What prompted you to begin Pilates?
I was intrigued about building core strength. Throughout my youth I studied ballet and Pilates offered a similar level of body muscle and alignment awareness.
How many years have you been practicing Pilates?
Almost 11 years ago!!!
What are some of the most influential or important reasons you continue with your Pilates practice?
I began taking classes because I wanted to build strength and flexibility. I continue with Pilates practice to retain the strength and flexibility that I have. I enjoy walking and doing other weight- bearing/cardio exercise but Pilates engages muscles and helps me maintain correct alignment in ways that those other forms of exercise do not. I know no matter how tired or tight I feel when I walk into class, I will feel significantly better when I leave. I also enjoy the instructors and people I have met in the classes at Pilates Denver which serves as a critical social element that gets me to class on Monday mornings!
How has Pilates effected your life?
I credit my Pilates experience for a successful recovery from hip surgery in 2013 to repair a torn labrum. I also hear Amy1s voice in my head in my daily life reminding me to engage correct muscles and to check my alignment! Pilates is a fully integrated part of my life.
What is your favorite Pilates exercise? and why?
I enjoy the exercises that provide great opportunities to stretch and any that include back extension.