When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?
I started doing Pilates about a year ago. When my oldest daughter moved back to college for her Sophomore year she told me that I needed to start trying to do more things for myself that I like:). I had done Pilates a few times at Carey’s old studio and would still get the newsletters.
Every time I saw the newsletter I thought about taking classes, so when Annah said this I realized that she was right. I really needed to find something for myself that I loved to do. Once I had kids my time just naturally filled up with all of their activities and I kind of put myself on the back burner. I decided to purchase the one-month beginners package and commit to going to as many classes as I could and see how I felt at the end of the month. I think I went to around 17 classes that month, loved the classes and the instructors, and have been pretty consistent ever since.
How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing?
I usually try to do 3-4 classes per week. I really like to do a variety of classes. I do both mat and equipment classes and I also like to do yoga.
What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates?
I have had a lot of lower back and hip problems since my son was born almost 18 years ago. Pilates has really helped strengthen my lower back and my hip is not stiff and sore like it used to be. I can really tell in the morning when I get out of bed, I feel so much better!
Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?
Right now I think my favorite thing is the Oov. You don’t realize how hard your body is working during class and my back always feels so good after class. Kimberly makes this class so fun, we always seem to have a lot of laughs during class.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing Pilates?
If someone is thinking about trying Pilates I would tell them to go for it. It can be a little scary to go into a new studio and try some new classes but everyone at Rivercity is so nice and welcoming. Not just the instructors, but the other students in class as well! It is so much fun and such a great workout!