Posts tagged with "Jennifer Aniston"

Oprah sells a Montecito property to Jennifer Aniston

September 15, 2022

What do Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston have in common? Besides big names, deep pockets, and legions of fans, they’ve now both called a lavish mansion, in California’s coveted coastal enclave of Montecito, home, reports Barron’s.

The mononymous TV host sold the spread for $14.75 million to the TV and movie darling in an off-market deal made at the end of last month, property records show.  Because of the hush-hush nature of the deal, information about the property is not widely available.

Past listing information paints a picture of a Tuscan-style farmhouse built in the late 1990s with four bedrooms and 4,320 square feet of living space—sitting on roughly an acre of grounds.

Winfrey, 68, hadn’t owned the property long before trading it in. She paid $10.48 million for the spread in January 2021, using an entity linked to her network, records show.

In turn, Aniston, 53, used a trust named after her late dog, Dolly, tied to an entity of which she is manager.

Representatives for the two did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It’s no secret that Montecito is beloved by celebrities and royalty alike. Its reported residents include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ariana Grande, and Gwyneth Paltrow—and Oprah remains in the neighborhood, with a palace-like property she calls home.

Dirt first reported the sale.

Research contact: @barronsonline

Why is Pilates so popular?

September 1, 2022

Australian-based Pilates instructor and influencer Bailey Brown summed up the Pilates craze succinctly in a now-famous TikTok: “Gorgeous, gorgeous girls do Pilates. Pilates girls are hot.”

Brown’s post has gained the attention of millions, and the audio has been shared numerous times on TikTok, reports Good Morning America.

The now-trending exercise has also become a favorite among celebrities like Duchess Meghan and Jennifer Aniston. It was name-dropped recently on the Met Gala red carpet by beauty entrepreneur Lori Harvey when she pointed to Pilates when Essence‘s beauty and style editor Blake Newby asked, “What’s the trick to the abs?”

While most market research doesn’t track Pilates separately from yoga, in a report by Research Dive, the global Pilates and yoga studios market was expected to pull in revenue of $269.3 billion by 2028 compared to $127.7 billion in 2021—a compound annual growth rate of 10%.

Fitness influencers Elizabeth Endres and Dale Stabler of Sweats & The City told Good Morning America that they were initially “intimidated” to try Pilates.

“However, when New York Pilates opened in their beautiful space in SoHo, it felt more approachable with class names like ‘ABS ARMS A**’.” We felt like they were trying to get the younger generation onto Pilates and make it fun,” says Stabler.

Enres adds, “Pilates is a challenging, low-impact exercise that really works muscles and parts of your body in ways no other exercise can. It’s about form and alignment and building a really strong foundation. We think a lot of people became tired of breaking their bodies down and wanted to explore all the benefits of Pilates. Not to mention, a lot of amazing studios have popped up in the last year or so.”

But what, exactly, is Pilates? Created by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, Pilates is a low-impact exercise focused on form and alignment to enhance strength building as well as flexibility. It can be done on a mat or reformer and practiced through other Pilates apparatuses.

Club Pilates master trainer Shepherd Joseph tells GMA that the most popular form of Pilates right now is performed on the reformer apparatus, which has springs that create multiple levels of resistance and straps for your arms and feet to move on a pulley system. “The reformer resembles a bed, as it was originally designed after a hospital bed when Joseph Pilates was rehabbing injured soldiers,” she explains.

Joseph went on to break down different types of Pilates—including everything from “classical” to “apparatus” formats:

  • Classical vs. Contemporary Pilates: Classical Pilates is a style that stays true to the original Pilates method, called Contrology, created by Joseph Pilates. Contemporary Pilates, seen at Club Pilates, is more of a blend of Joseph Pilates’ original method, and new-age research and exercises adapted from physical therapy.
  • Mat Pilates vs. Reformer Apparatus Pilates: Mat Pilates is a series of full-body exercises performed supine on a Pilates mat—prone, kneeling or standing. Reformer Pilates uses the Mat Pilates principles and performs the exercises with resistance and the pulley system—creating more intensity or assistance depending on the exercise.

Pilates has a wide range of important health, fitness and overall wellness benefits.

Cedric X. Bryant, president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, tells GMA that it also can “improve muscular endurance, flexibility and posture, and in combination can lead to a reduced risk of injury as well as a decrease in existing chronic pain. And, because of the focus on mindfulness, Pilates can reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression.”

He also added that Pilates can be an excellent option for people just starting an exercise routine, as well as those recovering from injury.

“It’s great for at-home workouts and can be done in short bouts of around ten minutes, so there is no need to perform a 60-minute workout to reap the benefits,” Bryant explains.

Additionally, several studies show that Pilates can be beneficial in everything from reducing chronic low back pain to reducing stress and anxiety.

Modernized boutiques and offerings have also sprung up along with the growing interest. Andersen credited some of the success of her airy, bright New York Pilates studios to the company’s use of social media and making it appealing to downtown New Yorkers. “Pilates is not a trend, it’s a movement,” says New York Pilates founder Heather Andersen

She adds, “By creating beautiful environments that feel more like homes instead of gyms, NYP has created a space that people want to work out in. You’ll feel like you’re working out in the apartment of your dreams. We hire the absolute best 400-hour certified Pilates instructors and students have started realizing just how effective Pilates can be.”

But that beauty comes with a price: Many people have called out the price, which can vary anywhere from $35 for a single group class to upward of $120 for one-on-one sessions.

Ife Obi, a certified Pilates teacher, personal trainer and founder of Brooklyn-based studio,  The Fit In, tells GMA that much of the pricing is influenced by keeping up with the current market rate; as well as high associated costs for certifications plus purchasing equipment that can total anywhere from $5,500 to $9,000—and doesn’t include any continuing education.

“While the prices are getting pretty ridiculous, there is in-depth anatomy, alignment, equipment and movement knowledge that you have to know in order to be a quality teacher,” said Obi. She also highlights that much of the in-depth knowledge isn’t included in standard personal training certification and can pack on an extra $1,000 in costs.

“And because of this, you generally don’t teach more than six people in a group Pilates equipment class — whereas in other modalities you can pack 30 or 40 people into a room because there’s not as much attention to detail,” Obi added. “But, you still have to cover the costs of the studio.”

Obi also mentioned that most Pilates studios in New York have opted for affluent neighborhoods, which results in higher rents and higher overall costs for sessions.

Another major drawback: Obi, who is a woman of color, says that Pilates has been inaccessible to many people of color for a number of reasons.

“From the beginning, it was seen as a modality for soldiers in Germany; then, eventually, dancers and celebrities in [the United States],” Obi says. “You didn’t really see us in those groups and in turn, you didn’t really see us in Pilates.”

First-generation Pilates teacher Kathy Grant, who was Black, studied directly under Joseph Pilates; but aside from her, master trainer Lolita San Miguel, who is Puerto Rican, said there weren’t many other advocates pushing to extend access of the method to people of color, according to Diversity in Pilates.

Liz Polk, co-founder of Speir Pilates, attributes the lack of representation to an underdeveloped pipeline of Pilates professionals and a gap in financial resources and support for Black-owned fitness businesses.

“There are so many amazing small Black fitness entrepreneurs out there, but their ability to grow and scale in a competitive way is severely limited when the funding is not available to them and they, instead, need to use their personal savings and/or money from friends and family to bootstrap the business,” said Polk.

“At Speir, we are actively addressing this pipeline issue by sponsoring trainees from underrepresented communities and seeing them through certification,” Polk reveals. “We’ve even offered our trainees open positions at Speir during their certification process. To date, we’ve sponsored the certification of several Pilates instructors and we plan to scale our training and certification programs to truly make a positive impact on this pipeline issue.”

Research contact: @GMA

‘Friends’ reunion: How you can be in the audience for the HBO MAX special

April 23, 2020

It has been 16 years since the last new episode of the NBC-TV hit show Friends aired—and it could be said that most of us have been “on a break.” However, now, we have something to look forward to again.

The Friends reunion special, due to air in May on HBO Max (if taping is not delayed by the COVID-19 lockdown) already is generating buzz.

During the special, the show’s cast members—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—will reminisce about what it was like to be on-set and filming, Newsweek reports.

What’s more, the cast has teamed up with the All In Challenge—a digital fundraising effort that incentivizes donations by offering “once-in-a-lifetime experiences—to offer one Friends superfan and five friends the chance to be at the reunion when it tapes for HBO Max.

As Kudrow wrote on Instagram: “Hi everyone. Your Friends from FRIENDS want you to know something… We are all in!! You may have heard about the reunion special we are doing for HBO Max, well… WE ALL want YOU and five of YOUR friends to join the 6 of us on Stage 24.

She adds, “Be our personal guests in the audience for the taping where you’ll see us all together again for the first time in AGES, as we reminisce about the show and celebrate the fun we had. PLUS sip a cup of coffee with us in Central Perk and get the Friends VIP experience on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.”

To enter the “The One Where You Meet The Entire Cast Of Friends” sweepstakes, all fans have to do is click through to the competition page on the AllInChallenge.com website and donate $10 or more to the campaign, Newsweek reports. The more that fans donate to the charity, the more entries into the prize draw they get.

The Friends competition is not the only one available on the All In Challenge website. Among the other prizes are the opportunity to run a lemonade stand with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, and the chance to appear in a walk-on role in the latest Martin Scorsese movie Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Proceeds from all of the auctions and prize drawings on the site raise money for American food charities like No Kid Hungry, Meals on Wheels, and America’s Food Fund.

Research contact: @Newsweek

Ralph and Rachel: Friends forever, right?

September 20, 2019

It has been 25 years since the sitcom, Friends, debuted—but the show’s characters and actors continue to be popular—and even to be trendsetters. In fact, uber-designer Ralph Lauren has just partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to mark the anniversary with  a celebration of his brand’s role in the series. After all, Rachel Green, one of the main characters (played by Jennifer Aniston) worked at Ralph Lauren throughout several seasons.

Just as the show has proved to be a perennial favorite, “the new collection reflects Ralph Lauren’s timeless styles and archetypes that have remained a go-to for the modern working woman,” the designer says in a press release.

The collection, which comprises pieces from Polo and LAUREN Ralph Lauren, encapsulates the polished style synonymous with the iconic brand. It features trousers in black leather; skirts in suede, leather, and plaid with both midi and mini hem lengths; and jackets in velvet, faux leopard fur and purple shearling. The collection calls on tradition through pinstripe suiting, crested blazers, and equestrian-inspired accessories, while enhancing these classic pieces with navy and orange color-blocking and pops of leopard to offer a fresh fall spirit.

In celebration of the partnership, Ralph Lauren has teamed up with Bloomingdale’s to bring the show’s most memorable locations to select stores. On September 21 and September 22, shoppers at the Bloomingdale’s 59th flagship store in Manhattan can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while lounging in a replica of Central Perk. Located in the retailer’s Studio 59 space, the content creation hub has been transformed into the show’s iconic coffee shop, complete with the famous orange couch.

What’s more, through September 27, shoppers looking for additional social media worthy moments can visit the store’s third floor to see a re-creation of Rachel’s office and a different section of Central Perk. Every two weeks, these iconic installations will travel to a different Bloomingdale’s location in the New York metro area.

In addition to Bloomingdale’s, the collection will be available globally in select Ralph Lauren retail stores and on RalphLauren.com.

Research contact: @RalphLauren