What prompted you to begin Pilates? How many years have you been practicing Pilates?
I began Pilates when it was probably in its infancy stage, 22 years ago. I worked with a girl trained in the method developed by Joseph Pilates in her apt. that expanded to a studio as awareness grew! At first, I was unsure about it, until I became hooked! It grew on me. Then the compliments starting coming in when people asked why my stomach was so flat (for someone my age). I always credited Pilates with that (those 100's)!!
What are some of the most influential or important reasons you continue with your Pilates practice? How has Pilates effected your life?
I need Pilates in my life because I am not a flexible person, I have extremely tight muscles and ligaments. Pilates helps prevent back pain and stiffness. If I miss a few weeks, then I am reminded of how important Pilates is for maintenance! (like keeping a bicycle wheel oiled)!
What is your favorite Pilates exercise? and why?
I like all the exercises in Pilates equally but I have to admit the stretching, warm up and cool down by the instructor at the beginning and end is the best!! Suzie is so good about understanding my body and what my body needs. All the instructors I have had at Pilates Denver (Amy K, Hannah, are great). Pilates will always be a part of my life and I am excited that I convinced my husband to start. So many men (especially athletes) don't realize or are just beginning to realize the role Pilates plays in strengthening the core and therefore preventing back issues. However, once they do, they are hooked because they feel the results!