My Studio Style: Rachel Piskin

The ChaiseFitness co-founder and former New York City Ballet dancer shares the workout pieces she lives in, teaches in, and wears to dinner.
(Photo: Rachel Piskin)
(Photo: Chaise Fitness)

If you’ve been to ChaiseFitness recently, you may have found there wasn’t a “chair” left in the house. (And if you haven’t, well, stay vigilant and use the waitlist.)

Its success is partially thanks to Rachel Piskin, one half of the very dynamic duo (with mother Lauren) behind the popular Pilates chair workout.

Piskin oversees the studio operations while also teaching private sessions and 10 classes per week—and the former professional ballerina is used to having to dress for her (sweaty) job.

“As a dancer in the New York City Ballet for seven years, I’m used to having a uniform dictated by my career,” she says. While you’ll almost always find her in fitness apparel, she varies her outfits depending on which classes she’s teaching on a given day.

“When I’m teaching Ballet Bungee, I like to have a more ballet-inspired feel to my outfit, whereas with Reinvention, I like to be more athletic,” she explains.

With Chaise Fitness on the cusp of moving forward with a franchise model, it doesn’t look like Piskin is going to be changing out of her Lycra anytime soon. Not that she’s complaining. —Jamie McKillop

Alala 1. Alala Knockout Crop Tight ($105) These leggings are sleek and have the unique detail of the sheer mesh panels, making them the perfect go-to black workout legging. They are made out of the softest, most luxurious nylon fabric—which is key since I live in my workout gear.

2. Nike Tech Fleece Cape ($130) This is the perfect all-season hoodie. I love the dropped hem for extra coverage when running around the city between our three studios. I can go from studio to dinner in a cinch.

Adidas 3. Adidas Slvr Low-Tops ($128) I have these sneakers in almost every color—silver, black, bright orange, and maroon—and I absolutely love them. They are the perfect ChaiseFitness shoe as the split soles allows me to point and jump with ease whether I am teaching Ballet Bungee or Reinvention Chair.

4. Athleta Cheetah Chaturanga Capri ($64) I love Athleta’s printed leggings. Wearing workout clothes all the time can get boring, so mixing in fun prints and colors is great. Athleta always has the best ones to mix with my workout staples.

Sweaty Betty 5. Sweaty Betty Step Up Training Vest ($85) My mom—Chaise Fitness co-founder Lauren Piskin—has definitely helped shape my fitness style. She has the best clothes, and she was the one that introduced me to Sweaty Betty a few years ago. I love this top because it goes with everything, has a dance-inspired element to it, and most importantly is flattering and very comfortable.

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