INSTRUCTOR BIOS

  • ​​​​​JEN NELSON, Studio Owner, Certified Pilates Instructor and Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Red Hook Pilates was opened in December 2013 by Jen Nelson, a resident of Red Hook since 1999. Jen's background is in studio art and photography and she has her MFA from New York University. Jen started taking Pilates classes after a hip injury decided to seek a mat certification for her own interest. Much to her surprise, she discovered a love of teaching, of physical fitness and anatomy, and sharing the benefits of Pilates with others. Jen received a second mat and full equipment certification through Indigo Pilates studio in Park Slope. She teaches both the classic and more modern methods of Pilates. Jen has experience working with a wide range of clients, of all ages, from healthy bodies to those needing specific rehabilitative movement. A mother of two, she also teaches pre- and post- natal Pilates. Jen is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist certified through The Pink RibbonProgram (TM). A survivor herself, she hopes to provide the benefits of Pilates for those with cancer, both during treatment and for rehabilitation after. The studio is a small setting where each client receives personalized attention to reach their goals. She is grateful to the support, encouragement and amazing Pilates instructors who have inspired and guided her: Barbara Elovic from the Dodge YMCA, Spela Sterle and Jenny Boissiere from Indigo Pilates.​​