Feb. 8 2019
Lauren and Rachel Piskin are the mother-daughter co-founders of ChaiseFitness, a fitness program that blends a patented fusion of Pilates, ballet, and strength training. Lauren and Rachel were inspired to start their company after several years of experience in multiple physical-intensive disciplines. For over seven years, Rachel was a dancer with the New York City Ballet, before receiving her B.A. in costume design from NYU. Her mother, Lauren, grew up as a competitive figure skater and received her M.F.A. in Dance and Fitness Education. Lauren was also an aerobics teacher and then later created all of the corporate fitness programming for CBS News. Talk about an active family. Wondering what these fitness experts do to wind down after a busy day running their business? Keep scrolling to find out.
Rachel: I try to power through my emails and go over operational to-dos with our studio manager. I will do a last check-in with my mom (we talk throughout the day on the phone, really too many times to count!) before classes kick off.
Rachel: I set up the studio for my classes, dim the lights, light the candles, get the music going and practice some new moves for my evening classes. It is really important to continue to challenge our clients with variety each week, while still staying true to our brand and method. I like to feel the moves on myself as it helps me know what muscles to cue and also warms up my body to teach.
Rachel: The first class I teach is BalletBungee, which challenges the core and gets your heart rate pumping through quick and lively ballet movements.
Rachel: First class ends and I chat with clients and set up the room for the Chaise Reinvention class, which is our signature workout. I introduce myself to new clients and walk them through how to use the equipment – proper form is KEY!
Lauren: Dinner is my smallest meal of the day. I usually have a salad with protein to keep it light and healthy.
Rachel: Class ends and I catch up with clients.
Lauren: I clean up dishes and usually have my own dance party with Alexa so that I get a quick nighttime exercise in – Broadway tunes are some of my favorites and ones I also play for my new grandson, Simon. We love Music Man, Lion King and Singing in the Rain!
Rachel: Go over any final details with our studio manager regarding classes, staff, clients etc. I drink a full bottle of water before I leave to rehydrate after teaching, then check in with my mom again, filling her in on the evening classes.
Lauren: After my dance party, it’s time to start my beauty routine. My beauty products are very simple. I do believe at my age less is more! For cleansing, I use Eve Lom and I discovered IT Cosmetics at Ulta, which I love for my moisturizer and eye cream. I try and give myself a mask three times a week from Eve Lom, then once a week I use different sheet masks.
Rachel: Arrive home and the first thing I do is stare at my son Simon on the baby monitor. He is 5 months and just so cute! Then I enjoy a nice dinner with my husband Charles. This is my time to decompress from teaching. After you teach you have a lot of adrenaline, so it takes a while for me to calm down and get into a sleep mindset. I don’t like to eat anything too heavy after I teach so I gravitate towards grilled salmon, veggies, or a big salad with grilled chicken. If it is a later evening, my go-to place to order food from is Westville!
Lauren: I go to bed very early so at 8pm, I allow myself a snack. Usually it’s two cookies and a piece of fruit. As I’ve gotten older, I feel moderation is the best way to stay thin. I don’t deprive myself as much as I used to when I was younger.
Rachel: I take a nice long shower. I love getting in my pajamas and going through my nightly beauty routine. Post-shower I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil, Tatcha Hydration Serum and recently added the Tatcha Water Cream for extra hydration during these cold winter months. If it is a day that I am washing my hair, then the process is a little longer as any curly hair girl knows! I only use DevaCurl products and follow their process on how to care for your curls which takes extra time but is well worth it!
Rachel: When I don’t teach at night, I am most likely asleep by 9pm. Given we have a new baby, we are a very early morning household! But before bed, my husband and I watch a show and are currently loving The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! I have recently started getting all of my stuff and picking out my clothes for the next day at night. I not only have my outfit picked out, but my work bag packed, my laptop is charging, and I even pick out my coat and scarf. I don’t have to question whether I have everything, and I feel so much less frazzled. Sometimes it is the simplest thing that can help streamline a routine. I normally will check my emails one more time before bed, though I definitely need to work on not looking at my phone so close to bedtime. It is a work in progress!
Lauren: Bedtime! I go to sleep early and I get up very early (around 5:30am) and that’s when I take my dog for a very long walk to the park before I go to ChaiseFitness and start my day!