“I used Pilates to rehabilitate and maintain core strength which helped to mobilise to recovery”, Mani

 

Go for it!…persevere as it will feel really hard the first few times.

What brought you to Pilates?

My wife!!

Did you have a particular reason to begin Pilates?

I have tight hamstrings and lack of core strength.

Did you achieve that goal?

Yes; ongoing

How many classes to you attend a week?

2

Have you applied anything from your Pilates practice to other parts of your life?

Yes, improved posture at work. Following a recent broken leg I used Pilates to rehabilitate and maintain core strength which helped to mobilise to recovery.

What, if any, differences have you noticed in your body since starting Pilates?

Tummy is flatter, more flexibility in hips, hamstrings and knees.

Has Pilates had any impact on the way you feel about your body?

I have a more positive body image, I feel stronger and have better posture when sitting. Less neck and back pain / tension.

What do you do for a living?

Specialist Nurse in Diabetes

Do you do any other sports of fitness activities?

Yes, swimming, yoga, cycling, gym, circuits, walking.

How do you feel after a Pilates class?

More relaxed, invigorated.

What is your favourite Pilates exercise?

The hundred  and the teaser.

Which Pilates exercise are you trying to nail at the moment?

The roll up with arms folded across the chest.

What is the best part of a Pilates class for you?

The structure and social aspects.

What would you say to someone who was thinking of trying Pilates?

Go for it! And persevere as it will feel really hard the first few times.

What would you advise others to look for in a teacher and or a class?

A teacher who is able to give good instruction and support and helps individually whilst ensuring those who are able have a challenge! Join a class with people who you can socialise and have respect for each other.

What would you say the benefits of Pilates have been for you?

Improved my overall flexibility and core strength and been a key part of my recovery following injury. This is a versatile activity that I was able to do post-operatively and it helped my motivation.

Want to see just how social Pilates classes can be? Why not find a class and join in?

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