Client Spotlight – Anne


Anne Kelley

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A.”I took Mat Pilates at Happy Hollow for about 6 months and also from another instructor for another 6 months.  I started taking Pilates from Christina when she was teaching in her home about 3 years ago.”

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. “I like a variety of exercises on the Reformer.  Jumping on the Cardio Tramp is fun and a great aerobic exercise.”

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. “I like the Reformer, but I would love to try the Cadillac!”

Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. “During the school months, I play tennis 2-3 times a week which I love.  We also enjoy snow skiing in Colorado with our girls.  In the summer, I play tennis 3 times a week, bike with a bunch of gals one day a week, and kayak on another day with the same bunch of girls in Okoboji.  I love summer and living on the lake.”

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. “I have been married for 43 years to my husband, Jerry, who I met at the University of Nebraska.  We have two wonderful daughters who live in Denver.”

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A. “I do Pilates to strengthen my core.  It has really helped with the arthritis in my lower back.”

Q. How has Pilates made an impact on your life?

A. This past April, Christina pointed out to me when I was doing leg circles on the Reformer that my left leg was, “doing its own thing.”  I didn’t realize it until she pointed it out, and when I tried to correct it, I couldn’t.  I might not have thought too much about it except that I had noticed I also was lagging behind when walking for exercise with my girlfriends, and I wasn’t moving as quickly on the tennis court.  I just seemed to be lacking my usual energy.

To make a long story short . . . after seeing my internist and having an MRI, I was diagnosed with a meningioma which is a tumor in the lining of the brain.  The neurologists told me it had probably been growing slowly for 25-30 years and had finally gotten large enough to start pressing on the motor area of my brain and causing symptoms.  The doctors were all very impressed that my Pilates teacher (Christina) was the first one to notice the weakness in my left side.  On May 6th, I had a benign, racquet ball sized tumor removed during a 7 hour surgery.  I totally recovered and was back to all my physical activities in 8 weeks!

I feel very fortunate that Christina was so aware and perceptive of how my body normally performed that when she noticed I had a weakness on my left side, she pointed out to me.  Thank you, Christina.  I am forever grateful!

October Client Spotlight


Rhonda Uleman

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A. I started doing Pilates in December 2015. I had been doing kettlebell for 4 years, but

was unable to continue with it because my knees and joints were hurting so bad. I was

very heavy and miserable. I didn’t know where to start with losing weight, so I ordered

the biggest loser 6 week challenge. I worked out private lessons with Christina, and

she was so help full and supportive with ideas to help me. She also gave me

Lisa Garrett’s name to contact for help with my nutrition. I have made a complete

change in my eating habits my moto is PROTIEN and PRODUCE. I eat very little carbs,

and I have been feeling a lot better since January and have lost 60 lbs so far. This is a

life change of how I eat.

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. I enjoy doing the jump board.

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. I am enjoying learning new things on the Cadillac.

Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. Swimming and hiking

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have been married for 36 years, we have 2 daughters and 1 son, and we have 4 grandchildren.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A.  I am a beef lover and enjoy a good steak.

Q. How do you find time for Pilates?

A.  I schedule it into my daily calendar, to make sure I can be here at least 3 times a

week if not 4 times.

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A.  It has helped me with my arthritis by keeping my joints moving.

That helps me out so I can keep up with our 4 grandchildren ranging from 7 years

old to 1.