Client Inspiration: Woody

Woody Exley has just one regret about becoming a Pilates Defined client in 2011 at age 71.  “It keeps me feeling young,” Woody said. “I just wish I had started sooner!”    Woody had injured his back, and his now-wife, Barri Marks, a devoted Pilates Defined client, “convinced” Woody to try Pilates by gifting him with private sessions. “Barri used to …

Client Inspiration: Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy has moved her entire life. An athlete from a young age, she took up mixed martial arts in her 30s and competitive rowing in her 40s, while raising her daughter as a single mother with a high-responsibility career. She had done yoga for years, but it never became a habit or hooked her the way other physical activities …

What are “essential” Pilates exercises?

While I was studying to become a Pilates instructor and feeling insecure about how to teach the beginning student I had an instructor tell me how she thought of each new student as a tiny flower bud.  Just like with the nourishment of just the right amount of water, food and care a newly formed bud will blossom into a …

You don’t have to “get in shape” to start Pilates!

While interned in England during WWI Joseph Pilates developed a method of exercise utilizing springs for resistance training which helped many bedridden patients build strength. He originally called his method Contrology and we now call it Pilates! Considering that the Pilates method has roots in rehabilitation, even with an injury there is no reason why anyone should wait to start! …

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Client Pilates Inspiration of the month

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to be inspired by my clients!  I want to share these stories with all of you.   Today, I’d like to introduce you to Beth Pite.   She started Pilates in 2007, and it’s her 10 year anniversary!  A friend gave her a gift certificate thinking she …

Pilates – Fitness without Crunches!!!

Did you hate physical education classes because they made you do crunches?   Crunch as defined by Merriam-Webster is,  1: to chew or press with a crushing noise,  2 : to make one’s way with a crushing noise, 3 : process; especially : to perform mathematical computations on. None of those definitions sound remotely relevant to Pilates. For all the …