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Pilates Spotlight for August 2014 is on ... Pat Harmon
Pilates Spotlight for July 2014 is on ... Voula Isakov
I started doing Pilates almost 3 years ago. At first I was hesitant to try Pilates because it seemed to be a workout that was not what we are all used to (running on a treadmill, lifting weights, etc). Throughout my early childhood and teenage years I was very active in sports such as gymnastics and running. Due to the physical activity I did as a child I have put a lot of strain on my joints and as I get older I have found that the pain I feel in my joints became too much for me to do a traditional workout. As I was experiencing more pain, I went to my doctor, who then sent me to a neurologist to check for nerve damage. She did extensive tests and MRIs and found that there was no nerve damage but because running and weight training in combination with the activities from my younger years had taken a toll on my body, she recommended that I take Pilates to ease my pain. In my head I was thinking "great, how is that going to help me? How will I stay in shape?" So I spoke to Cara Krupa at East Street Pilates about my issues and we started my "new" workout routine. In the beginning, maybe because of my background in gymnastics, I felt like this was way too simple for a workout. But after the 3rd session, I started to feel the results...The pain in my joints was easing, and I even started getting more energy throughout my long work days. I then started to count my sessions to compare my experience with Joseph Pilates’ philosophy of "After 10 sessions you will feel different. After 20 sessions you will look different. After 30 sessions you will have a new body." I stayed pretty regular in my sessions averaging at least 3 times a week. I found that as my sessions continued that this philosophy was more than accurate. I was blown away by how great I felt...no pain anymore, my energy level was at its all time high, and last but not least, my body had definition that I never thought it would ever had...even after having 2 kids. With my experience in editorial photo shoots, I watch photographers "photoshop" these images and I couldn’t help but realize.. Pilates is real life photoshop. Who needs a photographer to get rid of any imperfections just for one image?..Pilates can do that and you can walk around looking like you were photoshopped!! Doesn't get any better.
I no longer enter a gym to do any cardio and/or weight training. The only place I will enter for my physical and mental well being is a Pilates studio.