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Life is Motion. Pilates is Movement for Life.™

Throughout the years we’ve heard people tell us how the benefits of Pilates have changed their lives – sometimes dramatically. We think you should hear them, too…
 

Cynthia Croasdaile : Denver, Colorado

By my mid-forties arthritis in both of my knees had set in after a skiing injury (exacerbated by a few years of running). That’s about when I began taking Pilates classes…
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Vicki Santello : Gainesville, FL

I was an avid, competitive cyclist riding an average of 200 miles a week just to train for my long distance Century events and races. That all changed in September 2006 when the car hit me at 55 miles per hour…
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Dave Kirschner : Studio City, CA

For me Pilates started out of necessity, namely two herniated disks in my lower back…
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Mary Lambert : New York, NY

I’ve always found most traditional exercises uninteresting and not particularly productive. But as we grow older we do need to stay in shape…
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Sharon Thorsland : Charlotte, NC

I’ve been doing Pilates regularly since 2002. When I first started I was astounded at how I was able to identify weaknesses in my body…
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Jodi Golden : Baton Rouge, LA

For months, had been experiencing terrible neck pain. My doctor told me I had a straightening of the cervical spine…
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Stacey Walker : Long Island, NY

I’ve always been an athlete and I’m in fairly good shape. But I work a ton of crazy hours as a interior designer, and the day-to-day routine doesn’t allow for me to work out as much as I used to…
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Toby Brookes : Palo Alto, CA

Six months ago I underwent an experimental reconstructive knee surgery - an artificial meniscus implant. The procedure was so new my doctors weren't really sure what post-surgery physical therapy would be most effective to get my patella to properly track again…
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Nettie Becker : New York, NY

Me? I’ve always been attracted to movement. And it seems that ever since I was a kid I’ve been constantly moving…
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Amy Dobbs : Chantilly, VA

In 1987 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It started to greatly impact my balance and mobility in 2001. I had problems staying upright and that obviously affected my everyday life – simple tasks now became difficult…
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Laura Bishop : Winslow Township, NJ

Pilates has completely changed the way I look, the way I stand and the way I move. It also started a chain reaction of healthy living within my life…
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Adam Kanter : Hollywood, FL

I’ve seen a tremendous change in how my body moves since I started Pilates. I’m 6'4" and have never been really athletically inclined. But now I’ve seen a major increase in the coordination of my body…
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Eileen Koscho : Houston, Texas

As a patron of the Houston Ballet I was interested in how the dancers kept in such great shape. “How could I get a body like that,” I wondered? I learned that it was Pilates…
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Wandajune Bishop-Towle : Andover, MA

I practiced yoga for seven years before being introduced to Pilates on the Reformer. I was amazed by how quickly I gained a new level of core strength . Of greatest benefit for me is how Pilates has decreased my scoliosis…
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Judy Walling : Edmond, OK

As a Realtor in this rugged economy, I’ve had to eliminate a lot of things from my life - like having my nails done, eating out and having my house cleaned just to name a few. But, there’s one thing I absolutely won’t give up and that’s my Pilates classes…
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Sandra Williams : Houston, TX

Quite simply, Pilates helped give me my life back. Five years ago at our vacation home in Coronado, CA I awoke one night and discovered I could not move without excruciating back pain…
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Mike McConnell : Indianapolis, IN

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2004 at the age of 53. At first my symptoms were very mild. However, since that time I have developed severe akinesia, (a loss of normal motor function, resulting in impaired muscle movement) in my left hand and arm…
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Annie Stafford: Charlottesville, VA

Two years ago I went to my doctor for a general check-up and discovered something surprising - I was a half inch taller than I used to be. Maybe not too amazing for a teenager, but pretty incredible for a then 57-year-old professional fundraiser…
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Vikki Ludwig : Bridgeport, WV

10 years ago, after a lifetime of dealing with weight issues, I decided to dedicate myself to fitness. I joined Weight Watchers (and now work for them) and was certified as a personal trainer. I also became certified to teach mat-based Pilates…
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Jennifer McCart : Boston, MA

Many people turn to Pilates to help them heal from a particular injury. I turned to it to take my fitness regimen to another level…
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Cindy Robinson : Warrenton, VA

No matter how health-oriented you are, sometimes life just intervenes. In May of 2007 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal cancer. My doctors were very aggressive and within ten days of diagnosis I was undergoing a daily treatment of chemotherapy and radiation for six weeks. I was then scheduled to have major surgery - it would leave a foot long scar and change my body forever…
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Roger Yohe : Georgetown, CA

Two years ago I had a pretty horrific accident on horseback while competing in the world-renown Tevis Cup, a 100-mile endurance riding race from Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe) to Auburn, CA. I ended up with 4 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a severely contused hip, severe whiplash and a major concussion…
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Sue & Jim Lyon : Minneapolis, MN

As a busy internal medicine physician, I realized that I needed to have a regular exercise routine to maintain my stamina working long hours on-call. After four years of personal training, I started taking Pilates Reformer classes. Pilates has helped me to focus on my core stabilization, flexibility, and balance beyond anything I could achieve in the gym…
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Has Pilates changed your life? Are you an instructor with a great client success story? We’d love to hear from you.