We should always set goals and strive to be our very best, but there’s no rush. We have all the time in the world and if we allow ourselves the space to explore our well being and have fun with fitness, we will always be healthy and feel good.
FG: What role did you play in the development of Bethenny Frankel’s fitness DVDS?
KM: I did choreography and I was her co-star on DVD. More recently, I’ve been working with her at the set of her show where she had an indoor yoga studio built. She successfully squeezes yoga in between her sets.
KM: I have an app and variety of routines and full video workouts on my website http://www.kristinmcgee.com.
FG: What’s next for Kristin?
KM: I’m looking forward to doing more work with moms and moms-to-be. I’d like to do my DVDS that accommodate their lifestyles and allow them to incorporate quality time with their little ones into their workout.
FG: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us. It was truly a pleasure.Enjoy your new little one!