Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is. Read through the last 3 blog posts to get all of the inspiration and sign up for our blog to get all the latest on, well, a bit of everything!

Lucy in one legged plank pose

Lucy in one legged plank pose

Lucille Zito

Age: 61

Years doing Pilates: 1 1/2

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to add to my exercise routine

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

i feel stronger and more flexible

What inspires you on the mat?

our leader, classmates, and improving strength and flexibility

What inspires you off the mat?

my family, friends, and nature

3 words you live by:

honesty, strength, and faith

lisa in bridge with weights and foam roller

lisa in bridge with weights and foam roller

Lisa DeNardo

Age: 60.5

Years doing Pilates: 1 3/4

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to strengthen my knee muscles and i finally had the time!

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

CORE rocks!  Breathe deep!

What inspires you on the mat?

bridge pose and its variations

What inspires you off the mat?

biking (cycling)

3 words you live by:

shoulders in your back pockets (pilates mantra)

paying it forward

deep breath (maybe 3)

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is.

Rick - from plank to balanced pull through

Rick – from plank to balanced pull through

Rick Hammond

Age: 65

Years doing Pilates: 3-4

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to strengthen my core and back muscles

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it keeps me strong and flexible and allows me to be active and feel strong

What inspires you on the mat?

the fact that i know i am keeping myself fit and healthy to live the best life i can

What inspires you off the mat?

my family and the wonderful life i have been blessed with

3 words you live by:

peace, joy, and compassion

 

Gene -from plank to balanced reach back

Gene -from plank to balanced reach back

Gene Prospero

Age: 56

Years doing Pilates: 2

Why did you start doing Pilates?

i needed to be more active in a way that would aid my aging body

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

i have had physically demanding jobs most of my life. Pilates gives me the knowledge and ability to take on various activities without damaging my body. i wish i had this information 20 or 30 years ago!

What inspires you on the mat?

my instructor 😉 and knowing i will feel better after a class (even after a shitty day at work!).

What inspires you off the mat?

a sense of accomplishment, whether it be a task at work or finishing an exhausting Pilates class that makes your butt cheeks scream the next morning!

3 words you live by:

humor, honesty, humility

 

Pilates is a great exercise but more importantly it is principles and practices to use in your day to day living. It teaches you how to move more efficiently and effectively with less strain and stress on your body (and hopefully your mind as well). First class is always FREE. Come join us on Mondays at 5:30pm at our Main St. Stroudsburg location.

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is.

Kathleen in Teaser

Kathleen in Teaser

Kathleen Correll

Age: 63

Years doing Pilates: 12

Why did you start doing Pilates?

a friend brought me to class and i have been hooked ever since

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it actually impacts EVERYTHING!

What inspires you on the mat?

getting stronger, breathing, feeling better and healthier

What inspires you off the mat?

everything – and i think of Pilates a lot as i am doing my day to day activities

3 words you live by:

patience, compassion, and joy

Roxanne in Oblique twist on roller

Roxanne in Oblique twist on roller

Roxanne Rogers

Age: 57

Years doing Pilates: 7

Why did you start doing Pilates?

curiosity- heard about it in the media and was into fitness

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it has taught me how important my core is. i believe a strong core is the secret to a strong body and keeping my body in alignment. it has helped my knee tremendously!

What inspires you on the mat?

how much stronger and more flexible i have become. i used to think lifting heavy weights as the way to build muscle. using my own body weight and holding plank pose has created muscles that are leaner and i feel stronger. weight workouts are still good, however i mix them up with my Pilates and have less strain and injury.

What inspires you off the mat?

God first. Then all of the ladies and guys that i do Pilates with!

3 words you live by:

  1. treat others better than you treat yourself
  2. search for some form of joy every day.
  3. look for some sort of physical challenge to push your body. “Age is just a number”

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

I may be a bit biased. I think Pilates is one of the best workouts one can do. I have been certified and teaching Pilates based classes since the 90’s and have experienced so many benefits: improved posture (my mom used to always accuse me of not standing up straight), an end to chronic back pain (seriously, I used to be bed ridden at times), and the ability to breathe deeply, consistently on a daily basis (that may not seem like a big deal, but pay attention to your own breathing and let me know what you find).

Read more about Pilates here.

My Monday night ongoing class is full of aging bodies that defy the notion that we cannot get stronger, leaner, and more agile as we age.

For the next few weeks I will be featuring some of my students. Enjoy meeting them on “paper” and then consider joining us in the studio and meet them in person. First class is always FREE!

Katie in forearm plank

Katie in forearm plank 

Katie Roche

Age: 72

Years doing Pilates: 15

How do you see Pilates impacting your daily life?

I definitely feel stronger – especially my core

What inspires you on the mat?

the linking of body, mind, and spirit

What inspires you off the mat?

the union of body, mind, and spirit

3 words you live by:

deep peace to all

Pilates

I have been doing Pilates since 1999 (or maybe before that, but my memory is not that great!), and I have completely healed myself of low back discomfort and pain by strengthening my core.

I have learned how to function in day to day life using the principles of Pilates: neutral pelvis, scapular stabilization, and proper breathing techniques.

Recently I started another weekly class on Wednesday nights 5:30pm-6:45pm.

Wellspring on Main St. Stroudsburg -554 Main St. 2nd Floor

Drop in rate is only $10- so why not come out and give it a try.

plankpaddleWe’ll start in the studio and work up to doing Pilates on the river!

 Contact me at: anitab@anitabondidesigns.com for more info or questions.