Inspiration of the Month: Jodi Cooper

When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?

I started Pilates in September 2019 after a physical therapist suggested it would help with back pain. I immediately felt welcomed in my classes.

How often do you practice Pilates?
I started with a few private classes and then joined a semi-private beginner reformer class. I loved it! Initially I could sometimes only move an inch but over time I’ve seen huge progress in my strength, flexibility and balance. Now I try to spend sometime daily doing Pilates, even if it is only ten minutes.

What benefits or improvements have you experienced from practicing Pilates?

I notice so much change in my body from how I stand, how I hold my shoulders and how I walk.

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment?
I don’t have a favorite, I have enjoyed them all.

How has Pilates helped you in your life?
In May of 2021 I had a major surgery. Pilates really helped me prepare and recover. I was stronger than I had been in years going into the surgery. I saw the benefits after surgery including the ability to perform deep breathing and to begin to walk immediately. After surgery the staff at Rivercity Pilates helped me with exercises I could do to slowly and safely get back into Pilates.

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