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Former Olympic Runner Uses Pilates To Get Back on Her Feet

Isphording Aims to Run Again After Two-Month Pilates Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - June 11, 2002

Julie Isphording, former Olympic marathon runner, will embark on a unique two-month exercise program this month, practicing Pilates as a rehabilitation method following reconstructive surgery on her feet. Isphording, a syndicated radio talk show host from Cincinnati, will begin her Pilates workout on June 18 and document her progress on her radio programs and Web site.

“All kinds of athletes, from dancers to football players, use Pilates to enhance their performance, prevent injuries and aid injury rehabilitation,” said Isphording. “As an athlete, I know how important it is to use a quality rehabilitation program, and Pilates is the safest and most effective program I've seen. I am confident that after two months of Pilates, I will be on my way to running again.”

Pilates, a mind-body method of physical conditioning focused on creating a strong and flexible body by stretching and strengthening, has gained popularity in recent years as more people have become aware of the method and its benefits. More than 5 million Americans currently practice Pilates. Isphording will complete her program using Balanced Body's Allegro Reformer®, a versatile piece of Pilates equipment with hundreds of exercises.

“After surgery, I had seven incisions and 200 stitches in my left foot alone. I never imagined that I would be able to run again,” said Isphording. “Pilates is somewhat of a well-kept secret, and I'd like to show my listeners that there is a method out there that is practical and works wonders to heal injuries and pain.”

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To kickoff the launch of her rehabilitation program, Isphording will interview Pilates expert Elizabeth Larkam on Tuesday, June 18, during her 'On Your Feet' radio show on Cincinnati's WVXU 97.1 FM and the X-Star Network of six stations in the region. During her rehabilitation, Isphording plans to interview a physical therapist to discuss the benefits of Pilates in a rehabilitation program.

Prior to her radio career, Isphording enjoyed a successful career as a marathon runner, and competed professionally for 18 years. In 1984, she was a member of the first-ever women's Olympic marathon team.

“We're thrilled that Julie has chosen Pilates and the Allegro Reformer to aid in her quest to run again. One of Balanced Body's goals is to make Pilates available to everyone, inside or outside of a Pilates studio or fitness club, and that's exactly why we created the Allegro,” said Ken Endelman, owner and founder of Balanced Body®. “Everyone at Balanced Body will be cheering Julie on as she works hard to achieve her latest, and perhaps finest, accomplishment.”

About Balanced Body

Balanced Body, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., is the world's largest manufacturer of Pilates equipment. Founded in 1976, the company was the first to substantially update Joseph Pilates' equipment with state-of-the-art engineering, materials and technology. Ken Endelman, the company's founder and CEO, has been awarded 13 U.S. patents for his inventions, with more patents pending. For more information, or to find Pilates studios or instructors, visit Balanced Body's Web site at or call 1-800-PILATES.


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