1. When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?
When I started Pilates a couple of years ago. I was growing weary of strength training and was looking for an alternative. My goals are mostly to be strong and able to do the things I love: travel, garden, and hopefully age gracefully.
2. What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates?
As a nurse, I am very aware of the importance of avoiding falls so I really appreciate the balance class. I am much more conscious now of using my core to do the things I want to do without falling.
3. How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing?
Initially I was pretty sporadic in my attendance but I am working fewer hours now and have figured out a schedule I like: tower on Monday, balance class on Wed and then either a mat or yoga class or reformer. I have done Hatha yoga and Iyengar yoga in the past and a few others but am new to Yin Yoga and have really been enjoying it! I also recently did some beginner reformer classes which were great.
4. Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment ?
I guess I enjoy doing a variety of things every week, so it is nice to have so many choices. I have found that scheduling ahead has helped me to attend classes regularly – part of establishing that routine. I also really appreciate how the instructors use different props to keep things interesting. But the oov is one piece of equipment that I have not yet learned to love!
Thanks to everyone at River City Pilates!