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

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