This week on That Girl, we are celebrating Cindy Sites, barre fitness studio owner, Pilates, yoga and ballet instructor, and all-around healthy and fit inspiration. She believes that agility and flexibility are the fountains of youth, and judging by the fact that she doesn’t look like she’s 52 (not even close!), we think she’s on to something. Read on and find out what else she does to keep her body ageless.
Cindy Lynn Sites
New York City, NY
Age: 52 ( but I feel 32!)
Founder of Go Figure Barre Studios
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
I am very proud to be touching so many lives by introducing them to The Figure Method™. I ‘m always telling my clients that agility and flexibility is “the fountain of youth”. If you can do the exercises and stretches that we teach at Go Figure your body will be ageless.
Practicing this keeps your body toned, strong and agile, and sharing this powerful method of exercise with others and watching as they become stronger, healthier and more confident is extremely rewarding. I feel blessed to be in a position where I am able to help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
Knowing that the method of exercise I practice will keep my body youthful keeps me motivated. I remind myself, it’s not just about the aesthetics. It’s about conditioning your body so that you can go out and do the things in life that you enjoy—whether that be playing golf, running or just romping around with your young children. Being active through practices like Pilates, yoga and ballet enables you to live and enjoy life with a healthy and strong body. At the conclusion of class, your body feels cleansed and strong for the rest of the day. Now that’s inspiration!
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
Yes, there are definitely days when I wake up and think, ugh…exercise….really? On those days I remind myself of just how great I feel afterwards! Exercising can dramatically alter the course of your day. When I’m tired and dragging, rather than wiping me out, exercise energizes me. If it’s in the morning, it jump-starts my day. If it’s in the evening, it’s like pushing the “re-fresh button!” Equally important is what it does for my mood and state of mind. If I’m feeling overwhelmed by life and the challenges of operating 13 studios, it has a way of clearing my mind. What was a blue mood turns sunny and ……… there’s that “re-fresh button” again!
Favorite energizing meal:
Since I am on the go all day, I rarely sit down for a full meal until the evening. In order to keep my blood sugar level from dropping, I “graze” throughout the day. Apples with peanut butter, handfuls of almonds (they are plentiful at all Go Figure studios), Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, lots of fresh fruit, etc. While I love a good salad mixed with various forms of protein, it takes too long to prepare—and eat! It has to be quick and easy. Dinner always consists of meat or fish, veggies—and finally time for that salad when I can sit down!
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
My family and I are fortunate to live by the water. I love just sitting out back with our dogs and seeing the ever changing scenery while sipping on a favorite wine (yes, I drink wine…and I can’t go a day without ice cream!).
What is your top kick-ass workout?
The Figure Method™, of course!
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
That would have to be the studios of American Ballet Theatre. While ABT is a touring company, their “home base” is 890 Broadway, an historic building which houses numerous dance studios where the likes of Baryshnikov and The Royal Ballet have rehearsed and taken class. Truly hallowed ground in the dance world! Go Figure is now offering The Figure Method™ at ABT. For me, it’s the ultimate endorsement of our method—I guess you could say it’s the “ultimate barre class!” But, don’t expect glamour. Unlike our other studios that are branded and boast leopard carpeting, scented Nest candles burning and plush sofas, the studios at 890 Broadway are no frills. This is a place where people come to work hard, create art, and now develop of a strong healthy body by taking a Figure Method class.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Truth be told, I am NOT an athlete. Growing up I trained as a classical ballet dancer. Whenever I attempted sports, I was mocked mercilessly for my “duck feet” (picture serving at tennis in fourth position!). Certainly many of the lessons learned on a baseball field, tennis court or ski slope are the same lessons learned in a dance studio. Perseverance, dedication and practice, practice, practice!
Photo: courtesy of Cindy Sites