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Dave Kirschner

Studio City, CA

For me Pilates started out of necessity, namely two herniated disks in my lower back. I’ve been athletic all my life, eventually getting involved with cheerleading. In fact, I now own a cheerleading training and consulting company that works with high school and college cheerleaders.

But it has taken its toll. In college, I had excessive stress on my back from stunting (throwing cheerleaders all over the place). This eventually led to the herniated discs. The pain was intense. I saw three different doctors and they all said I needed back surgery. The only way to recover was to take the discs out, replace them with screws and rods and take a year off. That was not an option.

I decided to see a fourth doctor and he recommended Pilates. I just happened to have a studio right around the corner from me, so one day I walked in there totally unsure of what I was getting myself into. But I was sure it had to be better than having surgery.

Much better.

I started off doing private sessions for the first year and a half. Within the first five to six months the pain was gone. It took that long to learn the basics of the exercise, but once I got the fundamentals down I was able to work through the movements and my back began to loosen up. I have not had any flair ups since. That was three years ago and the discs had been herniated since my freshman year in college. I know this is a condition that I will have all my life, but Pilates has allowed me to increase the quality of my life and continue to do my job without pain.

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I recommend Pilates wholeheartedly and am a "lifer" at this point. Whether it is pain relief or just a healthier control of your body, this is the answer. You feel way more flexible, not tight or constricted and really understand how to move your body the right away.

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