When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start? I first tried Pilates when my daughter who was living in Berwyn, Pa. started teaching them. I would go out to visit and take a class or two when I stayed with her. She got me a Pilates DVD from the studio she was working at and I started doing them a few times a week at home. I knew I needed to exercise but never made the time for myself; she was my inspiration.
How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing? Retiring in 2016 I started doing mat classes 5 times a week along with the DVD. I must admit if the grand-kids were at my house, I definitely skipped Pilates to spend time with them. Currently I use my foam roller a lot for exercises to strengthen my back. I also enjoy the Pilates and Yoga chair classes as they have helped me regain balance along with the barre classes.
What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates? Nine months ago I had emergency ileostomy surgery; I know that having a strong core and flexibility helped me recover faster. I remember one of the first nights in the hospital the nurse was explaining to me how to get out of bed; I just rolled like a ball to sit up, swung my legs over the edge and was out of bed. Definitely surprised her. Even putting those silly skid proof slippers on I would just roll like a ball up, put socks on and roll back down. I feel so much better overall after I do Pilates in the morning.
What do you love about virtual classes? I live 70 miles from my daughter’s studio; I would love to take more classes there but it’s just not realistic. I save 2 hours of driving by being able to do virtual classes. I know that if I am having trouble with an exercise I can text or call her and ask questions on how to modify it for me. I feel like I am in a classroom setting and I am more aware of executing my movements correctly not just moving thru them.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing Pilates? Would you suggest virtual classes? To me the key is to keep moving so I can enjoy my grand-kids. I would and do tell friends and family take time for yourself; you are worth it. I am a proud promoter of the Virtual Classes.