Pilates Inspiration of the Month – Dan Lusche

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Dan Lusche- January 3012 Inspiration of the Month

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

I started Pilates now almost two years ago. I did not know much about Pilates. My friend Sophie Joly, who also takes Pilates classes, can be very motivating. She did not quit asking me to try it. I decided to be open-minded and I came, and stuck with it.

Why do you do Pilates and what are the benefits in your life?

Once I had tried Pilates, I realized how much it helps for my posture and mobility. It is simply a pleasure to see this kind of improvement. When I started, I had a tiny tear in my Achilles. I had a hard time walking pain-free. The strengthening of my body as a whole has improved it so much that I now consider running again, which I had quit due to the injury.

How has Pilates empowered your physical body?

I would definitely say that I noticed how much the breathing technique affects the control of the body and the possibility to obtain body strength. It is a good experience to observe how slight changes (actually whether I do it right or wrong) in how I do the exercises affects the outcome. All the instructors are so skilled in guidance that I have better learned to pay attention to the correct position of my arms, legs, etc. during a particular exercise. I am much more in control now. I think I can summarize the physical improvements that the various parts of my body as a whole are improving in terms of flexibility and strength.

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?

I like the exercises that I have problems with because I can find out whether I am able to improve. I need that challenge. For instance, doing the Saw in mat class. I also like the exercises with the ball. Those are hard and good for me. Per aspera ad astra as the old Romans said, freely translated as through persistent exercise to reach the stars.

What would you say to someone thinking of starting Pilates?

It is worth a try, and if you like to be in charge of your body and like improvements, you will enjoy it. Be open-minded and persistent. From nothing comes nothing.

Pilates Inspiration of the Month – Ari Bult

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February 2013 Inspiration of the Month – Ari Bult

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

I started Pilates in May, 2012. Sara Tack encouraged me to go. She kept telling me I had to go and I’d love it. She’s very persuasive. It was nice to know I could come and have a private session with Carey at no cost to help me see if Pilates was right for me.

Why do you do Pilates and what are the benefits in your life?

I started out because of low back problems and the low back pains went away after two weeks of Pilates (3 times a week) and have stayed away! The benefits for me are that I don’t have pain at work or when I sleep, but on top of it all I feel great, energized, less stressed, and have some muscles for the first time in my life. I feel strong in my mind, body, and soul. Amazing feeling!

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?

I love the equipment classes, but I am now challenging myself to take a regular mat class. For me the equipment classes help me to relieve stress but the mat classes challenge me to be stronger.

What would you say to someone thinking of starting Pilates?

I do hair and constantly tell my clients about Pilates and what it does for you inside and out. Like Sara encouraged me, I continue to encourage others. But really, my body and spirit say it all!

Pilates Inspiration of the Month- Barbara Olson

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March 2013

Barbara Olson

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

I received a gift certificate for Mother’s Day from my daughter. I was inspired by her love of Pilates. I took my first Intro Class with Carey and really enjoyed it!

Why did you decide to do the 2013 Empower your Body Six Week Challenge?

I was at a plateau with my at-home exercise routine. I wanted something more that included a whole body enrichment regime. The Empower Your Body Challenge sounded like just what I was looking for!

What are some of your favorite things about the 2013 Empower Your Body Challenge?

I look forward to coming to the studio on a regular basis. I currently am taking three classes a week. Carey and Cassie have been very encouraging as have the other students that I have met during the past several weeks. I had only taken a few Pilates classes before the Challenge started so I have been new to most of the exercises. I enjoy the challenges in performing all of the different series and poses. I have balanced out my Pilates classes with the wonderful Yoga classes that are offered by Nicole. She also is a source of inspiration as well as a great teacher of the philosophy of Yoga.

What benefits have you seen by committing to a regular Pilates and Yoga practice?

I have become increasingly more aware of my body and its capabilities! At times I have thought to myself in class “You want me to do what??!!”. It has been fun and I love the challenges! I have experienced many benefits over the last four weeks. My clothes are fitting differently, which is extremely motivating. More importantly I think that I have become stronger and more flexible. My knees, shoulders and back do not seem to ache quite as much. I find that my posture has definitely improved as I am constantly thinking about “engaging”!

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?

I have been searching for a Yoga class for some time that I felt comfortable with. I have found it at Rivercity Pilates Studio!  I also enjoy the entire Pilates experience, both mentally and physically.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting Pilates?

Give it a try!! The private Introductory Class offered by the studio is a wonderful way to learn about the studio and the variety of classes offered there. The instructors are all very skilled and motivating and have created a very positive environment.  I felt welcomed right away!

Inspiration of the Month – Kelly Mulherin

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Inspiration of the Month – April 2013

Kelly Mulherin

When did you start Pilates and what inspired you to start?
I started Pilates about 4 months ago because I needed some way to get exercise after a foot injury/surgery. I knew Pilates would be low impact on my foot, as I can’t really do much cardio without foot pain. A few years ago I lost about 50 pounds, and the weight was starting to creep back on…I wasn’t going to let that continue. (I’ve since lost all that again, plus a couple extra!) Now, I want to continue to help me keep going on a new goal.

Why did you decide to do the Empower Your Body Challenge?
I thought the challenge would be a great way to force me into coming to Pilates. After the holidays, it can be hard to get back into the right habits and I knew that the challenge would keep me going and motivated.

What are some of your favorite things about the Empower Your Body Challenge?
My favorite thing is that I completed all the requirements – getting in all my classes and cardio in a hectic schedule! I really liked the daily emails we received. There was a great mix of daily reminders and tips, plus just motivation to remember I was in the challenge everyday.

What benefits have you seen by committing to a regular Pilates and/or yoga practice?
I have slimmed down and gotten stronger! Not being able to use my foot like I want to has really taken a toll on me mentally, but Pilates helped turn that around for me. The exercises are getting easier, and although some of the advanced ones are still hard, I want to keep going. My bad foot has also gotten a little stronger, so hopefully by summer, I can try to get more active again.

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?
At first, I liked the tower/reformer the best, but recently, I’ve started to really enjoy the mat classes. My favorite exercises on the mat are the leg work series.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting Pilates?
Don’t think about it, just sign up! It’s low impact, you can go at your own pace, and everyone at Rivercity Pilates is so supportive! It’s a great feeling to leave a class doing an exercise better than the class before.

Move Like a Kid Again!

Take a moment and remember back to when you were a child.

You didn’t think about running, playing, and jumping- you just did it! Climbing a tree, jumping off the bed and scrambling over the top of the monkey bars was just something you did.

You did it because it was fun, maybe it was a little bit of a challenge and you didn’t have a fear of not being able to do it.

One of the things I love about the Pilates method of movement is its playful nature!  There is something quite fun about rolling like a ball through your spine. (Check out the video I took about a year ago of two of my kiddos playing at the studio!)  Or how about hanging from the Cadillac:

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There is also something quite satisfying about challenging yourself and doing something you would have never dreamed of.

Ready to feel like a kid again? The Pilates method of exercise is a great way to safely get your body back to moving like a kid again! Contact us today to schedule your complimentary private session!

 

 

 

 

Will Pilates make me taller?

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There aren’t many exercise programs that can help you grow taller, but Pilates just might!

As we age, our poor postural habits often make it appear as if we are shrinking. Let’s face it – we spend a lot of time hunched over a computer, slouched in a car and lounging on the coach. Over time our poor posture can have some dramatic effects on our body.

Common problem areas often arising from our poor posture habits include:

  • Tight, rounded shoulders
  • An exaggerated curve in our upper back(called Kyphosis)
  • A forward head
  • Tight muscles in the neck and upper back (where we often hold stress)
  • Tight hamstrings and tight low back( which often show up as strain or pain in the low back)

The Pilates method of exercise is designed around creating uniform development in the body. In a nutshell, this means the exercises will stretch and lengthen what is tight, strengthen what is weak, and teach your muscles to work together to create balance in your body. All of these things add up to better overall posture and better posture habits in your daily life.

When the musculature of your body is balanced out, your bones are able to line up as they were designed and often times this means regaining your full height again! I have had many clients over the years report that they were taller at their yearly check ups!

Learn more about the growing taller with Pilates and all of the other wonderful benefits by exploring our website!