-By Jordana Herman
What do Professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, Hope Solo have in common with actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Lucy Liu and Performers Pink and Lady Gaga? PILATES! Pilates is a huge part of their physical fitness routine. They say it makes them feel strong and beautiful, they’re more flexible and less prone to injury. Article after article shows pictures of our favorite Celebs on the Reformer, Mat, Tower doing their workout of the day stretching and strengthening, looking fabulous spreading the word. Pilates is the workout we should all be doing.
Even if you’re not a professional athlete, many of you who live in the Hudson Valley live your lives as if you are. You’re out there most days of the week moving and grooving and have heavy schedules balancing work and family.
So you may think I’m doing all I can to stay at the top of my game but I assure you, you aren’t, not yet. But you can be! You can use the secret weapon of PIlates like the Celebs do to get your body looking the way you want and while you’re at it, watch your performance go through the roof. It’s like being catapulted to the next level.
Before I began taking Pilates I was an avid hiker. Up on the Mountain 3-5 days a week and doing Yoga almost as often. I missed the ballet barre classes I took in NYC and someone suggested trying Pilates instead. I had no idea what it even was! So I started with one on one lessons. During those first few weeks when I hiked or did Yoga I knew something was different. I had more stamina, I was more flexible, I could dig deeper and find a higher level of performance than I ever had. The only thing I changed in my workout routine was Pilates.
I began taking all types of Pilates lessons I could on all the apparatus 3-5 times a week. I think it was my dedication to Pilates that helped me sustain 60 hour work weeks while raising my first son and managing numerous operations, a bad back and Lyme Disease. It was my secret weapon. I want to make it your secret weapon too!
Embarking on any new exercise routine, especially one so foreign as Pilates can feel awkward and embarrassing but with a really awesome Pilates Teacher who makes you feel comfortable you’ll feel confidence. Find that teacher with many years of experience and you’ll be in good hands. You can start with private lessons alternating with group lessons. But consistency is the key! Any combo of sessions and group classes twice a week is a good start and with your own personal trainer, you’re less likely to waste money on that monthly Gym membership and you’ll get the results the Pros get!