What prompted you to begin Pilates?
I first began Pilates because I was experiencing back pain. I am an active person, hiking, skiing and, most important to me, cycling. I wanted to do what was necessary to improve my conditioning and to help get rid of annoying low back pain. I read that Pilates could help. Unfortunately, my initial experience wasn’t great and I quit for a time before my wife, Ruth, gave me an introductory package to Pilates Denver as a gift.
How many years have you been practicing Pilates?
My first experience with Pilates was 8 ‐ 10 years ago but I didn’t find that it helped much so I quit (I attended a different studio at the time). About 2 – 2 1/2 years ago (or was it longer than that), my wife, Ruth, gave me a gift of an introductory package at Pilates Denver. The experience was totally different. I found that in short order I was experiencing much less back pain and generally felt better.
What are some of the most influential or important reasons you continue with your Pilates practice?
I found almost immediately that Pilates as taught by Pilates Denver was helping me with the sports activities I like, especially cycling. I rode better, felt stronger. Subsequently, I have had to have back surgery for a herniated disc. Pilates has complemented the physical therapy I was prescribed and I credit Pilates with getting me back into cycling and skiing. I joke that I am addicted, but it is true, I am. When I am unable to participate on a regular basis, I feel it.
How has Pilates effected your life?
I credit Pilates with both improved general conditioning and more recently with accelerating my recovery from a herniated disc and subsequent spine surgery. As I mentioned, I am addicted. I can tell when I haven’t been able to participate in Pilates at the studio, even though I try to do exercises at home on a daily basis. I credit Suzie (and others at Pilates Denver) with enabling me to maintain a very active life.
What is your favorite Pilates exercise? and why?
I can’t really name an exercise which I would call a favorite. I do hate quadricep stretches, however, though Suzie assures me that I need to do them.