Jessica Hadala

Bio:

Fitness has always been a huge part of me.  I remember doing Tae Bo tapes and creating workouts for myself and friends as far back as Middle School.  Initially attending NYU, I  transferred to Cornell, then circled right back to NYC where my first job was in international sales at Oscar de la Renta.  Living on the Upper West Side, I finally broke and bought a dog at 23.  I think it was the combo of the dog, long office hours, and a 5th floor walk-up that finally broke me here.  I moved to Denver, and became obsessed with the Pilates Method.  I slowly traded the bootcamps and cycling classes for reformer classes.  Feeling so toned, yet like I had just gotten a massage post Pilates Class is what got me.  I moved back 6 years later engaged, with the Basset Hound, an English Bull Dog, a Fitness career, less stress and stronger joints!  I’m obsessed with teaching an athletic-vibe class that’s always challenging, fun, and structured.  I think my favorite thing about Pilates is that it’s both my therapy and workout in under an hour.  Pilates has absolutely rewired my nervous system. 

Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite skincare line right now and do you have a routine that you would like to share? Most essential skin care tip? Answer any or all of the above!
JH: I’ve been on the Drunk Elephant train for 1.5 years now.  In part, it may be the name of the brand, but either way, it works for me.  My favorite product is their B-Hydra Serum and the D-Bronzi.

Q: Do you have a wellness secret?
JH: Pilates, friends, dogs, food/wine. That thing called balance is key for me. The times I’ve struggled with my weight have always indicated something was truly off balance.

Q: There are so many smoothie varieties out there! What do you put in your favorite smoothie?
JH: I love smoothies, but don’t have them nearly as often as I’d like.  Definitely a classic Strawberries Wild from Jamba Juice when I can get my hands on one.

Q: What is your favorite meal to cook?
JH: The only meal I know how to cook is pasta🤨.  Years of living in NYC, I’ve always had an excuse for not cooking.  Thank god for healthier delivery options lately.

Q: What are some activities you like to do outside of Pilates?
JH: For the past 6-7 years, Pilates has been my workout and therapy. That said, I’ve been trying to sneak in a cardio class each week, whether it be a Jump-board, MegaFormer Pilates, or Brrrn down the street has a great Slide class I’m into! My husband and I are very extreme people. We workout a ton, but try to have one day a week where we barely leave the apartment and order all meals/snacks/treats from Seamless. Fitness, dogs, and food and drinks sums all up for us.

Q: Did you always have an interest in health and wellness?
JH: I’ve always been obsessed with fitness, not necessarily ‘wellness’, and am still a work in progress. I remember doing 10-minute ab videos in my room, jumping rope, always being the youngest by 20 years in my kickboxing classes at 16.

Q: What do you typically eat for breakfast?
JH: Egg and cheese English muffin or avocado toast! I add bacon on weekends.

Q: What is your favorite indulgence?
JH: Wine, pizza, fries, chips, and everything cheese. I love cookies so much, but am definitely a salt girl.

Q: What are three essential items you have in your bag?
JH: A brush – My friends will tell you I cannot go out without a paddle brush sticking out of my purse day or night. Also, a yoga block and dog fur.

Q: Favorite quote
JH: ‘Just 4 more’ – any Pilates teacher