What prompted you to begin Pilates?
I am an avid cyclist and I wanted to strengthen my core as a way to increase my power and endurance on the bike.
How many years have you been practicing Pilates?
I began practicing Pilates 4 years ago
What are some of the most influential or important reasons you continue with your Pilates practice?
After several months of group lessons, I went on a bike trip to Spain and fractured my pelvis and sacrum after a fall. I returned to Pilates after after six weeks and started to recover some strength and mobility. I believe that without Pilates and regular massages with Bernadine, my recovery would have been much slower and less complete.
How has Pilates effected your life?
I enjoy doing Pilates because I want to be as functional and flexible as I age and it continues to positively effect my life.
What is your favorite Pilates exercise? and why?
My favorite Pilates exercise is the Short Spine because it gives me a good hamstring stretch and stretch for my lower back. I also like the stretches on the barrel and the full lunge on the reformer. As a cyclist, I spend a lot of time hunched over on my bike, so I think the Pulling Straps is a very good exercise for me as well.