Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?
A. I have been practicing Pilates for over 17 years – 1999 – 5 years of Mat Pilates and over 12 years of Reformer Pilates. I began at 49 years old to get ready for grand children.
Q. What is your favorite exercise?
A. I enjoy standing leg exercises on the Reformer. I also like the Jump Board.
Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?
A. The Reformer is my most favorite. I also like the Cadillac.
Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?
A. I walk, use the elliptical, and enjoy water aerobics as well.
Q. Tell us about your family.
A. I have 3 children 47 to 28. I adopted 2 children after my eldest graduated from high school. I have 4 grandchildren 13, 8, 4, and 6 weeks. Three girls and one grandson.
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. My favorite food hands down is Mexican. Coming from San Diego, I started eating it at an early age. My very favorites are taquitos, spicy salsa, and guacamole.
Q. How do you find time for Pilates?
A. Pilates is a priority in my weekly schedule and has been for over 17 years. My feeling of well being depends on it. I am in class 3x per week.
Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?
A. A few years ago, I suffered 2 stroked which resulted in a heart valve replacement and an aneurysm repair. I was very fortunate to have recovered with no lasting effects. I was asymptomatic prior to this event, however, I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve unbeknownst to me.
Having a strong core as well as Pilates breathing being second nature to me made a vast difference in my recovery success. My doctors verified it and I can’t imagine what recovery would have been like without the core and breathing working hand in hand.
It is more difficult to remain lean and strong and healthy as a senior. I do, however, believe that these healthy habits go a long way in extending my active lifestyle as I age. I plan to be doing Pilates into my 80’s and beyond.
I believe the adage that, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” in the aging process. I so enjoy Christina’s expertise in the area of Pilates. She is talented, informed, studied and I enjoy her class very much.