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.
First up... meet Jeffy: one of our amazing instructors who inspires all of us at Studio Be!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I am 43 and a mom of two children, Jade (age 12) and Dylan (age 10). My days are filled with driving them and their friends to school and activities in Ventura and Ojai. I live for my time with them! In between driving, I fit in teaching Pilates, my own workouts, walking the dogs, reading, journaling, cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, spending time with my beautiful friends and husband, Tim, and DANCING.
Q: What does your personal daily or weekly fitness routine look like?
A: My goals every week are to walk the dogs for 4 miles 2 times a week, hike or walk with friends (6 miles) 2 times a week and Pilates 2 times a week. That doesn’t always happen, and if it doesn’t, I give myself grace.
Q: How long have you been doing Pilates & why do you choose Pilates as a part of your fitness repertoire?
A: I started Pilates in 2000 and haven’t stopped since! I have tried every workout you can imagine. I don’t think you should close yourself off to anything. Try it! For me and my body, there is nothing that compares to Pilates. With every year of doing Pilates, I find new ways to move my body, better body awareness, interesting ways to activate my muscles in order to walk and hike better and live better! I also love seeing clients start Pilates and make their own progression. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.
What Motivates You?
Q: What motivates you the most to stay healthy & fit?
A: I ultimately want to feel good inside. I am very conscious of how my center feels, how my body is aligned, how clear my head is and when those things are misaligned, I don’t feel strong or healthy. I take probiotics every day, am religious about my face regimen and eat as clean as I can. I am creature of habit, so I don’t change my meals too much! Every night I have 2 squares of my favorite dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s and once a week I will get a big ice cream! My favorite spot is La Frutileta Michoacana. I meal plan every Sunday and grocery shop for the entire week. I cook at home Sunday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays we spend with our friends cooking and eating at each other’s homes or trying a new restaurant!
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...