Heather Andersen, founder of New York Pilates, knew what she was doing when she combined traditional and modern Pilates techniques to create her trademarked ABS ARMS ASS class. Through impeccable branding, carefully curated playlists and an online presence that feels as electric as the purple lights in her sold-out studios from NYC to the Hamptons, Andersen has created a wellness world of her own. We were excited to chat with the freshly minted Montauk resident over coffee—an iced Americano with almond milk, to be exact—about eight things she can’t live without, including the secret to her enviable platinum blonde locks.
8 Items Pilates Instructor Heather Andersen Can't Live Without
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Lily of the Desert
"Every morning I take a shot of aloe water. It comes in a dark amber glass because it needs to be protected from light. A lot of natural products come in amber glass because they are affected by UV. It has become a staple in my morning routine.”
“This is my emotional support water bottle that I carry around at all times. It’s the one with the wide lid and pop-up straw, which is really important, especially when you’re teaching with a mic on and can’t tip your head back to sip! I make my water with a splash of apple cider vinegar, which is really detoxifying.”
“My friend who dyes my hair started this company. That’s why she stopped doing hair! She is basically a black belt in aromatherapy now. I always thought aromatherapy was just about scents, but it’s actually the study of essential oils. The line is all small batch, amazing ingredients in Upstate New York. She imports all of the oils. It’s really magical.”
“I’m always trying new sunscreen. I love this skin tint because it’s one of the only products that after hours of long wear, my skin doesn’t look dry. Plus, if I sleep in my makeup, which I have been known to do from time to time, this is made with clean ingredients, so it’s not the worst thing for my skin.”
“The dirty truth is that I’ve tried every single purple shampoo, and the ones that aren’t bad for you usually turn your hair blue. It’s a moral problem for me, but I use Clairol’s Shimmer Lights. It’s $11…and it does work (in neutralizing brassy tones). If anyone wants to invent a cleaner version of this, call me!”
“I used to have a roommate with curly hair and I was the type of terrible roommate who would use her products in the shower. That’s actually how I discovered this conditioner, and it’s really amazing for color treated hair. I’ve used it for years and years, and keep coming back to it.”
“My favorite cocktail is a Naked and Famous; it’s mezcal, Aperol, yellow chartreuse and lime, served up. During the pandemic, a lot of my friends took up hobbies like knitting, and I took up mixology. My husband cooks, and I make the cocktails. I love vintage glassware found on Etsy or eBay."
New York Pilates
“I would say we have 100 different versions of the New York Pilates logo from over the years, all inspired by music culture and its history. My evergreen favorite is my black heavy metal logo hat. It’s a custom made font that my husband, Brion, drew.”