I’ve recently had an interesting observation. The notion, by typically younger people, that Aging Strong Pilates® is for the elderly, an unchallenging gentle workout.
Yesterday I substitute taught a Pilates class for a fellow teacher at Stanford and after class, one of the participants, in his 30’s, asked if I teach other classes there because he really liked the class. When I mentioned that I teach “Aging Strong Pilates” at Stanford, his reaction was a mix of “is that a senior class and “is that an easy class”? I clarified that it’s exactly what he just experienced and enjoyed in the class I just taught.
Here’s what 2 reviewers have said about of my Aging Strong DVD’s:
“I am in my 40s and I love these exercises. They are gentle but they can really be killers! ”
“The teacher is very thorough in her explanations however, some of the exercises are much more difficult than I expected. Since it is called Aging Strong, I erroneously assumed it was for older people at more of a beginner level.”
I want to paint a clear picture of exactly WHO Aging Strong Pilates is for (both in my group classes and on my DVD’s) and how it’s unique.
Let’s start with “Who is aging?”
Is it people over 40?, over 60?, over 80?
It’s none of those answers…we are ALL aging. Aging is integral to human development yet society fears it, even dreads it. There comes a point in our development where we lose that false sense of omnipotence. Perhaps we’re the victim of repetitive stress injuries, back pain, joint stiffness, chronic illness…you name it. At that point when you realize you’re not invincible, that you need to “train” to get older, that’s the time to try Aging Strong Pilates®. That actual age will be different for everyone as we are all genetically and biomechanically unique. That’s why people in my classes range from their 30’s through 80’s and they all get a challenging yet safe movement experience.
How is Aging Strong Pilates different from other Pilates DVDs?
Aging Strong Pilates targets the areas of our body susceptible to decline as we age including but not limited to, the hips and legs, the spine and balance. I’ve designed the program in a way that is modified for those with bone density issues and other conditions commonly associated with aging, to keep you safe yet challenged.
Pilates classes have an abundance of flexion based (rounded spine) exercises that are ill advised for those with low bone mass and many other diagnoses. These workouts keep you in a safe range of motion that will still have you trembling but keep you out of pain. There’s also a focus on standing weight-bearing functional training. The workouts are by no means easy but you’re guided with clear demonstrations and verbal cues.
As I reflect on my own aging, perched at the threshold of entering my 6th decade next month, I notice the changes in my body, I’ve got more grays in my hair (that I still color), more wrinkles on my face and my neck is starting to look like a Shar Pei…but you know what…I don’t FEEL old and really, isn’t that what matters? I actually feel strong and flexible with abundant energy, a passion for teaching and a purpose in life. I’m grateful for my health, family, friends and you!
Studies show that the second half of life brings more happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction then the days of youth. I’m passionate about helping you meet those years head on with strength, vigor and health!