October Inspiration of the Month: Diana Strahan

 Inspiration of the Month
October 2018
Diana Strahan

 When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?  When my youngest son started college last year I decided it was finally time to focus on myself and me and some friends started looking for an exercise class of some sort.  Although I had been working out regularly on my elliptical, I wanted something for flexibility and strength.  I started Yoga at Rivercity Pilates last September and I hesitantly transitioned to Pilates in November. I wasn’t sure what Pilates was and thought it would be too hard for me.  My friend Theresa talked me into it and I agreed to try it for one month.  I have now been doing Pilates for almost a year. 

How often do you practice Pilates and what type of sessions or classes have you been doing?   I mostly take mat classes, but enjoy taking Barre classes, as well.  I try to do Pilates three times a week but due to work schedule and life commitments I can’t always make it to the studio so I do Pilates at home on the days I can’t make it, using techniques I learned at the studio.  

What benefits or improvements have you noticed in your body and life from doing Pilates? My core is definitely tighter and I feel stronger all over.  I have noticed that my clothes fit me better even though I have not lost weight (which was never the goal).  In addition, doing Pilates really helps my mental health.  I can have a stressful day at work, but once I start doing Pilates I can feel the stress melting away.  Pilates has been great for my body and mind!
 
Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)? 
My favorite exercise is Seal!  
 
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing Pilates?  
I really didn’t think I would do Pilates for more than one month but I have found it to be so beneficial for me and I genuinely enjoy it.  Anyone who is thinking about Pilates should go for it!  I think the teachers at Rivercity Pilates teach to everyone’s level and help new students feel great about themselves and their ability.   

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