Alicia Lavender, co­-owner of Pilates studio, TONE Pilates and Wellness Center, in Astoria gets real as she opens up about how she got into Pilates, what things she wishes every student knew, and why she’s hooked on Pilates for good.

Q. Why do you still pursue Pilates?

A. I love Pilates, I love what it does for the body and how it makes a person feel. I truly love seeing a new client be amazed by the power of their center and realize how standing tall and proud can change perspective.

Q. What’s the secret to staying fit long­term? A. If you don’t’ move it, you’re gonna lose it!

Q. What got you interested in Pilates?
A. Pilates was a lifesaver for me. I blew out my knee performing in 2006, had to have three knee surgeries. I used Pilates as my rehabilitation…I knew then I needed to be in this profession!

Q. Where were you certified?
A. I got certified in Brooklyn, The Fitness Guru (that is now called The Lab under Lawson Harris and Michael Feigin).

Q. What are you famous for in your classes?

A. My Evil Finger and my sense of humor! I try to make the torture enjoyable for everyone…I like people to laugh through pain…Bahaha…evil cackle!

Q. What is your favorite muscle to work out?
A. Oh, I’m a booty girl…Right now I’m loving squats with power loops, side squat, side squat with leg lifts…it’s almost bikini season, gotta keep it tight!

Q. What’s your favorite motto in Pilates class to live by?
A. Ohhh, that’s a tough one, I have a few, “If you pooch, I will poke it.” Also, “Bring your pelvic floor to the party!”

Q. What piece of advice do you wish every client knew?
A. Don’t take it so seriously. Enjoy it and have fun. Also, you have to feed your soul; make sure to find time to do things that make you happy. If you exude happiness you will create a world around you of happy people; it’s infectious.

Q. Favorite brand of nail polish and current favorite color?
A. Essie for sure, right now it’s a coral, it’s called Haute something…makes me think of the beach and sunshine!

Our thanks to Annie Elrod for taking the time to interview and write this blog!