Just 5 years ago, I was in my late fifties, and I was overweight, out of shape and not very healthy. i was the ultimate couch potato . I was pretty sure I could get up off the floor, but I knew I wasn’t looking too graceful while I did it. My back hurt almost every single day, and my knees were creaky.
When I got out of bed, I felt like I was walking like someone much older than my age. My best intentions to go for a walk every day, somehow disappeared before I stepped out of the house. I had paid a monthly membership to a gym for a year, and quit going there after the first two weeks when my back hurt after I took a body pump class.
We went out to dinner one night, and I saw the Rivercity Pilates studio across the street. I had taken some Pilates lessons a few years ago, and I knew the springs on the equipment would help me through exercises that my body simply couldn’t do by itself. Still, it took me a few weeks to actually walk in the door of Rivercity Pilates. I took my free orientation session from Carey, the owner of the studio and was amazed at her knowledge, her patience and her concern for how I felt as she led me through Pilates exercises.
I started to feel better after a few sessions, and I was able to see progress in how my body moved thru the exercises. The atmosphere at Rivercity Pilates was so spa like and comforting, that it didn’t threaten me like a big gym full of people and machines.
Fast forward 5 years and a pandemic. I’m still going to Pilates 3-5 times a week and two of my best friends have joined the “addicted to Pilates crowd”. I am no longer creaky when i get up in the morning. I go out and play kickball with my dogs every day. I’m still not at my ideal body weight – but I feel so much better. Mike has also started been taking Pilates, and he has gone from daily back pain, to hardly ever feeling back pain. We retired from our careers — and we spend about 1/2 of the year traveling with our RV. I take my Pilates sessions from wherever we are, through Facetime or Zoom. Little did I know, that those lessons would help prepare me, and Rivercity Pilates for a pandemic.
When the governor of Iowa shut down businesses to stop the spread of the coronavirus back in March — Carey jumped in with both feet and started teaching virtual classes. Carey knew from teaching me when I traveled that the technology was there for virtual classes – but there was no way to know if clients would adopt the technology. Turns out people love it! One of the reasons that people love it is that they can invite their friends to be their workout buddies – even if their friends don’t live in the area. Another reason people love it is they can turn off their cameras — so they feel “safe”. No one will see them if they modify an exercise or don’t do it perfectly every time.
My friend Cyndi (in the photo to the right) was taking 1-2 classes a week virtually when we were snowbirding. But when Rivercity Pilates started offering 20+ virtual classes per week – Cyndi started taking classes nearly every day! What were her reasons? Accountability and accessibility. Scheduling and attending a class makes you accountable — as opposed to saying — I’ll just walk on my treadmill later (and later may or may not happen.) If you have a class on your schedule, you are more likely to attend. And as far as accessibility — when you don’t have to drive to and from the studio (even if it’s close) — it’s just easier. If you live 25 miles away from the studio — it saves an hour of your day.
Maybe you’re like we are. Well past your fiftieth birthday — but active and independent, and you’ve got things to do. We want to be active agers. Movement is important for maintaining your independence — and it’s got all kinds of health benefits. But you don’t want to drive to a gym. You don’t want to look like a beginner when you join class — and what could be better than just keeping your camera off if you want to hide! I would’ve loved that when I first started Pilates.
Maybe you don’t know what Pilates is or don’t know if it’s for you. That’s ok. Try it and see if you like it. It’s good to try new things, and I am outlining what you need to know right now.
To have an effective Pilates workout at home — you need to remember four things.
- Take classes or private sessions from a professional – preferably one that’s been teaching for a few years. They’ve gone thru over 500 hours of training and they have the skills to make sure your session is effective, even if you’re not in the same room.
- Pilates doesn’t have sit-ups. If you’re like me and you hate sit-ups – Pilates is for you!
- Pilates should never hurt. Its not about feeling the burn or not being able to walk the next day.
- Pilates isn’t about everyone keeping up with everyone else. Pilates is about progressing each time you exercise. You’ll love it — because you can see and feel your progress with every class!
If this sounds great to you — Rivercity Pilates has three great options for beginners right now.
- There’s a beginner 4 week series — 1 class per week for 4 weeks. Just $49. The class will be 1 virtual session per week for 4 weeks. You’ll get to learn some history of Pilates, and try the exercises at your working level. Lots of individual attention. Do you have to wear spandex? No. Wear comfortable fitting clothes that allow your body to move. Email email@example.com for more info.
- There’s an online workshop Sunday. Learn the 10 basic Pilates exercises and Carey will explain how to find the version that gives you results! This one is $25 — but it’s worth every penny just to know that you’re feeling the exercise where you’re supposed to — and you’ll learn how to progress safely! (You can wear your pajamas to this — because turning on your camera is optional! ) Click here to register!
- You can get a free virtual private session, just by signing up! Yes, you’ll need to turn your camera on but you’ll be introduced to the basics of Pilates and you’ll get a chance to work with an amazing Rivercity Pilates Instructor! Click here to sign up!
Take a deep breath, click here, and schedule your Complimentary Virtual Orientation Session at Rivercity Pilates with Carey. If you’d rather call to make sure that Pilates is for you – – call Carey at 319-665-2499 or email her at at firstname.lastname@example.org.