Pilates Inspiration of the Month – Jen Ferguson


Jen Ferguson(right)- May 2013 Inspiration of the Month

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

About 10 years ago, after my first son was born, I bought a Pilates VIDEO after I saw an infomercial. I wanted to look long and lean like all the actresses in the video. I really enjoyed it but then we got a dvd player and got rid of our video player and that was it. Over the years, once in awhile I would do an online Pilates video but nothing too routine. Then last year, Rivercity Pilates had a Groupon or Here’s the deal. Some friends and I were all going to buy one but I ended up being the only one that bought it. I worked up my courage to go by myself and was hooked after the first class.

Why did you decide to do the Empower Your Body Challenge? 

I like a challenge and thought that it would be fun to participate. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to try going to two classes a week and I figured the challenge would help me get it started and make it routine. Also, with the two hour cardio requirement, I knew it would keep me active during a time of year that can be more difficult.

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

I enjoyed getting to know some of the other people in the classes a little better. I also enjoyed class three times a week – especially during the winter, it forced me to keep active. I had the opportunity to use all the different pieces of equipment and became a bit more comfortable with them all.

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

I feel stronger all over and my posture has greatly improved. I also don’t notice the aches and pains I used to have, especially in my knees. I also have noticed an increased flexibility.

How has Pilates improved your cycling?

I have noticed that my back doesn’t get as sore when I go on longer rides. My wrists also don’t get as sore because I find that I’m not putting as much pressure on them because my posture is better and I’m stronger. I have also noticed that I am able to power up the hills easier.   

Do you have a favorite exercise or piece of equipment (or both)?
This one is hard because I do enjoy everything, but I LOVE the exercise balls and also the reformer, especially jumpboard.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting Pilates?

Give it a try! I always feel great after class and everyone at Rivercity Pilates is so friendly and nice!


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