Exercise enthusiast Linda Murphy is introducing a new type of sweat to Katonah, incorporating different exercise styles into one studio – yoga, pilates and barre. Her goal is to create an inclusive class environment and foster a community space to relax and reflect. And, she hopes you’ll get in touch with your mental and physical health while having fun with friends.
Some of us are looking forward to trying out Plank Katonah once it opens (pro tip: it’s on the third floor – turn left when you get to the top of the stairs), and others are interested in exactly how many of our neighbors will participate in her community-wide plank contests. Either way, we think Murphy is definitely on to something.
Connect to Northern Westchester: What was your background before opening Plank?
Linda Murphy: I worked as a senior vice president of a global marketing firm for many years. I have a master’s in advertising, and I’m also a New York State licensed attorney.
CT: Wow! That’s quite a resume.
LM: There’s more. Eleven years ago, I took a leap and started my first company, Product Launchers. We sell products to all major retailers, including QVC, HSN, Amazon and other .com shopping channels. I’m so lucky to have a fantastic team that has supported me through this new project.
CT: What inspired you to start Plank Katonah?
LM: Last March, I was practicing yoga, and I was in the Savasana pose (a pose at the end of class where students lie on their back and rest). Even though the goal is to quiet your mind in this position, I started to reflect on the lack of exercise class options in the northern Westchester area. I was frustrated by driving thirty minutes each way to take a good barre class, and I knew this was a problem other people were also experiencing.