Pilates is more than just a workout... it's a lifestyle (in and out of the studio) that raises your vibration and contributes to a happy and healthy life. It makes you feel good from the inside out!
In this series, we’re sitting down with our very own instructors and students. We're asking them why they choose to live the Pilates lifestyle, what their overall fitness routine looks like and what motivates them to stay healthy and fit.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I’m 69 with two adult kids and I’m a semi-retired legal assistant. I love to garden, do Pilates, hot yoga, walk, hike, and ride my bike, travel and babysit my grandson.
Q: What does your personal daily or weekly fitness routine look like?
A: I work out about 6 days a week most often, usually Pilates with a smattering of yoga, barre, walking, hiking and biking. I am and have always been very physical and athletic, and until 10 years ago, I had a hard time giving up some of it in order to not get injured (I used to jog, do aerobics, lift etc.)
Q: How long have you been doing Pilates & why do you choose Pilates as a part of your fitness repertoire?
A: When I was 52, I turned to Pilates to help a back injury that traditional western methods were not really fixing. The reformer fascinated me, and I discovered not only did I love it, but it also relaxed me and "centered" me in a mind/body, almost spiritual way that nothing else ever did, while still challenging me and keeping me toned, strong and flexible at the same time. My back healed completely over the first 6 months of Pilates, which I did 2 to 3 times a week. It also streamlined and elongated my body in a way that suited my age and eye better than in previous years, as I wasn't as concerned about being muscular anymore.
What Motivates You?
Q: What motivates you the most to stay healthy & fit?
A: I've always been a little high strung, and Pilates for me is a natural Valium, so to speak. It clears my head, feeds my soul, and is physical therapy and fitness for my body. What motivates me is—after a life of a lot of excesses and testing my body in many ways—I want to stay fit to stay physically, emotionally, and spiritually strong, healthy and calm. I discovered years ago after some intense life events just how amazing it is to have a clean body and peaceful heart and mind, and I never want to go back.
The bottom line is I have always believed mental and physical health go together, and I tried to instill this in my children, too… Pilates forever!
About The Author
Fitness has always been a guiding force for Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Her inherent drive for health has naturally translated into helping others achieve strength, balance and wellness. Kathy has been voted Ventura's best Pilates instructor nine years in a row. Learn more...